Spring is a time of great renewal and transitions—that’s true for nature, but also for the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. One of our biggest transitions is a change in our hospital. With the completion of the Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center buildings, Johns Hopkins how has an even greater capacity and sparkling new facilities to serve our patients. Many of the colleagues we work with in neurology and neurosurgery, pediatrics, radiology and other clinical specialties have already moved into these state-of-the-art buildings.
In addition, as of March 1, I am delighted to serve as the department’s new director. This move brings me back to the department I was part of from 1988 to 2001 and after a decade as the chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. My position at UCSF gave me a wonderful leadership opportunity and the chance to work with outstanding colleagues at a peer institution. But with the move back to Hopkins, I feel like I have returned home. I’m glad to be working again with many of the same colleagues from before as well as many new ones.
Since this March, we have begun to create a leadership structure within the department. Drs. Howard Francis, Matthew Kashima and Paul Fuchs have been named as departmental vice directors. Also, an executive committee, an academic promotions committee and a finance committee have been formed. Many new initiatives in education, such as continuing medical education courses and lectureships in clinical care and in research, are under way. New faculty and an increased residency program complement are coming. It is truly a wonderful period for our great team.
The more things change, however, the more they stay the same. Although the hospital has a new face and the department has new leadership, Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery still focuses on the time-tested missions of research, education and patient care. These are the same core values that our institution has had in place since its opening in 1889, which have driven our department to be top in its field internationally and will never change.
David W. Eisele, M.D.
Andelot Professor and Director
Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery