D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Named Mass. Eye and Ear/Mass General Otolaryngology Chief and HMS Chair of Otology and Laryngology

March 06, 2014

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Dr. D. Brad Welling named Mass. Eye and Ear/Mass General Otolarynology Chief and HMS Chair of Otology and Laryngology

Dr. D. Brad Welling
named Mass. Eye and Ear/
Mass General
Otolaryngology Chief and
HMS Chair of Otology and Laryngology

BOSTON (March 6, 2014) -- The Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School communities welcome D. Bradley Welling, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, as 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). Dr. Welling took the helm on March 1, 2014, succeeding Joseph B. Nadol, Jr., M.D., who stepped down as chair and chief after 28 years, to focus more intensely on research.

“Without question, Dr. Welling is an exemplary leader and worthy successor to Dr. Nadol, who has ably led the Department through unprecedented growth over three decades,” said John Fernandez, Mass. Eye and Ear President and CEO.
Dr. Welling was most recently 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.

”I’m humbled by the opportunity to be in a leadership position like this. It really is the greatest job in otolaryngology in the world,” Dr. Welling said. “This department has a history that is unparalleled. There are bright, talented people here who have done wonderful things in their careers and who have built on the shoulders of those who came before them. Dr. Nadol leaves large shoes to fill.”

Along with the major administrative expertise he cultivated at Ohio State, Dr. Welling brings 25 years of experience in the otology and neurotology field, with clinical and research interests in Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). In addition to his duties as Chief and Chair, he will have an active clinical practice in the Division of Otology and Neurotology, where he will care for patients suffering from the full range of diseases related to the ear.

His research involves basic and translational studies on NF2-associated tumors, for which he was awarded the Edmund Prince Fowler Award by the Triological Society in 1997. He has taken that research to the clinical trial phase, with the goal of developing effective treatments for these tumors.

For Dr. Welling, his research is yet another layer in the continually rewarding field of otolaryngology. “As otolaryngologists, we get to do things that other physicians don’t necessarily have the privilege to do,” he said. “We care for patients suffering from problems with the senses, helping restore their abilities to have conversations, hear one another and even smile at one another. It’s very special.”

Dr. Welling and his wife, Susan, recently moved to the Boston area. They are the parents of seven adult children.

About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Led by the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory in Otology, the Howe Laboratory in Ophthalmology and Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear in Boston is the world's largest vision and hearing research center, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, through residency as well as clinical and research fellowships. Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high-quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Survey” has consistently ranked the Mass. Eye and Ear Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology as among the top hospitals in the nation.