VLHF Medical Staff
The board of directors for the foundation consists of 24 members, 18 Lions and six University of Virginia Health System medical personnel in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Here is a brief look at those individuals, several of whom are conducting research projects funded in part by the hearing foundation.
Cynthia A. Clark, Au.D., has worked for three years as a clinical audiologist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree at Northwestern University. She is a member of the cochlear implant team at the University of Virginia. Her other clinical interests include electrophysiological testing, vestibular and balance assessment, and intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Clark is professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
George T. Hashisaki, M.D., Associate Professor, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Washington. He served his residency and his fellowship study at the University of Virginia. His clinical interests include otology and neurotology. His research activities include hair cell physiology, translational research in hair cell viral transfection, and cochlear implant performance measures. Dr. Hashisaki serves as the Medical Director for VLHF. He and his wife have two children.
Bradley W. Kesser, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Otolaryngology Residency Program, is a native of Norfolk, VA. He is married with three children, a son and two daughters. Dr. Kesser received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia where he also did his residency. He studied as a Fellow at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. One of his special areas of interest is congenital malformations of the ear canal and middle ear. Research interests include hearing loss after surgery for congenital middle ear malformations and disabilities associated with unilateral hearing loss.
Amber G. Kiser, Ph.D., has worked as a clinical audiologist for ten years. She studied at James Madison University, receiving her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Ph.D. in Audiology. Since 2005 she has served as coordinator of the cochlear implant program at the University of Virginia. In addition to her cochlear implant duties, she has a special interest in intra-operative monitoring and pediatric electrophysiological testing. Dr. Gardner is affiliated with the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and Speech-Language Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV).
Douglas S. Ruhl, M.D., received his bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Master of Science in Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University and did his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently pursuing his fellowship in Neurotology at the University of Virginia. His research interests are in hearing loss, gene therapy, congenital middle ear malformations, cochlear implant outcomes, and medical malpractice. Dr. Ruhl is also a Major in the United States Army and is married with three children.
Dr. Jung-Bum Shin joined the Neuroscience Department at the University of Virginia in 2010 as assistant professor and was recently promoted to associate professor. He received his PH.D in Biology and Neuroscience at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and completed post-doctoral training at the Oregon Health Science University/Vollum Institute in Portland, OR. His research focuses on understand the molecular mechanism underlying hearing and deafness.