WIO Exemplary Senior Trainee Award

About the WIO Exemplary Senior Trainee Award

The WIO Exemplary Senior Trainee Award recognizes an outstanding female senior resident or fellow in an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training program who demonstrates excellence in leadership, research, education, and mentoring.

2020 WIO Exemplary Senior Trainee Award Recipient: Leila Jean Mady, MD, PhD, MPH

WIO is pleased to announce Leila Jean Mady, MD, PhD, MPH, as the 2020 Exemplary Sr. Trainee Award recipient. As Chief Resident in the Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Mady has distinguished herself as a mentor, researcher, presenter, author, and clinician.

She has transformed the didactic teaching program and served as a mentor to many female residents and inspired them with her enthusiasm for conducting research. Most recently, she developed a Grand Rounds program inviting outstanding women from around the country. During the recent pandemic, she organized and moderated a weekly discussion covering the 50 head and neck articles every resident should know.

Dr. Mady has conducted extensive research, including an investigation into the association between air pollution and chronic sinusitis, studied numerous aspects of head and neck cancer survivorships, and investigated a new biodegradable stent. Her biodegradable stent research earned her a CORE Grant in 2018. She was invited to present her results on cancer survivorships during the 2018 Otolaryngology Spring Meeting. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Mady is the recipient of many awards, including a first prize oral presentation during The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Annual Meeting in 2017 and more recently the Robert A. & George C. Shein Resident Research Competition in 2018.

Dr. Mady obtained her bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in chemistry from New York University. She subsequently pursued graduate studies through a joint MD/PhD/MPH program at Rutgers University.


  • 2020: Leila Jean Mady, MD, PhD, MPH
  • 2019: Hayley L. Born, MD
  • 2018: Sarah N. Bowe, MD
  • 2017: Juliana Bonilla-Velez, MD
  • 2016: Kara Davis, MD
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