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Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section

The WIO Section is dedicated to assisting the career development of women otolaryngologists and those considering careers in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. With more than 1,500 members, the Section provides ample opportunities for networking and mentoring.

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Section Committees

Click here to view the WIO Committee Rosters


  • Identifying women otolaryngologists who deserve recognition for their accomplishments.
  • Identifying and recognizing the efforts of individuals who work to promote the efforts of WIO.
  • Identifying and implementing new ways in which to recognize outstanding women in AAO-HNS.
  • The section established the Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award to recognize an individual who through scholarship, advocacy, leadership and/or mentorship has furthered the interests of women in the field of otolaryngology.


  • Developing communications to inform AAO-HNS members of WIO activities and initiatives.
  • Ensuring that relevant items of interest are submitted to relevant AAO-HNS publications.


  • Per the AAO-HNSF Women in Otolaryngology Endowment Fund Charter, responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing fundraising strategies and programs to maintain and increase the Endowment.

Leadership Development and Mentorship

  • Actively works towards establishing and maintaining a meaningful and effective mentorship program for women in the AAO-HNS.
  • Identifying and implementing ways in which we can best provide leadership skills training, experience, and opportunities for the ongoing development of outstanding new women otolaryngologist leaders, both at AAO-HNS and in the medical profession at large.


  • Developing, proposing, and delivering high quality programming with broad appeal for the annual meeting. 
  • In conjunction with the GC, planning and conducting the annual WIO luncheon and Section meeting.

Research and Survey

  • Ongoing evaluation, monitoring, and reporting of priorities and issues identified as important by women AAO-HNS members.
  • Doing more to study the status of women otolaryngologists.
About the WIO

WIO Officers

WIO Chair (1 year term): Christine B. Franzese, MD
WIO Chair-Elect (1 year term): Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD
WIO Immediate Past Chair (1 year term): Mona M. Abaza, MD
Information Officer/Secretary (2 year term): A. Kristina E. Hart, MD
Member-at-Large (2 year term): Suzanne K. Doud Galli, MD
Member-at-Large (2 year term): Dale A. Tylor, MD
Financial Officer (3 year term): Pell Ann Wardrop, MD
Chair of the Council on Committees (1 year term): Mona M. Abaza, MD
Historian (3 year term): A. Kristina E. Hart, MD

Click here to view the WIO Rules & Regulations

The purpose of the Women in Otolaryngology Section is:

  • To enhance the careers of women otolaryngologists through the creation of professional development, mentoring, and networking programs and through the promotion of leadership opportunities within the AAO-HNS/F;
  • To enhance the appeal of otolaryngology for women residents by strengthening and encouraging their leadership role in the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF); improving their voice in issues unique to training programs and by promoting effective, efficient, and diverse career opportunities;
  • To encourage young women in high school, college, and medical school to pursue a career in otolaryngology; and
  • To collaborate with AAO-HNS/F committees to enhance member engagement, foster leadership development, and by engaging the energy of this membership segment.

The WIO Section functions as an advisory body to the Boards of Directors (BOD) of the AAO-HNS/F to:

  • Fully use the resources and talents of the women in otolaryngology;
  • Support women otolaryngologists by identifying and addressing their needs, fostering their development, and cultivating women as leaders in the specialty;
  • Facilitate communication on issues of interest to and about women in the field of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and in medicine;
  • Make recommendations about programs and policies of particular interest to women in otolaryngology;
  • Support the specialty of otolaryngology, clinical and academic excellence, education outreach, and the medical profession by promoting diversity, and recognizing and utilizing the unique value of all perspectives of the specialty;
  • Involve more women otolaryngologists; assist them to develop and enhance their careers and engage their expertise to further the specialty;
  • Offer leadership training and mentoring opportunities; and
  • Prioritize the use of the WIO Endowment Fund.

Membership in the WIO

Who are our members?

The Section for WIO is composed of all women who are active members of the Academy. All other members of the Academy are welcome to communicate with and participate in any open meetings of the section and its committees, but may not vote or serve in any official capacity.

Governance of the WIO

The Section is governed by the Women in Otolaryngology Governing Council (GC). The WIO GC is comprised of the WIO chair, chair-elect, immediate past chair, information officer, financial officer, two members-at-large, and the chair of the Council on Committees.  

For more information, contact WIO staff at

Get Involved with the WIO

How to Participate in the WIO

The following are ways that all Academy members can participate in the WIO Section's activities.

Benefits of Section Membership

The WIO Section offers women otolaryngologists many opportunities to strengthen their professional support system and skills through networking events, professional development, and mentoring programs. In addition, membership and active involvement in the Section provides a training ground for developing leadership skills and understanding the governance structure and other avenues to engagement opportunities within the AAO-HNSF.

Professional Development and Outreach

  • Present to lay public, primary care and specialist physicians, allied health professionals, students, or patients about otolaryngology– head and neck surgery
  • Serve as a media contact (including writing articles for local/national news media)
  • Participate in AAO-HNS media and public relations campaigns, e.g., Kids ENT Health, Otolaryngology Health and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHNCAW), etc.


  • Attend the fall WIO Luncheon Session and General Assembly
  • Attend WIO-sponsored annual meeting miniseminars and committee meetings

Want to Make a Difference? Apply Now for a WIO Elected Position!

Positions available this year include:

  • Chair-Elect: 1-year term, 3-year commitment: individual becomes Chair and then Immediate Past Chair.
  • Member-at-Large: 2-year term

Click here to apply today!

Deadline to apply - July 6, 2015!

More information and a complete roster of the current WIO Governing Council and WIO Committees can be found by clicking here. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. 

WIO Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award

The Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section is pleased to announce that Sukgi S. Choi, MD is this year's recepient for the Dr. Helen F. Krause Trailblazer Award.

This award recognizes an individual who through scholarship, advocacy, leadership, and/or mentorship has furthered the interests of women in the field of otolaryngology.


  • Attend the annual meeting educational sessions and miniseminars on physician payment and coverage issues 
  • Attend the CPT/Relative value committee meeting at annual meeting 
  • Fill out a RUC survey for the AMA's Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) for otolaryngology procedures you perform
  • Write an article for the monthly news magazine, the Bulletin on an issue important to women otolaryngologists and the specialty
  • Receive the Health Policy Update e-newsletter and provide input on issues that directly impact you and your patients
  • Participate in local, state, and federal advocacy initiatives that are of unique or of special interest to women


For more information, contact WIO staff at

WIO eNewsletters and Mentorship Survey

WIO eNewsletters Archive

Click here to view the WIO eNews Archive.

WIO Mentorship Survey

The survey covers a wide-range of areas to gauge individual knowledge and expectations related to mentorship programs for the men and women of the AAO-HNSF.

Click here to view the 2011 Survey Results!

WIO Endowment

The Women in Otolaryngology Endowment was launched to provide funding for projects that support the professional development of women in otolaryngology.

Honoring Linda S. Brodsky, MD

The AAO-HNSF acknowledges the recent loss of Linda S. Brodsky, MD – surgeon, researcher, mentor and a driving force behind the creation of the Women in Otolaryngology Section. Click here to read about her life and accomplishments. We invite your donation to the WIO Endowment in her memory.  Donate today!

Apply for Funding From the WIO Section Endowment

Each year, the Section’s leaders plan to solicit requests for proposals (RFP) from members for grant funding intended to help advance the Section’s mission.

The WIO Section endowment fund is used to support:  (a) career development of women otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, whether private, academic, or military; (b) actionable research that affects how women are integrated into mainstream otolaryngology; (c) promotion of work/life integration (an issue facing all ORLs, of concern especially to our younger female members); (d) leadership development and recognition; and (e) the engagement of notable speakers relevant to women’s needs and interests for AAO-HNS/F WIO Section.

The 2015 RFP application deadline has extended to Thursday, April 30, 2015