James C. Denneny III, MD, has been selected as the next executive vice president/CEO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation (AAO-HNS/F). Dr Denneny will assume the leadership role for the organization, which represents about 12,000 otolaryngologist, in January 2015 following the 13-year tenure of David R. Nielsen, MD.
“Jim has been devoted to the organization for years. He is a proven leader who has an obvious passion for the specialty and a keen understanding of the challenges facing both practitioners and patients,” says Richard W. Waguespack, MD, president of the AAO-HNS/F.
An active member of the academy since 1984, Dr Denneny served as president of the AAO-HNS/F from 2007-2008. His involvement also includes 11 years on the boards of directors, 22 years on the board of governors (BOG) with a term as BOG chairman 1998-1999, and leadership positions in many partnerships, coalitions, and workgroups. He currently co-chairs the academy’s physician payment policy workgroup, serves as the coordinator for socioeconomic affairs and chairs the ad hoc payment model workgroup.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to join the staff at the academy,” Dr Denneny says. “I will do everything I can to continue the positive momentum that we have maintained over the years.”
Dr Denneny served the Knoxille, Tenn community for 24 years as a private practitioner. He also held academic appointments in Houston and Indianapolis. In 2011, he left private practice to join the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at University of Missouri as Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology.
The AAO-HNS/F? is one of the oldest medical associations in the nation.