Kletjian Chair in Global Surgery

Kletjian Chair in Global Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear

In November 2012, Mrs. Carmella Kletjian and the Kletjian Foundation made a $2 million gift in honor of her late husband, Steven Kletjian to establish the first ever Mass. Eye and Ear based Chair, the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Endowed Chair in Global Surgery. With this gift as a cornerstone, Mass. Eye and Ear launched the Office of Global Surgery and Health led by Dr. Mack Cheney, the first incumbent Kletjian chairholder.

Cheney profile

Mack L Cheney, MD, FACS

Dr. Mack Cheney is the Director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Office of Global Surgery and Health, Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and the first incumbent Kletjian Chair of Global Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Cheney has a long history of surgical innovation, teaching, and commitment to serving those in need. Specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Cheney pioneered the use of the temporoparietal fascial flap, developed a new algorithm for the complete management of the paralyzed face, and has published extensively on free flap reconstruction, peripheral facial nerve regeneration, and the management of auricular defects. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to solve patients’ complex otolaryngologic problems, he guided the establishment of both the facial nerve clinic and the free flap clinic at Mass. Eye and Ear. As an educator, Dr. Cheney has shepherded over a dozen fellows, inspiring most to careers in academic otolaryngology, in addition to teaching, lecturing, and authoring a comprehensive text book on facial surgery.

In 1999, Dr. Cheney first began accompanying international cleft lip and palate missions and incorporated the program into the residency program at Mass. Eye and Ear. Participating as a surgeon, organizer, and teacher, Dr. Cheney initiated a microtia program, which now carries out annual trips to Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, and Vietnam, performing hundreds of surgeries over several years to create ears for those born without them. His experiences in the field and as an educator have led to him to his current role: guiding the development of academic surgical programs in underserved countries to encourage local growth and leadership.