IU-trained physician and researcher named chair of otolaryngology

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INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana University School of Medicine is promoting one of its own to serve as the next leader of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, will assume the role of department chair effective December 1 and have oversight and responsibility for the program’s clinical, education and research programs. He has served as interim chair since March 1.

Ting is himself a product of the department he will now lead. He came to IU School of Medicine for his residency after earning a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario. While at IU, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and earned a master’s degree in clinical research. Though he left Indiana for fellowship training at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he returned to IU School of Medicine in 2012 and joined the faculty. He continued to bolster his credentials by earning an MBA in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business in 2015.

He is the first fellowship-trained rhinologist in the state of Indiana and cares for patients with nose and sinus disorders, as well as skull base and orbital tumors. His research involves the management of sinus and skull base disorders, and innovative approaches to skull base and orbital lesions. He has held a number of leadership positions within the school and health system, including chief of otolaryngology at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

“Jonathan Ting is an exemplar of a physician-leader,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to medical education, research and patient care, and he understands that we must advance all of those missions to successfully provide patients with life-enhancing and life-saving care. I am confident that, under his leadership, our Department of Otolaryngology will continue to expand clinical offerings across Indiana and emerge as one of the nation’s top programs in the treatment and understanding of ear, nose and throat disorders.”

Physicians in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery are part of IU Health Physicians, IU School of Medicine’s faculty practice plan. They care for patients through IU Health, the school’s primary health system partner, as well as Eskenazi Health, the Roudebush VA Medical Center and partnering hospitals within greater Indianapolis and Terre Haute.

The department has a strong record of innovation. Faculty have played a critical role in the approval and application of cochlear implants, which can help the profoundly deaf hear. Today, faculty in the department are conducting high-impact research to identify therapeutic targets for genetic inner ear disorders and developing novel strategies to prevent and treat head and neck cancers.

“It is a great honor to be selected to lead the department into the future,” Ting said. “I originally chose to train at IU School of Medicine for the opportunity to learn from giants in the field of otolaryngology. We continue to be home to extraordinarily talented physicians and scientists, and I am excited about the opportunity to expand our work to continue improving the lives of patients in Indiana and beyond.”

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IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.

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