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Imgae of Dr. Karen A. Gordon from Archie's Cochlear Implant lab

Karen Gordon is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and a graduate faculty member in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She works at SickKids as a senior scientist in the Research Institute and as Director of Research of Archie's Cochlear Implant Laboratory.  She is a member of the Cochlear Implant team which is responsible for determining candidacy for cochlear implantation of children applying to the program and monitoring children who are using either a single cochlear implant or bilateral cochlear implants.

Dr. Gordon received her PhD (2005) and B.Sc. (1991) at the University of Toronto and her M.A. in audiology (1993) at Northwestern University. She is a registered Audiologist (reg. CASLPO, CCC-A), a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and a member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) and the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC).

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Gordon's research focuses on auditory development in children who are deaf and use cochlear implants. Her early work examined the role of a unilateral implant to promote changes in the auditory brainstem, thalamus and cortex.  She is presently examining ways to improve auditory development and hearing for children who are deaf through the use of bilateral cochlear implants.  Further improvements may be realized by her collaborative studies on the genetics of deafness in childhood, the use of vision and somatosensory information to help hearing, and new cochlear implant technologies.   Dr. Gordon has been awarded grant funding for her work from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Ontario Government, the Ontario Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation, and the SickKids Foundation.

Distinctions and Awards

Karen became the inaugural recipient of the Bastable-Potts Health Clinician Scientist Award in Hearing Impairment in 2014.  Prior to that she was recognized for her research by being elected to the Collegium Oto-Rhinolaryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS) in 2011 and received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario in 2009. She has authored many publications and is regularly invited to speak about her research.  The work is a team effort with award winning contributions by students she supervises. Her main collaborators are  Dr. Blake Papsin with whom she co-chaired the International Symposium on Objective Measures in Auditory Implants in Toronto in 2014 and Dr. Sharon Cushing.

Studentship Awards

 Full list of studenship awards

Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Cochlear Implant Laboratory
Phone: 416-813-6683
Fax: 416-813-5036