Ann Kummer

Adjunct Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Although my real job as senior director is the administration of a very large speech language pathology program, my passion is 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 is 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 also 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.


PhD, University of Cincinnati

MAT in 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

CSD 515 Low Incidence Communication Disorders (AAC & Cleft Palate)

Professional Experience

University of Cincinnati and Miami University

Adjunct Professor of Speech and Hearing, 2013-present
Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, 2009-present
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, 2002-present
Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1981-present
Field Service Professor of Pediatrics, 2000-2002
Field Service Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 1995-2000
Field Service Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, 1989-1995
Volunteer Instructor in Surgery, 1984-1992
Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1980-1981
Instructor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1976-1980

Awards and Honors

  • 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. (2001). Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.
  • Golper LA, and Brown J. (Eds.) and Hagerman E, Johnson P, Kummer AW, Rogers PA, Torrens JM. (2004). Business Matters: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologist. Washington, DC: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Kummer AW. (2008). Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance, 2nd Edition. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Kummer AW. (2014). Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition. Clifton Park, NY: Cengage Learning.