Our Congenital Ear Center (CEC) Team at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Children with major congenital ear conditions often need long-term support and unique expertise.

At the CEC at UPMC Children's Hospital, we combine all the experts your child needs in one place.

This gives your child the full range of care they need, without delays.

Our team provides:

  • Hearing tests
  • Hearing aids
  • Speech therapy
  • Surgeries
  • Ongoing care

Contact the Congenital Ear Center at UPMC Children's

To make your child's appointment, call the CEC at 412-692-5460.


Your Child's Care Team

The care team at the CEC often follows children for many years. We work together to assess and respond to your child's needs.

Our team includes:

  • Ear, nose, and throat doctors.
  • Nurses. and nurse practitioners.
  • Physician assistants.
  • Audiologists.
  • Speech therapists.

Our Doctors and Staff

Noel Jabbour, MD

Dr. Jabbour is the CEC director and a leading expert in reconstruction for microtia and aural atresia.

Dr. Jabbour has a passion for teaching and shares his expertise with doctors from across the country.

He also conducts research in cutting-edge ear reconstruction techniques. One of his research interests is combining hearing and reconstruction surgery. This can reduce downtime and improve outcomes for children.

Emily Jo Venskytis, Audiologist

Emily focuses her practice on children with congenital ear and facial abnormalities. She uses many tests to measure the full range of a child's hearing with the utmost care.

She builds relationships with children and their families over many years, supporting them throughout their journey.

Emily follows the latest advances in hearing aids, bone-anchored devices, and cochlear implants. She explains each option in detail and targets treatment plans to each child's unique needs.