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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)

    Professor and Nelle Johnston Chair
    Callier Center for Communication Disorders
    School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Dallas, TX 75235

  • 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)

    Founder of ClearTitle
    Senior Underwriting and Agency Counsel
    Chicago Title Commonwealth Land
    Title (Fidelity National Financial)
    Boston, MA 02109

  • 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

  • BECK, Lucille B., Ph.D.

    Audiology and Speech Pathology Service
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Washington, DC 20422

  • NELSON, Jeremy T., Ph.D.

    Chief Scientist and Research Section Lead
    DoD Hearing Center for Excellence
    Defense Health Agency
    Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX 78236

  • 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

  • TABAK, Lawrence A., D.D.S., Ph.D.

    Acting NIH Director
    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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