AATS Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

The American Academy of Teachers of Singing is pleased to recognize Robert Thayer Sataloff with a 2022 AATS Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of the great contributions you have made to singers, teachers of singing, and the voice community at large. Your mentoring and outstanding body of work in voice medicine, teaching, publication, and in music has uplifted the notion of what it means to provide care to professional voice users.”



Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, is an internationally renowned otolaryngologist, professional singer, conductor, and author of more than 1000 publications. Since 1989, he has served as chair of The Voice Foundation. He also chairs the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research and has served as chairman of the Board of Governors of Graduate Hospital, president of the American Laryngological Society, the International Association of Phonosurgery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology. His contributions to education include the development of new graduate curricula, training residents, fellows, and visiting laryngologists from around the world, and activities in training nurses, speech-language pathologists, singing teachers, and others involved in collaborative arts medicine, pedagogy, and performance education.

Dr. Sataloff is professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, adjunct professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, adjunct clinical professor at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also on faculty at the Academy of Vocal Arts. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Voice and the Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, associate editor of the Journal of Singing and is on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. In addition to being a professional singer and singing teacher, he founded the Thomas Jefferson University Choir in 1970 and has served as its conductor ever since. His medical practice in Philadelphia has been a pioneer in the team approach to comprehensive voice care, allowing countless singers and other patients to recover the joy of their voice.