About the BOG


The Board of Governors (BOG) was established in 1982 as a grassroots member network within the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

The BOG is made up of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from around the United States.

Members within this grassroots network are primarily community practitioners in the field of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.

What purpose does the Board of Governors serve?

The Board of Governors functions as an advisory body for the grassroots to the Board of Directors in order to:

  • Act as an avenue of communication between the Board of Directors and the local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology - head and neck surgery organizations and residents;
  • Make recommendations regarding the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS;
  • Seek out and involve practitioners of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery in academic, social, economic, and political issues relative to otolaryngology - head and neck surgery in the U.S.;
  • Strengthen the AAO-HNS and otolaryngology societies; and
  • Support the general good of patients, the specialty, and the medical profession.

What is the role of the Board of Governors?

The BOG plays a vital role in the Academy and within the specialty to:

  • Identify issues affecting the specialty;
  • Research and recommend solutions; and
  • Advocate for action and member involvement. 

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BOG Officers

Chair: Peter J. Abramson, MD
Chair-Elect: Wendy B. Stern, MD
Immediate Past Chair: Denis C. Lafreniere, MD
Secretary: Sanjay R. Parikh, MD
Member-at-Large: Stacey L. Ishman, MD

BOG Staff

Richard Carson
Director, Component Relations
Direct Dial: 1-703-535-3726
Fax: 1-703-684-4288

Bethany Clifton
Program Manager, Component Relations
Direct Dial: 1-703-535-3736
Fax: 1-703-684-4288

Structure of the BOG

How to Write a Resolution

Board of Governors' resolutions provide an opportunity for the membership to raise issues affecting the specialty and recommend solutions to the Board of Directors.  A resolution is a request for the AAO-HNS Board of Directors to take action, consider an idea or strategy, and adopt policy or take a position.
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Become a Member of AAO-HNS

Become a member of AAO-HNS

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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Humanitarian Opportunities

Humanitarian Opportunities

Do you enjoy travel or have a yearning to help others? If so, why not volunteer for humanitarian efforts?

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Awards & Honors

The Academy recognizes the extensive meritorious service of medical professionals' teaching, research, and leadership within the specialty.