Katz School of Medicine Appoints New HNS Chair

Dr. Cecelia Schmalbach, a professor of Otolaryngology, has been named the new chair of Head and Neck Surgery at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. This new position is named after Dr. David Myers, a former Chair of Temple Otorhinology.

A graduate of Philadelphia’s Jefferson Medical School, Dr. Schmalbach is a former Vanderbilt fellow. As of October 1, when she was appointed the new position, Dr. Schmalbach was a professor of Otolaryngology at Indiana University, where she also served as a vice chair in the school’s medical program.

An expert in head and neck cancers, Dr. Schmalbach has contributed research in her field that has assisted with the treatment of skin cancers and biopsy treatment. In addition to her expertise in that area, she also has experience in endocrine surgery, mucosal neoplasms, and facial trauma. She serves as the Deputy Editor for Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and was most recently named Coordinator of Research & Quality for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Foundation.

She is also the recipient of many awards including Indianapolis Top Doctor, United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and the American Legion Military Excellence Award.

Lewis Katz Dean and CEO of Temple University Health System Dr. Larry R. Kaiser said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Schmalbach to Temple. We look forward to supporting her efforts to build upon our education, research, and patient care initiatives within Temple’s academic medical enterprise”.

Temple University Hospital serves and educates over 800 students every year and is ranked among the top 10 most applied to medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

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