Garima Agarwal, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama since 2012. She received her medical degree from King George Medical College in Lucknow, India, and completed her residency
training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. Dr. Agarwal then moved to US where she completed a year of training in general surgery at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
followed by residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Texas, Houston. She is certified both by the American Board of Otolaryngology and Indian Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Agarwal has focused her career on delivery of the highest quality clinical care to patients. She has published a number of peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and has co-authored several book chapters. Dr. Agarwal performs a wide range of surgeries
in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and her career focuses are thyroid and parathyroid surgeries.
Dr. Eugene N. Myers comes from a long line of physicians, including his grandfather, father, and three uncles. After earning his MD from Temple University School of Medicine, he completed an internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
City. Following his residency in otolaryngology at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, he served in the military as a captain in the US Army stationed at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. He then served as a special fellow
in head and neck surgery with Dr. John Conley in New York City.
Dr. Myers was appointed Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1972 and transformed it into a world-renowned department during his 33-year tenure. His many contributions include the development
and implementation of a treatment method to properly manage patients with extracapsular spread of cancer in their cervical lymph nodes. His academic achievements include the publication of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 20 textbooks, and
150 book chapters, and presentation of more than 750 lectures, panels, and round tables, including 48 eponymous lectures.
Dr. Myers is Past President of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, the American Laryngological Association, and the Pan American
Association of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. He was the founder of the International Department of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and organized a worldwide network of national societies, including
our academy. He is an Honorary Member of more than 20 National Societies including the Caribbean Association of Otolaryngology. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of CAO since 1996.
Dr. Myers remains deeply involved in International affairs including membership in the International Steering Committee of our Academy. He is also President of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Festival Opera and a member of the Board of Directors
of the Eye and Ear Foundation and SPOHNC (Support for Persons with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer.
Dr. Myers and his wife Barbara have been married for 65 years. They have a daughter Marjorie who is an Executive Recruiter and a son Jeffrey who is the Alando Ballantyne Professor and Chairman of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery in the MD Anderson
Center and 5 overachieving grandsons all of whom he loves very much.
Dr. Jeffrey N. Myers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and holds the Alando J. Ballantyne Distinguished Chair of Head and Neck Surgery. He holds a joint appointment
as a Professor of Cancer Biology at MD Anderson and Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Myers is also the Director of Translational Research for the Division of Surgery at MD Anderson and
the co-leader of the HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot™, an institutional effort to accelerate research and rapidly translate findings into improved therapies for cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. A board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head
and Neck Surgeon, Dr. Myers has been at the forefront of the comprehensive genomic characterization of oral cancers. He has made seminal contributions to understanding the role of TP53 mutations in the growth and spread of oral squamous cell cancers
and is translating those into improved treatments for patients. His team co-developed an algorithm called the Evolutionary Action for TP53, EAp53, that stratifies risk levels for patients with tumor that express TP53 mutations. Dr. Myers showed
that some forms of TP53 mutations can make head and neck tumors more aggressive, and patients harboring these mutations can develop treatment resistance and have worse outcomes. His team is working to confirm that TP53 can be used as a biomarker
to predict response to cisplatin-based therapy and identify the patients most likely to benefit from that treatment. His team also is exploring interactions between genomic alterations and TP53 mutations and how they relate to the development,
progression, and response of head and neck cancers to immunotherapy.
Dr. Myers earned his Medical and Doctoral Degrees from The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed a surgical internship and residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson, after which he joined the faculty in 1997. Dr. Myers’ work has led to 281 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written or edited six books
related head and neck cancers.
Among his many honors are MD Anderson’s Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Patient Care, the Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and in 2020, the University of Texas MD Anderson Charles A
LeMaistre MD Outstanding Achievement Award in Cancer. He is a past-president of the American Head and Neck Society and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017. Dr. Myers has indeed dedicated
his entire career to outstanding head and cancer surgical care, research, education, and mentorship.
Paul L. Friedlander, MD, FACS is a fellowship trained head and neck surgeon who has been treating the private, public, and Veteran population in the New Orleans area since 1997. He serves as the Chairman of Otolaryngology at Tulane Medical Center.
Dr. Friedlander attended George Washington University, Washington DC, for his General Surgery Residency (PGY-1 and PGY-2) and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans for his Otolaryngology Residency. He completed a two-year Fellowship in Head
and Neck Surgical Oncology at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Dr. Friedlander’s academic ambition is to develop strategies that will improve regional outcomes for patients with cancer. His current focus is targeting minority health care disparities. He has been recognized for his work in treating the underserved
through the American Cancer Society Spirit Award in 2009, the New Orleans City Business Health Care Heroes in 2011, and the “Unsung Hero” Award from the CLOUT Ministerial Alliance in 2013. Dr. Friedlander is the founder of the Greater
New Orleans Coalition on Cancer Disparities – a Faith Based Organization whose mission is to identify and address health care disparity in the inner city of New Orleans. His current interests include research to better understand and eradicate
health disparity for those afflicted with Covid 19. He is actively working with members of the Tulane School of Public Health, Tulane School of Medicine, and community organizations to identify etiology of underlying inequities and develop sustainable
Dr. J. Benjamin McIntire
is a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Newark, DE. He completed medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, and received his
MD in 2013. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and went on to complete fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Past President of the AAFPRS, Dr. Edwin Williams, in Albany, NY. His practice is primarily
focused on Mohs reconstruction, facial rejuvenation surgery, and rhinoplasty. When not in the operating room, he enjoys weightlifting and attempting to climb mountains.