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 â head and neck surgery at Stanford University and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children's Hospital.