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Dana L. Suskind, MD

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program

Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative

Founder and Director, Project ASPIRE

Dr. Dana Suskind is a pediatric otolaryngologist who specializes in hearing loss and cochlea implantation. She directs the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant program.

Dr. Suskind is the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn.

An evidence-based intervention, Thirty Million Words is supported by a broad coalition of public and private partnerships and is an extension of Dr. Suskind's Project ASPIRE, which she created to assure that her patients from disadvantaged backgrounds reached their full listening and spoken language potentials. Dr. Suskind's ultimate goal, and that of her dedicated team, is to help all children reach their full potentials and to close the ever-widening achievement gap.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson
One Prairie Center
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 500
Matteson, IL 60443

Year Started Practice

1992

Board Certification

Otolaryngology

Medical School

University of Missouri School of Medicine

Internship and Residency

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Fellowship

Washington University Children's Hospital, St. Louis

Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
American Medical Association
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Language Spoken

English

Email

dsuskind@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

Office Phone

(773) 702-1865

Office Fax

(773) 702-6809

Office Postal Address

Dana L. Suskind, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1035
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Suskind

Dr. Suskind is the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, an innovative parent-directed initiative designed to harness the power of parent language to build a child's brain and impact his or her future.

ABC7 News profiled Dr. Suskind and Project Aspire, a program that she founded and directs to help increase language development in young children with cochlear implants.
» Watch the video

View a video about the pediatric cochlear implant program that features Dr. Suskind.

Dr. Suskind was part of a multidisciplinary team that performed a complex surgery to establish an airway for an unborn baby that had a large neck tumor. The tiny infant was still partly in her mother's womb while Dr. Suskind worked to ensure that the baby could breathe. » Learn more

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Suskind's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.



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