A group of civic leaders founded the Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh. A charter was granted by the city for the “purpose of establishing and maintaining a hospital, by voluntary contributions, for the medical and surgical treatment of all diseases of the eyes and ears.”
All individuals appointed to otolaryngology staff were required to be certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (established in 1934).
The American Board of Otolaryngology bestowed full accreditation on the residency training program in otolaryngology under the leadership of Dr. Thomas McCullough, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Kenneth Day served as head of the Department of Otology from 1956-1968. Severely deaf, he is credited with founding the first acoustical laboratory in a U.S. medical center.
Dr. Raymond Jordan, a prominent otologic surgeon who practiced with Dr. Kenneth Day Sr. and Dr. Kenneth Day Jr., became Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology after Dr. McCullough’s retirement.
Dr. Jordan resigned to become Executive Director of the American Council of Otolaryngology. During this time, Dr. Donald Medearis, who had recently become Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, insisted that all clinical departments in the School of Medicine be directed by a full-time academic chairman. The Department of Otolaryngology was the only department without a full-time chairman.
Dr. Eugene N. Myers was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology. He was the first full-time academic faculty member in the department. He served as Chair for 33 years, building an internationally recognized department.
Dr. Charles Bluestone and Dr. Sylvan Stool established Pediatric Otolaryngology as a subspecialty.
Dr. Carol Congedo was the first female resident in Otolaryngology at UPMC.
Dr. Donald Kamerer performed the first cochlear implant in PA.
Drs. Bluestone and Stool published the first comprehensive textbook on Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Dr. Neal Beckford was the first Black resident in Otolaryngology at UPMC.
Based on the collaboration of Dr. Victor Schramm and Dr. Ivo Janecka in Otolaryngology with Dr. Laligam Sekhar in Neurosurgery, the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery was created, the first comprehensive academic center in North America dedicated to skull base surgery.
The UPMC Center for Balance Disorders was created to provide comprehensive care for people of all ages with balance problems.
The Voice Center was created to provide care for people with every type of voice disorder.
Dr. Eugene Myers was president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS).
Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of AAOHNS.
Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of the American Head and Neck Society.
Dr. Jonas Johnson became Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology.
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology established an Auditory Research Group, which established the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in auditory neuroscience.
Dr. Eugene Myers and the Department of Otolaryngology published Operative Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery.
The Sleep Center was created to provide comprehensive care for people with every type of sleep disorder.
Dr. Jonas Johnson and the Department of Otolaryngology published Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery: Otolaryngology.
Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of the American Triologic Society.
The Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center (PHRC) was established as a continuation of the Auditory Research Group, but with a larger network of researchers and clinicians working in auditory science and clinical care.
The Department also founded Pittsburgh CREATES (Collaborative Research, Education and Technology Advancement in Surgery), a collaboration between medical industry, bioengineers, and surgeons to develop new surgical technology and train the next generation of surgeons in the use of advanced surgical technologies. The major focus is on minimally invasive surgical techniques; in particular, robotic surgery under the leadership of Dr. Uma Duvvuri.