Richard W. Waguespack, M.D., clinical professor of surgery in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Otolaryngology, is the new president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its foundation. He assumed his elected position for the 2013-2014 term Oct. 1, during the 2013 Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
One of the oldest medical associations in the United States, AAO-HNS represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve and lead the Academy at a time when opportunities abound,” Waguespack said.
Waguespack left a community-based practice to join UAB in April 2013, and he is also the otolaryngology section chief at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Waguespack has served in a number of education and leadership roles and received many awards. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and served as a senior examiner for the Board from 2008 until 2012.