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Crowe Society

Allan Shikani

Welcome to the Crowe Society!

It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the past presidents of the Crowe Society, many of whom are long-standing friends from my residency days in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. The Society was founded in 1991 as an initiative from Drs. Roy Schottenfeld and Ira Papel under Dr. Charles Cummings as Director and Janice Eisele as the Director of Development. The Society’s past presidents were: Ira Papel, 1996–1999, Roy Schottenfeld, 2000–2001, Paul Manoukian, 2002–2004, Marion Ridley, 2005–2006, and Boyd Gillespie, 2012–2014, following a gap from 2007 to 2011. We are grateful for their efforts and dedication, along with that of the executive committee members and departmental administrative personnel who have given significant time and effort to get our Society to the state where it is now.

Membership Growth

Our Society is strong; we currently have 445 members and an endowed resident education fund of $450,000, which has historically grown between 4 percent and 6 percent per year. The fund soared last year by $180,000 (!) due to generous alumni donations for the 2014 centennial event. The yearly interest of the endowment is used to support residents’ training and research activities, travel to conferences, meals during grand rounds and more, as well as to advance the art and science of otolaryngology by promoting educational and community functions.

Member Communication

A special effort will be placed during my tenure as president on the third purpose of the Crowe bylaws, which is to encourage fellowship among the alumni and faculty of the department. Many of our graduates have expressed an interest in staying in touch with the department and remaining connected with their Crowe colleagues. Our current Director, Dr. David Eisele, appreciates that there is a tremendous amount of talent among the Hopkins graduates/faculty and recognizes the importance of engaging all our alumni, whether in private practice or in academia. We have established a Crowe webpage and a Crowe Facebook page, which will serve as a social media platform for our members to communicate and share thoughts and suggestions. For those who wish to donate to the Crowe Society, there is a link on the website for donations. Many of us have fond memories from our time at Hopkins and are grateful for the opportunity of having trained by some of the greatest leaders in otolaryngology. Much has been given to all of us, and it is our turn to give back and help future generations of Hopkins residents. Please donate generously; your gift is fully tax deductible and it will make a big difference.

Crowe Communities

I am looking forward to working with the members of the Crowe Executive Committee to advance the Society’s mission. In 2015, we established a Crowe Nominating Committee (consisting of Drs. Ira Papel, Howard Francis and Roy Schottenfeld) whose role — with the assistance of the Department’s Director of Development Donna Clare — is to supervise the nomination and the election process of future Crowe officers. Dr. Lisa Ishii was recently elected as the president for 2017 to 2019. In addition, we have set up a Crowe Society Social Committee (consisting of Drs. John Price, Murray Ramanathan, Roy Schottenfeld and Alan Shikani) whose role is to explore exciting programs for the Crowe Society Adventure Club. Many possibilities are being explored, including fun activities, trips to interesting locations, sports adventures, medical community service trips and more. John Price has done a wonderful job organizing a fishing/golf trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for October 2016, and information regarding this event will be circulated soon.

Thank you all for all remaining engaged with the Crowe Society. Please send us your suggestions about what you expect from the Crowe Society, along with your thoughts on how we can all work together toward a robust and all-inclusive Society.

Allan Shikani
President - Alan Shikani, M.D., FACS



Alan Shikani M.D., FACS

President Crowe Society, 2015-2017

Mission of the Crowe Society (Article II)

 The purpose of this Society is:

  1. To assist residents in training in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University and to achieve excellence by supporting their research and educational activities.
  2. To advance the art and science of otolaryngology by promoting educational, scientific, and community functions.
  3. To encourage fellowship among the alumni and faculty of the department


Constitution and Bylaws

The Crowe Society constitution and bylaws are available via downloadable PDF