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The Cochlear Implant Program is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Ellis Arjmand, MD, PhD Attending Otolaryngologist
Director of the Ear and Hearing Center
Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program
Medical Director, Liberty Campus
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Childhood hearing impairment; cochlear implantation; newborn hearing screening; congenital inner ear anomalies; health policy and economics
Pediatric sensorineural hearing loss; congenital inner ear anomalies; genetic basis of sensorineural hearing loss; functional neuroimaging of the auditory system; integrated medical care of children with hearing impairment
Ellis Arjmand, MD, PhD, is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from Northwestern University with his medical degree in 1986. He subsequently earned a PhD in auditory physiology at Northwestern University in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Dallas and a Master of Medical Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Arjmand completed his residency in otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis and his fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at St. Louis at Children's Hospital. Upon completing his fellowship, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University of Medicine in 1994, where he practiced pediatric otolaryngology until 1999. He then joined the faculty at Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he served as Director of the Hearing Center and the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
In July of 2004, Dr. Arjmand moved to Cincinnati to become associate professor at The University of Cincinnati and director of The Ear and Hearing Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Arjmand is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and The American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children and the American Bronchoesophagological association. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Ellis Arjmand practices general pediatric otolaryngology with a special emphasis on pediatric otology. His research interests relate to the causes of childhood hearing impairment, congenital inner ear anomalies, newborn hearing screening and cochlear implants.
MD: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1986.
PhD: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1996.
MMM: Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2007.
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1993.
Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital, 1994.
Ksiazek J, Prager JD, Sun GH, Wood RE, Arjmand EM. Inhaled cidofovir as an adjuvant therapy for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Apr;144(4):639-41. Propst EJ, Prager JD, Adams JM, Arjmand EM, Willging JP, Samy RN. A preliminary investigation of four-dimensional ultrasound for evaluation of middle ear ossicles: an in vitro study. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Sep;74(9):1028-33.
Grisel J, Arjmand E. Comparing quality at an ambulatory surgery center and a hospital-based facility: preliminary findings. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Dec;141(6):701-9. Boston M, Halsted M, Meinzen-Derr J, Bean J, Vijayasekaran S, Arjmand E, Choo D, Benton C, Greinwald J. The large vestibular aqueduct: a new definition based on audiologic and computed tomography correlation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Jun;136(6):972-7. Simons JP, Mandell DL, Arjmand EM. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in pediatric unilateral and asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Feb;132(2):186-92. Ruscetta MN, Arjmand EM, Pratt SR. Speech recognition abilities in noise for children with severe-to-profound unilateral hearing impairment. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2005 Jun;69(6):771-9. Mandell DL, Arjmand EM, Kay DJ, Casselbrant ML, Rosen CA. Intralesional cidofovir for pediatric recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Nov;130(11):1319-23. Arjmand EM, Webber A. Audiometric findings in children with a large vestibular aqueduct. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Oct;130(10):1169-74. Belmont MJ, Arjmand EM. Recurrent acute otitis media associated meningitis in a patient with a contralateral cochlear implant and bilateral cochleovestibular dysplasia. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004 Aug;68(8):1091-3.
Daniel I. Choo, MD Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Diagnosis and management of children with hearing loss; pediatric cochlear implantation; surgery for congenital ear abnormalities; hearing restoration surgery; disorders of the endolymphatic system of the inner ear (e.g., Meniere's Disease).
Development of the inner ear; Meniere's disease
Daniel Choo, MD, obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY, and completed his otolaryngology residency training in Syracuse.
Dr. Choo completed fellowships in otology / neurotology at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida and the Neurotology Branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
MD: State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 1989.
Fellowship: Neuro-otology, Ear Research Foundation, Sarasota, Fla., 1995; Molecular and Developmental Biology of the Inner Ear, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1999.
Residency: State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, 1994.
Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1995.
John H. Greinwald Jr., MD, FAAP
Sun GH, Harmych BM, Dickson JM, Gonzalez Del Rey JA, Myer CM 3rd, Greinwald JH Jr. Characteristics of children diagnosed as having coagulopathies following posttonsillectomy bleeding. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jan;137(1):65-8.
Johnson RF, Cohen AP, Guo Y, Schibler K, Greinwald JH. Genetic mutations and aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity in neonates. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 May;142(5):704-7.
