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[September 27, 2013]

Downstate’s Dr. Richard Rosenfeld Named Founding President of the International Society for Otitis Media

Brooklyn, NY (September 27, 2013) – Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been named founding president of the International Society for Otitis Media. The Society was established in June, 2013.

Otitis media, or inflammation of the middle ear, is frequently painful and can affect both children and adults, although it is more common in children. Left untreated, the condition can lead to impaired hearing, and, in severe cases, hearing loss.

The International Society for Otitis Media was established to advance the frontiers of research, education, and patient care as they relate to otitis media and to support communication and collaboration among Society members and related disciplines.

Dr. Rosenfeld is an international authority on otitis media and evidence-based medicine. He is senior adviser for guidelines and quality for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and also serves as editor-in-chief of the official Academy journal, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Rosenfeld has 20 years of experience with otitis media research, including guidelines and systematic reviews with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAO-HNS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ENT Cochrane Center, and the New York State Department of Health.

The other founding officers of the International Society for Otitis Media include: as Secretary, Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, FAAP, dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin; and as Treasurer, Margaretha Casselbrant, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Tania Sih, MD, PhD, from Brazil, is president-elect.


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.