Welcome to the Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society

Foundation Receives Out Pouring of Support from AHNS Leadership

Research and Education Foundation Chair Dr. Jatin Shah and AHNS President Dr. Dennis Kraus challenged the members of the Executive Council of the American Head and Neck Society to give a donation of $1,000 or more to the Foundation and they would match the gifts – dollar for dollar!

The Council rose to the challenge and the Foundation has received $65,000 in combined support! Thank you to EVERYONE who participated. This is a significant gift for the Foundation and we would like to recognize all who made it possible:

Brian Burkey
Jeffrey Bumpous
Christine Gourin
Ehab Hanna
Terry Day
Karen Pitman
Doug Girod
Greg Randolph
Wendell Yarbrough
Paul Friedlander
Bill Lydiatt
Robert Ferris
Jonathan Walsh
Ellie Maghami
Jeff Myers
Mark Wax
Cherie Ann Nathan
Neil Gross
David Goldenberg
David Terris
Greg Farewell
Bevan Yueh
Amy Chen
Dennis Kraus
Jatin Shah

What is the Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society?

The Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) is working to:

  • Encourage and fund science and clinical research in head and neck oncology
  • Support and fund individuals and institutions in the development of educational programs or materials in head and neck cancer
  • Support educational endeavors that improve knowledge, techniques, and skills of practitioners devoted to the care of head and neck cancer patients

The Foundation is the only organization dedicated to treating and curing head and neck cancer. As such, it is a significant force in the fight against head and neck cancer. Our efforts are promising and we have made headway because of the support we receive from AHNS members, individuals affected by head and neck cancer either personally or through a loved one, corporations, and foundations. However, so long as head and neck cancer exists, we must continue our efforts in research, education and treatment. There is more work to be done and we need your help. With several ways to support us, please consider a donation today.

2014 Chris O’Brien Traveling Scholar Award Recipient Announced!

The Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society is pleased to announce that Dr. MichaelDr. Kupferman-photo-aug2011 Kupferman is the 2014 winner of the Chris O’Brien Traveling Scholar Award.  Dr. Michael Kupferman is an Associate Professor of Head & Neck Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

After completing a two-year combined clinical and research fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, he joined the faculty of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, where he is an active member of the Skull Base Tumor Program. His clinical practice focuses on the management of skull base tumors, including minimally invasive approaches to the cranial base; melanoma; thyroid malignancies; and upper aerodigestive tract cancers. He is a recognized expert in robotic surgery and the management of thyroid cancer. Dr. Kupferman is also medical director of the Voice Center at MD Anderson, which provides voice restoration for oncology patients.

Dr. Kupferman maintains an active research program: his clinical research interests include transoral robotic surgery, skull base tumors, melanoma and salivary gland cancers, and his NIH-funded laboratory focuses on the mechanisms of metastasis and chemotherapeutic resistance in head and neck cancers.

As the 2014 award recipient Dr. Kupferman will travel to Australia to attend the Tri-Society Meeting in Darwin.  We look forward to hearing of his travels upon his return.  You may read about the travels of the 2012 award recipient, Dr. Sandro Porceddu.

A Heartfelt Thank You to our Centurion Club Members

The Foundation extends special recognition to our 2015 Centurion Club members, supporting the Foundation with gifts of $1,000 or more annually.

Elliot Abemayor
Amit Agrawal
Carol Beir-Laning
R. Bryan Bell
Elizabeth Blair
Ray Blanco
William Bosley
Robert Byers
Joseph Califano
Bruce Campbell
Ricardo L. Carrau
Charles Coffey
David Eisele
Ramon Esclamado
Greg Farwell
Robert Ferris
Marion Gillespie
Doug Girod*
David Goldenberg
Patrick Ha
Ehab Hanna
Keith Heller
Kiran Kakarala
Wayne Koch
Dennis Kraus
Greg Krempl
Pierre Lavertu
Derrick Lin
Bill Lydiatt
Ellie Maghami
Susan McCammon
Jeff Myers
Cherie-Ann Nathan
Brian Nussenbaum
Matthew Old
Bert O’Malley
Enver Ozer
Nitin Pagedar
Christopher Rassekh
John Ridge
James Rocco
John Saunders
Cecelia Schmalbach
Jatin Shah*
Yelizaveta Shnayder
William Spanos
Kerstin Stenson
Elliot Strong*
Maie St. John
Krishnamurthi Sundaram
Ted Teknos
David Terris
Marilene Wang
Steven Wang
Randal Weber
Mark Weissler
Bevan Yueh

List current as of October 2015
*Denotes lifetime member
Curious about the Centurion Club?  Click here to learn more!

New Way to Donate:  Receiving Honorarium?

Why not consider this unique new way to support the Foundation:  If you are speaking at a conference and receiving honorarium from a company, direct your honorarium to the Research and Education Foundation.  We will handle the process for you.  Simply request the honorarium to be paid out to the Foundation and have the company contact Kelly Honecker, Foundation Director, at kelly@ahns.info.  In addition, the company, should they chose, will receive recognition of their support on the Foundation website.  It is quick and easy, and a wonderful way to help us grow the Foundation!

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