Hopkins BS, Johnson KE, Ksiazek JM, Sun G, Greinwald JH, Rutter M. H1N1 influenza A presenting as bacterial tracheitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr;142(4):612-4.
Kothiyal P, Cox S, Ebert J, Husami A, Kenna MA, Greinwald JH, Aronow BJ, Rehm HL. High-throughput detection of mutations responsible for childhood hearing loss using resequencing microarrays. BMC Biotechnol. 2010 Feb 10;10:10.
Propst EJ, Greinwald JH, Schmithorst V. Neuroanatomic differences in children with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss detected using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jan;136(1):22-6.
Kothiyal P, Cox S, Ebert J, Aronow BJ, Greinwald JH, Rehm HL. An overview of custom array sequencing. Curr Protoc Hum Genet. 2009 Apr;Chapter 7:Unit 7.17.
Lee KH, Larson DA, Shott G, Rasmussen B, Cohen AP, Benton C, Halsted M, Choo D, Meinzen-Derr J, Greinwald JH Jr. Audiologic and temporal bone imaging findings in patients with sensorineural hearing loss and GJB2 mutations. Laryngoscope. 2009 Mar;119(3):554-8.
Greinwald J Jr, Cohen AP, Hemanackah S, Azizkhan RG. Massive lymphatic malformations of the head, neck, and chest. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Apr;37(2):169-73.
Schraff SA, Schleiss MR, Brown DK, Meinzen-Derr J, Choi KY, Greinwald JH, Choo DI. Macrophage inflammatory proteins in cytomegalovirus-related inner ear injury. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Oct;137(4):612-8.
Vijayasekaran S, Halsted MJ, Boston M, Meinzen-Derr J, Bardo DM, Greinwald J, Benton C. When is the vestibular aqueduct enlarged? A statistical analysis of the normative distribution of vestibular aqueduct size. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2007 Jun-Jul;28(6):1133-8.
Molly Bertinato, MA, CCC-A Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Jodi Creighton, MS, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Amanda Luise Fitz, MA, CCC-A Aural Rehabilitation Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Maggie L. Kettler, AuD Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Michael Scott, AuD, CCC-A Auditory Implant Team Coordinator, Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Auditory Implant Team Coordinator, Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Cochlear Implant and BAHA programming; objective measures; rehabilitation; and outcomes.
Michael Scott is the Auditory Implant Program Coordinator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He coordinates the multidisciplinary team including professionals from Speech Pathology, Developmental Pediatrics, Aural Rehabilitation, ENT, Social Work and Audiology. Clinically, he works with children ages birth to 21 years of age providing diagnostic hearing evaluations; management of BAHA implant systems; and cochlear implant consultations, evaluations and programming. In addition, he is the primary investigator, and otherwise involved in several on-going research projects.
Laura A. Tucker Welte, MA, CCC-A Audiologist II, Division of Audiology
Angela J. Cole, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Bridgitt Pauly, MS, CCC-SLP/A Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Charlotte Ruder, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Rebecca Shundich, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Susan E. Wiley, MD Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss
Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.
MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.
Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Phillips J, Choo D, Hibner J, Barnard H. Functional communication of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Apr;35(3):197-206.
Wiley S, Gustafson S, Rozniak J. Needs of parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with autism spectrum disorder. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2014 Jan;19(1):40-9.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Bishop S, Manning-Courtney P, Choo D, Gustafson S, Murray D. Autism spectrum disorders in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Jan;78(1):112-8.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J. Use of the ages and stages questionnaire in young children who are deaf/hard of hearing as a screening for additional disabilities. Early Hum Dev. 2013 May;89(5):295-300.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J,Stremel-Thomas K, Schalock M, Bashinksi S, Ruder C. Outcomes for children with deaf-blindness with cochlear implants: a multisite observational study. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Apr;34(3):507-15.
Wiley S, Arjmand E, Jareenmeinzen-Derr, Dixon M. Findings from Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Aug;75(8):1040-4.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Children with cochlear implants and developmental disabilities: a language skills study with developmentally matched hearing peers. Res Dev Disabil. 2011 Mar-Apr;32(2):757-67.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Choo DI. Impact of Early Intervention on Expressive and Receptive Language Development among Young Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. Am Ann Deaf. 2011 Winter;155(5): 580-91.
Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J. Access to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations: who is not making it to the team evaluations. Int J Audiol. 2009 Feb;48(2):74-9.
Wiley S, Choo D, Meinzen-Derr J, Hilbert L, Greinwald J. GJB2 mutations and additional disabilities in a pediatric cochlear implant population. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Mar;70(3):493-500.
Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.
Collaboration between WIC and EHDI to Improve Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screen. Co-Investigator. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination. 2013–2014.
Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models and Increase Healthcare Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Family Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Child Psychiatry. Co-Investigator. 2013–2014.
Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.
Ivy M. Flynn, MSW, LSW Social Worker, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr, PhD
UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health
Pediatric hearing impairment; cochlear implant research; neonatal outcomes
Visit the More Than Hearing Loss web page.
Dr. Meinzen-Derr has a prolific publication background in the areas of health outcomes and clinical care for children who are deaf / hard of hearing and developmental disabilities. She is focused specifically on understanding the mechanisms behind language and functional outcomes in the subset of children with hearing loss who also have an additional developmental disability. In addition to hearing and deafness research, Dr. Meinzen-Derr collaborates on clinical research regarding premature infants. She currently teaches courses as part of the Clinical Research Training Program at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health and supports the educational curricula for fellow research education within the Divisions of Neonatology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Pediatric Otolaryngology. She contributes to the biostatistics and epidemiology modules of the Pediatrics Fellowship Core curriculum and leads the experimental design lectures in neonatology and developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She has developed an online curriculum for the graduate program in biostatistics and epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health and for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.
South AP, Jones DE, Hall ES, Huo S, Meinzen-Derr J, Liu L, Greenberg JM. Spatial Analysis of Preterm Birth Demonstrates Opportunities for Targeted Intervention. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Feb 3.
Binder S, Hill K, Meinzen-Derr J, Greenberg JM, Narendran V. Increasing VLBW Deliveries at Subspecialty Perinatal Centers via Perinatal Outreach. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3):487-93.
Morrow AL, Meinzen-Derr J, Huang P, Schibler KR, Cahill T, Keddache M, Kallapur SG, Newburg DS, Tabangin M, Warner BB, Jiang X. Fucosyltransferase 2 Non-Secretor and Low Secretor Status Predicts Severe Outcomes in Premature Infants. J Pediatr. 2011 May;158(5):745-51.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Children with cochlear implants and developmental disabilities: A language skills study with developmentally matched hearing peers. Res Dev Disabil. 2011 Mar-Apr;32(2):757-67.
Slaughter JL, Meinzen-Derr J, Rose SR, Leslie ND, Chandrasekar R, Linard SM, Akinbi HT. The effects of gestational age and birth weight on false-positive newborn-screening rates. Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):910-6.
Choo D, Meinzen-Derr J. Universal newborn hearing screening in 2010. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Oct;18(5):399-404. Review.
Akinbi H, Meinzen-Derr J, Auer C, Ma Y, Pullum D, Kusano R, Reszka KJ, Zimmerly K. Alterations in the host defense properties of human milk following prolonged storage or pasteurization. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Sep;51(3):347-52.
Kaplan HC, Tabangin ME, McClendon D, Meinzen-Derr J, Margolis PA, Donovan EF. Understanding variation in vitamin A supplementation among NICUs. Pediatrics. 2010 Aug;126(2):e367-73.
Isemann B, Meinzen-Derr J, Akinbi H. Maternal and neonatal factors impacting response to methadone therapy in infants treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome. J Perinatol. 2011 Jan;31(1):25-9.
Giambra BK, Meinzen-Derr J. Exploration of the relationships among medical health history variables and aspiration. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Apr;74(4):387-92.
Early Language and Independent Functional Expectations (LIFE) of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Principal Investigator. March of Dimes 2014-2017.
Impact of cognition on language in pediatric hearing loss and cognitive disabilities. Principal Investigator. Health Resources and Service Administration/Maternal and Child Health Research. 2011-2014.
Patterned experience for preterm infants. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2011-2016.
Wideband clinical diagnosis and monitoring of middle-ear and cochlear function. Co-Investigator. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/National Institutes of Health. 2009-2014.
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