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2017 Academy Honors Recipients

2017 Academy Honors Recipients

Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology

Jane R. Madell, PhD

Dr. Madell is a clinician, researcher, and educator. As a clinician, she is a certified audiologist, speech-language pathologist, a listening and spoken language specialist, and an auditory verbal therapist. For about 50 years, she has single-mindedly dedicated her career to helping children with hearing impairment and other auditory disorders (including auditory processing, auditory attention disorders, and sound hypersensitivity). She was the director of audiology at the New York League for the Hard of Hearing (now the Center for Hearing and Communication) and the director of the Hearing and Learning Center and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center at Beth Israel Medical Center/New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Under her leadership, these world-renowned centers for pediatric audiology became models for family-centered integrated care providing support, rehabilitation, and education services for families and children alike. As an educator, Jane Madell has held faculty positions at University of Tennessee, Teachers College Columbia University, and State University of New York Health Sciences, and is presently a professor at New York Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a researcher, she has published five books, authored or co-authored numerous chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and developed online and magazine articles.

Recently Jane has ventured into new territory: she is in the process of finalizing a documentary film titled, "The Listening Project." In it, she explores the value of hearing technology in the lives of some of her previous patients, now in their 20s and 30s, whose hearing loss she identified when they were infants or young children.

On her website (www.janemadell.com), Jane shares her philosophy. She says, "I believe children with hearing loss have the ability to learn to use hearing to develop a spoken language. I also believe that every child is testable – no matter the age or degree of other disabilities. With proper management, most children with hearing loss can be educated in the mainstream along with their typical-hearing peers."

Jane Madell has clearly lived by these words through her dedicated practice in the evaluation and management of hearing in infants and young children with hearing loss and auditory disorders, and by providing them with the most appropriate form of amplification, assistive technologies, and supportive family-centered auditory rehabilitation and therapies.

The Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology is awarded to an audiologist for his or her exceptional contributions to pediatric audiology; contributions that have made an impact on the profession of audiology as a whole. Jane Madell, without a doubt, meets these criteria and is a truly worthy recipient of this award.


Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology

James (Jim) A. Henry, PhD

Dr. Jim Henry received his PhD from the Oregon Health and Sciences University in 1994. He currently holds the post of research career scientist at the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as a research professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, and adjunct professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Henry is widely acknowledged as an authority in the area of tinnitus. He has gained national and international distinction for his work in developing valid and reliable methods for evaluating the psychoacoustic characteristics of tinnitus. These techniques have helped to standardize the process by which clinicians evaluate and treat patients with tinnitus. He also co-directed a joint multicenter project designed to develop an international tinnitus outcome measure called the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI). The TFI has garnered national and international attention and has been translated into 14 languages. Dr. Henry has also developed and validated other important instruments designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus and hearing loss, including the Tinnitus and Hearing Survey.

Dr. Henry was awarded funding to develop, evaluate, and implement the most effective, efficient, and beneficial approach to clinical management of tinnitus. This resulted in the development of Progressive Tinnitus Management, which is currently the standard of care for the Veterans Affairs and being evaluated for use by the Department of Defense. From this work, Dr. Henry developed a telephone-administered version and has successfully demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of providing tinnitus counseling by telephone to veterans throughout the United States, with and without a history of traumatic brain injury.

For his efforts in the development of the psychoacoustical testing system, Dr. Henry received a Technology Innovation Award from Oregon Health and Science University in 2009. He received the Editors Award from Ear and Hearing for the paper, "The Tinnitus Functional Index: a new clinical measure for chronic, and intrusive tinnitus.

Dr. Henry has been an extremely successful career researcher. From 1995 to date, he received extramural financial support for 31 projects for a combined total of $11.7 million. This funded research focused on some areas including electrophysiological assessment of high-frequency auditory sensitivity using high-frequency tone bursts, electroacoustic measures of tinnitus, clinical trials of different forms of tinnitus treatment, development, and the development of psychometrically robust tinnitus outcome measures.

Dr. Henry has also been highly successful in publishing his research, with 79 peer-reviewed publications (an additional 62 in non-peer-reviewed publications) in a range of both basic research and clinical research journals. Also, he has published seven books and four book chapters. Further, he has provided approximately 300 scientific presentations. It is clear from this summary that Dr. Jim Henry has contributed manifold to our understanding of tinnitus and, accordingly, is deserving of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.


Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry

James (Jim) F. Patrick

Jim Patrick's undergraduate and graduate education included training in physics, communications engineering, and biomedical engineering. His degrees include BSc, MSc, DEng, and CPEng(Biomed). He is also a fellow of Engineers (Australia) and a fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Early in his career, Jim developed an interest in how electrical stimulation might be used to help people with hearing loss. It was at this stage that he joined Professor Graeme Clark's research team at Melbourne University in 1975.

When the Australian government decided to support the commercial development of cochlear implants, Mr. Patrick transferred to the Cochlear company to work on the development of a clinically applicable cochlear implant. He was responsible for systems engineering and the digital aspects of the implantable stimulator, playing a key leadership role in the development of this new medical implant. Two important features of the instrument were a large number of electrodes (22) in the stimulator, and the use of pulsatile stimulation allowing for precise temporal interleaving of electrode stimulation thereby reducing inter-electrode interaction. These innovations allowed for the development of advanced signal-processing strategies for significant improvements in speech understanding.

