Jean Verheyden joined NIDCD’s Division of Scientific Programs (DSP) in August 2022. Serving as a medical officer within the Clinical Trials Program, Dr. Verheyden oversees NIDCD extramural clinical trials, fostering the advancement of interventions to prevent and treat communication and other disorders within NIDCD’s core mission areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.
Dr. Verheyden is a board-certified otolaryngologist with advanced training in neurolaryngology. During her 20 years in clinical practice in Oregon, Washington, and New York, she focused on treating swallowing and voice disorders and on expanding medical services for rural populations. She also provided medical expertise on voice and hearing disorders to a Duke University-affiliated data-gathering research site in Oregon. In addition, she served as a physician board member for the State of Oregon’s Speech, Language, and Audiology board, its telemedicine subcommittee, and its Advisory Board for Hearing Aids. As an intern, she held positions with NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Agency for International Development.
She obtained an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and earned an M.D. from George Washington University. She completed her otolaryngology residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In addition, she earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale University.