Our Current Externs

Emma McGrath attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 and will complete her Doctor of Audiology in 2022. During graduate school, she completed the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship which provided advanced training in leadership, advocacy, public health, and clinical education in pediatrics.

Kiyana Sagarang is a third year extern at Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Kiyana earned her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Biola University and she currently attends University of the Pacific for her Doctorate in Audiology.  Her specific areas of interest in the field of Audiology include all areas of pediatric diagnostics and treatment, but she is especially enjoying electrophysiology diagnostics and working with cochlear implants during her time at Lucile Packard. Kiyana hopes to stay working with the pediatric population after she completes her externship and she is super passionate about working with underserved populations. Kiyana hopes one day to advocate for providing the pediatric population with the most optimal access to language and communication both inside and outside of the United States in underserved areas.

Madison Wageck obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Westminster College in 2016. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent a few years teaching ski school at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. In 2018, she returned to graduate school at the University of Utah. She is currently in her fourth year of the Doctor of Audiology program and completing her fellowship year at the Stanford Ear Institute (SEI). She feels honored to have the opportunity to learn from the outstanding audiologists at SEI. While she loves all aspects of audiology, she is particularly interested in cochlear implants and vestibular assessment. She recently received the 2021 Herbert J. Oyer Student Research Award from the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA) and 2022 Graduate Student Mentored Research Travel Award from the American Auditory Society (AAS).

Soumya Venkitakrishnan is a research fellow at the Stanford Ear Institute. She completed her Bachelors and Master degrees in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (B.A.S.L.P. and M. A.S.L.P.) from Bharati Vidyapeeth University and from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, respectively. Following this, Soumya worked as an Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist in renowned hospitals and private clinics in India. She is now completing her combined AuD/ PhD degree in Audiology from the University of Iowa. Soumya’s research goals are to improve the diagnostic test battery in clinic as well as to improve hearing aid outcomes in older adults. She has been working under the guidance of Dr. Yu-Hsiang Wu at University of Iowa. At Stanford Ear Institute, Soumya works with patients to conduct hearing evaluations and hearing loss management, and works on clinical research projects with her mentor, Dr. Matthew Fitzgerald. Apart from academics, Soumya likes to read, and is passionate about running, travelling/ hiking.