Dana L. Suskind

Dana Suskind, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist who specializes in hearing loss and cochlear implantation. She directs University of Chicago Medicine’s Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program.

A recognized thought leader on the national stage, Prof. Suskind has dedicated her research and clinical life to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. She is founder and co-director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, which aims to create a population-level shift in the knowledge and behavior of parents and caregivers to optimize the foundational brain development in children, birth to five years of age, particularly those born into poverty. In 2015, her book Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain was published by Dutton. Her follow-up book, Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise, will be published by Dutton in April, 2022.  

Prof. Suskind has received the Weizmann Women for Science Vision and Impact award, the SENTAC Gray Humanitarian Award, the LENA Research Foundation Making a Difference Award, the Chairman’s Award from the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2018, and the John D. Arnold, MD Mentor Award for Sustained Excellence from the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Suskind Stories

How Talk Builds Babies’ Brains with Dana Suskind (Ep. 13)

Physician and author gives advice to teach kids from day one and discusses her transformation to a social scientist.