Published: March 26, 2021

Candidate Statements | Audit Committee

Select one from the two candidates for Audit Committee.

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Vote for One of Two Candidates Below

Questions Posed to the Candidates

  • What is your particular experience or interest that would make you an effective member of the Audit Committee of the Academy?

Art A. Ambrosio, MD, MBAArt A. Ambrosio, MD, MBAArt A. Ambrosio, MD, MBA

A guiding principle in the U.S. Navy is “Ship, Shipmate, Self.” I have been an active member and advocate on behalf of AAO-HNS/F, prioritizing it in my career as my “Ship” since early in my surgical residency, serving on the BOG Legislative Affairs and Governance & Society Engagement Committees—allowing me to understand and protect the strategic mission of the Academy on a local, state, and federal level.

Completing formal business training at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in addition to my full-time surgical practice prepared me for involvement in Navy enterprise-wide leadership roles. A major venture has been in founding the first-ever virtual Naval Medical Center (VNMC) in San Diego, California, which supports tri-service military medical treatment facilities as well as deployed ground and fleet forces throughout the entire Pacific Rim. As deputy director of the VNMC, I have provided thorough operational oversight of security, policy, and budget allocation for the programs we have built within this rapidly scaling venture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am ultimately looking to leverage my strengths, energy, and passion to serve the Audit Committee—ensuring transparency and attention to detail to ensure that our precious resources are properly supporting the mission of the Academy and its members. 

Steven B. Levine, MDSteven B. Levine, MDSteven B. Levine, MD

The Audit Committee is the entity that maintains transparency of the operational and financial condition of the Academy. It is a critical function. 

I have been a member of the Academy since the mid-1980s and have been faculty for Academy instruction courses and served on the Practice Management Committee, Professional Liability Committee, Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on an Otolaryngology Risk Retention Group, and Physician Resources Committee. I have been active on the BOG, including election as Secretary as well as Vice Chair of the Socioeconomic & Grassroots Committee.

My medical career has all been in private practice, including group practice with multiple offices and solo practice of late. My interests outside of my medical practice, however, have afforded me a broader experience and scope of understanding of the operations of various businesses. I have started several companies that categorize me as an entrepreneur and am a cofounder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. I have been a director of a publicly held bank and served on its loan committee, thus affording me unique experience interacting with both internal and external auditors. These interests and experiences support my candidacy for this position. 

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