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Title Associate Chief Improvement Officer
Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Administrator, Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices Evaluation and Fitting
  • Audiologic Evaluation
  • Audiology
  • Auditory Brainstem Implants
  • BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Appliance) Implants
  • Bone-Anchored Implants
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Electrophysiologic Monitoring
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Hearing Implants
  • Hearing Needs Assessment
  • Neurodiagnostics
  • Single-Sided Deafness
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Deafness
  • Hearing Loss
View all 2 Specialties +


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About Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, MBA

Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, MBA completed her clinical doctorate at the University of Louisville, her externship at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and her PhD at Gallaudet University. Most recently, she completed her executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where she was the recipient of the EMBA Leadership Award.

Dr. Sydlowski is Audiology Director of the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic where her clinical and research interests focus on implantable hearing devices, optimization of practice efficiency while maintaining strong outcomes, and development of innovative clinical delivery models. Dr. Sydlowski is Board Certified in Audiology with Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants. She has earned the Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Educator Certificate and is adjunct faculty at the University of Akron where she teaches the graduate Implantable Technologies course.

Dr. Sydlowski has been active in professional organizations, serving on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors as a member-at-large (2015-2018) and as President Elect (2020), as President of the Ohio Academy of Audiology (2017) and as a Trustee of the AAA Foundation (2019). She has served on a taskforce for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance related to expanding cochlear implant candidacy and is also Co-Chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance Program Committee.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - Gallaudet University
Washington, DC USA

Graduate School - Mayo Clinic Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Graduate School - University of Louisville
Louisville, KY USA

Undergraduate - University of Dayton
Dayton, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Dangerous Decibels(R) Educator (2015)

Professional Highlights

  • American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors (2015-2018; 2020-present)

    Ohio Academy of Audiology President (2017)


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology
  • Specialization in Cochlear Implants
  • Audiology

Specialty Interests

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, Board Certified with Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants

Awards & Honors

  • Health Sciences Educator Award nominee (2016)

    Weatherhead School of Management EMBA Leadership Award (2020)


  • Board Certified in Audiology with Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants (CISC)
    Fellow, American Academy of Audiology (FAAA)
    Certified Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A)

    American Cochlear Implant Alliance

    American Auditory Society

    Ohio Academy of Audiology

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 2/19/2021, Dr. Sydlowski has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Sydlowski serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • American Academy of Audiology

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

33 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr Sarah is very professional. Her care has been tremendous. Her skill of her tweaking the cochlear is amazing. We enjoy our time with her and I feel I am in the best of care.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr Sydlowski is a consummate professional. Her knowledge is always cutting edge. She clearly cares deeply about her patients and is willing to take the time to explore options that will improve her patient's ability to hear.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Dr Sydlowsky is very caring, professional and makes you feel like you are the most important person when you are in her presence.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

I recommend the entire audiology dept to everyone. Dr. Sydlowski is one of the best clinicians I have ever seen. She is compassionate, kind, comforting, informative and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

The most wonderful part of this staff, is the cohesive and respectful way they work together. JP is always informed and up to date, Dr. Sydlowski is an excellent teacher and mentor for the externs. I recommend this group to anyone who suffers from hearing loss and it's effects on basic life experiences

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

I feel fortunate to have Dr. Sydlowski as my Audiologist

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr Sarah is so caring and very concerned about me as a patient and friend. She is the Best of the Best. She takes time for me to issue my concerns and opinions; she gives me options and helps me to decide which is best for me in bettering my life.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Dr Sydlowski has been informative, caring, and knowledgeable. She has made my adjustment to the cochlear implant very easy.

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