Vision & Mission

December 2017/January 2018 – Vol. 36, No. 11

OUR VISION

Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.

OUR MISSION

We help our members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care through professional and public education, research, and health policy advocacy.

Message from Leadership

Gregory W. Randolph, MD AAO-HNS/F President

As the 2016-2017 AAO-HNS/F President, I have shared this message frequently during my term: “This [what we do] is a calling—the pride and the privilege of being an otolaryngologist. Daily work for us, but interactions of lifelong significance to our patients.”

Challenges can sometimes cloud a physician’s understanding of this fact.

In focusing on how the AAO-HNS/F helps members provide the best care for patients today, the AAO-HNS/F leadership recognized that while change is often challenging, it also represents opportunity:

  • to allow technology to subsume more mundane tasks.
  • to have technology become hidden and seamless so to allow more focused humane patient care.
  • to change the computer screen versus patient ratio to, again, favor the patient.
  • to use data to empower patient care.

Working with that thought, the theme for the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, evolved—Premiering tomorrow, today—and became the cadence for action this year.

— Gregory W. Randolph, MD

James C. Denneny III, MD AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO

As we end 2017, I invite you to review the accomplishments we’ve achieved together—from advocacy on key healthcare issues to expanding our education portfolio, from enhancements to our Annual Meeting & OTO Experience to developing measures and increased participation in Reg-entSM, the ENT clinical data registry.

We launched an open access journal, published new evidence-based guidelines, and convened an International Advisory Board General Assembly with delegates from around the globe.

And while you’ve been busy caring for patients, we’ve been busy caring for you.

We accomplished a great deal because of the tireless work of your Boards of Directors, physician volunteers, and staff. I commend Dr. Randolph as an exceptional strategic thinker and ambassador. He understood the significance to the future when he said, “The good physician, the optimally functioning physician, must be well as we move to our future.” The Academy is out in front on this issue and has embarked on initiatives addressing both wellness and the future practice of otolaryngology.

We look forward to continuing our investment in the specialty and providing Value 4U in 2018.

— James C. Denneny III, MD