We Are Saddened to Report the Passing of Society Fellows Who Have Died in the Last Year:

William F. Boyle, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1966, passed away on on April 10, 2016.

Dr. Boyle's obituary can be found here.

Tribute by Andrew Murr, Chair at University of California-San Francisco: Dr. Boyle completed the residency in Otolaryngology at UCSF graduating in 1960. He was a stalwart member of the OHNS community in San Francisco ever since. Dr. Boyle originally joined Frank Sooy’s practice and became a member of the Triological Society, Western Section. He was deeply devoted to the TRIO and he rarely missed a meeting. He was also a consistent supporter of his residency alma mater and was a consistent presence at our Grand Rounds and other conferences until the last several years. I will remember Bill as a quiet gentleman who obviously loved being an otolaryngologist.

Berrylin J. Ferguson, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1997, passed away on on July 23, 2016.

Dr. Ferguson's obituary can be found here.

John M. Fredrickson, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1984, passed away on on April 5, 2017.

Dr. Fredrickson's obituary can be found here.

David A. Hilding, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1969, Harris P. Mosher thesis award winner, 1998 Western Section Vice President, passed away on on November 5, 2016.

Dr. Hilding's obituary can be found here.

Fernando R. Kirchner, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1968, passed away on January 4, 2017.

Condolences to Dr. Kirchner's family can be given here.

Robert C. Newell, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1970, passed away on on August 27, 2016.

Dr. Newell's obituary can be found here.

John K. Niparko, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1998, passed away on on April 25, 2016.

Dr. Niparko's obituary can be found here.

A letter from the Keck School of Medicine at USC, where Dr. Niparko recently served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, can be found by clicking here.

The Hearing Review has posted a news article on Dr. Niparko's passing which can be found here.

The Baltimore Sun has posted a news article on Dr. Niparko's passing which can be found here.

The following is communication from Johns Hopkins, where Dr. Niparko made so many contributions
Dear Colleagues:
It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of John K. Niparko, M.D., an internationally renowned otoneurologic surgeon and researcher whose extraordinary accomplishments as the founder of the Johns Hopkins Listening Center and pioneering innovator in cochlear implant procedures dramatically improved the lives of countless children and adults with hearing impairment. Dr. Niparko, who served as interim director of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery from 2009 to 2012, as well as professor and chief of the division of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery and medical director of the division of audiology, died of cancer on April 25 in Los Angeles. He was 61. Since February 2013, he had been professor and chair of the Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. John’s sudden and tragic passing has stunned colleagues here and abroad. A native of Detroit, John earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, where he completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a fellowship in otology, and where he later became a faculty member. He was recruited to Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery by Dr. Charles Cummings, who sensed great promise in his restless energy. Indeed, John transformed the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery by training a long line of residents and fellows who now serve in leadership positions throughout the world in otology and neurotology, and other otolaryngology specialties. In 2001, he became the inaugural George T. Nager Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. John formed the the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins 25 years ago and built it up to be one of the preeminent cochlear implant programs in the U.S. His landmark research through the NIDCD Childhood Development and Cochlear Implantation (CDACI) grant laid the foundation for our understanding of the role that cochlear implants can play in the development of children with hearing loss. His holistic approach appreciated the socioeconomic and parental factors essential to the success of these implants. As a surgical leader, he modeled professionalism in the immense respect he showed for his rehabilitation team, whose work ultimately would determine the success of the implants. Considered a premier physician-scientist who undertook groundbreaking research and surgical innovations to address disorders of the ear and skull base, Niparko was a leading authority on implantable devices to improve the hearing of the profoundly deaf and severely hard of hearing. Under his leadership, Johns Hopkins’ Listening Center Cochlear Implant Program became the largest of its kind in the country, acclaimed for its clinical excellence and postoperative rehabilitation methods. As noted last year in an article that appeared in the journal The Laryngoscope marking the centennial of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Hopkins, Niparko’s Listening Center “created a medical model to include auditory and speech rehabilitation with early education in expanding the options for families with deaf children.” “The collective work of the Listening Center in advocating for improved access to cochlear implant technologies and mainstream educational opportunities called for multidisciplinary outcomes assessment and elevated the division to the national and international forefront of the field.” A past president of the American Otological Society and recipient of numerous awards, Niparko was the author or co-author of more than 200 professional journal papers or abstracts, 45 reviews, and four books, among them the Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants: Principles and Practice. He also was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Otology & Neurology. We wish to extend our profound condolences to his wife, Angela, and two sons, Nathan and Kevin, and to his siblings, Nancy and Steve. John was a dynamic yet humble man, a superb academic surgeon-scientist and a great Johns Hopkins leader. He will be sorely missed by the countless residents, fellows, colleagues and patients he touched.
Sincerely,
Paul Rothman, M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine
David Eisele, M.D. Andelot Professor and Director Otolaryngology─Head and Neck Surgery

Fred D. Owens, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 2005, 2016 President and 2006 Southern Section Vice President, passed away on on November 4, 2016.

Dr. Owens's obituary can be found here.

Mark A. Richardson, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 2005, passed away on on September 2, 2016.

Dr. Richardson's obituary can be found here.

Wallace Rubin, MD, a Triological Fellow since 1961, passed away on February 25, 2017.

Dr. Rubin's obituary can be found here.

John A. Tucker, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1969, passed away on on April 12, 2016.

Dr. Tucker's obituary can be found here.