H. Bryan Neel, III MD, PhD, Distinguished Research Lecture

Funded by the Neel family and friends, the H. Bryan Neel, III MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture was established in 1993 to disseminate information regarding new developments in biomedical science to the otolaryngologic community and has been a special feature of the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

2018 Honored Lecturer: Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD, is the Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University. He is the chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology, program director of the Neurotology Fellowship, and director of the Stanford Cochlear Implant Center.

His research focuses on the development and application of technology to augment microsurgical approaches to the skull base, including the use of computer modeling and immersive surgical simulation for preoperative rehearsal and the development of augmented reality platforms for operative guidance. Additionally, he and his collaborators are developing minimally invasive techniques for inner ear surgical access, surgical micro-robotics, and other technology to optimize the results of hearing restoration.

Dr. Blevins received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He completed medical training at Harvard University before returning to California for residency in otolaryngology at the University of California at San Francisco. He remained at UCSF for a fellowship in otology/neurotology. Dr. Blevins joined the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology in 2003.

Previous Lecturers
  • 2017: Thomas Lee, MD
  • 2016: Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • 2015: Lloyd B. Minor, MD
  • 2014: Carter Van Waes, MD 
  • 2013: Martin A. Birchall, MD
  • 2012: Allan I. Pack, MD, PhD
  • 2011: James Christopher Post, MD, PhD
  • 2010: Joseph P. Vacanti, MD
  • 2009: Martin J. Burton, DM, FRCS
  • 2008: Blake S. Wilson, BSEE and Richard T. Miyamoto, MD
  • 2007: Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
  • 2006: Robert McKinnon Califf, MD MACC
  • 2005: Alfred E. Mann, PhD