Dana Suskind

Mother of three and a strong believer in the power of parent talk.


Dana Suskind, MD, is the mother of three beautiful children, Genevieve, Asher, and Amelie. On top of that, she is the author of the book Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative & Project ASPIRE, the director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago, and a Professor of Pediatrics & Surgery at the University of Chicago. The foundation of her work is from the words of her late husband, and they are, “At the end of the day, the greatest impact you can make is through the lives of children.”



Fun Facts

  • Myself, in three words or less:

    Passionate, working mother.

  • One thing I wish I knew before having kids:

    They will quickly become taller and smarter than you. You will love it.

  • The one piece of advice I’d give to a new parent:

    Tune In, Talk More, & Take Turns! Those are the most important things you can do to grow your baby’s brain.

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