Cornell Doctor Publishes Study on Ear Deformity Corrections
“I wasn’t about to perform surgery on a very healthy newborn,” McCullen said after her initial physician suggested that the deformity had to be corrected surgically. “So I began researching other options, and Dr. Doft came highly recommended to me.”
Doft said there was only one paper that existed on the EarWell that claimed a 90 percent success rate, written by Dr. Steve Byrd, inventor of the device. Doft said most of the time, professionals are skeptical when there is only one report on new technology – and she decided that she would lead a study to supplement Byrd’s.
“My hypothesis was what if we try and capture the peak of the estrogen level [when babies are first born]and then we should capture the peak of ear plasticity,” Doft said. “So I teamed up with a newborn nursery and I told them there is this new device, it works really well.”