Longtime member sworn in as NIDCD Director

October 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 9

Photo credit: National Institutes of Health

On September 4, Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA, longtime member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), was sworn in as Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.  Dr. Tucci is the recipient of the AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award and Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award. Dr. Tucci also served on the AAO-HNS Research Advisory Board, the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and numerous subcommittees.

Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA Photo credit: National Institutes of Health

In her welcome message, Dr. Tucci said, “I am proud to be part of the NIDCD’s 30-year heritage, and to lead an outstanding group of scientists and administrators who are passionate about improving health in our mission areas. Over the coming months, and with the guidance of NIDCD staff and our advisory committees—the National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors—we will examine our current portfolio and priorities, opportunities for growth and partnership, and the needs of our targeted populations and constituencies to craft a strategic plan for the future.

Our vision is that all those with disorders of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, or language benefit from scientific discovery that informs effective and accessible treatments and improves quality of life. I look forward to working with all within the NIDCD—in partnership with those affected by deafness and other communication disorders and with our scientific community—to achieve these goals.”  Read the full welcome message at  https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/nidcd-director-message/welcome.