Editorial introductions : Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

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Editor(s): Donald, Paul J.; Bradley, Patrick J.; Becker, Samuel S.; Adappa, Nithin D.

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: February 2020 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000604
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Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery was launched in 1993. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery are divided into 11 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Editors in Chief and the Section Editors for this issue.


Paul J. Donald

Paul J. Donald

Professor Donald is the former Chief of Head and Neck Surgery, and Director of the Skull Base Surgery Program in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, USA. He is now Professor Emeritus. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Professor Donald obtained a BS in zoology and biochemistry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1960 and his MD in 1964. Following an internship at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, he was in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps for three years and was a resident in general surgery for eighteen months. A further year of general surgery residency was completed at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, from 1968 to 1969. In 1969 Professor Donald became a resident in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa, USA, and obtained his MS degree in 1973. He obtained his FRCS(C) in 1974 and his FACS in 1975. Professor Donald has been awarded the following: the Medal of the City of Paris by Jacques Chirac, Maire de Paris, on May 31st 1990, in recognition of his work in head and neck cancer; Presidents Award at the Scientific Exhibit at the AAOHNS in 1995; 1st Place Basic Science Study Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Service Award at the AAOHNS in 1998 and the Simon award by the Royal Society of Medicine in 2005.

Professor Donald has contributed to 78 book chapters and editorials, has had 108 articles published in journals, and has written six textbooks as well as two self-instructional packages. He is a member of a number of professional societies including: The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Californian Medical Association Advisory Panel for Otolaryngology, The North American Skull Base Society, and The World Federation of Skull Base Societies, and an Honorable Member of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Patrick J. Bradley

Patrick J. Bradley

Professor Patrick J. Bradley, Irish by birth, graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland. ORL-HNS training was at the Mersey Regional Higher Surgical Training Scheme 1977–1982. He was appointed Consultant Otolaryngologist & Head and Neck Oncologic Surgeon in 1982 at Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery in 2005. He has been a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006–2007. He was also an Honorary Professor at the University of Middlesex, School of Health and Education, London, UK, in 2007, for the Post-Graduate Diploma in ENT, for primary health care physicians. While he retired from active clinical practice in 2009, he continues to write, edit, teach and travel lecturing on ORL-HNS topics. He has published widely with more than 270 peer-reviewed articles, 58 book chapters, and edited 7 books, on diverse topics as head and neck cancer, hospital management, clinical governance and evidence based otolaryngology.

Professor Bradley is and has been a member of numerous UK Journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Clinical Otolaryngology, Oral Oncology, as well as International Journals such as Laryngoscope, Head and Neck, European Archives ORL-HNS. He has also acted as the Series Editor of “Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology” and was the Editor of the head and neck oncology section in Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery from 1999 to 2008, thereafter assuming the role of Joint-Editor in Chief with Professor Paul Donald.

He has been invited as a visiting Professor to many parts of the world including USA, Canada, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Syria, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand as well as Brazil. He was the Gene Myers International Head and Neck Lecturer at the American Academy ORL-HNS in 2000. He is a member of the Triological Society, American Head and Neck Society, The American Laryngological Society, and The American Bronco-Esophageal Association. He is a proud honorary member of 18 National and International Medical Societies, as well as honorary fellow of the Royal College of the Australasian College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Surgeons, London, as well as Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

He has been President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (from 2003 to 2005) and President of the European Laryngological Society (from 2004 to 2006) and the President of the Midlands Institute of Otology (from 2005 to 2007). He was a founding Board Member of the European Head and Neck Society in 2004, and was also a Board Member of the European Academy ORL-HNS (from 2006 to 2009) and former Vice-President (from 2006 to 2009). He has also been President of the European Salivary Gland Society (from 2007 to 2009), as well as National Lead Clinician – Head and Neck Surgery for the English National Health Service (from 2003 to 2008).


Samuel S. Becker

Samuel S. Becker

Dr Becker is Director of Rhinology at Penn Medicine – Becker ENT, Philadelphia, USA. He attended medical school at University of California, San Francisco, USA and completed his residency at the University of Virginia, USA. Dr Becker completed a rhinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University, USA. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr Becker is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Rhinologic Society. He is the co-editor of a textbook: The Maxillary Sinus, the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the advisory board of, and as a reviewer for, several otolaryngology journals.

Nithin D. Adappa

Nithin D. Adappa

Dr Nithin D. Adappa is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan, USA, matriculating to Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, USA, for his medical degree. He subsequently completed residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA, in otolaryngology followed by a fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the fellowship director for the division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery as well as the surgical director for the AERD Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Adappa's current research focuses on outcomes and treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis as well as endoscopic anterior skull base surgical procedures. He has co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and recently was the editor for the second edition of The Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery published in 2018.

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