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National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council (NDCD) Current Roster


Debara L. Tucci, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 
Bethesda, MD 20892

  • BOUTON, Katherine (2026)

    Speaker, Advocate, and Author 
    New York, NY 10024

  • BUSS, Emily, Ph.D. (2025)

    Vice Chair of Research 
    Professor of Otolaryngology/Head 
    and Neck Surgery 
    Chief, Division of Auditory Research 
    University of North Carolina 
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

  • CHAUDHARI, Nirupa, Ph.D. (2024)

    Professor, Physiology & Biophysics 
    University of Miami School of Medicine 
    Miami, FL 33136

  • DEAL-WILLIAMS, Vicki, M.A., CAE (2025)

    Chief Executive Officer 
    American Speech-Language-Hearing 
    Rockville, MD 20850

  • ESPY-WILSON, Carol, Ph.D. (2024)

    Professor, Electrical and Computer 
    The Institute for Systems Research 
    University of Maryland, College Park 
    College Park, MD 20742

  • GOFFMAN, Lisa, Ph.D. (2024)

    Senior Scientist and Endowed Chair
    Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning
    Boys Town National Research Hospital
    Omaha, NE 68131

  • GROVES, Andy, Ph.D. (2025)

    Departments of Neuroscience and 
    Molecular and Human Genetics 
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Houston, TX 77030

  • HILLIS, Argye Elizabeth, M.D., M.A. (2024)

    Professor of Neurology 
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
    Baltimore, MD 21205

  • LALWANI, Anil, M.D. (2025)

    Professor and Vice Chair for Research 
    Director, Division of Otology, Neurotology, 
    & Skull Base Surgery 
    Co-Director, Columbia Cochlear Implant Center 
    Columbia University Vagelos College of 
    Physicians and Surgeons 
    New York, NY 10032

  • MERFELD, Daniel M., Ph.D. (2026)

    Department of Otolaryngology- 
    Head and Neck Surgery 
    College of Medicine 
    Ohio State University 
    Columbus, OH 43210

  • MURPHY-BREEN, Lynne, J.D. (2024)

    Senior Underwriting Counsel
    First American Title
    Boston, MA 02199

  • THIBEAULT, Susan L., Ph.D. (2026)

    Department of Surgery 
    School of Medicine and Public Health 
    University of Wisconsin 
    Madison, WI 53792

  • WALLHAGEN, Margaret I., M.D. (2025)

    Department of Physiological Nursing 
    University of California, San Francisco 
    San Francisco, CA 94143

Ex Officio

  • NELSON, Jeremy T., Ph.D.

    Sensory Systems Portfolio Manager
    Defense Health Agency
    Joint Base San Antonio, TX 78234

  • THEMANN, Christa L., M.S., CCC-A

    Research Audiologist 
    Hearing Loss Prevention Team 
    Division of Applied Research and Technology 
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
    Cincinnati, OH 45226

  • BECERRA, Xavier

    Department of Health and Human Services 
    Washington, DC 20201

  • BERTAGNOLLI, Monica M., M.D.

    National Institutes of Health 
    Bethesda, MD 20892

Executive Secretary


    Director, Division of Extramural Activities 
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 
    Bethesda, MD 20892

Note: Terms end on May 31 of the designated year.

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