History, Vision and Mission


The American Academy of Otolaryngology— Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (AAO-HNS), and its foundation, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. (AAO-HNSF), are two separate and independent organizations, each incorporated in the District of Columbia.

The Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization, designated as a 501(c)(3) association by the IRS.

The Academy is designated as a 501(c)(6) non-profit association by the IRS. 

Our Vision:
Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.

Our Mission:
We help our members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care through professional and public education, research, and health policy advocacy.

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Receive many benefits to help you in your professional pursuits:  shape the future of the specialty, manage the business side of your practice more smoothly, and more.

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