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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    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

    Clinical Interests

    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).

    Research Interests

    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.

    Publications

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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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    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

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Research

    Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss

    Biography

    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.

    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.

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.

    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

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, UC Department of Environmental Health

    Phone: 513-636-7789

    Fax: 513-636-7509

    Email: jareen.meinzen-derr@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Research

    Pediatric hearing impairment; cochlear implant research; neonatal outcomes

    Visit the More Than Hearing Loss web page.

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

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

    Publications

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    Grants

    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.