Joel H. Blumin, MD

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Laryngology, Otolaryngology
4.8 (171)
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 Dr. Joel H. Blumin is a Fellowship trained, Board Certified Otolaryngologist/Head Neck Surgeon who has a clinical emphasis in treating patients with voice and throat problems. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and sees patients of all ages.

Dr. Blumin graduated from the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in 1993. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society in 1992. Following medical school, he went back to his home of Los Angeles, CA for a residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA. As a resident, he received multiple awards for excellence in both teaching and research.

After his residency he stayed at UCLA to become the first Fellow in Laryngology, Voice Disorders, and Bronchoesophagology under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald S. Berke. During this two year Fellowship, he honed his diagnostic and surgical skills within the subspecialty of Laryngology.

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Blumin focuses his practice on diseases of the larynx and treatment of vocal professionals in all walks of life. He has a special interest and has been nationally recognized for his care of patients with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurologic disorder of the larynx. He also treats patients with airway stenosis, head & neck cancer, swallowing disorders, parotid and thyroid tumors, and tumors of the larynx.

He also enjoys his role as an academic otolaryngologist in teaching residents and medical students both the art and the science of medical practice. His research interests lie in neurolaryngology, laryngeal biomechanics, and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr. Blumin has a simple philosophy of patient care that was passed to him from his mentors: treat every patient as if they were your mother or father. He will carefully explain a patient's diagnosis and treatment options in terms they can understand.



Diseases & Conditions

Airway Stenosis
Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Neurologic Disorders of the Larynx
Parotid and Salivary Gland Tumors
Spasmodic Dysphonia
Subglottic Stenosis (SGS)
Swallowing Disorders
Tumors of the Larynx
Voice Disorders

Treatment & Services

Botox Injections
Laryngeal EMG
Laser Surgery
Microsurgery of Larynx
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Professional Voice Services
Rehabilitation of Patients with Vocal Paralysis
Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Trans Nasal Esophagoscopy
Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) Treatment

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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5580
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Education & Training

UCLA Medical Center - Los Angeles - CA - Fellowship in Laryngology-Voice Disorders & Bronchoesophagology - (1999-2001)

UCLA Medical Center - Los Angeles - CA - Residency in Head and Neck Surgery - (1993-1999)

University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City - Doctor of Medicine - (1993)

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Patient Reviews

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4.8 out of 5. 171 ratings, 28 reviews
Aug. 22, 2019
very professional and concerned about my health
Aug. 14, 2019
Dr. Blumin is an excellent Dr.
Aug. 9, 2019
I really did not get an answer to the 2 reasons I went to see Dr. Blumin. 1) Excessive Saliva w/drooling 2) Not being able to clear my throatNo explanation was given, or suggestions to help the issues. It was pretty much a waste of his time and mine as well as money.
July 23, 2019
He is excellent and has lead me through my chronic illness for 12 years. I trust him.
July 22, 2019
No, explained issue and sent up an appointment with a speech Dr
July 22, 2019
would have liked more answers to my health concern. I left without any real diagnosis or guidance as how to proceed.
July 11, 2019
Yes, this is the third time I have met with this provider. He is sensitive to patient's needs and tries his best as far as I can see to accommodate them with his skills. However, he is not my primary provider, so I didn't expect advice on how to avoid illness and stay healthy unless I had a specific question regarding my throat.
June 30, 2019
DR. Blumin Is by far one of the best doctors that I have met. He not only made time to see me as a follow up from and emergency department visit he took the time to perform a detail evaluación of my situation and explain my condition and what to expect as well as possible steps if my condition did not improved. Very please with his service, I'm looking forward of making him my to go ENT doctor.
June 24, 2019
Respectful, listened well, experienced, gave coping strategies and listed outcomes with answers and was honest about limitations
June 12, 2019
could have taken a little more time to look at the problem, not just throw some antibiotics at me and if they don't work come back pay another 50$ and we can try again, huh?
April 23, 2019
This was a first visit to establish a relationship with an ENT doc around my unusual vocal cords issue. I now feel confident that Dr. Blumen understands my condition, and will be an excellent guide going forward.
April 15, 2019
I felt heard. I did not feel rushed. I felt well partnered with by *Dr. Blumin. (I did feel there were too other people in the room who did not provided any service, but I gigure I paid for. (Speech therapist and an assistant). Didn't love that.
April 8, 2019
Doctor was very patient in listening to all my concerns and explained things in a was that was easy to understand. I am clear on my treatment plan.
March 26, 2019
Coordinated/integrated care at one site is top-notch, from the staff to the providers. THIS is not easy to find in the entire State of Wisconsin. Excellent visit. Much appreciated.
March 11, 2019
He knew the latest research, explained my options and was very pleasant and had a direct manner.
March 4, 2019
very precise in information concerning my health needs.
Feb. 27, 2019
very pleasant experience
Feb. 14, 2019
*Dr. Blumin was very kind & made me feel comfortable. Receptionist & MA very nice.
Feb. 12, 2019
He told me what would help and he did it and it worked
Jan. 28, 2019
my issue injection is expensive and injection can be hit or miss to the vocal cords. he is not always perfect.
Jan. 21, 2019
Always prompt, pleasant appointment experience.
Dec. 26, 2018
He was prompt, efficient in the exam room, thorough in his evaluation of my problem.
Dec. 7, 2018
Excellent dr.
Nov. 27, 2018
concise, honest, and compassionate
Nov. 25, 2018
*Dr. Blumin did not have my records from Froedtert South in Kenosha.
Nov. 25, 2018
Dr. Blumin and his staff are knowledgeable, punctual, professional, caring and thoroughly engaged in addressing all of my specialty health concerns.
Nov. 14, 2018
Dr. Blumin is a well-known specialist who treats patients with spasmodic dysphonia using botox injections. I have been seeing him for almost 7 years (4 times per year). His exceptional knowledge in this field is why I rated him on the top.
Nov. 11, 2018
*Dr. Blumin and his staff are great - never feel rushed - knew a lot about my overall health!