Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, recently joined Stanford as the Bertarelli Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. She is a Harvard-trained ear and skull-base surgeon and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained auditory neuroscientist. 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. In addition to her clinical and administrative duties, she directs a basic science laboratory focused on improving diagnostics and therapeutics for sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular schwannoma. She has initiated and led successful cross-departmental, national, and international collaborations to develop and deploy novel molecular diagnostics and therapeutics for hearing loss and otologic diseases in general while educating the next generation of leaders in surgery and science.