René Gifford, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
René H. Gifford, Ph.D., is the director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in the Division of Audiology as well as the director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory. Dr. Gifford’s National Institutes of Health-funded research investigates basic auditory function and spatial hearing abilities for individuals using combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS), hearing preservation with cochlear implantation and speech perception for adults and children with cochlear implants. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and authored a book now in its second edition titled Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes. Dr. Gifford was one of 31 experts who authored the International Consensus Paper on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss.