CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Michael R. Holtel, MD

April 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 3

Q: What attributes will you seek in our future Academy leaders? What experience do you have that will aid in selecting leaders that will advance the mission of the Academy?

Michael R. Holtel, MD

Otolaryngologists must be intimately involved in healthcare decision processes for us to improve healthcare in a meaningful way. I will nominate leaders whose primary focus is the betterment of our Academy, but who understand the importance of leadership in medicine as a whole and are willing to work locally, nationally, and internationally to improve our Academy.

A diverse experience of practice in academic, military, and multispecialty group environments will aid me in helping you select the best Academy leaders. Nine years at one of the largest and most nationally recognized for excellence multispecialty groups in California (of which two of eight board members have long been otolaryngologists) has demonstrated the importance of otolaryngology’s leadership in an ever increasingly competitive environment. Six years working for the University of Hawaii managing a multi-million-dollar research effort in blast/acoustic trauma for the U.S. Army allowed me to work with exceptional researchers and academic leaders. I have learned the importance of leadership by serving in multiple leadership roles such as chief of surgery, chief of service, residency program director, president of state medical society and have been active in the Academy recognized with the distinguished service award.