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Debara Lyn Tucci, MD

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery
Office: 1559 Hosp South, Blue Zone, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3805 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

The focus of current research efforts is in defining the effects of conductive hearing impairment on the development and function of the central auditory system. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand the impact of hearing loss, such as that associated with otitis media, on the development of auditory function in children. Experiments are currently being performed in which central auditory system activity is studied using the 2-deoxyglucose method following unilateral neonatal conductive hearing loss. Future experiments will examine changes in cell structure and interneuronal connections following acute and chronic conductive hearing loss in both neonatal and adult animals.

A second research program is focused on issues related to the cochlear implant. The cochlear implant is a device which allows for electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve in profoundly deaf patients. It has previously been demonstrated in animal studies as well as in human tissue histopathology that degeneration of central auditory pathways occurs following severe damage to the inner ear. It has been suggested that the introduction of electrical stimulation via a cochlear implant may prevent or reverse some of these degenerative changes. Experiments conducted previously examined this issue in the neonatally and adult deafened rat. Tissue analysis is currently undergoing completion.

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Virginia, 1985


Implantable Hearing Devices. Chris de Souza, Peter Roland, Debara L. Tucci, Ed.; San Diego, CA., 2017.


Mukara, Kaitesi Batamuliza, Peter Waiswa, Richard Lilford, and Debara Lyn Tucci. “Knowledge and care seeking practices for ear infections among parents of under five children in Kigali, Rwanda: a cross-sectional study..” Bmc Ear Nose Throat Disord 17 (2017).

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Sajisevi, Mirabelle, Kristine Schulz, Derek D. Cyr, Daniel Wojdyla, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Debara Tucci, and David L. Witsell. “Nonadherence to Guideline Recommendations for Tympanostomy Tube Insertion in Children Based on Mega-database Claims Analysis..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 156, no. 1 (January 2017): 87–95.

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Mukara, Kaitesi Batamuliza, Richard J. Lilford, Debara Lyn Tucci, and Peter Waiswa. “Prevalence of Middle Ear Infections and Associated Risk Factors in Children under 5 Years in Gasabo District of Kigali City, Rwanda..” Int J Pediatr 2017 (2017).

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Crowson, Matthew G., Joseph M. Chen, and Debara Tucci. “Provincial Variation of Cochlear Implantation Surgical Volumes and Cost in Canada..” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 156, no. 1 (January 2017): 137–43.

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Crowson, Matthew G., Yevgeniy R. Semenov, Debara L. Tucci, and John K. Niparko. “Quality of Life and Cost-Effectiveness of Cochlear Implants: A Narrative Review..” Audiol Neurootol 22, no. 4–5 (2017): 236–58.

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Emmett, Susan D., Debara L. Tucci, Ricardo F. Bento, Juan M. Garcia, Solaiman Juman, Juan A. Chiossone-Kerdel, Ta J. Liu, et al. “Moving Beyond GDP: Cost Effectiveness of Cochlear Implantation and Deaf Education in Latin America..” Otol Neurotol 37, no. 8 (September 2016): 1040–48.

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Crowson, Matthew G., Kristine Schulz, and Debara L. Tucci. “National Utilization and Forecasting of Ototopical Antibiotics: Medicaid Data Versus "Dr. Google"..” Otol Neurotol 37, no. 8 (September 2016): 1049–54.

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Thomas Roland, J., Craig Buchman, Laurie Eisenberg, Lillian Henderson, Shuman He, Jill Firszt, Howard Francis, et al. “Proceedings of the Annual Symposium of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance..” Cochlear Implants Int 17, no. 5 (September 2016): 211–37.

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