Oto Celebrates the Career of J. Gail Neely

On Friday, June 17, 2016, faculty and staff in the Department of Otolaryngology gathered at a special luncheon to celebrate the career of J. Gail Neely, MD. Dr. Neely was unable to attend, but those in attendance were obviously entertained by his full participation via two-way video connection. A commemorative video was prepared that included highlights of his career as well as letters and video clips offering congratulations and well wishes from colleagues and former resident trainees.

Dr. Neely's medical and research career spans nearly six decades. He received his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1965. He completed General Surgery and Otolaryngology residencies at Baylor College of Medicine in 1972 then moved to California for a fellowship in neurotology and otology at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. He returned to Baylor College of Medicine in 1973 to start his academic career and eight years later found himself serving as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Ten years of administration was enough to convince Dr. Neely to return his focus to his true passions: research and his patients. He served as Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Medicine before arriving at Washington University in St. Louis in 1992. Research has always played an important role in Dr. Neely's education and academic career, and he served as Program Director of the department's very successful T32 training program, "Development of the Clinician/Researcher in Academic ENT," from 1997 to 2012. His list of honors, awards and publications are too numerous to mention here. His service to the community, medical school and department are an example for all to follow.

Please enjoy the video below and take a minute to leave a comment, remembrance, your favorite "Neelyism" or best wishes for Dr. Neely.