Shaping Our Future Together: 125 Strong Campaign

October 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 9

“We have witnessed and continue to experience unparalleled collaboration and cooperation across all specialty societies in otolaryngology and across all regions in the world, as we shared experiences, vital information, and solutions freely and rapidly.”

Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD

Those are comments made by James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO during the Opening Ceremony of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

Collaboration, cooperation, and community are three essential elements that will shape the future of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery around the globe. Our “We Are One” philosophy guides the inclusion of all otolaryngologists—regardless of demographics or location—that the AAO-HNS/F employs in partnering with the international otolaryngology community in the bi-directional sharing of education resources, which will help us all provide the best patient care.

Albert L. Merati, MD

As the AAO-HNS begins the celebration of our 125-year history in 2021, and in keeping this collective spirit alive and vibrant throughout the years that follow, the AAO-HNSF is launching the “Shaping Our Future Together: 125 Strong Campaign.” Spearheading this effort, we are pleased to announce that Past Presidents Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and Albert L. Merati, MD, will serve as the Co-chairs of this campaign.

This fundraising effort will be focused on identifying areas outside currently existing programs that resonate with our members that can be addressed with additional resources enabling us to maintain a strong, diverse, inclusive, and grounded specialty, not only in the short-term, but for the long haul. This two-year campaign will launch later this year and will coincide with the celebration of our 125th anniversary.

In contrast to our most recent fundraising campaign in 2010, “The Face of Otolaryngology,” which emphasized endowment giving, this campaign hopes to raise funds to be spent immediately on the designated areas of focus that will produce more immediate benefits. Full details about this campaign and how you can get involved will be shared in a subsequent Bulletin article as well as through the Academy’s website and other communications, like ENTConnect, OTO News, and emails.

We are excited about the rollout of the “Shaping Our Future Together: 125 Strong Campaign,” which will allow the AAO-HNSF to meet the needs of the otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community worldwide and to help shape the next phase of our history.