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Dr. Joseph Kerschner Named Founding Secretary of International Society for Otitis Media       

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Executive Vice President and Dean of the Medical School, and professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences, has been named the founding secretary of the International Society for Otitis Media. The Society was established in early 2013.

A recent review of 21 World Health Organization regional areas identified more than 700 million annual episodes of acute otitis media, or ear infections, and 31 million chronic cases; complications of otitis media cause 21,000 deaths worldwide annually. Additionally, otitis-related hearing loss affects three out of every thousand people. 

The International Society for Otitis Media was established to provide an international forum to advance the frontiers of research, education, and patient care as they relate to otitis media. The primary mission of the Society is to support, coordinate, and enhance efforts to improve communication and collaboration among members, related disciplines, and societies. The other founding officers are Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chair of otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center; and Margaretha Casselbrant, MD, PhD, Eberly Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology and chief of the division of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Kerschner has been a member of the MCW faculty since 1998. As a physician, his clinical focus is on otitis media (ear infections), airway reconstruction in infants and children and congenital head and neck masses and neoplasms. His research interests include identifying the genetic causes and potential new treatments for pediatric ear infections. He has served on scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and is a recipient of numerous NIH research grants. 

After receiving his M.D. degree from MCW in 1990, Dr. Kerschner completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He then returned to MCW to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology.

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