Strategic Vision Statement

Otolaryngology Strategic Vision Statement: D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Dr. Brad WellingThe Mass. Eye and Ear clinical otolaryngology program is ranked #1 in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report’s “2016 Best Hospitals” rankings. While we are proud of this status, we are also acutely aware that today's treatment options for conditions like hearing loss, tinnitus, balance dysfunction, vocal injury or head and neck cancers, in adults and children remain limited. There is more work to do. Our goal is to cure diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. The Bold Science. Life Changing Cures. Campaign will expedite discovery and delivery of these cures.

Our hearing research team is the best in the world. Under the leadership of Charles Liberman, Ph.D., the Eaton Peabody Laboratories, conducts extensive research into the causes, prevention and treatment of hearing loss. Led by Albert Edge, Ph.D., our investigators were the first research team in the world to regenerate mammalian sensory hair cells and restore damaged hearing in mice--a landmark achievement in hearing sciences. Clinical trials with patients are now underway, and the outcomes of these trials could revolutionize treatment of hearing disorders.

We are organizing our hearing sciences research in a new Center for Human Hearing in order to capitalize on these discoveries. It is a central priority of this campaign. I hope you will read about this new Center in our website.

Other research and treatment programs in tinnitus, balance, vocal dysfunction and head and neck cancers are maximizing our significant strengths in order to discover and create new strategies for treating these debilitating disorders and life-threatening diseases. In 2014 -15 we recruited eight new star faculty members to bolster our already formidable teams in these areas, and we are not stopping there.

Our campaign funding priorities include naming opportunities within the new Center for Human Hearing, endowed chairs for senior investigators and other new faculty recruitment, and support for our Centers of Excellence. Philanthropy plays an important role in giving our scientists and physicians the opportunities to pursue promising new directions in these world-class research and treatment programs. Thank you for reading more about them here!