Charles Limb M.D.

Dr. Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UC San Francisco. He is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Limb received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying neural mechanisms of musical improvisation and perception using functional neuroimaging methods. He was at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1996 to 2015, where he was Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Limb’s expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology, with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of _Trends in Amplification_, an Editorial Board member of the journal _Otology and Neurotology_, and a Senior Board Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Board member of the Hearing and Speech Center of San Francisco. He was recently appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of Spiral Therapeutics. His work has received international attention and has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, _National Geographic_, the _New York Times_, PBS, _CNN_, _Scientific American_, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Sundance Film Festival, the Kennedy Center, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History.

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