Dr. Matthew Hanson, Assistant Professor and Chief of Otology and Neurotology, and Director of the Otolaryngology Service at KCHC. He has been involved in hearing disorders his whole life. Both of his paternal grandparents were congenitally deaf and he has over thirty deaf relatives. His father, equally fluent in American Sign and English, served as Director of Deaf Services for Vocational Rehabilitation for the State of Iowa for more than 35 years. Dr. Hanson attended medical school at the University of Iowa where he had the opportunity to do research in the early field of cochlear implantation. He went onto residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University. After completion of his residency, he was on staff at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital for two years before completing a fellowship in Otology/Neurotology at The EAR Foundation/Otology Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to Downstate in 2005, he had been Director of Otology and Neurotology at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Hanson continues to have active clinical and research interests in all aspects of Otology and Neurotology. This includes disorders of balance, disorders of the facial nerve, skull base disease (including treatment of acoustic neuroma) and of course, disorders of hearing and cochlear implantation. In 2009, he was granted subspecialty certification in Neurotology by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is the only full-time practitioner so certified in Brooklyn.