Biography for Dr. Ted Mau

Ted Mau, M.D., Ph.D., remembers the moment in medical school when he first saw the human vocal folds in action: a visiting professor delivered a lecture while holding a flexible laryngoscope inside his own throat. “It was the first time most of us had seen the vocal folds move within the voice box. I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Dr. Mau says. A choral baritone, he became captivated by the structure and mechanics of the larynx and the vocal folds.

Thinking about structure and mechanics already came naturally to him. The son of an engineer, Dr. Mau graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in biochemistry, then earned a Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He attended Harvard Medical School for his M.D., then returned to UCSF for residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, winning three research prizes. After residency, Dr. Mau completed a fellowship at Vanderbilt University in laryngology and care of the professional voice. He joined UT Southwestern in 2008 as its first full-time voice specialist.

“I started out as a scientist in biophysics, studying the atomic structure of proteins,” Dr. Mau recalls. “When I switched gears into medicine, I maintained the biophysics way of thinking about things. The voice box is fascinating: this organ has moving parts, and nothing else in the body behaves like vocal fold tissue.”

Dr. Mau brings that scientific point of view to his practice. He not only cares for patients with a wide range of voice disorders but also pushes the frontiers of our understanding of the voice with his research and scholarly work. He has published multiple peer-reviewed papers on the structure and function of the vocal folds and the effects of therapeutic injections, among other topics. Dr. Mau also has written several book chapters covering various topics of otolaryngology. He serves as a peer reviewer in major journals in his field and has delivered lectures to fellow specialists on vocal fold injection and the care of the aging voice.

In 2010, Dr. Mau received a Young Faculty/Practitioner Award from the American Laryngological Association.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

  • American Laryngological Association (2015)
  • Pan-American Vocology Association (2015)
  • The Triological Society (2012)
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association (2011)
  • The Voice Foundation (2008)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2003)

Honors and Awards

  • American Laryngological Association Casselberry Award
    (2017)
  • American Laryngological Association Young Faculty Award
    (2010)
  • Henderson Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University
    (1992)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship
    (1992)
  • Distinction in Teaching, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University
    (1991)
  • John Harvard Scholarship
    (1990)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College
    (1990)