Konstantina Stankovic appointed new chair of the otolaryngology department | Information Center


Constantine stankovic, MD, PhD, auditory neuroscientist and neurotological surgeon whose research focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of deafness, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

“Dr. Stankovic is an innovative researcher, a qualified surgeon and an outstanding leader in the field of otolaryngology,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “We are delighted to have her at Stanford where she will further enhance the prominence of our Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery department.”

Stankovic succeeds Robert jackler, MD, Professor Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall who headed the department for 18 years. Hired in 2003 to help build what was then a small division into a full-fledged department, Jackler is on sabbatical to continue researching tobacco marketing.

“Dr. Jackler’s many years of leadership helped forge this department which has grown into one of the world’s leading otolaryngology and patient care research institutions,” Minor said. “His years of service as President have been invaluable. ”

Stankovic came to Stanford Medicine from Harvard University, where she was head of the Division of Otology and Neurotology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear. She plans to expand the department’s initiative to cure and prevent hearing loss and other sensory and communication disorders by forging multidisciplinary connections both on campus and around the world.

“I am delighted to lead this wonderful department and eager to enable new collaborations to advance research, patient care and teaching,” said Stankovic, professor at the Bertarelli Foundation. “I like to connect people who think differently. It’s a great way to innovate and be incredibly fun.

Stankovic came to the United States from Croatia at the age of 17. Her fascination with the inner ear began when she was an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a double major in physics and molecular biology.

What drew her to otolaryngology, said Stankovic, was her love of music and the beauty of the inner ear, a delicate organ where many physical, electrochemical and molecular processes operate at the extreme to allow sound detection and balance.

Stankovic received his medical and doctoral degrees from the Harvard-MIT Combined Health Science and Technology Program. She joined Harvard School in 2008 and was appointed in 2018 as Head of the Division of Otology and Neurotology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

Among her many honors, Stankovic was elected a fellow of the American Otological Society and the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the American Auditory Society.


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