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Speech Pathology at Highland Hospital

The Speech Pathology Department at Highland Hospital is part of the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The role of the speech-language pathologist is to assess communication, cognition, swallowing and voice impairments, diagnose the severity of the problem, and implement a treatment plan to help individuals regain as much of their communication and swallowing as possible.

We offer evaluation and treatment for inpatient adults in the acute hospital setting for communication and swallowing disorders. In addition, we provide outpatient adult swallowing evaluations and instrumental swallowing studies including Modified Barium Swallow Study (also referred as a pharyngogram or videofluoroscopy) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) study.

Qualified and Experienced Staff

Our speech pathologists are licensed by the New York State Department of Education and hold Certificates of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), in addition to postgraduate training and certifications in several clinical subspecialties. Meet our specialists:

Molly C. DeWeese, M.S., CCC-SLP

Joined Highland Hospital and URMC in 2000.

Molly earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology from SUNY Geneseo in 1987 and her Master's degree from Syracuse University in 1988. Her areas of specialty include oral-pharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia (swallowing disorders), aphasia (stroke speech/language disorders), cognitive-communication disorders, and tracheostomy/ventilator dependency.

Kathryn M. Wilson, MA, CCC-SLP

Joined Highland Hospital in 2008

Katie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2000 and her Master’s in Speech Pathology from the University of Buffalo in 2005. Her areas of specialty include oral-pharyngeal dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive-communication disorders, and tracheostomy/ventilator dependency.

Contact Us

To be seen by one of our speech pathologists, you will need a physician referral. You or your physician can call (585) 341-8285 to schedule an appointment.

For inpatient questions, please call (585) 341-6645. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location & Directions:

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620
Telephone: (585) 341-8285  Fax: (585) 341-6426


Important Patient Information

If you are being seen for a Swallowing Evaluation, Modified Barium Swallow study (Pharyngogram) or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing please note the following:

Please use the main parking garage and report to Highland Hospital Imaging (located on the main floor of the hospital).
Please check in with the receptionist at the Imaging Department registration window.

We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
Please note that appointment cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. This test does not require any prior preparation therefore you can eat and drink prior to the study.

Additional Information:
Modified Barium Swallow study (Pharyngogram)
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing