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[May 16, 2011]                                                  

Dr. Richard Rosenfeld Is New President of American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chair of otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, assumed the presidency of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) at the association’s annual meeting on May 1. He previously served as president-elect. Dr. Rosenfeld is also chairman of otolaryngology at Long Island College Hospital, and serves as program director for SUNY Downstate’s Otolaryngology Residency Training Program. ASPO’s mission is to foster excellence in the care of children with otorhinolaryngologic disorders and enhance the distinction of pediatric otorhinolaryngology as a profession.

Dr. Rosenfeld is co-author of the Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children. Published online in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in January, it received widespread attention in the nation’s news media. Directed at all clinicians who care for children age one to 18 years, the guideline offers means of identifying those who are candidates for tonsillectomy.

At the time of its release, Dr. Rosenfeld said, “Over half a million tonsillectomies are done every year in the United States. The tonsillectomy guideline will empower doctors and parents to make the best decisions, resulting in safer surgery and improved quality of life for children who suffer from large or infected tonsils.”

Dr. Rosenfeld is a recipient of the Robert Ruben Award for Excellence in Pediatric Otolaryngology from the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children; the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Distinguished Service Award (twice); the AAO-HNS Honor Award; and a Presidential Citation from the Triological Society.

Dr. Rosenfeld was also chair of an AAO-HNS panel that wrote clinical practice guidelines on adult sinusitis in 2007. He was a guest examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology and has chaired numerous national committees in the AAO-HNS and ASPO, including the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Effort and the AAO-HNS Guideline Development Task Force.

Dr. Rosenfeld is the author, co-author, or editor of five books and more than 220 scientific publications and textbook chapters. He has given more than 500 scientific presentations and is recognized as an international authority on guideline development, evidence-based medicine, and otitis media. The editor-in-chief of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of AAO-HNS, Dr. Rosenfeld is also the founder and steering committee chair of the North American Community of the Guideline International Network. He serves on the Board of Directors of AAO-HNS and the Auditory-Oral School of Brooklyn. Dr. Rosenfeld has been listed in the “Best Doctors in America” and in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” since 1996.

Dr. Rosenfeld earned his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his otolaryngology training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and then completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.