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Wanna named editor of prominent otolaryngology journal

May. 26, 2016, 10:05 AM

George Wanna, M.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Otolaryngology Case Reports, joining other colleagues at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center who edit journals.

George Wanna, M.D.
George Wanna, M.D.

Wanna, who is also an associate professor of Neurological surgery, is expected to assume his three-year term as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed publication in July.

“I’m really honored to serve in that role,” Wanna said. “It’s going to be a learning experience for me, and I’m going to work hard to do a very, very good job.”

Wanna will be responsible for naming editorial board members who will consider submissions to the journal and will be responsible for the final editorial content. He will soon appoint associate editors covering all specialties in the field, including head and neck, otology, facial plastic, rhinology and general ENT.

In assuming the position, Wanna is adding to the Bill Wilkerson Center’s reputation as a journal powerhouse. Gary Jacobson, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Audiology, is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Rick Chandra, M.D., professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, serves as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Audiology.

“That tells you about the quality of work that we do here, how much it’s appreciated by the community, nationally and internationally,” Wanna said. “That is really another feather in the cap on everybody that is in the department, that is in the institution and Medical Center.”

Wanna is a member of the Vanderbilt Otology Group, one of the world’s premier centers of excellence for the treatment of ear disorders.

“Since joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wanna has served as a tireless editor, guest editor, reviewer, and contributor to our Otolaryngology literature, rightfully earning this prestigious editor-in-chief position,” said David Haynes, M.D., director of The Otology Group and professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Ron Eavey, M.D., the Guy M. Maness Professor and chair of Otolaryngology and director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, added, “In a very few years since finishing his fellowship at Vanderbilt, George has already won the most prestigious award in Otolaryngology, has published an exceptional volume of meaningful peer reviewed contributions and now has been named as an editor-in-chief.

“He joins other valued Bill Wilkerson colleagues in an editor position, helping to raise the educational mission profile of not only the Bill Wilkerson faculty members, but also VUMC.”

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