Cochlear Implant Program

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Physicians

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    Ellis Arjmand, MD, PhD
    Attending Otolaryngologist

    513-636-4355

    ellis.arjmand@cchmc.org

    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

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-2886

    Email: ellis.arjmand@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Childhood hearing impairment; cochlear implantation; newborn hearing screening; congenital inner ear anomalies; health policy and economics

    Research Interests

    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 

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Daniel I. Choo, MD
    Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    513-636-4355

    daniel.choo@cchmc.org

    Daniel I. Choo, MD

    Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: daniel.choo@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    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

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    John H. Greinwald Jr., MD, FAAP

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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    Biography

    John Greinwald Jr., MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 1983.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1987.

    Internship: Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA, 1988.

    Residency: Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA, 1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1998.

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    Audiology

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    Molly Bertinato, MA, CCC-A
    Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4236

    molly.bertinato@cchmc.org

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    Jodi Creighton, MS, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT
    Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4372

    jodi.creighton@cchmc.org


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    Amanda Luise Fitz, MA, CCC-A
    Aural Rehabilitation Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4236

    amanda.fitz@cchmc.org

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    Maggie L. Kettler, AuD
    Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4236

    margaret.kettler@cchmc.org


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    Michael Scott, AuD, CCC-A
    Auditory Implant Team Coordinator, Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4236

    michael.scott@cchmc.org

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    Michael Scott, AuD, CCC-A

    Auditory Implant Team Coordinator, Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    Phone: 513-636-4236

    Email: michael.scott@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cochlear Implant and BAHA programming; objective measures; rehabilitation; and outcomes.

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    AuD: The University of Akron: Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium, 2006.

    MA: Washington University in St. Louis: Central Institute for the Deaf, 2002.

    BA: Saint Louis University: College of Public Service, 2000.

    Publications

    Scott M, Brown D, Stephens J, Balvalli S, Meinzen-Derr J. Measuring Auditory Steady State Responses in Cochlear Implant Recipients. Objective Measures in Auditory Implants - 6th International Symposium, St Louis, MO, September 2010.

    Brotman-Domoracki, S., Dunay, J., Halter, K., Scott, M., Zombeck, L. Promoting
    collaboration among professionals working with children with cochlear implants: The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Children with Cochlear Implants
    . Educational Audiology Review, 20, 8-21. 2009
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    Laura A. Tucker Welte, MA, CCC-A
    Audiologist II, Division of Audiology

    513-636-4236

    laura.tucker@cchmc.org


    Speech-Language Pathology

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    Angela J. Cole, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    angela.cole@cchmc.org

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    Bridgitt Pauly, MS, CCC-SLP/A
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    bridgitt.pauly@cchmc.org


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    Charlotte Ruder, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    charlotte.ruder@cchmc.org

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    Rebecca Shundich, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    rebecca.shundich@cchmc.org


    Developmental Pediatrician

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    Susan E. Wiley, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    513-636-4611

    susan.wiley@cchmc.org

    Susan E. Wiley, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fellowship Director

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)

    Research

    Deafness associated with an additional disability

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Social Work

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    Ivy M. Flynn, MSW, LSW
    Social Worker, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    513-636-7582

    ivy.flynn@cchmc.org

    Researcher

    Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7789

    Fax: 513-636-7509

    Email: jareen.meinzen-derr@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric hearing impairment; cochlear implant research; neonatal outcomes

    Biography

    Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, is a quantitative epidemiologist with a joint appointment with the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Her overall goal is to improve outcomes in children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Her currently funded research involves understanding the needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing and have a co-existing disability. She has a prolific publication background in the areas of necrotizing enterocolitis, children with hearing loss, and breastfeeding. She is involved with teaching courses at the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental health as well as in supporting the educational curricula for fellow research education within the Divisions of Neonatology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 2006.

    MPH: Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 1997.

    Publications

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