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.
The University of Chicago Medicine
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson
Year Started Practice
University of Missouri School of Medicine
Internship and Residency
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Washington University Children's Hospital, St. Louis
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
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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.
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
View a partial list of Dr. Suskind's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.