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Alexander G. Chiu, MD

Alexander Chiu portrait
Department Chair, Russell E. Bridwell, M.D. Chairman, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Professional Background


Alexander G. Chiu, M.D. is the Russell E. Bridwell, M.D. Endowed Chairman and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS. Previous to his appointment in 2016, he was the Founding Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona and Director of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held numerous health system leadership roles, including Secretary of the University of Kansas Physicians Board, co-Chair of Banner-UA Academic Management Council, Interim Chair of the UA Department of Surgery, UA Otolaryngology Residency Program Director and UA Peri-operative Surgical Services Director.

Dr. Chiu's academic and clinical focus is in the field of endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the nose, sinuses and skull base. Dr. Chiu completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College and residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in sinus and skull base surgery at Stanford University.

Dr. Chiu is the editor-in-chief of ENT Today, past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy; and the editor of two textbooks: Sinonasal Tumors and Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. He has published over 175 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on sinus and skull base surgery. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and serves on the Leadership Council for the Triological Society. In 2021, he was named the inaugural recipient of the He for She Award given by the Women in Otolaryngology Section of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This award recognizes a male otolaryngologist who serves as a strong mentor, collaborator and champion of women in otolaryngology. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has directed over 15 international rhinologic and skull base CME conferences. He has been an invited speaker around the world, including named lectureships at Stanford, UCLA, University of Utah and the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Chiu is actively involved with research involving the topics of chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumors and outcomes of sinus and skull base surgery. He pioneered an animal model for the study of topical medications for sinusitis and holds multiple current and past foundation and industry grants. He is very interested in health care delivery and digital transformation and is now co-leading a joint SOM/Health system effort to create a health care delivery innovation center.

Education and Training
  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, Albany Medical College
  • Internship, Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Residency, Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Rhinology and Sinus Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • American Board of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, Kansas
Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Allergy and Immunology Committee, Member, 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Board of Governors Practice Management Education Committee, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Kansas Society of Opthomology and Otolaryngology, Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Governor, 2015 - 2018
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology Journal Editors Committee, Member, 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee, Member, 2009 - 2014
  • North American Skull Base Society, Member, 2009 - Present

Publications
  • Villwock, Jennifer., A., Li, Jennifer, Moore, Chelsea, Chiu, Alexander., G., Sykes, Kevin., J.. 2020. Affordable Rapid Olfaction Measurement Array: A Novel, Essential Oil-Based Test Strongly Correlated with UPSIT and Subjective Outcome Measures. ANNALS OF OTOLOGY RHINOLOGY AND LARYNGOLOGY, 129 (1), 39-45
  • Flynn, John., P., Villwock, Jennifer., A., Chiu, Alexander., G., Sykes, Kevin., J.. 2020. Appraising Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Practice Guidelines for Effective Dissemination and Implementation Design. OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD AND NECK SURGERY, 163 (2), 209-215
  • Chiu, Alexander. 2020. Looking Beyond Otolaryngology to the Explosion of Technology in Medicine. ENT Today (February 2020)