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Opening Ceremony: Physician-Astronaut’s Experiences Kick Off Meeting


Mae C. Jemison, MD

The latest research and advances in treatments are a highlight of the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Begin your journey at the Sunday, September 18, Opening Ceremony, where AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, will elaborate on the member campaign and how with strong leadership, a solid strategic plan, and organized action, AAO-HNS is working for your success.

With a new format this year, the Opening Ceremony also will feature a keynote speaker. Hear the outstanding story of Mae C. Jemison, MD. A former NASA astronaut and the first woman of color in the world to go into space, Dr. Jemison is an engineer, physician, and educator.

During her six years with NASA, she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47, a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan, and served as NASA’s first science mission specialist, performing experiments in material science, life science, and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Prior to working at NASA, Dr. Jemison earned her medical degree from Cornell University, completed her residency at the University of Southern California, and practiced general medicine in Los Angeles. She served as an Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

She currently leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), an initiative seed funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is the founder and president of two medical technology companies and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

In addition to giving her Presidential Remarks, Dr. Chandrasekhar will present Presidential Citations to Hosakere K. Chandrasekhar, MD; Karen Jo Doyle Enright, MD, PhD; John W. House, MD, on behalf of the associates of the House Ear Institute and House Clinic; and Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD. Presidential Citations recognize individuals personally selected by the president who have left a personal imprint on the life and/or career of the president, and/or have made a lasting impression through their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Academy, Foundation, or greater house of medicine.

Following the Opening Ceremony will be a Miniseminar, “The Future Is Now, RegentSM: the First Otolaryngology-Specific Clinical Data Registry.” Learn how this qualified clinical data registry can reduce the burden of quality reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, support measure development, inform alternative payment models, and assist with Maintenance of Certification.