BUSM Faculty Named President of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
December 22nd, 2008

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | gina.digravio@bmc.org

(Boston) –Kenneth M. Grundfast, MD, chairman and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and assistant dean for student affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, was recently elected president of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology (AADO). Grundfast, who also serves as chief of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Boston Medical Center, had previously served as Secretary Treasurer of AAOD in 2005 and 2006.

AADO is a national organization comprised of the chairpersons from every department of otolaryngology from each school of medicine throughout the United States. Their mission is to provide for the exchange of ideas and relevant information germane to the practice of medicine in an academic setting. Career development strategies emphasizing the academic milieu are considered essential.

As president, Grundfast’s initiatives will include improving otolaryngology education for medical students, writing and implementing a policy on transfer of residents from one program to another, and analyzing the relationship between training of residents in otolaryngology and the training of dentists/oral and maxillofacial surgeons in areas that overlap with the training of residents in otolaryngology.

Grundfast attended Johns Hopkins University receiving his undergraduate degree in 1965. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Syracuse, and after two years of general surgery training and a two-year stint in the U.S. Public Health Service he completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University Hospital in Boston (now Boston Medical Center).

After completing a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) in 1978, Grundfast remained at CHP and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1980, he moved to Washington DC to accept the position of chairman of the department of otolaryngology at Children’s National Medical Center, a position he held until 1994.

In 1989, during a one-year sabbatical at the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Grundfast pursued research on hereditary deafness and assisted in initiating several studies aimed at mapping the genes involved in hereditary deafness.

He is the author or co-author of 88 scientific reports appearing in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has written 32 book chapters, a textbook, and he was the co-author of a book on childhood ear infections written specifically for parents of children who have troublesome otitis media.

Grundfast has been elected president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advancements in Children, the Washington Metropolitan Ear Nose and Throat/Otolaryngology Society, the New England Otolaryngology Society, and he was elected vice president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In recent years, Grundfast has had a growing interest in medical ethics and has served for the past three years as chairman of the Ethics Committee at BMC.

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