Ann Kummer

Faculty Fellow, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

"Although my real job has been as the senior director of a very large speech language pathology program, my passion has always been the care of children with clefts and craniofacial anomalies. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge, experience, and passion with the students at Saint Mary's."

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Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP retired in 2017 as the senior director of the division of speech language pathology at Cincinnati Children's. 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 a professor of clinical pediatrics and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Kummer lectures on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and business practices in speech language pathology. She is the co-developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test and author of the SNAP-R that is incorporated with the Nasometer equipment. She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener. She is the author Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance, soon to be in the 4th edition.


PhD, University of Cincinnati

MAT Speech Pathology, Indiana University

BA, Indiana University

Area of Expertise

Leadership and administration

Cleft palate

Craniofacial anomalies

Resonance disorders

Velopharyngeal dysfunction

Research Interests

Physics of airflow and sound generation through the vocal tract

Graduate Courses Taught

SLP 521 Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions

Awards and Honors

  • Honors of the Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2017
  • Named one of the "25 Most Influential Therapists," Therapy Times, 2007
  • Named one of the "10 Inspiring Women" of Greater Cincinnati, Inspire Magazine
  • Nominated for the Outstanding Woman of the Year, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007
  • Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, Cincinnati Chapter, 2010
  • Guest Editor, April 2011 issue of Thieme's Seminars in Speech and Language
  • Elwood Chaney Award for Clinical Excellence, Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSHLA)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati, 2012
  • Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2012
  • Media Outreach Champion Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2014
  • Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Congress (OSSPEAC), 2014

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advancements in Children (SENTAC), 2006-present
  • Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHLA), 1984-present
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), 1980-present
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 1976-present


Kummer AW. (2018). A pediatrician’s guide to communication disorders secondary to cleft lip/palate (CLP), Pediatric Clinics of North America, 65 (1): 31-46.

Kummer AW. (2016). Evaluation of speech and resonance for children with craniofacial anomalies. In S. Tatum & L. Morris, Craniofacial Surgery for the Facial Plastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, 24(4), 445-451.

Kummer AW, Marshall J, and Wilson M. (2015). Non-cleft causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction: Implications for Treatment. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 79(3):286-95.

Kummer AW. (2014). Speech evaluation for patients with cleft palate. In T. Sitzman and J. Marcus (Ed.), Cleft Lip and Palate: Modern Surgical Management, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, 41(2), 241-251.

Kummer AW. (2014). Speech and resonance disorders related to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction: A guide to evaluation and treatment. Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 15(2), 57-74.

Kummer AW. Clark S, Redle E, Thomsen L, and Billmire DA. (2012). Current practice in assessing and reporting speech outcomes of cleft palate and velopharyngeal surgery: A survey of cleft palate/craniofacial professionals. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 49(2), 146-152.

Kummer AW. (2011). Speech therapy for errors secondary to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language, 32(2), 191-199.

Kummer AW. (2011). Disorders of resonance and airflow secondary to cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language, 32(2), 141-149.

Kummer AW. (2011). Perceptual assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language, 32(2), 159-167.

Kummer AW. (2011). Types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language, 32(2), 150-158.

Kummer, AW, Lee L, Stutz L., Maroney A, & Brandt J. W. (2007). The prevalence of apraxic characteristics in patients with velocardiofacial syndrome as compared to other populations. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 44(2), 175-181.

Kummer AW, Briggs MA, Lee L. (2003). The relationship between the characteristics of speech and velopharyngeal gap size. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 40(6), 590-596.

Kummer AW. (2002). Velopharyngeal dysfunction: Current thinking on the cause, effect, assessment and treatment. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 10(6), 455-59.

Kummer AW. (2001). Cleft and non-cleft causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, SID 5: Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, Perspectives, 11(2), 2-9.

Kummer AW. (2001). A screening assessment of voice, resonance, and articulation: A guide for the otolaryngologist. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 9(6), 369-73.

Kummer AW, Lee L. (1996). Evaluation and treatment of resonance disorders. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, July, 271-281.

Kummer AW, Myer III CM, Smith ME, Shott SR. (1993).  Changes in nasal resonance secondary to adenotonsillectomy. American Journal of Otolaryngology, 14(4), 285-290.

Kummer AW, Billmire DA, Myers III CM. (1993).  Hypertrophic tonsils: The effect on resonance & velopharyngeal closure.  Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 91(4), 608-611.

Kummer AW, Curtis C, Wiggs M, Lee L, Strife J. (1992).  A comparison of velopharyngeal gap size in patients with hypernasality and nasal emission, or nasal turbulence (rustle) as the primary speech characteristic. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 29(2), 152-156.

Kummer AW, Strife JL, Grau WH, Creaghead NA, Lee L. (1989). The effects of LeFort I osteotomy with maxillary movement on articulation, resonance and velopharyngeal function.  The Cleft Palate Journal, 26(3)193-199.