AAO-HNS/F Celebrates 125 Years

November 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 10

This year the AAO-HNS/F is celebrating our 125th anniversary as a specialty organization. We are planning a number of events to commemorate our history that will culminate at our AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Los Angeles, California, October 3-6, 2021. Our President, Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, is pleased to announce our “Shaping Our Future Together: 125 Strong Campaign” that will raise funds for key initiatives in four different areas that will complement our existing strategic programs. Under the leadership of Dr. Bradford, our Board of Directors has selected the following four general areas for which specific projects and programs will be identified and developed: (1) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; (2) Education; (3) Leadership Development and Mentorship; and (4) Wellness. Dr. Bradford feels “these endeavors will resonate with and capture distinct passions that interest our members.” The selected proposals will be additions or enhancements to current activities that otherwise would go unfunded for lack of resources.

Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD

Dr. Bradford has chosen two Past Presidents, Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and Albert L. Merati, MD, to Co-chair this exciting campaign. Angela M. Powell, MD, will lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team; Richard V. Smith, MD, will lead the Education team; Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA, will lead the Leadership Development and Mentorship team; and Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS, will lead the Wellness team. Donors will be able to select the specific areas of interest and projects they wish to contribute, and all monies received will be spent on the designated areas over the next several years.

Albert L. Merati, MD

Dr. Chandrasekhar reflects, “The Academy has been my cherished second family since I began my residency. I still remember the wonder I felt at my first Annual Meeting, learning all I could from the courses there and back home, working on committees and sections, and taking Academy-sponsored leadership and business courses. I cherish the friendships I’ve made here. I am honored to give back so that others can benefit. I hope you can join us for the 125th Campaign.”

Dr. Merati observes, “There is a powerful blend of content and community that drives our AAO-HNS membership—this has never been more apparent than in the past year. Our members have strong feelings and hopes about our field and our future together; the AAO-HNS 125th campaign offers direct, immediate ways to act and help shape our next decade together.”

Look for the full details as we kick off the campaign in our commemorative 125th Anniversary Bulletin issue in January 2021. At that time, there will be complete descriptions of the selected programs within each area of focus along with how we can all join together to make this campaign a success.