Dr. Razan Al Fakir has an MD degree with specialty training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (Syria, 1999) and audiology-vestibular medicine, followed by long-term clinical experience. Between 2010 and 2016, Dr. Al Fakir earned AuD and PhD degrees in communication sciences and disorders from Nova Southeastern University and the University of Florida, respectively. During her PhD program, she received several outstanding certificates, including the Dean’s Scholar Award from the College of Public Health and Health Professions in recognition of graduate scholarly achievement and professional promise. Post-PhD, she was awarded the Crawford Research Fellow in Otolaryngology at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (audiology division) at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, and became a researcher for three additional years. She is involved in several international collaborations and has contributed to many academic journals, including the International Journal of Audiology, Ear and Hearing, Age and Aging, Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, and Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.
Alfakir R, Holmes AE, Noreen F. (2015). Functional performance in older adults with hearing loss: Application of the International Classification of Functioning brief core set for hearing loss: A pilot study. Int J Audiol. 54(9):579-86.
Alfakir, R., Alice E. Holmes, Patricia B. Kricos, Laura Gaeta, and Sheridan Martin. (2015). Evaluation of Speech Perception via the Use of Hearing Loops and Telecoils. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 1: 2333721415591935.
Alfakir R, Hall M, Holmes A. (2015) How can the Success Post Cochlear Implant be Measured or Defined in Older Adults? Implications of the International Classification of Functioning Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 3:302.
Alfakir Dissertation: Hearing Disability and Socio-Emotional Isolation in an Aging Population: A Revolutionary Concept Analysis Using the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health.
Alfakir R, Holmes AE. Development and Validation of a Questionnaire Measuring Functioning Abilities of Older Adults Living with Hearing Disability: Implications for Audiologic Rehabilitation. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. Volume 50; 2017.
AM. Klyn Niall, Kleindienst SR, Alfakir R, Nielsen DW, Griffith JW, Carlson DL, Lundy L, Dhar S, Zapala DA. (2018). A Retrospective Estimate of Ear Disease Detection Using the "Red Flags" in a Clinical Sample. Ear Hear, 2018.
Klyn NAM, Kleindienst SR, Alfakir R, Nielsen DW, Griffith JW, Carlson DL, Lundy L, Dhar S, Zapala DA. CEDRA: A Tool to Help Consumers Assess Risk for Ear Disease. Ear Hear. 2019 Apr 2.
Nielsen DW, Dhar S, Zapala DA, Alfakir R, Bogle J, Griffith JW, Carlson DL, Lundy L: A Consumer Questionnaire to Detect Disease Risk Before Hearing Aid Purchase. Hearing Review, 201
Alfakir R, Leeuwen LV, Pronk M, Kramer S, Zapala D. Comparing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health’ Core Sets for Hearing Loss and the Otolaryngology-Audiology Intake at the Mayo Clinic Florida. Ear and Hearing Journal. Oct 4. 2018.
Maria Vassilaki, Jeremiah A. Aakre, David S. Knopman, Walter K. Kremers, Michelle M. Mielke, Yonas E. Geda, Mary M. Machulda, Razan Al Fakir, Undavalli, Chaitanya, Rosebud O. Roberts, and Ronald C. Petersen. Informant-based hearing difficulties and the risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Age Ageing. 2019 Aug 22. PII: afz099. DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afz099.
Alfakir R. Disorders of the Inner Ear in Advanced Age Patients with Carotid Artery Disease Requiring Revascularization: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Association. Journal of Geriatric Medicine, (ISSN Online: 2630-5259; 2020)
Alfakir R, Jorgensen MS, Farres H, Hakaim AG. Disorders of the Inner Ear in Advanced Age Patients with Atherosclerotic Disease of the Carotid Arteries Requiring Revascularization: Is It Age- or Atherosclerosis-related or Both? SVS ONLINE program. Vascular Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada June 20th 2020.
Brockner AE, Stamper G, Alfakir R., Zapala DA. Cardiovascular diseases, Environmental Factors, and High-frequency Hearing Loss. Audiology NOW! AAAConf 2019, March 27-30 | Columbus, OH
Dhar S, Nielsen DW, Kleindienst SJ, Alfakir R, Griffith JW, Lundy LB, Carlson DL, Klyn NA, Bogle J, Zapala DA. Effects of Criterion Selection on Consumer Ear Disease Surveillance Results. American Auditory Society's 48th Annual Scientific and Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 4th – 6th, 2018
Alfakir R. Implications of ‘Horizontal Epidemiology’ Approach In Persons with Chronic Health Disorders. Research Grand Round at the Mayo Clinic Florida. August 14th, 2018.
Alfakir R, Leeuwen, L.V, Pronk, M, Kramer, S, Zapala, D. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health’ Core Sets For Hearing Loss and the Current Intake Documentation, Where We Are and Future Direction. Special ARA Session during the 9th International adult audiologic rehabilitation conference sponsored by the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation, December 2017
Alfakir R. (2016): Hearing Disability and Socio-Emotional Isolation in an Aging Population: A Revolutionary Concept Analysis using the International Classification of Functioning Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss. Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Conference, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada September 22nd
Alfakir R. (2016): Minimum Criteria to Evaluate Hearing Disability in an Aging Population. HEAL conference at Cernobbio (Lake Como), Italy - June 2-4,
Alfakir R. (2016): Beyond Hearing Loss, The Contribution of Vestibular Function in Ease of Listening in Older Adults. HEAL conference at Cernobbio (Lake Como), Italy - June 2-4,
Alfakir R. (2016): A holistic approach to predicting loneliness and social isolation in older adults. Audiology NOW! _AAA, April 15th, Phoenix, Arizona
Alfakir R. (2016): A holistic approach to predicting loneliness and social isolation in older adults. Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) 37th Annual Meeting, March April 2nd, Virginia
Alfakir R. (2016): Minimum Criteria to Evaluate Hearing Disability in an Aging Population. Honourable invitation to present this paper at the First Annual Graduate Student Appreciation week, University of Florida, April 29.
Alfakir R. (2015): Aging, Hearing Function, and Social Interaction. A public Awareness presentation at the PrimeTime Institute at the Senior Recreation Center, Gainesville Florida as part of the Institute of Aging (IOA) Senior Health Series
Alfakir R., Holmes AE (2015): Use of the International Classification of Functioning Brief Core Set for Hearing loss with Older Adults (preliminary data) International Colloquium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA) Conference, California, October, 15.
Alfakir R. (2015): What is needed to optimize functional performance in older adults with hearing loss? Application of the International Classification of Functioning Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss: Two pilot study. Eighth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL, June 1
Alfakir R., Holmes AE, (2013): Possible Clinical Application of the ICF Brief Core Set for Hearing Loss in Adults. International Colloquium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA) Conference, Denmark
Last Updated: November 04, 2020