Head & Neck Surgery

Gerald Popelka, Ph.D.

Consulting Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine

Contact: (650) 725-6500
Fax: (650) 725-8502

Gerald Popelka holds a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with an emphasis in neuroscience, and a two year post doctoral research fellowship in otolaryngology from UCLA. Prior to these he earned a masters degree in audiology from Kent State University.

Dr. Popelka was a faculty member for 24 years at Washington University in St. Louis with appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Medical School. During this period he also was the Head of Audiology at Central Institute for the Deaf, an affiliated internationally-recognized institution for research on the auditory system. He joined the faculty at Stanford this year.

Dr. Popelka’s research has been funded continuously with external grants from a wide variety of sources including governmental agencies (National Institutes of Health, Veteran’s Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the US-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation) and non-profit organizations (National Organization for Hearing Research, Sertoma). He currently maintains a research grant from the NIH to develop a neonatal hearing simulator.

He has a broad understanding of the organizational, planning and creative processes necessary for originating, funding and conducting complex research projects. His research grants have supported basic research, clinical research, and technology transfer research. He has initiated and completed successful collaborative research projects among diverse academic divisions including medicine and engineering.

Dr. Popelka is a co-inventor of the world’s first all digital hearing aid, The original patent was granted in 1985 and sold in 1996 to a consortium of all of the world’s major hearing aid manufacturers. This patent formed the basis of all current programmable and digital hearing aids or ~70% of all hearing aids currently sold worldwide.

With over 80 research articles, many research presentations, two college textbooks, and various achievement awards, he has developed an international reputation for creating and using leading-edge technology that addresses both basic science and clinical applications for the auditory system. He regularly reviews research articles for variety or peer-reviewed journals. In 1996 he conceived and lead the development of JARO, the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, now recognized as a premier, international auditory scientific research journal that was launched in 2000.

He remains in the forefront of developing innovative technology for biomedical applications. He continues to incorporate new and leading-edge technology into his research, always cognizant of its potential direct clinical applications. Currently he is focused on noninvasive measures of neonatal auditory function and hyperbilirubinemia.

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