The Association was notified that Dr. Sid Kholsa, a valuable Fellow, passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2022, at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Proposed for Active Fellowship by Drs. Randal Paniello and Albert Merati, he was inducted in 2014.
Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Khosla received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He continued his education by earning a master’s degree in Biomechanics at the University of California- San Diego in 1987. In 1991, Dr. Khosla earned his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Sid was accepted in the otolaryngology residency and fellowship training programs at Washington University School of Medicine at St, Louis. After completing his post-graduate training with a fellowship in laryngology and voice disorders, Dr. Khosla was appointed an assistant professor at the Medical College of Ohio (Toledo) where he served for two years.
In 2004, he was appointed as assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he became the first laryngologist in that region.
A respected leader in voice, vocal cord, and swallowing disorders research, Sid received six R01 grants from the NIH and more than $12 million in total research funding. His training as a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in bioengineering allowed him to approach voice problems both as an engineer and a physician. Many of his colleagues remarked that collaborating with Sid was more valuable than any other experience they had. Discussing new ideas, studying new approaches and being able to analyze from different perspectives was enhanced by the easiness to communicate with Sid.
Dr. Khosla was truly a renaissance man whose loss will be felt by all who worked with him and had the opportunity to know him.