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Dr. Albert L. Merati became the new President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its Foundation on Oct. 10. Elected by AAO-HNS members, Dr. Merati will serve a one-year term leading the Academy’s nearly 12,000 members who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

“I have been a member of the Academy since 1992, and it is an honor to serve as President of an organization that ensures its members are in the best possible position to care for patients, both in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Merati.

Dr. Merati is a surgeon and Chief of Laryngology at UW Medicine’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Center. Following medical school at UW, he completed his otolaryngology training at the University of California, San Diego, including one year of National Institute of Health research training. Dr. Merati then went to Vanderbilt University to study with Robert H. Ossoff, DMD, MD, a premier training institution for academic laryngologists, including working with James L. Netterville, MD, on laryngeal framework surgery.