In Memorium

Anthony Maniglia, MD

Dr. Anthony J. Maniglia, Emeritus Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, tragically passed away in July 2017. Dr. Maniglia is best known for his contributions as a surgical leader and educator and perhaps his largest contribution is the establishment of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1985. When he founded the department and its residency program there were a total of three full time faculty which, in the ensuing years, has grown into a thriving department and institute of 49 full time faculty with four residents annually and fellows. It is now recognized as one of the leading departments in the United States.

Perhaps his most important accomplishment throughout his career, even in retirement, what was his diligent oversight of not only the department but of all the faculty and residents and the mentorship he provided in encouraging and at times demanding the constant pursuit of excellence in clinical care, scholarly activities and the betterment of the specialty. It is no doubt that this came from his unique and perhaps non-repeatable educational pathway.

Upon his establishment of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at CWRU and UH in 1985, he developed and championed an eclectic variety of surgical innovations many of which have stood the test of time. These include outpatient tonsillectomy techniques, midface degloving approaches, and his work in patenting early versions of the totally implantable hearing aid and a totally implantable cochlear implant. After retiring in 2008, Dr. Maniglia generously established the Anthony J. Maniglia Chair in Research and Education in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and led during his chairmanship the creation of the Julius W. McCall Professorship in Otolaryngology. In addition to these efforts he went above and beyond what is expected of a single individual and helped, if not led the establishment of three more endowed chairs in the department, bringing the total endowed chairs to five.

When people will gather to discuss Dr. Maniglia and reflect upon his life and contributions, most of the discussion will not focus on the incredible tangible accomplishments which are only partially listed and reviewed above but they will focus on the quality of the man and the effect he had on everyone he knew and liked. He was incredibly loyal and committed to the success of people that he felt were his friends and more importantly in people he felt had promise. When he developed a relationship, whether with a resident, student, faculty member or patient, he felt responsible for their success in their professional lives but in addition, their personal lives as well. He was never happier than when one of his friends or associates achieved success.

At other times he was a tough task master and could often get people to a place that they never imagined they could get to on their own. He did this through advice, encouragement and constant attention. He would never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do or hadn’t already done himself. At times the hours required to achieve all that he wanted to do would require long days and nights at work. It is only fitting then that after his retirement in 2000, that he enjoyed a remarkably joyful, full life of family and travel. He will be greatly missed but his influence will live through the hundreds of residents he trained, dozens of which have followed his path and emerged as leaders in their own right throughout the U.S. and the world.

Joseph B. Carter, MD, FACS

Dr Joseph Carter, former Chief of Otolaryngology at MetroHealth Medical Center, and long standing senior leader and educator in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, passed away suddenly in August 2016. This event was a tragic loss to the Metrohealth and CWRU Otolaryngology Departments and all of the alumni Dr Carter trained.

Dr. Carter was a rock of consistency, of excellence, of strength of character. He was a guiding light showcasing how to do it the “ right way” for patients, for medical students, for residents and for his colleagues. Most of us still use many of his mantras day to day, in our own lives, to chart our course toward becoming the ideal physician, surgeon, educator, confidant, advisor, servant leader, compassionate healer, father, spouse and friend.

Dr. Carter was the Doctor's Doctor, the Surgeon's Surgeon, the wise counselor, the sage advisor, and the one we all strived to emulate. We will all miss him. I hope we will honor his work and his memory going forward by actively incorporating what Dr. Carter taught all us about being the ideal doctor and human being.

Cliff A. Megerian, MD