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The Young Physicians Section is composed of all members of the Academy who are under 40 years of age OR within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and/or fellowship training. All members meeting these criteria are automatically members of the YPS.

New! YPS Toolkit

Curated by young physicians by young physicians, this resource page is your one-stop shop for Academy content relevant to those with less than 8 years in the profession. See it here

Educational Webinar for Young Physicians

Healthcare attorney Nita Garg discusses Your First Employment Contract – What You Need to Know. The webinar was hosted by the Young Physicians Section on June 24.

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About The Young Physicians Section

The Young Physician Section strives to be the professional home for Academy members who are under 40 years of age or within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training; foster a community and a sense of belonging; allow for an on-going dialog among young physicians and with the Academy; and provide opportunity for an increased number of young physicians to engage in leadership and committee roles on unique young physician relevant issues. For all YPS-related inquiries:

Congratulations to the 2020 Governing Council, elected by their peers on the AAO-HNS 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

Current YPS Position Appointments:


  • David S. Cohen, MD. Southern California Permanente Group


  • Nausheen Jamal, MD. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine 


  • Sarah Bowe, MD. San Antonio Military Health System, USAF


  • Yin-Chun Carol Liu, MD, FACS. College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

Nominating Committee

  • John Paul Giliberto, MD. University of Washington Medical Center
  • Sara Burgin, MD. Indiana University School of Medicine

Immediate Past Chair:

  • Cristina Baldassari, MD. Eastern Virginia Medical School

2019/2020 YPS Delegates:

Board of Governors (BOG) Alternate Governors:

  • Sarah J. Burgin, MD
  • Valerie Fritsch, MD. South Carolina ENT

American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) Liaison:

  • Gregory R. Dion, MD, Brooke Army Medical Center, TX

American Medical Association (AMA) Young Physicians Section (YPS) Delegate:

  • Nikhila Raol, MD, MPH. Emory University

ENT PAC Delegate:

  • Jonathon Mark, MD. Eastern Virginia Medical School


Are you ready to make a difference?

Each year, the YPS seeks candidates to apply for officer on the YPS Governing Council and as Appointed Delegates. Dates for 2020 elections will be announced in early Spring.

Learn more about YPS positions and work groups here

YPS Model Mentor Award

Having good a mentorship is important to every phase of a physician's career, but perhaps never more critical than in the earliest years out of training. Recognizing the key role that expert mentorship plays in a young physician's success, the YPS established the Model Mentor Award. Stay tuned to announcements for application openings in the Spring.