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American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation Inaugurate Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, as President

September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Dallas, TX—Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, is the new president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its Foundation. Elected by AAO-HNS members, Dr. Chandrasekhar will serve a one-year term leading the Academy’s nearly 12,000 members who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

“Change is happening rapidly in healthcare, and I think the challenges we are facing as physicians and surgeons are actually opportunities for us to have a strong voice in shaping the future of our field,” said Dr. Chandrasekhar. “As the daughter of an internist and an otolaryngologist, the Academy has long held a special place in my life. Service to patients and colleagues is in my blood. I definitely see my term as president as an opportunity to be a positive influence on younger otolaryngologists who are starting to fill leadership roles.”

Dr. Chandrasekhar is Director of New York Otology, Director of Neurotology at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, an otologist and neurotologist at the New York Head and Neck Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. She is also Medical Director of the Vestibular Disorders Evaluation Clinic at the Bronx VA Hospital, and is currently building the Comprehensive Balance Center at Lenox Hill Hospital/Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital.

Her clinical interests include the management of disorders related to hearing, balance, tinnitus, facial nerves, and skull base tumors. She has several published papers in otology and otolaryngology, including a landmark study on sudden hearing loss.

Dr. Chandrasekhar has made significant contributions to the work of the AAO-HNS/F as co-chair of the Foundation’s clinical practice guideline on sudden hearing loss, chair of the guideline for improving voice outcomes after thyroidectomy, and as a methodologist for the guidelines on tinnitus and adult sinusitis. She previously served as chair of the Board of Governors. Among her awards are two Distinguished Service Awards from the AAO-HNS, the Helen Krause Trailblazer Award from the Academy’s Section for Women in Otolaryngology, and the Physician Mentor Recognition Award from the American Medical Association Women Physicians Section.

Dr. Chandrasekhar is the first person of Indian descent and third woman to hold the AAO-HNS/F presidency. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at New York University Medical Center. Following her otology and neurotology fellowship at the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles, CA, she served as academic faculty for the New Jersey Medical School and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She then entered private practice. She is married and has three sons and one daughter.

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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