Nancy M Young

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1988 …2023

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Nancy M Young is the Lillian S Well Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a fellow of the Knowles Hearing Center of Northwestern University. She is Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Program and Audiology Department and also serves as Head, Section of Otology & Neurotology and Director of Research in the Division of Otolaryngology at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Neurotology Society and American Otological Society and a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. She is a founding member and served as board secretary of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA). She is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Otology & Neurotology. She is a recipient of the Award of Scientific Merit from the Alfred E. Mann Foundation.

Pediatric cochlear implantation is Dr. Young's primary academic focus. She is co-editor, with Karen Iler Kirk, of the text book Pediatric Cochlear Implantation - Learning and the Brain ( Dr. Young is lead author of the chapter entitled “Redefining Cochlear Implant Benefits to Appropriately Include Children with Additional Disabilities“. She is currently investigating prediction of cochlear implant outcomes based upon pre-operative brain structure and function. The long term goal of this research is to develop custom therapies to maximize hearing and communication after implantation.

Dr. Young's clinical practice is dedicated to diagnosis and management of hearing loss in children, management of cholesteatoma and infectious disease of the ear, implants for hearing including cochlear implant and bone conduction systems. The pediatric cochlear implant program she founded in 1991 is now one of the largest in the United States. She has a special interest in auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, cochlear nerve deficiency, and implantation of children with multiple disabilities and complex surgical anatomy.

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Training Experience

1984Internship, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1987Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Medicine, New York University

… → 1982

Research interests keywords

  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Hearing
  • Language Development
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Surgery


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