June 27, 2003

Ossoff to lead the American Laryngological Association in 2004

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Dr. Robert H. Ossoff, associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, Guy M. Maness Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, and director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communications Sciences, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the American Laryngological Association (ALA).

The results of the election were announced at the ALA annual meeting during the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meeting (COSM) that was held in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in May.

Ossoff became an Active Fellow in 1990 through nomination and election by his peers. Having served as councilor-at-large and secretary, Ossoff will serve as vice president/president-elect during 2003-04 and assume the association’s presidency in spring 2004.

Ossoff will be the first Vanderbilt faculty member to serve as president of the American Laryngological Association. “I feel extremely fortunate to have been elected to the American Laryngological Association in 1990, elected to serve on the council and, during the past five years, as secretary of the association,” Ossoff said. “I am extremely honored that my ALA colleagues have bestowed upon me the privilege to serve as president of this organization that has so many talented otolaryngologists.”

The American Laryngological Association was founded in 1878 as a scholarly organization of otolaryngologist — head and neck surgeons and scientists who have made significant contributions to and continue to promote the advancement of knowledge in the field of laryngology, nationally and internationally. The ALA, one of nine otolaryngological societies that meet with COSM each year, will celebrate its 125th Anniversary during its 2004 Annual Spring Meeting.