Dr Ann Kummer

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Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP retired as Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2017. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Kummer does many lectures and seminars on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and on business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and 26 book chapters. She is the author of the book entitled From: Kummer AW. (2020). Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, 4th Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dr. Kummer is the co-developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005) that is incorporated in the Nasometer equipment (PENTAX Medical). She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener (Super Duper, Inc.). She was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)

Dr. Kummer has taught the cleft palate/craniofacial class at 5 universities for many years. She developed an online graduate course on Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions, to accompany her textbook.

Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors, including: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); distinguished alumnus award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati (2007); named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007); Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Cincinnati Chapter (2010); Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012), Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from OSHLA (2012); Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, OSSPEAC (2014); and the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). In 2017, she received Honors of the Association from ASHA, their highest award.