P. Ashley Wackym, MD

“We’ve advanced significantly in what we can do to preserve hearing in people afflicted with disorders of the inner ear. But our ultimate goal to fully restore lost hearing remains elusive. The research AHRF funds keeps us tenaciously on task, working toward new discoveries that will ultimately bring us closer to our goal.”

—P. Ashley Wackym, MD


P. Ashley Wackym, MD has served on AHRF’s Research Committee in the past. Currently he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chancellor’s Scholar of the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Oregon. Wackym has received many awards, including the Nicholas Torok Vestibular Award of the American Neurotology Society; the Edmund Prince Fowler Award of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.; the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; William H. Call Research Award from the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society; and the Vice President’s Research Award and the Shirley Baron Research Award from the Western Section of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc. Wackym’s clinical emphasis is on the surgical rehabilitation of hearing losses, including cochlear and auditory brainstem implantation, vestibular disorders, Gamma Knife radiosurgery of skull base tumors, and hearing preservation in acoustic neuroma surgery. He has performed more than 750 cochlear implants. Wackym earned an MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville Tennessee. He has published more that 200 articles and books, primarily relating to otologic pathology and cochlear implantation.

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