An online monthly journal club for speech-language pathologists and dysphagia clinicians, focusing on swallowing and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. The goal of Dysphagia Grand Rounds (DGR) is to encourage clinicians to become better consumers of dysphagia research literature; empowering them with the tools they need to apply dysphagia research to their practice with greater confidence and critical thinking. 

Information about DGR topics, journal articles and on-demand webinars will be posted every month on the Grand Rounds page. Please visit the FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about DGR. The Resources page includes free resources for clinicians related to dysphagia and evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology. You can get in touch with the DGR team using the Contact page, via email or social media. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive DGR news, articles and webinar updates directly in your inbox every month.

Who We Are


Ianessa A. Humbert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dysphagia Researcher

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Dr. Ianessa Humbert is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She has expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Dr. Humbert's research program is focused on the physiological mechanisms of swallowing disorders and development of rehabilitation strategies for dysfunction. More recently, a major interest of her program has been to understand the neural mechanisms underlying normal and disordered swallowing and how principles of motor learning can be applied to examine these as well as swallowing interventions. Dr. Humbert’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, and The American Speech Language Hearing Association since 2006. Dr. Humbert is a widely sought after invited speaker at several national and international clinical and scientific meetings. She has created online courses for CEU credit on swallowing physiology and clinical practice, for which hundreds of clinicians have registered to date and is also the author of the Swallowing Pocket Guide: A Quick Reference for Muscles and Innervation, which has sold several hundred copies nationally and internationally.


Rinki Varindani Desai, M.S.,CCC-SLP, CBIS
Dysphagia Clinician 

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Rinki Varindani Desai is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a BIAA-certified Brain Injury Specialist, specializing in the assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She has extensively treated adults with dysphagia in the acute care and long-term care medical settings. Rinki created the Medical SLP Forum and co-created the mobile app Dysphagia Therapy. She serves on ASHA’s SIG 13 Editorial Review Committee as the CE Editor of Perspectives and on the Dysphagia Research Society’s Website, Communications  and Public Relations Committee. She has spoken at a number of national and international conferences on topics related to adult dysphagia. Her articles have been featured in popular SLP blogs such as The ASHA Leader, Medbridge EducationTactus Therapy and Dysphagia Café. Originally an SLP from Mumbai, India, Rinki currently practices in Rochester, New York. You can follow her Medical SLP Blog on Facebook or reach out via LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you would like to listen to a podcast to hear the Dysphagia Grand Rounds founders speak more about the background of DGR and the research-practice gap, click here