AAO-HNS/F Names James C. Denneny III, MD, as Next EVP/CEO

July 10, 2014 - 1:58pm

ALEXANDRIA, VA — James C. Denneny III, MD, has been selected as the next Executive Vice President/CEO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation. Dr. Denneny will assume the leadership role for the organization, which represents about 12,000 otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons, in January 2015 following the 13-year tenure of David R. Nielsen, MD.

“Jim has been devoted to the organization for years. He is a proven leader who has an obvious passion for the specialty and a keen understanding of the challenges facing both practitioners and patients,” remarked Richard W. Waguespack, MD, President of the AAO-HNS/F.

An active member of the Academy since 1984, Dr. Denneny served as president of the AAO-HNS/F (2007-2008). His involvement also includes 11 years on the Boards of Directors, 22 years on the Board of Governors with a term as BOG Chairman (1998-1999), and leadership positions in many partnerships, coalitions and workgroups. He currently co-chairs the Academy’s Physician Payment Policy Workgroup, serves as the Coordinator for Socioeconomic Affairs and chairs the Ad Hoc Payment Model Workgroup.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to join the staff at the Academy,” Dr. Denneny said. “I will do everything I can to continue the positive momentum that we have maintained over the years.”

Dr. Denneny, 61, has experienced the evolution of health care in both academic and private practice. Before serving the Knoxville, TN, community for 24 years as a private practitioner, he held academic appointments in Houston and Indianapolis. In 2011, he left private practice to join the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at University of Missouri as Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology.

Born in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Denneny grew up in Oklahoma City, OK. He received a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University in Waco, TX, then earned his medical degree and did a general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He subsequently completed a fellowship in facial plastic reconstructive surgery while teaching as a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. He also taught as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, before becoming a private practitioner in Knoxville.

He has two adult children, Jimmy and Jackie.

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."

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