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Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS is the Bertarelli Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a Harvard-trained ear and skull-base surgeon (MD magna cum laude, residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, fellowship in neurotology) and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained auditory neuroscientist (BS in physics, BS in molecular biology, PhD in speech and hearing bioscience and technology). Her clinical focus is in otology and neurotology, and she previously served as Chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In addition to her clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Stankovic directs a basic science laboratory focused on developing and deploying novel molecular diagnostics and therapeutics for sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular schwannoma. Her clinical and research work drives and reinforces one another. She has initiated and led successful cross-departmental, national, and international collaborations to accelerate progress in hearing restoration. Research highlights include optical imaging of cells inside the inner ear without contrast dyes, development of a prototype chip for a fully implantable cochlear implant, energy extraction from the inner ear to supply electronics, and discovery of vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)-secreted molecules that contribute to tumor-induced hearing loss. Her involvement in cutting-edge research gives her patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that could lead to breakthroughs in addressing the underlying issues, while advancing the knowledge frontier of the auditory field. Dr. Stankovic is committed to Stanford Medicine’s vision of personalized, proactive and patient-centered health care, and has instituted efforts to integrate Precision Health approaches across Department’s clinical and training programs. She is dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in surgery and science.