D. Bradley Welling Named Mass. Eye and Ear, Mass General Chief of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School Chair of Otology and Larynology

November 19, 2013

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BOSTON (Nov. 19, 2013) -- D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., has been named the next Chief of Otolaryngology for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear /Massachusetts General Hospital departments, Chairman of Otology and Laryngology for Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Walter Augustus LeCompte Professor of Otology and Laryngology at HMS, following a year-long, nationwide search. Dr. Welling will succeed Joseph B. Nadol, Jr., M.D., who is stepping down as chair and chief to focus more intensely on research. The appointment will become effective in March 2014.

D. Bradley Welling
Dr. D. Bradley Welling is taking the helm as Chief of Otolaryngology, Chair of Otology and Laryngology in March 2014.

“Without question, Dr. Welling is an exemplary leader and worthy successor to Dr. Nadol, who has ably led the Department through unprecedented growth for 28 years. We are delighted that these two leaders will have time for a thoughtful and thorough transition,” said John Fernandez, President and CEO. “We offer deep appreciation to the 16 members of the HMS Search Committee, chaired by Joan W. Miller, M.D., as well as faculty and staff for all of their advice and help during this process.”

Dr. Welling is currently department chairman at The Ohio State University Eye and Ear Institute, where he has served in multiple capacities since 1989. He was appointed Professor of Speech and Hearing and Professor of Otolaryngology in 2000 and took over leadership of the department in 2005. He earned his bachelor of arts and his doctor of medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa and a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Welling has a doctorate in pathobiology from The Ohio State University.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to join this great department this coming spring. I have been so impressed with the dedication, talent and passion to improve patients’ lives and to bring forward knowledge which will bless many more,” Dr. Welling said. “The commitment to educating the next generation is inspiring. I consider myself most fortunate to soon be surrounded by such energy and ability.”

Dr. Welling currently serves as a member of the Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. He is a Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is the President-elect of the American Otologic Society. Dr. Welling’s research involves basic and translational studies on Neurofibromatosis type 2-associated tumors, for which he was awarded the Edmund Prince Fowler Award by the Triological Society. The Department of Otolaryngology at Ohio State has grown rapidly over the past eight years and led the nation in Medicare discharges the past three years.
Dr. Welling will relocate to the Boston area with his wife, Susan. They are the parents of seven adult children.