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Dylan Chan


Pediatric otolaryngologist
Classical pianist and family-toting cargo bicyclist

Dr. Dylan Chan is a pediatric otolaryngologist, a specialist in ear, nose and throat conditions. He provides family-centered care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing by coordinating their medical and surgical care, which may include cochlear implantation (placing a device that assists with sound perception) and ear canal reconstruction.

In research, Chan focuses on hearing and deafness, especially congenital and acquired hearing loss, chronic ear disease and cochlear implantation. He runs a laboratory devoted to studying how certain genetic abnormalities lead to hearing loss and to investigating gene therapy methods for treating deafness. He also studies why different populations of children experience very different outcomes in their hearing health, particularly with how their hearing affects their speech, language and other aspects of development. He seeks ways to improve health care systems that will reduce such disparities, including strategies to make provision of hearing screenings equitable and to boost access to teletherapy (treatment by live video).

Chan graduated from Yale University with degrees in molecular biochemistry and biophysics as well as music. He completed a doctorate in sensory neuroscience at the Rockefeller University, where he studied with renowned sensory neuroscientist Dr. A. James Hudspeth. Chan then earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Stanford University and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children's Hospital.

  • Education

    Yale University, MS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, 1999

    Rockefeller University, PhD, Sensory Neuroscience, 2005

    Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College, MD, 2007

  • Residencies

    Stanford Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2012

  • Fellowships

    Seattle Children's Hospital, Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2013

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (6)

    My work

    Newly discovered deafness gene opens door to treatment

    Research by Dr. Chan identified a gene mutation that could pave the way for preventing hearing loss caused by loud noises or aging, which affects millions of people.

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    Preschool Hearing Screening

    Percentage of children identified with hearing loss; (number of children identified with hearing loss) / (number of all screened children)


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    Teletherapy in Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    The PLS-5 is a standard developmental language assessment that measures communication skills in children ages birth to 7 years. Score to report: standard score.


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    Tender wagging care

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