Joseph Paydafar named Section Chief of Otolaryngology, Audiology & Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted: January 28th, 2014 by Hannah M. Welch

Effective March 1st, Joseph A. Paydarfar, MD, will be the new Section Chief of Otolaryngology, Audiology & Maxillofacial Surgery for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Joe is assuming this role from Daniel Morrison, MD. Dan leaves this position with the Section of Otolaryngology well positioned for Joe to lead it to even more success and continued growth. Appointed in 2006, Dan was pivotal in the growth and transformation of the Section of Otolaryngology, Audiology & Maxillofacial Surgery during his tenure as Section Chief, having started the Otolaryngology residency program and expanding the faculty and staff of the section.  Dan also spearheaded numerous quality improvement initiatives in the section, including being the first recipient of the Department Of Surgery Care Path Award for the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Care Pathway: A Patient-Centered, Value Stream, Integrated Care Path for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical.

Joe completed his undergraduate training at Duke University (1989) in Electrical Engineering and also received his medical degree from Duke University (1996).  He was a resident in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1997-2001. His fellowship in Microvascular/Head & Neck Surgery was performed at Drexel University (formerly MCP/Hahnemann) (2001-2002).

His clinical and research interests focus on minimally invasive approaches in head and neck surgery including trans-oral robotic surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery, problem wounds in the head and neck, and engineering applications in head and neck surgery.  He has authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and presented at a comparable number of national and international meetings.

Joe is a member of, and on committees for, the American College of Surgeons, the American Head and Neck Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgery, the New England Otolaryngological Society, and the Society of Robotic Surgery.

Recognized as a superb clinician and teacher, Joe has received honors such as the Patients’ Choice Award (in 2013), given for excellence in patient satisfaction, and the 2013 Teaching Excellence in Continuing Medical Education.  He has also been acknowledged by New Hampshire Magazine’s Top Doctors list in multiple years.

Joe has been a valuable member of both the Section and the Department of Surgery for more than 10 years.  It is with distinct pleasure that I ask you to join me in welcoming Joe to his new role.

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