December 17, 2004

Otolaryngology group tabs Ossoff

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Jim Shmerling, right, CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt met with visiting physicians from Kiev, Ukraine, recently. Pictured, from left, are Brian McMurray, M.D., host physician and member of The People’s Church in Franklin; Vitaliy Demanychuk, a pediatric heart surgeon from Kiev, Ukraine; his wife, pediatric perfusionist Olga Demanychuk, M.D.; and Vitaliy Maksymenko, M.D., anesthesiologist and perfusionist. The three physicians work at the Amosov Cardiovascular Institute and are seeking to develop a comprehensive pediatric cardio-thoracic surgery program to serve children in the Ukraine.
photo by Anne Rayner

Robert H. Ossoff, D.M.D., M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, has been chosen as president-elect of the Society of University Otolaryngologists — Head and Neck Surgeons (SUO-HNS). He will begin his term as president in November 2005.

The SUO-HNS is made up of more than 600 ear, nose, and throat specialists who are faculty members of otolaryngology departments across the United States and Canada. The organization focuses on educational and research policies pertaining to training of residents and medical students as well as clinical, educational, and research challenges. Currently, Ossoff also serves as the 127th president of the American Laryngological Association (ALA), a scholarly organization for laryngologists. He is the Guy M. Maness Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and the Director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences.

An item about Ossoff appearing in last week's Reporter referred to an incorrect otolaryngology association.