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The Randal A. Otto, MD, Master Educator in Otolaryngology  Distinguished Lectureship

Dr. Randy Otto is a 1981 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, as well as a 1987 graduate of the MU residency training program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, following a transitional year at the University of Hawaii. He then joined the faculty at the University of Florida at Gainesville, as an Assistant Professor, with a research interest in the electrical pacing of the recurrent laryngeal nerve for paralysis. In 1989, Dr. Otto was recruited to the then-Division of Otorhinolaryngology by Dr. Richard Holt where he later became Acting Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 

Dr. Otto’s clinical and research interests have included: head and neck oncology, cancer drug delivery systems, nerve pacing, anterior and lateral skull base surgery, reconstructive surgery, paranasal sinus disease, and otologic surgery. Although his clinical interests have been quite broad, Dr. Otto is a “master” of all—a true renaissance physician. His thorough preoperative evaluation protocols, which he diligently taught, are comprehensive and designed to increase the safety and success of the surgical procedures. He is a consummate “bedside clinician” whose caring and compassion for patients have been models for young physicians.

Having been trained in anatomic pathology in Hawaii, Dr. Otto has emphasized the importance of understanding head and neck pathology to students and young physicians, and frequently utilized the binocular microscope in his office to review slides to better understand the disease and to make evidence-based clinical decisions. He is also an expert in head and neck imaging, which he taught to resident physicians in their preparation for extensive surgical procedures. Perhaps one of the most important contributions he has made to medical education has been to ensure competence in surgical decision-making and peri-operative management of the patient by resident physicians.

In addition to his clinical service to patients as a role model, and his teaching of clinical competence, Dr. Otto has been a role model for leadership, including: Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Interim Associate Dean for Admissions; Chief of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Veterans Administration medical center and University Hospital, and Interim Director of the Mays Cancer Center (home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center). He was previously Co-Editor of the Yearbook of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Personally, Dr. Otto is a professional of high character, who has not only taught but also role modeled humility and humbleness. He does not seek attention for himself, but rather gives credit to others, and glory to his Maker. He is recognized as an individual who came from humble beginnings, but, due to his strong work ethic and dedication to medicine, has become an accomplished physician, surgeon, and medical educator whom we all admire.

Dr. Otto’s love of teaching is reflected in the ongoing vision for this Distinguished Lectureship—“To recognize otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who are nationally and internationally considered to be master role models in the clinical education of medical students, resident physicians, and colleagues in the specialty.” Previous Distinguished Lecturers have been among the most respected educators in the specialty, and it is fitting to rename this Lectureship in honor of our own “Master Educator,” Dr. Otto.

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