Administrative Core

Center Site: Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Lead PI: Kristina Simonyan, MD, PhD, DrMed

The Administrative Core is responsible for the organization and overall operation of the Center.

Center Manager: Lauren Guthridge, MM

The External Advisory Committee includes five clinicians and scientists from the fields of otolaryngology, neurology, neurosurgery, speech-language pathology, speech sciences, and neuroimaging, who provide oversight of the scientific progress of the Center and guide the research plan as appropriate.

Andrew Blitzer, MD, DDS – Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director of NY Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Co-Founder and Director of Research of ADN International 

Steven J. Frucht, MD – Professor of Neurology, Associate Chair for Neurology Faculty Group Practices, Director of Division of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD – Professor of Neurological Surgery, Ohio State University

Cara Stepp, PhD – Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Boston University

Dr. Jon Stoessl CM, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS – Professor of Neurology, University of British Columbia

The Administrative Core pursues the following goals: (1) to integrate and support all Center components and scientific activities; (2) to provide regulatory and budgetary oversight to the Center, and (3) to promote scientific discovery of the Center.

The Administrative Core’s significance is in ensuring that there is a direct line of communication between the Center components, the adherence to institutional and federal regulatory policies, the effectiveness of fund expenditure across the Center, and timely dissemination of scientific knowledge derived from the studies of the Center.