Memorial Tribute to Life and Achievements of John K. Niparko, M.D.

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Memorial Tribute to Life and Achievements of John K. Niparko, M.D.

Tue, 05/24/2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Johns Hopkins Medicine
1800 Orleans Street
Chevy Chase Auditorium
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, Maryland

Please join current/former colleagues, friends, and patients as we share remembrances of this remarkable man.

John K. Niparko was recruited to Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery from the University of Michigan where he was a faculty member, and had completed his bachelor’s and medical degrees, his residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and a fellowship in otology.  Dr. Charles Cummings, then-Director of the Department, sensed great promise in Dr. Niparko. Indeed, John transformed the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery by training a long line of residents and fellows who now serve in leadership positions throughout the world in otology and neurotology, and other otolaryngology specialties. In 2001, he became the inaugural George T. Nager Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Niparko formed the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins 24 years ago and built it into one of the pre-eminent cochlear implant programs in the U.S. His landmark research through the NIDCD-funded Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation (CDaCI) study laid the foundation for understanding the role of cochlear implants in the development of children with hearing loss. His holistic approach appreciated the socioeconomic and parental factors essential to the success of these implants. As a surgical leader, he modeled professionalism in the immense respect he showed for his rehabilitation team, whose work ultimately would determine the success of the implant technology.

Considered a premier physician-scientist who undertook groundbreaking research and surgical innovations to address disorders of the ear and skull base, Dr. Niparko was a leading authority on implantable devices to improve the hearing of the profoundly deaf and severely hard of hearing.  Under his leadership, the Johns Hopkins’ Listening Center Cochlear Implant Program became the largest of its kind in the country, acclaimed for its clinical excellence and postoperative rehabilitation methods. A recent article in the journal, The Laryngoscope, marking the 100thAnniversary of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins, said Niparko’s Listening Center, “created a medical model to include auditory and speech rehabilitation with early education in expanding the options for families with deaf children.”  It also stated, “The collective work of the Listening Center in advocating for improved access to cochlear implant technologies and mainstream educational opportunities called for multidisciplinary outcomes assessment and elevated the division to the national and international forefront of the field.”

A past president of the American Otological Society and recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Niparko was the author or co-author of more than 200 professional journal papers or abstracts, 45 reviews, and four books, among them the Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants: Principles and Practice. He also was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Otology & Neurology.

Since February 2013, Dr. Niparko had been professor and chair of the Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He leaves behind his wife Angela and sons Nathan and Kevin.