Scientific Program

About CI2021: Cochlear Implants in Children and Adults:

The theme of the CI2021 Conference is Cochlear Implantation: It Takes a Village.

The CI2021 conference will foster dissemination of multi-disciplinary scientific information applicable to audiologists, physicians, speech pathologists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, advocates and others involved in cochlear implantation. The conference will provide attendees with opportunities to explore current and emerging topics for CI patients across the lifespan.

The program features presentations on a range of topics including telehealth, pediatric and adult cochlear implantation, innovations in audiology, (re)habilitation, surgical techniques and technologies, single-sided deafness, music appreciation, and addressing equity in cochlear implantation.

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Invited Speakers and Panels:

John Niparko Memorial Lecture: Degeneration and Regeneration of the Inner Ear

  • Keynote Speaker: Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD. Dr. Stankovic is Chief, Division of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Molecular Neurotology and Biotechnology Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University. Dr. Stankovic had planned to speak at CI2020 and we are delighted she will join us at CI2021. 

Keynote Lecture:
Improving CI Access with a Spanish Test Battery

  • Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Rivas, MD

Telehealth: What we’ve experienced in Audiology, Surgery, Therapy & Education

Climbing the Ladder to Success: Audiology Professional Development


  • Meredith Holcomb, AuD


  • Gabrielle Cager, AuD
  • Rene Gifford, PhD
  • William Shapiro, AuD
  • Alejandra Ullauri, AuD
  • Terry Zolwan, PhD

Cochlear Implant Futures: How the past shapes the future and what to do about it

Dr. Howard Francis will lead a roundtable discussion amongst an interdisciplinary group of thought leaders about contemporary challenges to cochlear implant delivery and access. The group will then be challenged to suggest what strategies might be advanced to address healthcare vulnerabilities and societal attitudes.


  • Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA, FACS; Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology Chair, Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Duke University Health System


  • Teresa Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT; CEO, Hearing First
  • Cliff Megerian, MD, FACS.; President, University Hospitals Health System
  • Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA; Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health
  • Peter Thomas, JD, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
  • Jason Wigand, AuD.; Owner at LifeAloud, LLC

Controversies in Cochlear Implantation (Point/Counterpoint)

(Re)Habilitation Connect Forum: From Data to Delivery: Implementing Research-Based Intervention 
Forum Coordinating Committee: Amy Birath AuD, LSLS Cert AVEd; Hannah Eskridge MSP, LSLS Cert AVT; Amy McConkey Robbins MS, LSLS Cert AVT

  • Segment One: The Complexities of Family-Centered Intervention: The Essential Need for Trauma-Informed Practice Carrie Neff MS, LPC-S, IMH-E; Darcy Stowe MS, LSLS Cert AVT
  • Segment Two: Maximizing Reading Potential: The Roles of Segmental and Suprasegmental Speech Perception for Successful Literacy Outcomes for Children Who Have Cochlear Implants Lisa Davidson PhD; Heather Grantham PhD
  • Segment Three: The Challenge of Transitioning to Life Beyond High School for Students who use Cochlear Implants Terry Zwolan PhD; Jennifer Still MHS, LSLS Cert. AVT

Review the (Re)Habilitation Connect Forum Flyer for additional details.

Social Justice and Hearing Health Care: Addressing Equity in Cochlear Implantation


  • Matthew Bush MD, PhD


  • Jacob Hunter, MD; UT Southwestern, Hearing Health Disparities Research
  • Nicole Marrone, PhD; Healthcare Disparities in AZ Hispanic Population
  • Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH; Johns Hopkins, Hearing Health in Older Americans
  • Sheree Sims, BA; CI Coordinator/Outreach to African American Community, University of Cincinnati


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