James (Jim) Burns received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School. He completed the residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1996 at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. His Fellowship in Laryngeal Surgery was completed in 2003 at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute (Boston, USA). Nowadays, he is a laryngeal surgeon at the Voice Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA), where he also co-directs the laryngeal surgery fellowship program. Furthermore, he is associate professor in Surgery at Harvard Medical school. He has special interest in medical and surgical management of voice and swallowing disorders. He is a very experienced practitioner in office-based laryngeal surgery and he will present a keynote lecture during this course.