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Lab Director:

Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD

Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD

Vice Chair, Chief Research Officer, and Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Affiliated Faculty:


J. Michael Fitzpatrick, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Radiology, and Neurosurgery



Benoit Dawant, PhD

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences



Robert J. Webster III, PhD

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, Urologic Surgery



Rene Gifford, PhD

Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Director of Cochlear Implant Program



Jack Noble, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering



Jason E. Mitchell, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Research Team:


Kate Von Wahlde, BA, CCRP

Manager, Clinical Research


Jody Peters, MS

Laboratory Manager



Loris Fichera, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering



Neal P. Dillon, MS

PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering



Trevor L. Bruns, BS

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering



Michael A. Siebold, MS

PhD Student, Electrical Engineering



Patrick S. Wellborn, BS

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

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The Otology Group at Vanderbilt

The Otology Group was founded in 1974 by Michael E. Glasscock III, M.D. C. Gary Jackson, M.D. joined the group in 1978. In the 30-year history of The Otology Group it became one of the world’s acknowledged centers of excellence for treatment of ear disorders. Dr. Glasscock retired in 1998 and Dr. Jackson in 2008. The tradition continues with the merger with Vanderbilt in 2004, with Dr. David Haynes as Division Chief.