Otolaryngologist Douglas A. Girod, MD, said he’s lucky enough to have had two very successful careers: First, he spent 15 years in the United States Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served as vice chairman and research director in the department of otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Oakland in California; and second, as professor, department chair, senior associate dean, interim executive dean, and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. On May 25, 2017, he was announced as the 18th Chancellor, overseeing the university and its roughly 19,000 undergraduates.
Explore this issue:September 2018
We recently spent a few minutes with Chancellor Girod to find out what it’s like to move between careers, how he maintains his clinical practice, and what challenges he sees for otolaryngologists in the future.
ENTtoday: What was your experience in transitioning from the Naval Reserve to a university medical center? Was anything easier or more difficult than you expected?