Kailey Vitale, MA, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

MA, University of Kansas
BS, Augustana College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kailey Vitale, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at Boston Medical Center. Her specialties include dysphagia (swallowing problems), alaryngeal rehabilitation including tracheoesophageal (TEP) voice restoration/management, and evaluation and treatment of swallowing problems after head and neck cancer. She has a strong background and interest in medical speech-language pathology. Kailey aims to collaborate with the interdisciplinary medical team to provide exceptional patient-centered care, coupling compassion and integrity with the latest innovative and evidence-based practice.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Kailey is committed to articulating and celebrating Boston University’s and Boston Medical Center’s commitment to the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) of all faculty, staff, students, and trainees, in the pursuit of excellence. Advancing DEIB is central to the institutions’ past, present, and future as it reflects our core values and is essential to promoting equitable patient care and health, research innovation, public trust, and respect for each other. Her service as a member of the Boston Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology Diversity and Racial Equity Committee has directly resulted in the recruitment, advancement, retention, and vitality of diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees.

The dimensions of diversity she is committed to include but are not limited to: members of underrepresented, underserved, or structurally disadvantaged groups, e.g., ethnicity/race, sex, LGBTQ+, disabilities, religion, immigrants, and first-generation college students. For example, clinically, she strives to improve the health of historically structurally marginalized individuals, such as individuals with a history of incarceration, immigrants, and individuals suffering intimate partner violence. In another example, she mentors and sponsors diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees. Her research also analyzes data to identify and understand factors related to nonadherence to rehabilitation recommendations, and how these factors may affect the health outcomes of underrepresented and underserved groups.

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  1. Jabbour N, Rodriggs T, O'Dea M, Mur T, Vitale K, L Faden D. Protocolized awake secondary tracheoesophageal puncture with immediate voicing. Head Neck. 2023 Oct; 45(10):2735-2740.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37671696
  2. Vitale K, Powell WR, Krekeler BN, Yee J, Rogus-Pulia N. Stratifying Risk of Nonadherence in Lingual Strengthening Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Sep 11; 32(5):2111-2127. PMID: 37566883; PMCID: PMC10569446; DOI: 10.1044/2023_AJSLP-22-00338;
  3. Krekeler BN, Vitale K, Yee J, Powell R, Rogus-Pulia N. Adherence to Dysphagia Treatment Recommendations: A Conceptual Model. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 06 22; 63(6):1641-1657. PMID: 32432958; PMCID: PMC7839030; DOI: 10.1044/2020_JSLHR-19-00270;

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2022 Boston Medical Center: Be Exceptional Award (Team)
2021 Boston Medical Center: Be Exceptional Award (Individual)
2020 Dysphagia Research Society: Third Place Scientific Abstract Oral Presentation
2018 University of Kansas: William M. Diedrich 2018 Outstanding Student in Speech-Language Pathology Award
2017 University of Kansas Medical Center: Shirley J. Salmon, Ph.D. and Thomas Lee Salmon Scholarship
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