Roxann Diez Gross is a senior clinical specialist at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh where she evaluates and treats swallowing disorders in both pediatric and adult patients. She has served as principal investigator on several research grants that she has been awarded. Her research in the area of respiratory and swallowing interactions has resulted in multiple peer-reviewed and invited publications and frequent invitations to lecture both nationally and internationally. In 2009, she received a US patent (No.7,555,329 B2) on a method and apparatus to quantify pharyngeal residue. Gross sits on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Prader-Willi Association (USA) and is a member of ASHA and the Dysphagia Research Society. She is peer-reviewer for several medical journals. Current research activity is in the area of esophageal bolus transit and clearance.