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Robert F. Labadie

VISE Steering Committee Member


Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Research Areas:

Image-guided Otologic surgery, Eustachian tube function, and Bilateral Cochlear Implantation clinical trials.

Robert Labadie

received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988, Ph.D. in 1995 and M.D. in 1996. He came to Vanderbilt in July of 2001. He also serves St. Thomas Hospital and St. Thomas Surgicare in the area of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical realm is general otolaryngology, with emphasis on surgical rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. His passion is cochlear implantation, a surgical technique where an electrode is implanted in the inner ear which, when stimulated, allows deaf individuals the ability to perceive sounds. He is a member of the AAO-HNS, AOS, ANS, and the Triological Society. His scientific presentations have been given both nationally and internationally. He has ongoing grant support to study the effects of cochlear implantation on vestibular (balance) function. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles, has presented his research nationally and internationally, and has ongoing NIH grant support to study image-guided otologic surgery, including cochlear implantation. He is married with four children.

CAOS Lab overview

Optimizing Cochlear Implantation with CT Imaging