PENTAX Medical Lecture in Upper Airway Science

Note: The PENTAX Medical Lecture will not be offered in 2017.

Since its inception in 2005, the PENTAX Medical Lecture (formerly the KayPENTAX Lecture) in Upper Airway Science has been a prestigious invited lectureship at the annual ASHA Convention.

The highly anticipated event recognizes a scientist who has provided rich depth and breadth to our knowledge of the upper airway as it applies to the complementary fields of voice and swallowing.

Previous lectures have been characterized by the prestige of the presenters and the scholarly content of the presentations. The Lecture itself has been recognized as the premier upper airway science lecture at the Convention.

PENTAX Medical has been a trusted partner of speech-language pathologists and speech and hearing scientists for decades. This lecture was developed in conjunction with leaders of Special Interest Group (SIG) 3, Voice and Voice Disorders and SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.


The nominee must demonstrate outstanding contributions to the depth and breadth of knowledge of the upper airway as it applies to the complementary fields of voice and swallowing.

Lecture Content

The Lecture must meet all of the standards for learning activities offered for ASHA CEUs. In particular, the content must be

  • scholarly in nature,
  • presented at the graduate level or above,
  • delivered by a presenter with recognized scholarly competence in the topic.

Selection Committee

The selection of the recipient is the responsibility of ASHA, through the collaboration of the coordinating committees of SIG 3 and SIG 13.

The sponsoring organization, PENTAX Medical, has no input in selecting the lecturer or planning the lecture.


The recipient receives a stipend of $2,800 made available by a generous contribution from PENTAX Medical. The stipend is intended to cover expenses associated with travel to and stay during the annual ASHA Convention.


Nominees are identified by the coordinating committees of SIGs 3 and 13. For more information or to suggest a nominee, contact SIG 3 Coordinator Rita Patel at or SIG 13 Coordinator Lynne Brady Wagner at

Nominations must be received by January 24.

Past Recipients

View a list of past recipients.

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