The Leading Edge

October 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 9

Why Leadership Matters: A Keen Eye on Equity, Wellness, and More

I am deeply honored and privileged to serve as your President. We find ourselves at a crossroads, battling the COVID-19 pandemic and the healthcare, education, and economic fallout it has created while upholding our commitment to provide outstanding ear, nose, and throat patient care. We continue to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the face of the spotlight that has been placed on racial injustice in our country.


Walking a Mile with Empathy

The significant consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying economic uncertainty, and social unrest have unleashed on physicians and other healthcare providers has been well described and frequently discussed. These additional stressors have added to a previously escalating wellness issue broadly affecting the healthcare provider community as described in several recent presentations at our Virtual Annual Meeting.


New Lifetime and 30-Year Members

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery congratulates the following members who have earned Lifetime status with the Academy and those celebrating 30 years of membership in 2020. Your commitment to the Academy is a testament to the dedication you have to your colleagues, your patients, and the healthcare community.


Shaping Our Future Together: 125 Strong Campaign

“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.” 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.