Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, MBA, ABA Certified, CISC, is audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program and associate chief improvement officer at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where her clinical and research interests focus on implantable hearing devices, optimization of practice efficiency while maintaining strong outcomes, and development of innovative clinical delivery models.
She has earned the Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Educator Certificate and is adjunct faculty at the University of Akron where she teaches the graduate Implantable Technologies course.
Dr. Sydlowski completed her clinical doctorate at the University of Louisville, her externship at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and her PhD at Gallaudet University. Most recently, she completed her executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where she was the recipient of the EMBA Leadership Award.
Dr. Sydlowski has been very active in professional organizations, serving on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors as a member-at-large (2015-2018) and currently as President, on multiple Program committees and subcommittees for the national conference, as a Trustee of the AAA Foundation (2019), and as chair of the governance, audit, and Student Academy of Audiology Advisory committees. She is a past president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and has served on a taskforce for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance related to expanding cochlear implant candidacy and was Co-Chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance Program Committee in 2021.
Most recently, her interests have focused on developing interdisciplinary relationships to advance the successful identification and management of individuals with hearing loss. She is co-chair of the newly formed Hearing Health Collaborative, a think tank of audiologists, otologists, and patient advocates charged with developing a blueprint for changing the landscape of hearing healthcare. She is also principal investigator of a study focused on integration of tablet-based hearing screeners in primary care and geriatric medicine practices. Together with her physician co-investigators, Dr. Sydlowski aims to quantify the feasibility and impact of prioritizing the identification and management of hearing loss with referring providers.