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Natasha Mirza, MD

Natasha Mirza, MD Physician

Director, Penn Center for Voice and Swallowing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Languages spoken:

  • Urdu

Dr. Mirza is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Natasha Mirza

Recognized in America's Top Doctors, 2013-14

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2012 - 2016

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1993

Clinical Expertise:

  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Endoscopic Laser Surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Repair
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Strictures
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)
  • Independent Medical Exam (IME)
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Larynx Cancer
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health (LGBT)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Second Opinion
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Vocal Cord Surgery - Laser
  • Zenker's Diverticulum

Description of Clinical Expertise

Voice Disorders, including professional voice users
Spasmodic Dysphonia
Laryngeal diseases
Breathing dystonias
laryngeal diseases
Swallowing disorders
Office and Endoscopy suite procedures
Laser procedures
Botox injections
Taste and olfaction disorders

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Dow Medical College
Residency: Civil Hospital of Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Ohio State University Hospital
Fellowship: University of California at Irvine


American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Neurolaryngology Subcommittee, International American Broncho-Esophagological Association, National American College of Surgeons, National American Laryngological Association, National American Rhinologic Society, National National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, National Otolaryngology Surgical Advisory Board National Program Office for Surgery Dept of Veterans Affairs, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Philadelphia Laryngological Society, National The Voice Foundation, International Triological Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Mirza is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Voice Disorders
Laryngeal diseases
Breathing dystonias
Laryngeal stenosis
Taste disorders

Selected Publications:

Doty RL, Tourbier I, Ng V, Neff J, Armstrong D, Battistini M, Sammel MD, Gettes D, Evans DL, Mirza N, Moberg PJ, Connolly T, Sondheimer SJ.: Influences of hormone replacement therapy on olfactory and cognitive function in postmenopausal women. Physiology and Behavior Send to: Neurobiol Aging 155 : 202-207,2016.

Kennedy WP, Brody R, LiVolsi VA, Wang AR, Mirza N.: Trauma induced Schwannoma of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve after Thyroidectomy Laryngoscope 126 (6): 1408-10,2016.

Ghosh A, Leahy KP, Singhal S, Einhorn E, Howlett P, Cohen NA, Mirza N.: A murine model of subglottic granulation The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 130 (4): 380-387,2016.

Nicolli E, Ghosh A, Haft S, Saunders J, Cohen N, Mirza N.: IL-1 Receptor Antagonist inhibits early granulation formation Annals Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 125 (4): 284-9,2016.

Ghosh A, Philiponis G, Bewley A, Ransom RE, Mirza N.: You can’t pay me to quit: the failure of financial incentives for smoking cessation in head and neck cancer patients. J of Laryngology & Otology 130 : 278-283,2016.

Ghosh A, Mirza N: First Bite Syndrome: Our Experience with Intra-Parotid Injections of Botulinum Toxin A Laryngoscope 126 (1): 104-07,2016.

Haft S, Farquhar D, Carey R, Mirza N.: Anticholinergic Use Is a Major Risk Factor for Dysphonia. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 124 (10): 797-802,2015.

Bruins BB, Mirza N, Gomez E, Atkins JE.: Anesthetic Management for Laser Excision of Ball-Valving Laryngeal Masses. 2015 24;2015:875053. Epub 2015 May 24. Case Rep Anesthesiol : 2015.

Haft S, Cohen N, Ghosh A, Leahy K, Lee J, Malaisrie N, Philiponis G, Singhal S, Mirza N.: Inflammatory protein expression in human subglotttic stenosis tissue mirrors that in a murine model Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 123 (1): 65-70,2014.

Ghosh A, Philiponis G, Lee JY, Leahy KP, Singhal S, Cohen NA, Mirza N.: Pulse steroid therapy inhibits murine subglottic granulation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Feb:284-90 148 (2): 284-90,2013.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology, 5 Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2979
Fax: (215) 662-4182
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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