Dr. Thawley’s induction as an Active Fellow was in 1982 and after 31 years, he was elevated to Emeritus status in 2013. Stan moved to Austin, Texas after eighth grade to attend University Junior High, Stephen F. Austin High School, and University of Texas. He graduated with honors from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was a surgical intern at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, served two years with the Air Force in Lubbock, Texas, and completed his Otolaryngology residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1975, he joined the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in 1975 in the days of Dr. Joseph Ogura, and remained there for the rest of his career. His career involved specializing in head and neck surgery including teaching numerous head and neck oncology courses on modified versus radical neck dissection, salivary gland neoplasms, carcinoma of the laryngopharynx, adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck, and total glossectomy for tongue cancers. In the late 1980’s, Dr. Thawley had an expanded interest in endoscopic sinus surgery and management of sleep apnea as well as his clinical practice in that arena. He became the Director of the Sinus Allergy Division in Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Division in
Among his many contributions to the specialty, he also served as Chief of Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1975, Director of the AAOA Residency Training and Fellowship Committee, Secretary/Treasurer of the ENT Club of St. Louis 1994-2016, and Editor of the Laryngoscope Journal. Dr. Thawley cared for thousands of patients throughout his 44 years at Washington University. He retired from clinical practice in 2017 and became Professor Emeritus at Washington University.