At the Triological Society’s Annual Meeting at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting in April, Jesus Medina, MD, FACS, the Paul and Ruth Jonas Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and formerly the chair of that department for more than 15 years, assumed the presidency of the society. Dr. Medina recently spoke with ENT Today about his goals as president.
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Question: Can you tell us a little about your background?
I was born and attended medical school in Peru. Shortly after graduating I came to the United States, where I completed my residency in otolaryngology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Then I did a fellowship in head and neck surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and spent four years there before taking a position at the University of Oklahoma in 1984. I became chair of the department of otolaryngology here in 1991 and held that position for 17 years before stepping down in 2008. Today, I remain on the faculty as a professor.
Q: What drew you to the field of otolaryngology?
I come from a family of otolaryngologists in Peru. My uncle and two cousins were otolaryngologists. So from early on in my medical school days, I would spend time in my uncle’s office and watch him do surgery. He practiced general otolaryngology and had no otology experience. It became my goal to become an otologist and then return to Peru and bring my expertise with me to my hometown.