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Alexandria, Virginia— Douglas D. Backous, MD, became the new President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) on October 4. He was elected by AAO-HNS members and will serve a one-year term leading the Academy’s nearly 13,000 members who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
“Thank you for the honor to serve as the President for the Academy and its Foundation. Working for our specialty through the AAO-HNS/F continues to be one of the most satisfying aspects of my professional career. Ensuring access to care for patients with ear disease and hearing loss is my professional mission, and my passion is working to protect the richness of otolaryngology practice with doctors being able to choose their practice environment to optimally serve their patients with enjoyment and resilience,” Dr. Backous said.
Before being elected as President, Dr. Backous served on the AAO-HNS/F Executive Committee and on the AAO-HNS/F Board of Directors as the Director-at-Large (Private Practice). He is active in the Academy’s advocacy efforts to support otolaryngology-head and neck surgery practices and the patients they treat. In addition, he previously served as the Chair of both the AAO-HNS Hearing Committee and Skull Base Surgery Committee. He is also the recipient of the AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Backous is a board-certified neurotologist who practices in Edmonds, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and went on to complete a research and clinical fellowship in neurotology at Johns Hopkins University. He and his family moved back to Seattle where he was an employed physician for several years before joining Puget Sound ENT in independent private practice.
About the AAO-HNS/F
AAO-HNS, with approximately 13,000 members, is one of the world’s largest organizations representing specialists who treat the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeons diagnose and treat medical disorders that are among the most common affecting patients of all ages in the United States and around the world. 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. Visit the Academy’s website at www.entnet.org for more information.