We are pleased to share the appointment of George Wanna, MD, as Site Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He will also serve as Chief of the Division of Otology-Neurotology and Director of the Center for Hearing and Balance and Ear Institute for the Mount Sinai Health System. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wanna was an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center and Program Co-Director of the Otology-Neurotology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
His research interests include investigating less invasive, safer, and more accurate access to surgical sites within the skull through image-guided surgical techniques and miniature parallel robots directly attached to the bone; the importance of structure preservation in cochlear implantation; and the use of image guidance and force-base flexible paths to aid performance of atraumatic cochlear implantation surgical techniques.
Dr Wanna is a member of many professional societies. He serves as Director at Large for the North American Skull Base Society and was recently inducted to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum. He is a recipient of the Harris P. Mosher Award for excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of otolaryngology from the Triological Society for his work on cochlear implants. Dr Wanna has published more than 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of four books on tumors of the ears, glomus jugulare paraganglioma, and cochlear implants.
Dr. Wanna received his medical degree from Lebanese University. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a two-year fellowship in Neurotology at Vanderbilt University Hospital.