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Dylan Chan, MD, PhD, FAAP
Director, Children's Communication Center
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Chan is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Otolaryngology at UCSF. He completed medical school at Weill-Cornell Medical College, a PhD in cochlear physiology at the Rockefeller University, residency at Stanford, and fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children's Hospital. His clinical and research interests are focused on hearing in children. His goals are to improve the awareness, identification, and community of care for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and to develop fundamental new treatments for hearing impairment. The Children's Communication Center was established to address the first of these goals; for the second, Dr. Chan runs a basic-science laboratory where he investigates how defects in Connexin 26, the most common genetic cause of deafness, lead to hearing impairment, and how gene therapy might restore hearing. He is the AAP Northern California Chapter Champion for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention. Dr. Chan is proficient in Spanish.

Anna K. Meyer, MD, FAAP, FACS
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Meyer is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Otolaryngology at UCSF. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, residency at the University of Michigan, and fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Her clinical interests are focused on hearing, language and communication development in children and improved quality of rehabilitation and care for these children. Her goals are to increase access to quality health care and appropriate education and therapies for children with hearing loss. She collaborates in the care of children seen in the Children's Communication Center to help achieve these goals.


Anne Slavotinek, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Anne Slavotinek specializes in clinical genetics. Her interests include the study of patterns of congenital anomalies and her research is directed towards the discovery and understanding of genes that cause multiple congenital anomaly syndromes. Slavotinek earned her medical degree from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. After moving to the United Kingdom and completing her doctorate, she did a residency in medical genetics at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and a fellowship at St. Mary's Hospital in Manchester. Slavotinek then went to the National Institutes of Health where she completed a fellowship in medical genetics. She has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 2002. She has an active interest in the genetics of isolated and syndromic hearing loss and been a member of the Children’s Communication Center since 2015.

Jason P. Carr, AuD, F-AAA, CCC-A

Jason P. Carr, is a Senior Pediatric Audiologist with UCSF Health. He strives to provide excellent patient care to everybody he meets and hopes to build trust with his pediatric patients. Dr. Carr is involved with two specialty multidisciplinary clinics; Hearing and Communication Clinic, as well as, Microtia Clinic. He works with children birth through 21 years and specializes in Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) evaluations, diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings and services, and osseo-integrated devices.

Dr. Carr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from San Jose State University and went off to complete is Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was fortunate enough to return to California to finish his schooling as a resident in the UCSF Audiology Department. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, he was raised with two brothers with developmental delays, which he attributes to his dedication to his special needs patients. Dr. Carr has extensive experience working with children with special needs, including but not limited to; fragile-x syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and Down syndrome. Dr. Carr is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He enjoys teaching current externs in the clinic and working with his colleagues in the Audiology and Otolaryngology departments.

KarLeung Cornell Cheung, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Dr. Cheung is a senior audiologist in Audiology at UCSF. He received his graduate degree in Audiology from Wichita State University in 2003 and went on to receive his Doctorate from Salus University in 2006. Following the completion of his AuD, Dr. Cheung took a position as a pediatric audiologist and program coordinator at University of Virginia Health System for five years and then joined the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC for four years as a newborn hearing screening coordinator before joining UCSF in 2015. He aims to provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing and other auditory disorders for pediatric patients. His goal is to minimize the negative impact of these disorders to improve outcomes and quality of life.

Dr. Cheung is board certified in Audiology. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He was an off-site clinical supervisor for University of Kansas and Kansas State University, and a lecturer at Galllaudet University. He is actively involved in mentoring and training students, and serving at the ASHA committee on supervision training. Dr. Cheung is proficient in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Melissa Ho, AuD

Melissa Ho is a pediatric audiologist who provides a broad range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services for children with hearing loss. She has a special interest in multidisciplinary hearing healthcare, relationship-centered communication, student education, and community outreach. Her greatest reward comes from partnering with families to improve their child’s educational, social, developmental, and quality of life outcomes. As a San Francisco Bay Area native, she considers it a privilege to focus her efforts helping those in her home community.

Ho received her doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree from San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley. She is a member of the American Auditory Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Shelli Newman, AuD

Dr. Newman is a pediatric audiologist at UCSF. She specializes in diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders in infants and pediatric patients. Dr. Newman takes pride in working with patients and their families on rehabilitation, including amplification selection, assistive listening devices, and evidenced-based approaches to fitting and verification. She incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to hearing healthcare for her patients, including collaborations with community and educational providers. Dr. Newman participates in the training of audiology doctoral students from local and national universities.

Dr. Newman received her doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree from University of California San Diego and San Diego State University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara. She completed her residency at Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where she stayed on as a pediatric audiologist for two additional years prior to joining the team at UCSF. Dr. Newman is a member of the American Auditory Society and California Academy of Audiology.

Chiara Scarpelli, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Chiara Scarpelli, MS, CCC-SLPis a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pediatric Division of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and is a member of the Children’s Hearing and Communication Clinic team.

Ms. Scarpelli completed her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She continued her studies by earning her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Prior to joining our team, Ms. Scarpelli gained valuable research and clinical experience working at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, before returning to New York City to provide services in the public school system.

Ms. Scarpelli is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a published author in the Seminars in Speech and Language Journal and has also remained active in research.

Sonya Giridhar, PhD
ListenUp! Program Coordinator

Dr. Giridhar is a neuroscientist by training, and the mother of a toddler with hearing loss. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota in 2007, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. After the birth of her daughter, she applied her passion for science and teaching in the realm of pediatric hearing loss by creating the video outreach program, ListenUp. ListenUp works with families to make short, interesting videos that parents can use to better explain their child’s hearing loss and needs to friends, teachers, and other members of their community. The videos highlight child-specific audio simulations that help hearing people understand the perceptual nature of the child’s hearing loss, as well as useful tips for fostering effective communication. Dr. Giridhar is enthusiastic about bringing ListenUp to the CCC, where she works with families to make new ListenUp videos based on each family’s individual needs, hearing loss, interests, and concerns.

Silvia Bellfort-Salinas, MSW
Clinical Social Worker

Silvia Bellfort-Salinas is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in caring for the pediatric D/HH patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. Silvia takes an interactive approach to assisting patients and their families as they address the emotions and stress associated with hearing loss. Her goal is to provide support while helping patients and their families gain a sense of control over their circumstances.Silvia earned a dual degree in political science and social welfare at the University of California Berkeley followed by a master's degree in clinical social work from University of Southern California. Silvia joined the multidisciplinary Hearing and Communication D/HH clinic in 2014.


Jenny Stephans, BS, CRC
Program/Clinical Research Coordinator

Jenny is a Program and Clinical Research Coordinator for the UCSF Children’s Communication Center of Pediatric Otolaryngology at UCSF. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in the Business Foundations at The University of Texas at Austin. Her clinical and research interests are focused on multidisciplinary hearing healthcare in pediatrics, disparities in hearing health outcomes, and language development in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Her goals are to increase community awareness of noise-induced hearing loss and facilitate community outreach by creating patient & family community support programs in partnership with community organizations.