Aliaa Khidr, MD, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Phoniatrics (medical speech pathology). She received her medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo Egypt, and served as faculty in its Phoniatrics Department as well as in the Communication Disorders Department of the University of Virginia. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to functional voice disorders and outcomes of surgical, medical, and behavioral management, especially the "Smith Accent" technique of voice therapy. Dr. Khidr specializes in the study of voice production, disorders, and management and is passionate about preventive voice care education as well as finding, training, and empowering one's professional voice. She is an active national and international speaker and provides year-round "Voice Education and Training" workshops for prospective and professional speakers. She also serves as a clinical, academic, and research consultant for speech pathology programs in the Middle East.