Our Team

Our Team 2022-07-18T08:46:45-05:00

Swallowing Cross-Systems Collaborative

Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP

Lab Assistant Director

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Pharyngeal High-Resolution Manometry

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (M.S.)
  • Columbia College  (B.A.)

Cagla Kantarcigil, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Effectiveness of remote management of swallowing disorders

Education:

  • Purdue University (PhD)

Abigail (Abby) Nellis, SLPD, CCC-SLP

Study Coordinator

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Healthcare Operations and Quality Improvement

Education:

  • Northwestern University (SLPD)
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (B.S., M.S.)

Liz Platt, MA, CCC-SLP

Lab Personnel/Researcher

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia and Aerodigestive Disorders, Adult and Pediatric Voice and Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion/Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction

Education:

  • Northwestern University (BS, MA)

Erin Reedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia, Aerodigestive Disorders, Lung Transplant, Esophageal Physiology & Disorders

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (PhD)
  • New York Medical College (MS)
  • Marist College (BA)

Alex Clain, MS

Doctoral Candidate

Highest Degree: M.S.

Speciality: Applied Statistics and Machine Learning

Education: 

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • Union College, Schenectady (B.S.)

Munirah Alkhuwaiter, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Candidate

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech Language Pathology

Speciality: Adult Dysphagia

Education: 

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (B.S.)

Rabab Rangwala, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech Language Pathology

Specialty: Research related to Dysphagia in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Education: 

  • University of Texas, Dallas (M.S.)
  • Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India (B.S.)

Raneh Saadi, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Speciality: Medical Speech Pathology, Translational Clinical Research, Adult Dysphagia, and Non-invasive Ventilation

Education: 

  • MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA (M.S.)
  • Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, KSA (B.S.)

Kahla Graham, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Aerodigestive Disorders, Lung Transplant

Education:

  • Rush University (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Internal Collaborators

Sandeep Samant, MD

Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Otolaryngology

Specialty: Head & Neck Oncology

Education: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (M.B.B.S)

Residency: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Fellowship: University of Miami, Head and Neck Cancer and Microvascular Surgery

Bharat Mittal, MD

Chair, Radiation Oncology

Title: Clinical-Research Collaborator, Professor

Highest Degree: M.D.

Clinical Certification:  Radiation Oncology

Specialty:    

Education:

  • Christian Medical College (M.B.B.S)
  • Meerut University India (BS.c.)

Residency: Northwestern University, Radiation Oncology

Fellowship: Washington University, Radiation Oncology

Jim Elliot, PhD

Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Ying Wu, PhD

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

John Rogers, PhD

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Shuai (Steve) Xu, MD

Medical Director, Center of Bio-Integrated Electronics

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Dermatology

Specialty: Bio-Integrated Electronics

Education: Harvard Medical School (2014)

Residency: Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Medicine (2015)

Fellowship: Northwestern University, Materials Science and Engineering (2017)

Jungwha (Julia) Lee, PhD, MPH

Professor, Preventative Medicine (Biostatistics)

Sharon R. Rosenberg, MD

Professor, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Pulmonary and Internal Medicine

Specialty: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Education: University of Michigan (2002)

Residency: University of Michigan Health System (2005)

Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) (2009)

John E. Pandolfino, MD

Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Education: Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine (1993)

Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital), (1996)

Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital), Gastroenterology (2001)

Rade Tomic, MD

Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Specialty: Lung Transplant Pulmonology

Education: University of Zagreb, School of Medicine

Residency: University of Illinois- Michale Reese Hospital

Fellowship: Emory University

Ambalavanan Arunachalam, MD

Professor, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Internal Medicine

Specialty: Lung Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension

Education: Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (2010)

Residency: Mount Auburn Hospital  (2015)

Fellowships: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2018) and Tufts Medical Center (2020)

Kristin Larsen, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Clinical Assistant Director

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.A.)
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)

Sharon Veis, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Neonatal and Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.A.)
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)

Carolyn (CC) Lisowski, SLPD, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: Doctor of Speech Language Pathology

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia & Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S. & SLPD)
  • Stanford University (B.A.)

Laura Vygantas, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: MS

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia, Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Education:

  • Rush University (MS)
  • Northwestern University (BS)

Natalie Tomerlin, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty:  Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer

Education:

  • Purdue University (M.S.)
  • Augustana College (B.A.)

Jonelyn Langenstein, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Voice and Swallowing

Education:

  • San Francisco State University (M.S.)
  • New England Conservatory (M.M.)
  • Whitworth University (B.A.)

Shauna Czarnik, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia and acquired neurogenic disorders

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Carissa Ernat, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Acute dysphagia and acquired neurogenic disorders

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Kirstyn Sunday, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • University of Florida (M.A.)
  • Towson University (B.S.)

Abby Bowman, MS, CF-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • Miami University, Ohio (B.S.)

External Collaborators

Heather S. Bonilha, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Swallowing and Voice Imaging

Education:

  • University of South Carolina (Ph.D.)
  • University of Central Florida (M.A.)
  • University of Central Florida (B.A.)

Fellowship: University of South Carolina

Ashli O’Rourke, MD

Clinical-Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: M.D.

Clinical Certification:

  • Otolaryngology
  • Laryngology

Specialty: Pharyngeal High-Resolution Manometry

Education:

  • Florida State University (B.S.)
  • Florida State University (M.S.)
  • Medical College of Georgia (M.D.)

Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing

Kate Hutcheson, PhD

Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Clinical research in head and neck cancer

Education:

  • Baylor University (B.S., M.S.)
  • The University of Texas School of Public Health (Ph.D)

Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, CBIS, BCS-S

Research Collaborator, Assistant Professor

Institution: University of South Alabama

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia in neuromuscular disease

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (Ph.D.)
  • University of Pittsburgh (CScD)
  • Purdue University (MS)
  • North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Fellowship Training: Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

David McFarland, PhD

Research Collaborator, Professor

Institution: University of Montreal

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Respiratory Physiology

Education:

  • Purdue University (Ph.D.)
  • California State University (M.A.)
  • California State University (B.A.)

Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD

Research Collaborator, Professor

Institution: John’s Hopkins University

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Pediatric Dysphagia

Education:

  • Temple University (Ph.D.)
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.A.)
  • Brooklyn College of the City of University of New York (B.A.)

William G. Pearson, Jr., PhD

Research Collaborator

Institution: Augusta University

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Specialty: Oropharyngeal Morphometric Analysis

Education:

  • University of Georgia (B.S.)
  • Boston University School of Medicine (Ph.D.)

Jordan Hazelwood, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS

Research Collaborator

Julie Blair, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Voice and Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer

Education:

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S.)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.S.)

Janina Wilmskoetter, PhD

Research Collaborator