Department of Otolaryngology Timeline

1895

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.”

1934

All individuals appointed to otolaryngology staff were required to be certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (established in 1934).

1952

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.

1956

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.

1961

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.

1972

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.

1975

Dr. Charles Bluestone and Dr. Sylvan Stool established Pediatric Otolaryngology as a subspecialty.

1981

Dr. Carol Congedo was the first female resident in Otolaryngology at UPMC.

1982

Dr. Donald Kamerer performed the first cochlear implant in PA.

1983

Drs. Bluestone and Stool published the first comprehensive textbook on Pediatric Otolaryngology.

1985

Dr. Neal Beckford was the first Black resident in Otolaryngology at UPMC.

1987

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.

1990

The UPMC Center for Balance Disorders was created to provide comprehensive care for people of all ages with balance problems.

1995

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).

2003

Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of AAOHNS.

2004

Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of the American Head and Neck Society.

2005

Dr. Jonas Johnson became Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology.

2007

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology established an Auditory Research Group, which established the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in auditory neuroscience.

2008

Dr. Eugene Myers and the Department of Otolaryngology published Operative Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery.

2010

The Sleep Center was created to provide comprehensive care for people with every type of sleep disorder.

2013

Dr. Jonas Johnson and the Department of Otolaryngology published Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery: Otolaryngology.

2014

Dr. Jonas Johnson was president of the American Triologic Society.

2015

The 30th anniversary of the Eye & Ear Foundation.

2017

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.

2017

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.

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