Eric Wang, MD, has been named Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh.
According to Dr. Wang, the role involves identifying gap areas for growth as well as potential individuals to fill these gaps, promote scholarly activity from the faculty, examine their clinical footprint and promote a service line approach for meeting those needs across the entire UPMC system. It also means working collaboratively with the faculty and administrative team in reviewing their current status and strengthening any limitations as well as planning for future growth.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Wang has accepted the role of Executive Vice Chair,” said Dr. José Zevallos, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology. “In this new role, he will help to guide our Department’s strategy for growth and recruitment, research, and clinical operations. I am excited to have Dr. Wang as a partner to lead the next era of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh.”
Dr. Wang’s clinical and research focus are in the areas of skull base surgery and rhinology, his areas of subspecialty fellowship training. As a Director of Education for the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery, he has designed and implemented multiple prospective controlled trials on the outcomes and safety of skull base surgery. In addition to outcomes research, he also is active in translational research.
Dr. Wang’s goals in his new role include strategic planning for Departmental growth, increasing access to high quality otolaryngology care, and enhancing the communication at all levels of the Department.
“The arrival of Dr. Zevallos has invigorated the department,” Dr. Wang said. “I am very excited to partner with Dr. Zevallos to help guide this outstanding department as we continue to provide the highest levels of clinical care, make impactful research discoveries to train the next generation of future leaders in health care and otolaryngology. We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants in Drs. Eugene Myers and Jonas Johnson, and this high platform provides the ideal launching pad for further advancement as the UPMC Department of Otolaryngology continues to lead the field.”