Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F

Senior Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4341

Fax 513-803-3376


Speech and resonance disorders secondary to cleft palate; craniofacial and orofacial anomalies; velopharyngeal dysfunction

Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, is senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer is also professor of clinical pediatrics and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Kummer does many lectures and seminars on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and on business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and over 20 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2014) and one of the authors of the text entitled Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004).

Dr. Kummer is the co-developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005) that is incorporated in the Nasometer equipment (KayPENTAX). She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener (Super Duper, Inc.). She was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)  

Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors, including: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); distinguished alumnus award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati; Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012), Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from OSHLA (2012); elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); and received the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). She was named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); and named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007).

BA: Speech Pathology and Audiology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1972.

MAT: Speech Pathology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1973.

PhD: Speech Pathology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1986.

Certificate of Clinical Competence: Speech-Language Pathology  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1974.

Kummer AW, Turner J. Ethics in the practice of speech-language pathology in health care settings. Semin Speech Lang. 2011 Nov;32(4):330-7. 

Kummer AW, Clark S, Redle E, Thomsen L, Billmire DA. Current practice in assessing and reporting speech outcomes of cleft palate and velopharyngeal surgery: a surgery of cleft palate/craniofacial professionals. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011 Apr 18

Kummer AW. Communication disorders related to cleft palate, craniofacial anomalies and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):81-198.

Kummer AW. Disorders of resonance and airflow secondary to cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):141-149.

Kummer AW. Types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):150-158.

Kummer AW. Perceptual assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):159-167.

Kummer AW. Speech therapy for errors secondary to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):191-199.

Bedwinek A, Kummer AW, Rice G, Grames LM. Current training and continuing education needs of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists regarding children with cleft lip/palate. Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch. 2010 Oct:41(4):405-415.

Kummer AW, Lee L, Stutz L, Maroney A, Brandt JW. The prevalence of apraxic characteristics in patients with velocardiofacial syndrome as compared to other populations. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2007:44(2):175-181.


Kummer, AW: Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance. Cengage:  3rd ed., 2014.