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

The BOG was established in 1982 as a grassroots member network within the AAO-HNS. The BOG is made up of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from around the United States and Canada, and serves as an important avenue of communication with the Board of Directors to help improve the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS/F.

BOG Committee Charges and Rosters

Local/State Societies

National Societies

* BOG Societies moved into observer status. Questions? Contact

Additional BOG Information

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 and Canada.

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

What purpose does the BOG serve?

The BOG 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 BOG?

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. 

2020-2021 BOG Officers

Chair:  Lance A. Manning, MD 
Chair-Elect: Troy D. Woodard, MD
Immediate Past Chair: Spencer C. Payne, MD
Secretary: Karen Rizzo, MD
Member-at-Large: David S. Boisoneau, MD

Structure of the BOG

  • Committees
  • BOG Societies and Representatives
BOG Meetings

Future Meetings/Save the Date:

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern: Virtual AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum and BOG Spring Meeting

Click here for more information and to register, or email


BOG Society Resources & Virtual Society Information

Virtual Society Resources

Virginia Society Model Bylaws

Sponsorship Packages New Mexico Society

New Mexico Society Model Bylaws

New Mexico Society Model Member Application

Instruction on How to Join a Virtual Society Meeting

For more information on scheduling a Virtual Society Meeting, please contact

Lobbying:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (an instructional video by the Massachusetts Medical Society via the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology)

2020 BOG General Assembly Chairman's Update 

BOG Bylaws

BOG Society Application Form

BOG Fact Sheet

BOG Regions

Propose a Resolution to the BOG

AAO-HNS BOG Road Show PowerPoint (PPT format)

AAO-HNS BOG Road Show (PDF format)

PSAV 30% Discount for AAO-HNS Affiliates

AAO-HNSF Guideline Pocket Cards

Clinical Practice Guideline Slide Sets Available

Present the AAO-HNSF clinical practice guidelines at your society meetings. Slide sets have been developed for: AOE, Allergic Rhinitis, Adult Sinusitis, Bell’s Palsy, BPPV, Earwax (Cerumen Impaction), Improving Nasal Form and Function After Rhinoplasty, Hoarseness, Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery, OME, PSG for Sleep Disordered Breathing, Sudden Hearing Loss, Tonsillectomy, Tympanostomy Tubes, and Tinnitus. 

For advocacy materials and the Road Show PowerPoint contact

BOG Communications & Awards
BOG Communications

The BOG has pages in the Bulletin that keep you informed of BOG updates, state legislation, practice management matters, society news, and public relations activities. This publication is available in a print version, with selected articles on the Bulletin webpage. 


Nominations for the BOG's two prestigious awards for 2021 are being accepted through March 15, 2021.  To submit a nomination for either award, click here.

The Model Society Award recognizes outstanding local/state/regional societies that exhibit effective leadership. The 2021 Model Society Award is based on activities from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  

The Practitioner Excellence Award recognizes the prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate. The Practitioner Excellence Award is open to AAO-HNS members in good standing and requires that within the past 10 years, the doctor nominated has practiced medicine in an exemplary manner and is sought out by other physicians because of their personal and effective care. In addition to his or her clinical skills, the nominee must possess one or more of the following attributes: civic leadership; charitable activity; leadership involvement with local, state, regional, or national medical organizations; community education; or engagement in local civic and/or community activities.

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BOG Leadership History

Board of Governors Chairs

The Board of Governors (BOG) was established in 1982 as a grassroots member network within the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Over the course of its history, 39 individuals have served as Chair, providing leadership – that uniquely consistent and defining force behind great and enduring organization – to the BOG, and representing its interests as a member of the Academy's Board of Directors.

2020-2021    Lance Manning
2019-2020    Spencer Payne
2018–2019   Ken Yanagisawa
2017–2016   Sanjay Parikh
2016–2017   Stacey Ishman
2015–2016   David Edelstein
2014–2015   Wendy Stern
2013–2014   Peter Abramson
2012–2013   Denis Lafreniere
2011–2012   Sujana Chandrasekhar
2010–2011   Michael Seidman
2009–2010   Gavin Setzen
2008–2009   Jerry Schreibstein
2007–2008   Pablo Stolovitzky
2006–2007   Peter Weber
2005–2006   Leonard W. Brown
2004–2005   Thomas B. Logan
2003–2004   Richard Waguespack
2002–2003   Rebecca Gaughan
2001-2002   Joseph E. Leonard
2000-2001   Michael Setzen
1999-2000   C. Ron Cannon
1998-1999   James Denneny, III
1997-1998   David R. Nielsen
1996-1997   Michael S. Benninger
1995-1996   John G. Campbell (deceased)
1994-1995   Ira D. Papel
1993-1994   W. Frederick McGuirt, Sr.
1992-1993   Gary T. Turner
1991-1992   Paul I. Wills
1990-1991   Willard (Bill) B. Moran, Jr.
1989-1990   D. Morton Boyette
1988-1989   J. David Osguthorpe
1987-1988   Neil O. Ward
1986-1987   William E. Silver
1985-1986   Robert J. Keim (deceased)
1984-1985   William P. King (deceased)
1983-1984   Willard E. Fee, Jr.
1982-1983   Marvin A. Singleton - First Chair – BOG founded 1982

Upcoming Local, State and National Society Meetings

Florida Society of Otolaryngology
Florida Combined Otolaryngology Meeting (FCOM 2021) | November 4 - 7, 2021 | Ritz-Carlton Naples, Naples, FL
Florida Combined Otolaryngology Meeting (FCOM 2022) | November 11 - 13, 2022 | Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL

Georgia Society of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
2021 Southern States Rhinology Course | April 22 - 24 | West Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island, SC
Annual Summer Meeting | July 22 - 25, 2021 | Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, FL

Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
2021 PAO-HNS Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting | June 18 - 19, 2021

Virginia Society of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Virtual Annual Meeting | April 24, 2021

Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology
Annual Meeting | October 16 - 17, 2021 | Kalahari Resorts, Wisconsin Dells, WI