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American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Board of Directors

The Board of Directors exercises all corporate powers and manages the business and affairs of the Alliance. They establish program priorities central to its core mission of sponsoring research, increasing awareness and improving access to cochlear implants through advocacy while providing oversight of all activities carried out in support of its mission.


Colin Driscoll, MD *
Chair, Otorhinolaryngology
Mayo Clinic (MN)


*denotes Executive Committee member


SECRETARY -- Jan Larky, MA *
Stanford Ear Institute
Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Stanford Health Care




TREASURER -- Jill B. Firszt, PhD *
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology,
Head-Neck Surgery
Director, Cochlear Implant and Hearing 
Loss Research Laboratory
Washington University School of Medicine 


Oliver Adunka, MD
Professor and Director
Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital


 Amy McConkey Robbins. MS LSLS Cert. AVT 
Speech-Language Pathologist
Communication Consulting Services
Indianapolis, IN
Nikolas H. Blevins, MD
CI 2017 Pediatric Co-Chair
Malcolmson Professor
Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology
Medical Director,
Cochlear Implant Center
Stanford University

Steven R. Rech
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Houston, TX

Dan Choo, MD
Professor and Director, 
Department of Otolaryngology 
Head and Neck Surgery
Univ. of Cincinnati 
College of Medicine
Cincinnati Children's 
Hospital Medical Center


Andrew G. Shuman, MD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology 
Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan Health System

John Dornhoffer, MD
Professor and Chairman
Samuel D. McGill Chair in Otolaryngology Research
Director of Otology and Neurotology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and
Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Sally Tannenbaum-Katsaggelos, M.Ed., DT/H, LSLS Cert. AVT
Co-Director, Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program
The University of Chicago Medicine,
Comer Children's Hospital


David S. Haynes, MD, FACS
Chair, Membership Committee
Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery/Hearing & Speech Sciences
Cochlear Implant Program Director, 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Holly Teagle, AuD, CCC-A
Clinical Associate Professor, 
Co-Director of the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC, 
Department of Otolaryngology, 
University of North Carolina


 Meredith Holcomb, AuD, CCC-A
Clinical Director,
Cochlear Implant Program
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Department of Otolaryngology, 
Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina





Donna L. Sorkin, M.A.

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