For Immediate Release September 30, 2021


Tiffani Washington:

Bert W. O'Malley, MD, leading otorhinolaryngologist and President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), has been appointed as the new president of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS), North America's largest international organization dedicated to the advancement of clinical excellence, research and education in head and neck oncology. Dr. O'Malley was elected to the leadership post during the society's recent annual meeting.

"I am honored to take on this important role to help advance AHNS’ mission. I have committed my career to bringing innovation and technology to the forefront of care for complex head and neck cancers," said Dr. O'Malley. "I'm looking forward to capitalizing on the creativity of our members to develop new partnerships and enhance our investments toward innovation."

Dr. O'Malley is a renowned clinical expert in the area of skull base surgery, robotic surgery, and head and neck cancer. He is co-inventor and developer of a series of novel robotic surgical procedures collectively called TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) that allow surgeons better access to areas of the throat for the removal of cancers and benign lesions via a minimally invasive robotic approach. He also co-founded the world's first human robotics head and neck surgery (as well as skull base surgery) program and was Co–Principal Investigator of the first institutional review board–approved human clinical trial for robotic surgery in his specialty.

In addition to his executive leadership duties at UMMC, Dr. O'Malley continues his clinical practice at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCC.)

At the helm of AHNS, Dr. O'Malley's focus will include new opportunities for professional development and advancement for the society's young membership – future leaders in the field of otorhinolaryngology, as well as within their hospitals, health systems and in the society.

About AHNS

The American Head and Neck Society is the single largest organization in North American for the advancement of research and education in head and neck oncology. With over 1,800 members, the mission of the American Head and Neck Society is to Advance Education, Research and Quality of Care for the head and neck oncology patient. For more information, visit http://www.AHNS.INFO.

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) — and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus, both academic medical centers training physicians and health professionals and pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC's downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, women's and children's health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in diabetes, chronic diseases, behavioral health, long-term acute care and an array of outpatient primary care and specially services. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit