2019 Pacesetter Award Winner: Candice Colby-Scott
College of Arts, Sciences and Education, Biotechnology
Dr. Candice Colby-Scott is a 2004 Biotechnology graduate of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education. Her love of helping others directed her to the University of Michigan School of Medicine where she received her medical degree and is now a board-certified Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon specializing in the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear and skull bases, with a special focus on pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implantation.
She is passionate about helping others, especially her younger patients with hearing loss. She serves on an advisory board related to newborn hearing screenings and collaborated with a program at Central Michigan University through which she expanded its Cochlear Implant Program. Through this, she operated on three sisters, ages 4, 6 and 9, who were all candidates for cochlear implants after hearing aids no longer provided benefits. The surgeries were all performed on the same day – the first recorded operation in the country performed on siblings in the same day.
She serves on the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Hearing Committee and Implantable Devices Committee, and its Diversity Committee. Her most recent accolades include induction into Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 in 2019 and she received Hour Detroit magazine’s Top Docs Excellence in Care Award in 2018 and Metro Parent magazine’s Mom Approved Docs for 2019.
Within her community, she is a faculty member and advisor with the Central Michigan University Medical School and Audiology Department, a Walk 4 Hearing participant, and has served as a Little Earth Urban Native American community mentor. Recently, Dr. Colby moved back to practice in her hometown of Bay City, Mich., to better provide care in the community where she grew up, and to offer new services to the Great Lakes Bay Region so people would not have to travel to other areas to receive care.