Eugene N. Myers, MD Global Education Fund

To honor Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon), and his dedication to advancing otolaryngology and patient care worldwide, the AAO-HNSF is pleased to announce the Eugene N. Myers, MD Global Education Fund to benefit the continuing education needs of otolaryngologists practicing in low-income/low-resource countries.

Purpose/Mission: To provide grant funds to access or offset costs associated with the AAO-HNSF education resources and opportunities to physicians practicing in low-income countries, who have limited or no access to otolaryngology professional development resources.

Criteria and Award Requirements: Grants will be available to physicians who are employed full-time in otolaryngology, have citizenship, and practice in a low-income country. Awardees will be required to utilize and share the knowledge attained from the Eugene N. Myers, MD, Global Education Fund to improve patient care in their home country.

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Why Donate to the Eugene N. Myers, MD Global Education Fund?

Our international colleagues working in low-income countries need our help!

From limited or no access to specialized training institutions and constrained access to medical supplies and equipment, many physicians working in low-income countries encounter enormous challenges, including the ability to access essential continuing education and professional development opportunities and resources. For many of these physicians, traveling to attend a meeting or paying for online education without financial assistance is not an option. Affordability is a major issue—a recent survey found the average monthly income of an otolaryngologist working in low- and middle-income countries to be less than $1,500 USD a month ($18,000 annually).



About Eugene N. Myers, MD

Eugene N. Myers, MD, Past President of the AAO-HNS/F and the first AAO-HNSF International Coordinator, has worked tirelessly throughout his career to provide aid and assistance to physicians, especially in resource-challenged countries, advancing otolaryngology and patient care worldwide. Known to many as “Dr. International,” this Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology and Emeritus Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is the founder of the AAO-HNSF International Affairs Program, which launched in 1996. Committed to providing education and services for international otolaryngologists, Dr. Myers forged global partnerships and expanded education opportunities on behalf of the AAO-HNSF. Dr. Myers established the Academy’s International Corresponding Societies (ICS) network, which currently includes partnerships with 77 national societies worldwide.

Focused on improving otolaryngology-head and neck surgery throughout the world, Dr. Myers has travelled to over 100 countries, speaking at conferences, lecturing at medical schools, and serving on boards of international societies. He has educated and mentored numerous ORL-HNS department chairs and chiefs around the globe.

In addition to his time and talents, Dr. Myers has generously donated financial resources to help fund international education programs, including the AAO-HNSF International Visiting Scholarship Program.

Dr. Myers’ endless contributions to the specialty have positively impacted the quality of patient care on nearly every continent. The Eugene N. Myers, MD, Global Education Fund has been set up to honor an individual who has given so much to so many. The fund celebrates Dr. Myers’ achievements by helping physicians from low-income countries access education and resources, thus building on Dr. Myer’s decades-long dedication and commitment to the global otolaryngology community.



Champions (Donations of $7,500 or more)

  • Eugene N. Myers, MD
  • Sheng-Po Hao, MD
  • Jacqueline Alvarado, MD and
    Pablo Stolovitzky, MD
  • Gregory W. Randolph, MD, FACE
  • Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA
  • William Ignace Wei, MD, MS
  • Gayle Woodson, MD and
    K. Thomas Robbins, MD
  • Michael Yue Ming Wong, MD, MS
  • Mark Zafereo, MD

Supporters (Donations between $1,501 – $7,499)

  • J. Noble Anderson –
    In memory of George G. Kitchens, Sr., MD
  • Bruce Campbell, MD
  • Susan Cordes, MD
  • Stephen Cragle, MD
  • Luiz P. Kowalski, MD, PhD
  • Lin Li-Fen, MD
  • Robert L. Witt, MD
  • Richard J. Wong, MD

Friends (Donations up to $1,500)

  • Douglas Backous, MD
  • Cristina Baldassari, MD
  • Gregory Basura, MD, PhD
  • Ryan Belcher, MD, MPH
  • Gene G. Brown III, MD
  • Rodney Caniglia, MD
  • Chinwang Chao, MD
  • Chih-Yen Chien, MD
  • Cecelia Damask, DO
  • Kartik Dandu, MD
  • Marc G. Dubin, MD
  • Mohamed M. El-Shinnawi, MD
  • Madelyn Frank
  • Shanmugam Ganesan, FRCS
  • Fredrick Godley III, MD
  • Michelle Higgins, MD
  • Thuy-Van T. Ho, MD
  • Evelyne Kalyoussef, MD
  • Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA
  • Matthew Kircher, MD
  • KJ Lee, MD
  • Thomas Henry Lesnik, MD
  • Meredith Merz Lind, MD, FAAP, FACS
  • William Lydiatt, MD
  • Cem Meco, MD, FEBORL-HNS
  • Vikas Mehta, MD
  • David Melon, MD, FACS
  • Albert Merati, MD
  • Jeffery N. Myers, MD
  • Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD
  • Alfredo Q. Yap Pontejos, Jr. MD
  • Sarah Rodriguez, MD
  • Esperanza F. Salazar, MD
  • Joseph Scharpf, MD
  • Todd Schneiderman, MD
  • Yelizaveta Shnayder, MD
  • Michael Singer, MD
  • Maie St. John, MD, PhD
  • Katie Stouffs Grimes
  • Maria Suurna, MD
  • Elise Swinehart
  • Dennis Thompson, MD
  • Andrew Tompkins, MD, MBA
  • Chou Tseyu, MD
  • Trey Van Tuyl, MD
  • Mark Varvares, MD
  • Chen-Chi Wang, MD
  • Troy Woodard, MD
  • Alex S. Yamamoto, MD
  • Ken Yanagisawa, MD
  • Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD
  • Glen Yoshida, MD

Donations are not updated in real time. Updates will be made to the site on a biweekly basis.

All administrative expenses are underwritten by the AAO-HNSF – 100% of your contribution will go toward providing continuing education programs to physicians practicing in low-income countries who have limited or no access to otolaryngology professional development resources. The AAO-HNS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. As such, your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by current U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations.

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