American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation Announce New President: Gregory W. Randolph, MD

Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA— Gregory W. Randolph, MD, is the new president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its Foundation. Elected by AAO-HNS members, Dr. Randolph will serve a one-year term leading the Academy’s nearly 12,000 members who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

Dr. Randolph is the Claire and John Bertucci Endowed Chair in Thyroid Surgical Oncology at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Otolaryngology and a surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where he also serves as Director of both the General Otolaryngology and Thyroid and Parathyroid Endocrine Surgery Divisions. He has a thyroid and parathyroid surgical practice caring for patients and operating at both Mass. Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Randolph has focused the bulk of his research on recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy, preservation, and monitoring during thyroid cancer surgery with a concentration on the importance of laryngeal exam, recognition of lymph node metastasis, and revision cancer surgery. With a national and international focus, he has led thyroid surgical missions to St. Petersburg, Russia; Guangzhou, China; Kenya; rural India; and the Chernobyl region of the Ukraine. He founded and directs the Harvard Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Course for surgeons and has directed international surgical courses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia.

“I believe that the AAO-HNS embodies a commitment to otolaryngology excellence and to our specialty’s future,” Dr. Randolph noted. “As a member since 1993, the Academy has represented my main professional home for my entire career. With a concentrated focus on excellence in research and education; leveraging our collaborative relationships; outreach on the international level; and membership engagement that includes specialty unity, grassroots involvement, and networking of Academy constituencies, the AAO-HNS will continue to move successfully into the future to empower the otolaryngologist, both in the United States and abroad.”

Prior to serving as president of AAO-HNS, Dr. Randolph had been a member of the board of directors for five years, serving as international coordinator chairing the International Steering Committee and overseeing the Pan-American Association of Otolaryngology, Humanitarian, and International Committees. He has also demonstrated his commitment to other affiliated organizations, such as his term serving on the executive board and as treasurer of the American Thyroid Association and his terms serving as Chair of the Endocrine Surgery Committees of both the American Head and Neck Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

Dr. Randolph trained at Cornell and Harvard Medical Schools. He was the first otolaryngologist member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), the first otolaryngologist member and council member of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES), and the first otolaryngologist and United States surgeon to be board-certified in Endocrine Surgery in the European Union. He has authored an endocrine surgical text titled, Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, and a text centered on surgery of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, The Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves.


About the AAO-HNS/F The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization's vision: "Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care."