Jim rose rapidly within the company, and he was given broader responsibilities, including managing Cochlear's global research program, exploring how novel forms of signal processing can improve the performance of the cochlear implant, and how advances in biology and electro-neural interfaces can be applied to future implant designs.

Dr. Patrick has also been involved in several projects that seek to apply this technology in other medical bionic fields such as the

  • Treatment of spinal cord injuries
  • Use of an implanted stimulator to provide sensory feedback for people using artificial hands
  • Use of an implanted stimulator to provide pacing vestibular stimulation to relieve Meniere's symptoms

He retired from Cochlear at the end of December 2016, with a subsequent appointment as chief scientist emeritus.

During his 35 years as a leading researcher in the hearing health industry, Jim acquired a growing list of honors for his many substantial contributions in improving the efficacy of cochlear implants. Here is a brief listing of his many awards:

  • 2007 "Australia's Most Influential Engineers" for Engineering Expertise
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children – Jim Patrick Audiology Centre
  • Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering – Engineering Icon for the cochlear implant
  • Patrick Meeting Room at Australian Hearing Services
  • Winner of the 2014 David Dewhurst Award for Biomedical Engineering
  • Jim Patrick Meeting Room at Australian Hearing Hub
  • ATSE Clunies Ross Lifetime Achievement Award for the application of science and technology for the benefit of Australia in 2015
  • Order of Australia for distinguished service to science through the development of Cochlear implant technology, to biomedical research and engineering innovation, and to education and professional associations in 2015

These awards are tangible evidence of Jim's industry-based, game-changing contributions to audiology. By this means, Jim has improved the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people with hearing loss. In short, James F. Patrick is a most worthy recipient of The Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry.


Career Award in Hearing

Amy M. Donahue, PhD

Dr. Donahue has had a productive and influential history of research and service to the audiology community specializing in the study of hearing, hearing loss, and balance systems. For over 25 years, as a dedicated public servant, she has been involved with the research programs of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), initially as a health scientist administrator and then as the chief of the hearing and balance/vestibular sciences branch.

During the early years, she worked with a large variety of interlocutors: individual scientists, the leadership of the NIH and NIDCD, along with government, academic and hearing industry leaders. She was a leader in holding exploratory workshop and consensus conference between developers to establish neonatal hearing screening programs, interventions in young children with hearing loss, and focused on translating basic research findings into clinical tools for use in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.

More recently, as the deputy director of the division of scientific programs, Dr. Donahue has provided the leadership to guide the hearing and balance research community concerning their research programs. She teaches how to obtain funding to support programs, to create direction and policies that help define the future of hearing research, and to foster the translation of hearing research into clinical applications. During this time, she has made a major effort to make hearing healthcare more accessible and affordable to all patients. This initiative resulted in a major contract award to the Institute of Medicine to conduct a consensus study on accessible and affordable hearing health care for adults, which was led by the NIDCD and sponsored by several federal agencies. The resulting prestigious report published this past summer recommended a series of priorities and actions for improving hearing health care. The Honors Committee wholeheartedly agrees that Amy Donahue is recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Career Award in Hearing for her significant contributions to furthering scientific research in the field of hearing loss.


International Award in Hearing

José Juan Barajas de Prat, MD, PhD

Dr. Barajas was awarded his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Navarra in Spain in 1970, before attaining his diploma in the specialism of laryngology and otology in London and becoming an otolaryngology specialist in 1977. His doctoral of medicine was awarded in 1985 on the, "Evoked Auditory Action Potential of the Brainstem in Neurological Diagnosis." He has had appointments in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, as well as the Canary Islands.

As an otolaryngologist and audiological physician, he ran a busy clinical practice that provided opportunities for many students to be involved in activities related to the theory and practice of electrophysiology and the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the disorders of voice, language, and hearing. The clinic also provided opportunities for hands-on service through surgical and audiologic management of patients with an otologic disease, hearing loss, and vestibular disorders. These included amplification and cochlear implants for infants and children identified with hearing loss.

In addition to his substantial clinical activities, Dr. Barajas has been committed to research on hearing impairment, assessment techniques, electrophysiology, and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss. This is evidenced by a full curriculum vitae that include 66 publication in peer-reviewed journals, nine book chapters, 157 presentations at seminars and invited lectures, and 94 conference presentations. His publications have been on the leading edge of professional knowledge, beginning with impedance measurements in the early days, through electrophysiology and cochlear implants. Many of his publications have been on basic science topics related to audition. A review of Citation Index indicates that his work is well recognized and frequently cited in the world literature. In addition to his personal publications, Dr. Barajas has served on many editorial boards as reviewer and editor. Finally, he has organized and hosted major audiology and hearing science meetings in Tenerife, Canary Islands, that include meetings of the European Federation of Audiological Societies and the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group. He has had university appointments in Spain, Brazil, and Columbia.

