Dr. Charles Limb Named to the Kennedy Center Next 50 List

January 22, 2022
Charles Limb, MD

Charles Limb, MD, has been selected as one of the Kennedy Center Next 50, a list of 50 leaders and organizations that "are lighting the way forward" through multi-disciplinary work. Dr. Limb is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF OHNS).

The Kennedy Center Next 50 is part of the Center's 50th-anniversary celebration and includes artists, cultural leaders, arts organizations, community members, health care workers and more. Dr. Limb was selected, in part, due to his work on the neural basis of musical creativity and music perception in cochlear implant users.

"It is such an honor to be included in the Kennedy Center's Next 50. What a remarkable group of people," Dr. Limb says. "I look forward to using this platform to promote awareness and advance research into the crucial role of music in helping individuals with difficult mental health issues." 

Apart from his work at UCSF, Dr. Limb is the current president of the American Auditory Society and is the co-director for the Sound Health Network, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with the NIH.

At UCSF OHNS, Dr. Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the division chief of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery, the director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center and the medical director of cochlear implantation at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

"We are very excited for Dr. Limb, whose creativity shines through his work at UCSF," says UCSF OHNS Department Chair Andrew Murr, MD. "It's fantastic to see him honored for his multi-disciplinary approach to otology and to medicine as a whole."

From all of us at UCSF OHNS, congratulations, Dr. Limb!