Fred Telischi, M.D., Awarded James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology

The 20th anniversary of the James R. Chandler Resident and Fellow Research Forum on June 9 had especially poignant significance for the Miller School’s Department of Otolaryngology. Named in honor of the department’s first chairman, the educational forum gives residents and fellows an opportunity to present current research projects as they compete among themselves.

But this year the evening program opened with the installation of Fred Telischi, M.D., current chairman of otolaryngology and professor of otolaryngology, neurological surgery, and biomedical engineering, as the Endowed James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., praised Telischi as an internationally recognized expert in treating disorders related to the ear, hearing loss, and cranial-base tumors, as well as a researcher, educator and mentor who will “help the department achieve even greater success in providing excellence in clinical care while moving research forward and training the physician-leaders of tomorrow.”

Dean Goldschmidt noted that, “equally important, Fred is a warm and caring physician who truly cherishes his relationship with his patients.”

Accepting the honorary chair from the Dean, Telischi was joined by his wife Joanne and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and a previous holder of the Chandler Endowed Chair.

“It’s a humbling honor to accept the Chandler Endowed Chair as one of the last residents to graduate under Dr. Chandler’s tutelage,” said Telischi. “Many of us here at UM and throughout the country are products of his influence at some point in our careers. The chair will help to support the department in the development of translational research into early identification of oral cancers, restoring hearing to the deaf, genetic stem cell research into disorders of hearing loss and smell, and voice disorders in performers.”

Telischi previously served as interim chair of the department and was the director of the University of Miami Ear Institute. Under his leadership, the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center was established with a $5 million grant from The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation.

Characterized by his colleagues as an ideal teacher, surgeon, educator, and mentor, the annual event truly embodies the spirit of Dr. Chandler, whose 40 years of leadership established one of the nation’s finest teaching and training programs in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

“The funds to establish the Chandler Chair were raised by Dr. Chandler’s patients and the alumni of our residency program to honor his long and distinguished service to the University as the department’s founding chairman,” said Goodwin. “I know that Dr. Chandler and all of the donors would be proud of this award and support the distinguished work that Dr. Telischi does day in and day out leading our department.”

More than 100 guests, including graduates, their families, faculty, and current and former residents, attended the graduation dinner held at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus. Two distinguished guest judges, Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D, professor and chairman of radiation oncology, and Stephen P. Cass, M.D., MPH, professor of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado, evaluated the graduates’ research projects.

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