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Dana L. Suskind

InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentSurgery-Otolaryngology-Head and Neck
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Dana Suskind, MD is Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago. A Professor of Surgery, she is Founder and Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of Thirty Million Words.

    Dr. Suskind's research focuses on foundational brain development, with an overarching aim to affect a population-shift in the knowledge and the behavior of parents and caregivers in order to reduce the achievement gap and prevent early cognitive disparities at onset. Given the absence of any such tools in the field, she developed a parent knowledge assessment tool, the Scale of Parent/Providers’ Expectations and Knowledge (SPEAK), which influences all three areas of her research: behavior change interventions, efficacy testing, and implementation scaling.

    Her research includes over 35 peer-reviewed journals and 150 national and international speaking engagements. Author of the book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, she has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, National Public Radio, and other national media outlets.

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    University of Missouri-Kansas City , Kansas City, MOBS1988
    University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MOMD1992
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAInternship - General Surgery1993
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PAResidency–Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery1997
    Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MOFellowship–Pediatric Otolaryngology1998
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    1987 - 1990Flarsheim Merit Scholarship
    1991Junior Alpha Omega Alpha
    1992American Medical Women’s Association Scholarship Citation
    2007 - 2011Listed in Best Doctors in America Database
    2012Illinois CHOICES for Parents Honoree, Illinois Early Hearing Detection, Intervention Day
    2012Fellowship Award, Reach for Commercialization Workshop. Ohio State University
    2012University of Chicago Medical Center Faculty Award “Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation”
    2013Chicago Tribune Remarkable Woman Profile
    2015Senior Faculty Scholar, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence
    2015Making a Difference Award, LENA Research Foundation
    2015Books for a Better Life-Childcare/Parenting Finalist
    2016Gray Humanitarian Award, SENTAC
    2017Vision and Impact Award, Weizmann Women for Science
    2017Gem of the Month, Bridging the Word Gap Research Network, University of Kansas
    2018John D. Arnold, MD Mentor Award for Sustained Excellence, Pritzker School of Medicine
    2018AG Bell Chairman’s Award, AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    2018LENA Research Foundation Making a Difference Award
    2018SENTAC Gray Humanitarian Award
    2018Weizmann Women for Science Vision and Impact Award

