CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: NOMINATING COMMITTEE: ACADEMICBradley W. Kesser, MD
It’s a maelstrom out there. In the turbulent seas of medicine, our Academy must be vigilant, responsive, and anticipatory to the ever-changing winds of medical and surgical practice.
What do you see as the priorities of the Nominating Committee in selecting the future leaders of our Academy?
It’s a maelstrom out there. In the turbulent seas of medicine, our Academy must be vigilant, responsive, and anticipatory to the ever-changing winds of medical and surgical practice. Insurance reimbursement, scope of practice, MOC, CMS mandates, ICD-10, practice guidelines, and closing educational gaps are the issues the AAO-HNSF faces, and we must “stand on the bow” of many important advocacy and practice “ships.”
Identifying leaders in our field to navigate the Foundation in these brackish and often tempestuous waters is the top priority of the Nominating Committee. In selecting future captains, the Nominating Committee must recruit honest, committed, knowledgeable, and sea-worthy individuals who are as comfortable in the operating room as they are in a meeting room. These shipmasters must have a vision for the Foundation and be able to help chart a course, not from the stars, but from data, outcomes, and experience for our Academy and our specialty. These leaders must distill complex issues—physician reimbursement, healthcare reform, prescription prior authorization—into clear explanations and position statements. These leaders must be our advocates, and the Nominating Committee’s top directive is to find and enlist them.