Press Release - October 2, 2013

Richard W. Waguespack, MD, New President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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Lindsey Walter
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
—Richard W. Waguespack, MD, is the new president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its Foundation. He assumed his elected position for the 2013-2014 term on October 1, during the 2013 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ held in Vancouver, BC, Canada.One of the oldest medical associations in the United States, AAO-HNS represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve and lead the Academy at a time when opportunities abound,” said Dr. Waguespack.

Dr. Waguespack received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1980. For 33 years, he served in both multispecialty and small otolaryngology private practices in Birmingham, AL. In April 2013, he left community-based practice to become Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also the Otolaryngology Section Chief at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.

Dr. Waguespack was a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology from 2008 to 2012. He has served in a number of educational, health policy, and leadership roles within the Academy including Chair of the Board of Governors and Coordinator for Socioeconomic Affairs. He is a reviewer for Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is on the editorial board of Laryngoscope. Dr. Waguespack was on the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel (2004-2008) and currently serves as an advisor on behalf of the specialty, representing both the Academy and Triological Society. His honors and awards include the AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award (2008), Presidential Citations from the AAO-HNS (2009) and the American Rhinologic Society (2012), and the Burgess Gordon Advisor of the Year Award from the AMA CPT Editorial Panel.
About the AAO-HNS

About the AAO-HNS
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (www.entnet.org), one of the oldest medical associations in the United States, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's vision: “Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.”