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Nancy M. Young, MD, FACS, FAAP

Nancy M. Young, MD, FACS, FAAP

Head, Section of Otology/Neurotology and Medical Director, Audiology & Cochlear Implant Programs, Lurie Children's; The Lillian S. Wells Professorship in Pediatric Otolaryngology; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatric Otolaryngology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Professor & Fellow, Knowles Hearing Center, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Northwestern University School of Communication; Faculty Affiliate Member, Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Nancy Young, MD, founded the Lurie Children’s Cochlear Implant program and is medical director of Audiology. She is fellowship-trained in Neurotology (advanced ear surgery). Dr. Young edited the text “Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Learning and the Brain” published in 2016. She was recently elected to the American Otological Society (AOS) Council, the leadership body of the second oldest medical society in the U.S.

Clinical Interests: Hearing loss (sensorineural, conductive, auditory neuropathy); surgical implants for hearing loss including cochlear implantation and Bonebridge implantation; congenital and acquired cholesteatoma; otitis media (ear infection) and its complications. 

Education & Training

Education: New York University Medical School, 1982

Postgraduate Training: Neurotology fellowship, Chicago Otology Group, 1998; Residency in otolarngology, Northwestern University Medical School, 1987; Residency in general surgery, Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center, 1984

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; American College of Surgeons; American Otological Society; American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Chicago Laryngological Society; American Neurotology Society; American Cochlear Implant Association; Association for Research in Otolaryngology

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Research Interests: Hearing loss; cochlear implantation

Pediatric cochlear implantation is Dr. Young's primary academic focus. She is currently investigating prediction of cochlear implant outcomes based upon pre-operative brain structure and function. The long-term goal of this research, which has received funding from NIH, is to develop individualized therapy to maximize hearing and language after cochlear implantation. She is also lead investigator of an FDA clinical trial to expand pediatric cochlear implant indications. Click here to learn more. 

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