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Two alumnae join American Academy of Audiology board of directors

The American Academy of Audiology announced on November 20 that Sarah Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D. and Samantha Kleindienst Robler, Au.D., Ph.D., have been appointed to the organization’s board of directors. Dr. Sydlowski is president-elect, and Dr. Robler is a board member. Both received their graduate degrees at Gallaudet. They are the first known Gallaudet graduates to serve on the AAA board.

Dr. Sydlowski is audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic and Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. She is also adjunct faculty at the Kent State University and the University of Akron, where she teaches the graduate Implantable Technologies course.

Her clinical and research interests have been predominantly focused on implantable hearing technologies. She has delivered numerous presentations and authored various publications, including book chapters, journal articles, and position statements primarily on this topic. More recently, her interests are centered on the intersection of healthcare and business. She recently completed her Executive MBA at Case Western Reserve University where she received the EMBA Leadership Award. She is interested in clinical business strategy, optimizing care delivery and efficiency, and the economic impact of healthcare regulatory/policy issues. Dr. Sydlowski received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton, her clinical doctorate in audiology from the University of Louisville, and her Ph.D. in audiology from Gallaudet University.

Dr. Sydlowski resides in Avon, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and rowing on the Cuyahoga River.

Dr. Robler works in population health and clinical informatics for Norton Sound Health Corporation located in Northwest Alaska. She leads the advancement of telemedicine utilization in audiology and across the hospital.  She conducts clinical research in several areas and currently is co-principal investigator for a large cluster randomized trial funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The trial is looking to address childhood hearing loss disparities in the rural Alaska Native population utilizing novel mobile health technology and telemedicine for prevention. Robler publishes in the area of telemedicine and access to hearing healthcare, lectures at the graduate level and presents nationally and internationally.

In addition to her clinical and research work, Dr. Robler currently serves as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Political Action Committee Board. She is a reviewer for the Technology and Telepractice Committee for the ASHA convention, and is also a reviewer for several journals, including ASHA Perspectives, the American Journal of Audiology, Otology and Neurotology, and the International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Robler spends her time between Honolulu, Hawaii where her family lives, and Nome, Alaska where she works. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, and is an avid runner and hiker.

“We are delighted that Sarah is the Academy’s president-elect,” said Tanya Tolpegin, executive director of the American Academy of Audiology. “She has provided years of expertise for our organization and will be a terrific leader. Dr. Robler has extensive knowledge in research, telemedicine, and hearing healthcare, and will be a significant asset for our organization.”

For more information on the American Academy of Audiology, visit www.audiology.org.

Posted by Robert Weinstock | Posted December 3, 2020 at 6:30 AM

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