Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D.

Ann W. Kummer is Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected.
Dr. Kummer is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She regularly conducts lectures and seminars on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and on business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and over 20 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is the author of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2014) and one of the authors of Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004).
Dr. Kummer has advised Smile Train on the design and implementation of speech service pilots at our partner hospitals. She is currently working to help us create a series of training videos to educate our partner speech providers and assist in our capacity building efforts to treat cleft children in need of comprehensive care.