Larry A. Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.S.
MD: 1971, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio.
Internship: Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, Portland, Oregon.
Fellowship: Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery, University Liverpool, England.
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Dr. Larry Hoover came to the University of Kansas Medical Center as Chairman and Tenured Full Professor in 1990, having spent the prior decade as Vice-Chairman of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. He was the first to perform Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in the early 1980's at UCLA, and a founding member of the Skull Base Tumor Surgery Team there. As Chairman, the KU ENT Department grew from two faculty to a full time faculty of twelve with residents, faculty, teaching and clinical programs at not just KU Med, but the Kansas City VA, Children's Mercy, and St Luke's as well. Seven years after his arrival, KU Medical Center's Task Force on Surgery Services rated Otolaryngology as the "Number One" Surgical Service. Later that year, the Dean's Department Chair Review of Dr. Hoover noted "There has been a dramatic turnaround of the Otolaryngology Department under Dr. Hoover's leadership".
Along with a strong research program, the KU ENT Residency program now is one of the most competitive in the country. Today, the ENT department is one of the strongest clinical departments in the medical school. The committee concludes that Dr. Hoover has done an outstanding job and that he has created a department which everyone at the University can be justifiably proud of. He has set an example for other chairmen and has demonstrated that "a truly first-class academic program can be developed at the University of Kansas".
In 2000, the ACGME Residency Review Committee extended its congratulations and commented that "the program's educational organization and the quality of the curriculum are outstanding and should be used as an exemplar". He remains active in research in the genesis of nasal and sinus tumors, having made over 150 regional, national and international presentations, and authoring numerous publications. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology and President and Vice-President of the Kansas City Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology Society. Dr. Hoover is active in international outreach with a near 40 year relationship with the Tribhuvan Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu Nepal. In addition, he has taken medical equipment and supplies and performed surgery in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010, China in 1982, and Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan as well.