Research Discovery Award

The Research Discovery Award honors a world-class researcher within the SHRS alumni community. This award recognizes commitment to professional excellence through scholarship, education and advocacy.     
Dr. Ryan Comfort Branski (Communication Science and Disorders, PhD '05)

BA – University of Florida, 1996
MA – University of Florida, 1998
PhD – University of Pittsburgh, Communication Science and Disorders, 2005


Dr. Ryan Comfort Branski currently serves as the Howard A. Rusk Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Research and vice chair for Research in Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He holds secondary appointments in the school’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and in the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Branski is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Laryngological Association. In 2017, he was recognized as a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors bestowed by the association, for outstanding contributions to the professions.

Through his work at NYU, Branski has played an active role in the training of medical residents and fellows and has mentored pre-docs, post-docs and junior faculty scientists. He is an educator across multiple departments and is active in training speech-language pathologists in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Until 2020, Branski maintained an active clinical practice as associate director of the Voice Center at NYU Langone Health. 

Throughout his career, Branski has led numerous federally funded research efforts on the mechanisms behind voice, swallowing and airway disorders; explored the biochemical dynamics of vocal fold injury and repair; and studied the effects of exercise, aging and hormones on laryngeal function. Collectively, this work has advanced promising new therapies for laryngeal disease and minimally invasive techniques for laryngeal surgery. 

The recipient of numerous awards related to his research, Branski was invited to deliver the Chevalier Q. Jackson lecture at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Bronchoesophagological Association, becoming only the sixth doctoral scientist to deliver the lecture in the 45-year history of the series.