July 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 6

The John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics was established in 1987. This lecture is dedicated to the subject of ethics.

September 20, 2016, 2:15 PM, Ballroom 6A

Applying Dr. Conley’s Ethical Standards to The Practice of Contemporary Otolaryngology

HoltG. Richard Holt, MD, MPH, and panelists Susan D. McCammon, MD; Kevin Christopher McMains, MD;  and Howard W. Francis, MD

G. Richard Holt, MD, MPH, is an emeritus professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a faculty member of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, an adjunct professor in the department of otolaryngology at the University of Missouri, and a faculty scholar in its health ethics center.

Dr. Holt has master’s degrees in public health, engineering, bioethics, and health policy, and a doctorate in bioethics. Because Mae C. Jemison, MD, a former astronaut, engineer, physician, and educator, is this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM keynote speaker, an especially relevant biographical entry for Dr. Holt is the fact that he was a 1991 NASA astronaut selection candidate.

He is a past president and former executive vice president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Holt is a past editor-in-chief of the AAO-HNS journal Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery; a past editor-in-chief of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine; and is the current editor-in-chief of Southern Medical Journal.

While still clinically active at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, he teaches global health and international medicine at the UT School of Public Health, San Antonio, as well as teaching across the country.

Dr. Holt has received the following AAO-HNS awards: Distinguished Service Award; Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award; and a Presidential Citation.


Susan D. McCammon, MD, is vice-chair, associate professor, and co-director of the Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck, and residency program director in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Dr. McCammon is the current chair of the Ethics Committee of the AAO-HNS.

Howard W. Francis, MD, is vice-director and professor of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, professor of neurosurgery, and professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He is the recipient of the George T. Nager, MD, Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kevin Christopher McMains, MD, is adjunct professor in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; chief of otolaryngology at Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio; and associate professor in the department of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Dr. McMains is also past-chair of the ethics committee of the American Rhinologic Society and a past member of the AAO-HNS Ethics Committee.