Following a year-long, national search, D. Bradley Welling, MD, PhD, FACS, has been named the next chief of Otolaryngology for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and the MGH. Welling will succeed Joseph B. Nadol Jr., MD, who is stepping down as chair and chief to focus more intensely on research. The appointment will become effective March 1, 2014.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to join this great department this coming spring. I have been so impressed with the dedication, talent and passion to improve patients’ lives and to bring forward knowledge which will bless many more,” says Welling, who also will serve as chairman of Otology and Laryngology and the Walter Augustus LeCompte Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. “The commitment to educating the next generation is inspiring. I consider myself most fortunate to soon be surrounded by such energy and ability.”
Welling is currently department chairman at The Ohio State University Eye and Ear Institute, where he has served in multiple capacities since 1989. He was appointed professor of Speech and Hearing and professor of Otolaryngology in 2000 and took over leadership of the department in 2005. He earned his bachelor of arts and his doctor of medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, before completing his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa and a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee. Welling also has a doctorate in pathobiology from The Ohio State University.
Welling currently serves as a member of the Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. He is a director of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is president-elect of the American Otologic Society. Welling’s research involves basic and translational studies on Neurofibromatosis type 2-associated tumors for which he was awarded the Edmund Prince Fowler Award by the Triological Society.
“Without question, Dr. Welling is an exemplary leader and worthy successor to Dr. Nadol, who has ably led the department through unprecedented growth for 28 years,” said John Fernandez, MEEI president and CEO. “We are delighted that these two leaders will have time for a thoughtful and thorough transition. We offer deep appreciation to the 16 members of the HMS Search Committee, chaired by Joan W. Miller, MD, chief of the Department of Ophthalmology, as well as faculty and staff for all of their advice and help during this process.”
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