Robert Henry Ossoff

Robert Ossoff

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Robert Henry Ossoff, Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in otolaryngology.

A distinguished educator and otolaryngologist, Dr. Ossoff has served Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee for 32 years until attaining professor emeritus status in 2018. Having taught otolaryngology, he is highly regarded for the reestablishment of the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1986, as well as the establishment of an advanced training laryngology fellowship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1992 and the Vanderbilt Voice Center in 1991, of which he was executive medical director for 27 years. Over the years, Dr. Ossoff has served as president of the American Laryngological Association, Triological Society, Society of University Otolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons, American Broncho-Esophagological Association and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. In May 2019,  he was Guest of Honor of the American Laryngological Association and received a Presidential Citation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in September 2019. In January 2022, Dr. Ossoff will receive the Patrick E. Brookhouser, MD Award for Excellence from the Triological Society.

Dr. Ossoff earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1969 before going on to matriculate at Tufts University, where he attained a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1973 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1975. From there, he was an intern at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for one year. At the Northwestern University Medical School, he served as a resident in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery, a National Institutes of Health research fellow in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery and a clinical fellow in head and neck surgery. Later, in 1981, Dr. Ossoff obtained a Master of Science in otolaryngology from Northwestern University and served as a junior faculty clinical fellow at the American Cancer Society Northwestern Medical School until 1984, also gaining faculty practice through 1986.

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