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Temporal Bone Studies Add to Otology

This year’s Michael M. Paparella, MD Endowed Lecture for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Otology is being presented by Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA. Dr. Tucci is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Duke University Medical Center. Her presentation topic is, “Contributions of Contemporary Human Temporal Bone Histopathology to Clinical Otology.” 

“Human temporal bone histopathology has contributed to our understanding of many inner ear diseases, including otosclerosis, tumor growth patterns, and Meniere’s disease, as well as various other causes of sensorineural hearing loss,” Dr. Tucci said. “Temporal bone studies from patients who have undergone cochlear implantation help us to understand how to improve surgical techniques. Contemporary temporal bone analysis techniques allow investigations at the synaptic and molecular level, so new information is becoming available that is ever more important in contributing to our understanding of human disease and treatment paradigms.”

Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA

After reviewing recent findings from human temporal bone histopathological studies, Dr. Tucci will discuss implications for care of patients undergoing cochlear implantation, treatment for otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, and other ear and hearing disorders.

Dr. Tucci is principal investigator (PI) on an NIH-funded grant focused on improving access to care for adults with hearing loss and served as co-PI on an NIH-funded project that developed a national practice-based clinical research consortium, the CHEER network. She recently served on the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

AAO-HNSF/ International Hearing Foundation/ Michael M. Paparella, MD Endowed Lecture for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Otology

Today, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

GWCC, Building B, Ballrooms 2-3

Beyond her work in the United States, Dr. Tucci has an interest in international hearing healthcare and has worked with international colleagues to improve infrastructure and services in developing countries. She is currently working with the World Health Organization and other organizations to further global hearing healthcare initiatives.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Virginia Health System. She received an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 2013.