Dr. Martin Citardi
Dr. Martin Citardi

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s (AAO-HNS) awarded Dr. Martin J. Citardi, professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School, its Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in September.

The AAO-HNS presented the award during the opening ceremonies of the 121st Meeting held in Chicago, Illinois. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes volunteer service beyond the level of an Honor Award. Members who attain 50 honor points, including 10 points from an Honor Award, receive the  DSA.  This is the second time that Citardi has received the DSA.

“My participation in the AAO has been one of the high points of my career,” Citardi said. “The AAO is a great platform for ENTs to share new knowledge, and the AAO is an important advocate for patients.  Each year, I enjoy the opportunity to present to colleagues at the annual meeting, and through my participation, I take back important information that I can use to improve patient care.”

An active longtime member of the organization, Citardi received honor points for committee service and presentations at annual meetings. In addition to his role at McGovern Medical School, he is chief of the otorhinolaryngology service at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.   Under Citardi’s leadership, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology has grown to 14 faculty members with clinical and academic interests that cover the entire spectrum of otorhinolaryngology.