Dr. MICHAEL S. BENNINGER
While studying singers at Oberlin’s Voice Laboratory, Benninger became enamored with the complexities of the human voice. Upon moving to Detroit, he became a vocal guru to the city’s Motown scene and opera divas. Today, as chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Benninger treats the vocal conundrums of an international clientele that includes a sheik, prime ministers and such platinum performers as Kid Rock. In his hospital’s recording studio, he captures baseline “vocal MRIs” of his patients. “Thanks to these technologies,” he says, “we assist artists as far away as China in real time.” » 216-444-8500, clevelandclinic.org/headandneck
Additional reporting by Bryan Reesman, Lindsey Sullivan and Nick Williams.