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    1. Sowa LE, Thomas JMN, Hundertmark AC, Baroody FM, Suskind DL. Leveraging the universal newborn hearing screen to impact parental knowledge of childhood speech development in low socioeconomic populations: A randomized clinical trial. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2021 Jul; 146:110763. PMID: 34000494.
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    2. Leung CYY, Suskind DL. What Parents Know Matters: Parental Knowledge at Birth Predicts Caregiving Behaviors at 9 Months. J Pediatr. 2020 06; 221:72-80. PMID: 31987656.
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    3. LoRe D, Leung CYY, Brenner L, Suskind DL. Parent-directed intervention in promoting knowledge of pediatric nutrition and healthy lifestyle among low-SES families with toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. Child Care Health Dev. 2019 07; 45(4):518-522. PMID: 31050026.
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    4. LoRe D, Ladner P, Suskind D. Talk, Read, Sing: Early Language Exposure As an Overlooked Social Determinant of Health. Pediatrics. 2018 09; 142(3). PMID: 30093541.
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    5. Suskind DL, Leung CYY, Webber RJ, Hundertmark AC, Leffel KR, Fuenmayor Rivas IE, Grobman WA. Educating Parents About Infant Language Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 07; 57(8):945-953. PMID: 29073768.
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    6. Al-Ubaydli O, List JA, LoRe D, Suskind D. Scaling for Economists: Lessons from the Non-Adherence Problem in the Medical Literature. J Econ Perspect. 2017; 31(4):125-44. PMID: 29465217.
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    7. Suskind DL, Graf E, Leffel KR, Hernandez MW, Suskind E, Webber R, Tannenbaum S, Nevins ME. Project ASPIRE: Spoken Language Intervention Curriculum for Parents of Low-socioeconomic Status and Their Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Feb; 37(2):e110-7. PMID: 26756142.
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    8. Suskind DL, Leffel KR, Graf E, Hernandez MW, Gunderson EA, Sapolich SG, Suskind E, Leininger L, Goldin-Meadow S, Levine SC. A parent-directed language intervention for children of low socioeconomic status: a randomized controlled pilot study. J Child Lang. 2016 Mar; 43(2):366-406. PMID: 26041013.
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    9. Leffel K, Suskind D. Parent-directed approaches to enrich the early language environments of children living in poverty. Semin Speech Lang. 2013 Nov; 34(4):267-78. PMID: 24297619.
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    10. Nath A, Emani J, Suskind DL, Baroody FM. Predictors of persistent sleep apnea after surgery in children younger than 3 years. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Oct; 139(10):1002-8. PMID: 24030757.
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    11. Esteitie R, Emani J, Sharma S, Suskind DL, Baroody FM. Effect of fluticasone furoate on interleukin 6 secretion from adenoid tissues in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jun; 137(6):576-82. PMID: 21690510.
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    12. Kirkham E, Sacks C, Baroody F, Siddique J, Nevins ME, Woolley A, Suskind D. Health disparities in pediatric cochlear implantation: an audiologic perspective. Ear Hear. 2009 Oct; 30(5):515-25. PMID: 19633562.
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    13. Bhayani MK, Smith AD, Baroody FM, Liu D, Suskind D. Distal esophageal foreign bodies: is it a common occurrence post-fundoplication requiring immediate intervention? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Mar; 73(3):377-81. PMID: 19157573.
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    14. Somers ML, Suskind DL. Near-complete tracheal ring deformity: a case report. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008 Jul; 87(7):405-7. PMID: 18633937.
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    15. Ossowski K, Chun RH, Suskind D, Baroody FM. Increased isolation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pediatric head and neck abscesses. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Nov; 132(11):1176-81. PMID: 17116811.
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    16. Suskind DL, Thompson DM, Gulati M, Huddleston P, Liu DC, Baroody FM. Improved infant swallowing after gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment: a function of improved laryngeal sensation? Laryngoscope. 2006 Aug; 116(8):1397-403. PMID: 16885743.
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    17. Adetayo OA, Suskind DL. Radiology quiz case: Tracheal bronchus. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Apr; 132(4):453, 454. PMID: 16618917.
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    18. Ossowski K, Suskind DL. Airway management in conjoined twins: a rare indication for the EXIT procedure. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Jan; 131(1):58-60. PMID: 15655187.
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    19. Su S, Baroody FM, Kohrman M, Suskind D. A comparison of polysomnography and a portable home sleep study in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Dec; 131(6):844-50. PMID: 15577778.
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    20. Steele MH, Suskind DL, Moses M, Kluka E, Liu DC. Orbitofacial masses in children: an endoscopic approach. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Apr; 128(4):409-13. PMID: 11926916.
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    21. Suskind DL, Tilton A. Clinical study of botulinum-A toxin in the treatment of sialorrhea in children with cerebral palsy. Laryngoscope. 2002 Jan; 112(1):73-81. PMID: 11802042.
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    22. Bauer PW, Lieu JE, Suskind DL, Lusk RP. The safety of conscious sedation in peritonsillar abscess drainage. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Dec; 127(12):1477-80. PMID: 11735818.
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    23. Payne MS, Suskind DL, Vargas A, Craver R, Liu DC. Parathyroid hyperplasia: an unusual cause of neonatal hypercalcemia. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2001 Dec 01; 61(3):253-7. PMID: 11700196.
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    24. Craver RD, Lipscomb JT, Suskind D, Velez MC. Malignant teratoma of the thyroid with primitive neuroepithelial and mesenchymal sarcomatous components. Ann Diagn Pathol. 2001 Oct; 5(5):285-92. PMID: 11598856.
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    25. Suskind DL, Zeringue GP, Kluka EA, Udall J, Liu DC. Gastroesophageal reflux and pediatric otolaryngologic disease: the role of antireflux surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 May; 127(5):511-4. PMID: 11346425.
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    26. Bratton C, Suskind DL, Thomas T, Kluka EA. Autosomal dominant familial frontonasal dermoid cysts: a mother and her identical twin daughters. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2001 Mar; 57(3):249-53. PMID: 11223458.
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    27. Suskind DL, Tavill MA, Handler SD. Doxycycline sclerotherapy of benign lymphoepithelial cysts of the parotid: a minimally invasive treatment. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2000 Apr 15; 52(2):157-61. PMID: 10767463.
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    28. Park JY, Suskind DL, Prater D, Muntz HR, Lusk RP. Maturation of the pediatric tracheostomy stoma: effect on complications. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1999 Dec; 108(12):1115-9. PMID: 10605914.
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    29. Suskind DL, Park J, Piccirillo JF, Lusk RP, Muntz HR. Conscious sedation: a new approach for peritonsillar abscess drainage in the pediatric population. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Nov; 125(11):1197-200. PMID: 10555689.
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    30. Suskind DL, Bigelow CD, Knox GW. Y modification of the Fisch meatoplasty. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Jul; 121(1):126-7. PMID: 10388893.
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    31. Suskind DL, Handler SD, Tom LW, Potsic WP, Wetmore RF. Nontuberculous mycobacterial cervical adenitis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1997 Jul; 36(7):403-9. PMID: 9241478.
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    32. Suskind DL, Tavill MA, Keller JL, Austin MB. Management of the carotid artery following penetrating injuries of the soft palate. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1997 Feb 14; 39(1):41-9. PMID: 9051438.
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    33. Suskind DL, Mirza N, Rosin D, Stanton D, Sachdeva R. Condyloma acuminatum presenting as a base-of-tongue mass. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Mar; 114(3):487-90. PMID: 8649889.
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