Candidate for President-Elect: Neil T. Shepard, CCC-A

Neil Shepard

At Mayo Clinic–Rochester, Neil T. Shepard is former chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Audiology, and is director of the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program. He is currently professor of audiology at the Mayo Clinical School of Medicine. In his many roles at the Mayo Clinical School of Medicine, Shepard continues to have a unique clinical practice, assessing patients reporting dizziness and balance disorder symptoms and making recommendations for treatment. He also conducts an active research program in this area.

Shepard received his undergraduate and master’s training in electrical and biomedical engineering from the University of Kentucky and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. He completed his PhD in auditory electrophysiology and clinical audiology from the University of Iowa in 1979. Shepard has specialized in clinical electrophysiology for both the auditory and vestibular systems. In his activities during the last 37 years, he has concentrated on the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorder patients and clinical research endeavors related to both assessment and rehabilitation.

He has served on multiple ASHA committees and was on the Executive Board from 2002 to 2004 as vice president for clinical practice in audiology. From 2012 to 2014, he served on the Board of Directors as vice president for academic affairs in audiology.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

I have three priorities. 1) Ensure that speech-language pathologists and audiologists understand the impact of the Medicare Quality Payment Program and, if they serve Medicare patients, how they must be involved in alternative payment methods. This new initiative will significantly affect reimbursement for services. 2) Support and further push the recommendations for suggested changes in the AuD training programs from the October 2016 AuD summit. Additionally, push for an additional layer of audiology clinicians, supervised by AuDs, that provide the bulk of routine hearing and balance testing. 3) Advocate and press for use of workload analysis to set caseload limits for SLPs in the school setting. This is mandated in only a few states and needs a much wider initiative.

Why are you running for President-Elect on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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