Brandon Baird, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Brandon Baird, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery Co-Director, Voice Center

Otolaryngologist Brandon Jackson Baird, MD, is a laryngeal surgeon specializing in a wide range of laryngeal diseases with an emphasis on medical and surgical management of voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Baird’s expertise includes treating phonotraumatic vocal cord lesions, vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal stenosis, laryngeal cancer, spasmodic dysphonia, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis and providing care of performing and professional voice artists. He also treats swallowing disorders, such as Zenker’s diverticulum and cricopharyngeal dysfunction.

As a trained singer himself, Dr. Baird understands the importance of expert laryngeal care, and he has the skill and experience to treat professional voice artists for voice conditions. Dr. Baird has a subspecialty focus in medical and surgical management for singers with benign, phonotraumatic vocal fold pathology, like nodules and polyps. While at Massachusetts General Hospital, he also trained under Dr. Steven Zeitels, the laryngeal surgeon credited with treating professional performers Steven Tyler, Sam Smith and Adele.

As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Baird is identifying and developing novel biotechnology within the field of laryngeal surgery. Additionally, Dr. Baird is evaluating and investigating minimally invasive treatment options for early laryngeal cancer.


Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Practicing Since

  • 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Duke University School of Medicine


  • Stanford Health Care


  • Stanford Health Care


  • Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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