The American Health Council has warmly appointed Eugene N. Myers, MD, BS as “Best in Medicine.” Eugene Nicholas Myers (born November 27, 1933) is an Otolaryngologist and an international leader in the treatment of cancers of the head and neck region. He served as Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for 33 years.
He is the author or co-author of the leading texts in the specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and he has served as President of the preeminent societies in the specialty.
Eugene Nicholas Myers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to David and Rosalind Myers. His Father, maternal Grandfather, maternal Uncle, and paternal Uncles were all physicians. His Father served as Chairman of the Department of Otorhinology at the Temple University School of Medicine.
Dr. Myers graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He received his M.D. degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1960. After an internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City he did a year of General Surgery Residency at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital and Boston City Hospital. This was followed by a residency in Otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary under Professor Harold Schukneckt, Chair of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.
After completing his residency in1965, Dr. Myers served for two years as Captain in the United States Army as an Otolaryngologist in the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. During this time he travelled extensively in Europe with his family and these experiences ignited his passion for international travel. Since that time, he and his wife Barbara have traveled together to more than 100 countries, largely as a result of professional speaking engagements.
The turning point in Dr. Myers career came when he was a Special Fellow in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery with Dr. John Conley in New York City in 1967-68. The challenge of resecting the cancer and immediately reconstructing the defect became possible for the first time during his fellowship. Dr. Myers found this field so compelling that he devoted his clinical activities to solving these problems.
Dr. Myers served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1968-72, until he was recruited to be Professor and Chair and the first academic faculty member of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During the 33 years that he served in this leadership position he increased the size and quality of the Department, introduced the Department to modern head and neck surgery and cultivated what is widely considered to be one of the leading Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the world.
In 2006, Dr. Myers stepped down as Department Chair, and was named Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair. From 1973 to the present he has had a close association with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as well as the School of Dental Medicine, where is an Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
During his busy surgical career Dr. Myers estimates that he performed more than 9,000 operations. He trained more than 150 Residents and numerous Fellows. There are now 85 individuals who did all or part of their training in the Department who are now Full Professors in Academic Departments worldwide. Twenty six of his former Trainees are or were Department Chairs in Academic Departments throughout the world.
Dr Myers has been an frequent invited speaker within the U.S. and internationally. He has given more than 500 lectures before learned medical societies in the U.S. and on six continents between 1964 and the present. He has also been honored by being invited to give 50 eponymous lectures, including the 2nd John Conley Lecture at the Columbia University School of Medicine and the 1st David Myers Distinguished Lecture (endowed in memory of Dr. Myers father) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Myers has received multiple research grants from the Federal Government including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, of the National Institutes of Health, The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. He served as the Principal Investigator of the Oral Cavity Cancer Center, a 5 year grant, including both clinical and basic science research.
Dr. Myers is one of the two original editors of the text, Cancer of the Head and Neck which is in its 5th Edition and has become the standard textbook in this specialty(now edited by Drs. Jeffrey Myers and Ehab Hanna). Operative Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 3rd Ed. Is also a popular text book that he edited. In addition, he has edited or co-edited other books including the 12 volume series, Advances in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, as well as Tracheostomy, Plastic Reconstruction in the Head and Neck, Decision Making in Ear ,Nose and Throat Disorders, Salivary Gland Disorders, Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery and the series entitled Master Techniques in Otolaryngology. He has also contributed 150 chapters to other authors books. Dr. Myers has published more than 300 articles in peer reviewed journals and has served on many Editorial Boards in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Myers has played a leadership role in most of the professional and scientific societies in the specialty of Otolaryngology including serving as President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Head and Neck Society, the American Laryngological Association and the Pan American Association of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. He is also an Honorary Member of more than 20 professional societies in our specialty throughout the world including societies in Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Oman, Japan, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Dr Myers is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinborough. He has served as the Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology since 2001 and is the Regional Advisor to the Balkan Society for the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Myers has been awarded a Gold Medal by the Comenieus University in Slovakia, The International Federation of Otolaryngological Societies (IFOS) and by the International Salivary Gland Society (The Eugene N. Myers Medal)/
Dr. Myers has served on the Board of Directors of many Non-Profit organizations and is currently a member of the Boards of the Eye and Ear Foundation, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He has served as President of the opera company for the past eight years.
Dr. Myers married Barbara Labov in 1956. The couple have two children- Marjorie Myers Fulbright (Cary) of San Francisco, California and Jeffrey Nicholas Myers M.D. Ph.D (Lisa) of Houston,Texas and 5 grandsons: Alex, Keith, Chip, Brett and Blake all of whom who he dearly loves. Jeff is currently the Alando Ballantyne Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the MDAnderson Cancer and the University of Texas. He is the third generation of Department Chairman in the family. When Jeff’s son Keith graduates from Temple Medical School in 2021 he will be the 5th generation of physicians in the family. In 2018 the Myers family Endowed the David Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology in the Temple University School of Medicine.
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Distinguished Professor Emeritus Chair at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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- American Board of Otolaryngology
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- American Head and Neck Society