Who We Are

The Harvard Medical School Center for Hereditary Deafness has a mission to bring researchers, clinicians and families together to better understand hereditary hearing loss. Our center includes over 35 clinicians and researchers from Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Ear & Ear Infirmary, Harvard School of Public Health and other Harvard-affiliated institutions.


CHD Leadership


David P. Corey, Co-Director

Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. David Corey studies ion channels activated by mechanical force, sensory transduction in the inner ear, and the proteins associated with them in a mechanotransduction complex. These studies include work leading to diagnosis and treatment of inherited deafness.

To read more about Dr. Corey's and his research, visit the Corey Lab or HMS Neurobiology.



Cynthia C. Morton, Co-Director


William Lambert Richardson Professor of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Biology, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Director of Cytogenetics, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Institute Member, The Broad Institute

Dr. Cynthia Morton research interests involve applying evolving techniques in molecular cytogenetics to address problems in human cytogenetics, such as chromosomal rearrangements in constitutional and acquired cytogenetic disorders. Projects in the Morton Lab include identifying genes involved in hearing and deafness disorders using expressed sequences and using the latest DNA sequencing and genetic technologies to define better the genetic causes of hearing loss, with an overarching goal of offering better and timelier treatment options for babies born with hearing loss. 

To read more about Dr. Morton and her research, visit the Morton Lab or click here.



Executive Commitee


David Altshuler, MD, PhD

Xandra O. Breakefield, PhD 

Margaret A. Kenna, MD, FACS 

David A. Neskey, Sr. 

Jun Shen, PhD, FACMG 

D. Bradley Welling, MD, PhD, FACS