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Message from the Chair

Greetings to all our friends and colleagues from the beautiful campus of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

We have had a spectacular year in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State. As you may recall, we set a bold goal to become a top 5 program in Otolaryngology within 5 years. During this first year, we have already made significant progress toward achieving this goal!! Specifically, we recruited tremendous talent into our department in both the clinical and research divisions. Drs. James Rocco, Oliver Adunka, Alex Farag, and Stephen Kang have joined our clinical team and are welcomed additions. Furthermore, we have added tremendous scientific talent through the recruitment of several PhD scientists including Drs. Kai Zhao, Derek Houston, Loni Arrese and Edmund Mroz. Our faculty has also been highly successful this year in obtaining additional R01 support despite a highly competitive NIH funding environment. With the addition of 6 new R01s and an R21, our NIH research portfolio continues to expand dramatically.  Beyond grants and recruits, we are paving the way with innovation in telemedicine and we have been fortunate to receive exceptional philanthropic support. As you will read in this newsletter, our department at present has a remarkable wealth of expertise and given our current pace of growth, our future is bright and limitless!!

Perhaps the most important news of this last year, however, was the retirement of Dr. David Schuller from The Ohio State University after 44 years of exemplary service.   To celebrate this momentous occasion, our Department worked with the University Community to surprise Dr. Schuller with a retirement party that was attended by hundreds of alumni, friends and patients from all over the country. To permanently honor him, the “David E. Schuller, MD Laboratories” were created and the “David Schuller, MD Endowment” was established to fund research in perpetuity for Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State. We will forever be grateful for Dr. Schuller's leadership in our department, our cancer program and in the field of Otolaryngology. We wish Dr. Schuller and his wife, Carole, a happy and healthy retirement.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and we encourage you to come visit our department to see first-hand all of the tremendous progress we are making.


Theodoros N. Teknos, MD

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
The David E. Schuller, MD and Carole Schuller Chair in Otolaryngology
Medical Director of Development, The James Campaign
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center