Published: June 29, 2016


Human Otopathology: Renaissance or Return to the Dark Ages Michael J. McKenna, MD

The AAO-HNSF/International Hearing Foundation/Michael M. Paparella, MD Endowed Lecture for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Otology recognizes outstanding achievements and significant sustained contributions to clinical otology and neurotology. Given biennially since 1992, the award is co-sponsored by the International Hearing Foundation.

September 19, 2016, 10 AM, Ballroom 6A

Paparella Lecture Mc Kenna PhotoHuman Otopathology:  Renaissance or Return to the Dark Ages

Michael J. McKenna, MD

Michael J. McKenna, MD, is professor in otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The focus of his extensive research has been on the pathogenesis of otosclerosis and the development of better forms of treatment. But teaching has been an important part of his work.

As director for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s neurotology fellowship program, he is able to combine both aspects of his practice. In addition to advanced training on diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the auditory and vestibular systems, facial nerve, temporal bone, lateral skull base and related head and neck structures, Massachusetts Eye and Ear fellows continue their learning as they work with Dr. McKenna in this NIH-funded lab. Dr. McKenna states, “Our laboratory was the first to discover an association between measles virus and otosclerosis.”

Dr. McKenna’s dedication to patient care and research came together in his involvement in the development of Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Program and its new ABI research facility.

Dr. McKenna received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, in 1982. After an otology fellowship at the House Ear Institute, in 1984 he took a residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear in otolaryngology followed by clinical fellowship there in otology and neurotology.

His honors include the 1980 Alpha Omega Alpha; 1990 The Fisons Travel Award; 2003 William Montgomery Award for Excellence in  Teaching; and 2009 Presidential Citation, American Otological Society.

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