Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in joining the American Academy of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). AAO-HNS is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Nearly 12,000 otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons and professionals rely on AAO-HNS as an invaluable resource in helping them make a difference in their careers and providing the best patient care.

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Application Process 


The Academy has a formal, credentials-based membership application process. After review and approval by Credentials and Membership Committee and the Board of Directors, a formal induction ceremony is held during the opening ceremony at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO.

Please note: Applications received for Resident and In Training categories are exempt from this approval process. Once the completed application, payment, and requested information has been received and processed, applicants applying for Resident membership and In Training membership automatically become members, not candidates.

Completed applications must be submitted to Member Services by mail (see below) or faxed to 1-703-684-4288. With questions, please contact Member Services at 1-703-836-4444 or

Mail to:
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Attn: Member Service Center
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314-2857 USA

Annual Dues

Dues Renewal Schedule

The Academy Board of Directors determines the membership dues rate each year. The dues calendar runs from January 1 to December 31. Invoices are mailed in November and full payment is required each year by December 31.


If you have not paid your membership dues by April 30, you must reinstate in order to take advantage of member discounts.  To reinstate, contact Member Services by phone at 1-703-836-4444, or email

Discount Member Categories -
The Board of Directors has approved discounted dues for U.S. Members and Fellows in special circumstances. This includes Fellow/Member In-Training, military and government personnel.

  • Military/Government Employees (U.S. Only): Any physician currently employed in the Federal government or serving in active duty is eligible for the discounted rate of $740.00. In order to receive this membership discount, members must attach a recent LES or official letter from their command with starting and end dates.
  • Fellow / Member In-Training (U.S., Canada and International): Any physician currently participating in a fellowship training program is eligible for In-Training status and is eligible for the discounted rate of $100.00. To receive In-Training status, members must submit an official letter with the membership application from the Training Program Director to include, program name, contact information, start and end date of training. 


Membership may be terminated for:

Failure to pay annual dues in full by April 30 of the following year. The Board of Directors shall have the power to censure, suspend or expel any member who fails to pay dues, who no longer possesses the qualifications necessary for membership including suspension or revocation of license to practice medicine, who has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, who violates the Academy's Code of Ethics.

Unprofessional conduct resulting in revocation of a medical license to practice medicine. Such termination shall become effective upon sixty (60) days written notice.

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Receive many benefits to help you in your professional pursuits:  shape the future of the specialty, manage the business side of your practice more smoothly, and more.

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