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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
Adjunct Associate Professor
Sensory loss (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision)
Deafness associated with an additional disability
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, Choo DI. Children with cochlear implants and developmental disabilities: A language skills study with developmentally matched hearing peers. Res Dev Disabil. 2010 Dec 1.
Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Grether S, Choo DI. Language performance in children with cochlear implants and additional disabilities. Laryngoscope. 2010 Feb;120(2):405-13. 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, Meinzen-Derr J, Choo D. Auditory skills development among children with developmental delays and cochlear implants. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Oct;117(10):711-8.
Meinzen-Derr J, Lim LH, Choo DI, Buyniski S, Wiley S. Pediatric hearing impairment caregiver experience: impact of duration of hearing loss on parental stress. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2008 Nov;72(11):1693-703. Meinzen-Derr J, Wiley S, Creighton J, Choo D. Auditory Skills Checklist: clinical tool for monitoring functional auditory skill development in young children with cochlear implants. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2007 Nov;116(11):812-8. 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.
Ivy M. Flynn, MSW, LSW Social Worker, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr, PhD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric hearing impairment; cochlear implant research; neonatal outcomes
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.
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.
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