ALA Council


In 2009 the Council of the ALA was expanded to include eleven (11) Active Fellows.  The original ten (10) members of the Council included the President who leads the Council, the Vice President/President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer,  the Editor, the three (3) preceding Presidents and two (2) Councilors-at-Large.  These members are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Association and serve for a one (1) year term, or until their successors are elected. In 2009, in an effort to promote continuity amongst the council, the position of ALA Historian was created.  The Historian must have been a Past President, serves for five (5) years, and may be re-elected for one additional term.  For further details on Council Members and duties please refer to the by-laws of the Association.


The Council meets twice yearly to manage the business of the Association.  The first meeting is held during the winter either via teleconference or in-person at the Triological Society Combined Sectional Meetings.  The second meeting is held immediately prior to the Annual Meeting of the Association.

2019-2020 ALA  Officers and Council Member






Paul W. Flint, M.D.

University of  Oregon  Health Sciences Center
Dept. of Otolaryngology
2181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. (PV01)
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: (503) 494-9354; Fax: (503)494-4631


Vice President/President-Elect
Clark A. Rosen M.D.

University of California, San Francisco
UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center
2330 Post Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone 415-885-7700; Fax 415-885-7800


Lucian Sulica, M.D.

Weil Cornell  University Medical Center
1305 York Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (646) 962-4734; Fax: (646) 962-0384

Michael M. Johns III, M.D.

Keck Medicine of USC
Center for Healthcare Professions
1540 Alcazar Street, Suite 204Z
Los Angeles, CA  90033
Phone: (323) 442-5579

Dinesh K. Chhetri, M.D.

University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
200 Medical Plaza, Suite 550
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 794-4225; Fax (310) 206-1393

Michael S. Benninger, M.D.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Head and Neck Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue, # A-71
Cleveland, OH 44139
Phone (216) 444-6686 Fax (216) 445-9409

Third Councilor
Kenneth W. Altman, M.D., Ph.D.

Geisinger Health Services
Dept. of Otolaryngology
100 N. Academy Avenye
Danville, PA 17822-1333
Phone (570) 271-5040



Second Councilor
Gady Har-El, MD

1193-38 Keno Avenue
Hollis, New York, New York 11423
Phone: (212) 744-4368 Fax: (212) 434-6620

First Councilor
C. Blake Simpson, M.D.

University of Alabama – Birmingham
Dept. of Otolaryngology
510 20th Street South, 1155 Faculty Office Tower
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone (205) 801-7919



Joel H. Blumin, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 W. Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 955-0836

Karen M. Kost, M.D.

McGill University Health Center, Dept. of Otolaryngology
1001 Decaril Blvd., Room DS1-3310
Montreal, QB, H4A 3J1, CANADA
Phone: 514-934-1934, X42285

Maxine Cunningham, MBA

P O Box 941
Antioch, TN 37013-0941
Phone:  (615) 315-7098 (office); (615) 812-6170 (mobile)
Fax:  615-739-6459