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Howard P. House, MD, Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology

Howard P. House, MD’s name stands out among those viewed as legends within our specialty. His passion for sharing knowledge through research and education is the reason we honor him through the establishment of a lectureship and to ensure that Dr. House’s desire to share knowledge on a global plane continues. This award is presented in odd-numbered years only.

2017 Honored Lecturer: Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS

Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS, is President and Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, and has consistently been recognized as one the “Best Physicians in the USA.” He has been a leader in Otology (science of the ear) for more than 25 years, developing surgical and diagnostic procedures, inventing instruments (such as the facial nerve monitor/stimulator), teaching medical students, residents and fellows, and helping people from all walks of life. 

Dr. Silverstein received his BS degree from Dickinson College (cum laude), and both MS (in physiology) and MD degrees from Temple University Medical School. Before coming to Sarasota in 1973, he served on the teaching staff of Harvard University Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, as director of the Walker Biochemistry Research Laboratory, and as associate professor and director of the Otological Research Laboratory at University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

He is internationally regarded as a leading authority on Meniere’s disease, having received the Prosper Meniere’s Society’s prestigious Gold Medal Honor Award in 1996 for his contributions to understanding the biochemistry of Meniere’s disease and his surgical developments to treat the disease. He has developed a new procedure for otosclerosis the Laser STAMP (Laser Stapedotomy Minus Prosthesis), which does not require a prosthesis to restore the patients’ hearing, and many minimally invasive surgical techniques including the Silverstein MicroWick for treating inner ear disease through the ear canal.

Dr. Silverstein serves as a Clinical Professor of Surgery on the teaching faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and at the University of South Florida. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 

An active researcher, Dr. Silverstein speaks at many annual international medical meetings and is the author of over 240 scientific papers, several textbooks, and videos. 

Previous Lecturers:
  • 2015: Konstantina M. Stankovic, MD, PhD
  • 2013: Derald E. Brackmann, MD
  • 2011: Professor Vittorio Colletti 
  • 2010: Rodney C. Perkins, MD
  • 2009: Michael E. Glasscock, III, MD
  • 2008: John W. House, MD, on behalf of William F. House, DDS, MD