Simon Parisier, MDSimon Parisier, MD, Internationally Renowned Cochlear Implant Surgeon, Joins NYEE Staff

New York, NY (May 2004) --  Simon C. Parisier, MD, founder of The Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) and a world-renowned pioneer in the development of cochlear implants for children and adults, has been appointed co-director of the Cochlear Implant and Children’s Hearing Center at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He will NYEE's staff effective June 1, 2004.

"We are extremely pleased to have a specialist of Dr. Parisier’s distinction join The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and our faculty," said Steven D. Schaefer, M.D., professor and chairman of Otolaryngology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. "He is pivotal to the growth of our new Otology Institute, of which the Cochlear Implant and Children’s Hearing Center is an integral part." 

Dr. Parisier, a gifted surgeon, began in 1979 to investigate a revolutionary technology at the time, called cochlear implants, which restored hearing to profoundly deaf individuals. A few years later, in 1983, he recognized that restoration of hearing in children afflicted with profound neuro-sensory deafness was not enough, and he established The Children’s Hearing Institute. The Institute focuses on the “whole child,” an approach which includes comprehensive evaluations and optimal educational placement of children, as well as continuing support in the child’s school setting. Much of the funding by CHI, in fact, is for educational consultants.

Dr. Parisier is a leader in the field of chronic ear disease, and is known worldwide for his research on the cellular biology of cholesteatoma, which has led to a better basic understanding of this destructive ear disorder. 

He is the former chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and has appointments at Lenox Hill, Mount Sinai, New York Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center, as well as professor of Otolaryngology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Cornell University Medical College. 

He is the author of more than 120 publications and belongs to numerous professional societies. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Otolaryngology with their Award of Merit and received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. He did his internship and residencies in surgery and otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. 


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