Dr. Barajas has made numerous contributions to the audiology profession through founding organizations, volunteering on scientific committees, and serving in leadership roles. He served as the president of the International Association of Physicians in Audiology in 2004, and president of the International Society of Audiology from 2010-2012.

Humanitarian activities have also been championed by Dr. Barajas. He has been the director for Spain's Special Olympics Health Hearing movement that is based in Washington, D.C. He has also worked in several International Olympic Games including Japan, Italy, and Greece. In 1985, he founded The Canarian Foundation Dr. Barajas, a non-profit organization for prevention and investigation of deafness.

Dr. Barajas has served his profession with genuine enthusiasm and is considered a warm and friendly ambassador among professionals from around the world. It is for these attributes and a truly outstanding service to the profession of audiology in all aspects of clinical, academic, research, and professional pursuits that Dr. José Juan Barajas de Prat will receive the International Award in Hearing.


Distinguished Achievement Award

John Greer Clark, PhD

Dr. Clark has outstanding contributions to the field over the past 40 years through his teaching, research, clinical work, and as an author of seminal texts in audiology. Dr. Clark received his clinical training at the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. He maintains a private practice in Middletown, Ohio and is on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati's doctoral program in audiology. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Clark is an exceptional educator as both a professor and author. As a professor, his dedication and knowledge, combined with enthusiasm and support, have inspired generations of audiology students, enabling them to achieve success in their careers. Dr. Clark is a scholar whose research and teaching have focused on amplification, adult audiologic rehabilitation, counseling, and animal audiology. While he leaves an outstanding legacy as a professor, it is perhaps his prolific record as a researcher and author which is even more remarkable. Over the years, Dr. Clark's academic authorship has included 16 books, 17 book chapters, 17 refereed journal articles, ten invited articles, four consumer guides, and 38 non-refereed articles.

As an author, Dr. Clark has had a direct impact on audiology education with his well-regarded and popular textbook, "Introduction to Audiology," co-written with Dr. Fred Martin. The thirteenth edition of this textbook is in development now. Dr. Clark and co-author Dr. Fred Martin have further advanced audiology education with the publication of a break-through text entitled, "Effective Counseling in Audiology: Perspectives and Practice." This prescient text was written before counseling courses were even included in AuD curriculum. Since then, Dr. Clark has authored two more counseling texts and moved AuD education effectively towards patient- and family-centered care. The impact of his teaching, and moreover, his research and academic authorship, has had a profound impact on the field of audiology and will be felt by generations of audiologists still to come.

Throughout his career, Dr. Clark has also worked diligently to advance the profession of audiology with leadership roles on committees and boards. He has served on the boards of directors for both the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology and is a past chair of the American Board of Audiology and a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. Dr. Clark's extraordinary career exemplifies the very spirit for which the Academy's Distinguished Achievement Award was established.

Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar, PhD

According to his academic profile on Northwestern's website, Dr. Sumit Dhar's research can be summarized as, "studies the sounds created within the inner ear, then examines their behavior under a variety of conditions. By understanding the physiology involved, it is hoped that better diagnostic tests may be able to be designed to test for hearing loss." This summarizes his research so well and so simply for something so complex.

Dr. Dhar's career started with a bachelor's degree from the University of Bombay in Mumbai, India. He then moved to the United States and was awarded his master's degree from Utah State University. His master's thesis, "The Dependence of the 2f1 - f2 Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) On Primary Levels in Normal-Hearing Ears," set the stage for his career researching the complexities of cochlear mechanics and OAEs. His Ph.D. was awarded in 2001 from Purdue University with the dissertation, "A Detailed Study of Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission Fine Structure in Normal-Hearing Adult Human Ears."

Dr. Dhar previously was faculty at Indiana University, and during his time there he was given the honor of excellence in teaching. In 2004, he moved to Northwestern University. During the decade, he has been at Northwestern; he had advanced from assistant to full professor to department chair in 2014. He was instrumental in the designing, planning, and staffing of a new clinical facility for Northwestern, which opened in January 2015. In 2013, he was honored with the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring. He has mentored many students, both PhD and AuD, through research projects and dissertations.

Dr. Dhar's accomplishments are many. His research has expanded the clinical possibilities and knowledge for OAEs. As Dr. Samira Anderson, Dr. Dhar's nominator, states, "He is currently working on a project to improve detection of ototoxicity through new methods of assessing distortion product otoacoustic emissions, and an additional project to improve detection of ear disease before hearing aid use. These projects have immediate ramifications for clinical practice and for improving the hearing health of our patients." He has 51 peer-reviewed articles, and he has given over 150 invited presentations, over 60 abstracts and posters, and even has co-authored the book, "Otoacoustic Emissions Principles, Procedures, and Protocols" with Dr. James Hall. In addition to writing and presenting, he also reviews and edits. Dr. Dhar has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy Office of Research, the United States Army Office of Research, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Hearing Research Foundation. He is associate editor of Audiology Today and www.audiology.org, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and Plural Publishing.

Finally, Dr. Dhar has been active in professional organizations. He was a member of the inaugural Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference in 2008. He has been a member of several committees with the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Dhar has served on the board of directors and as president of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.