The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University celebrated the 41st annual Senturia Lectureship on Nov. 17, 2021. Invited guest speaker Michael Hoa, MD, presented his recent work on hearing instability disorders, which includes Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear that often causes hearing loss and vertigo (dizzy spells).
Hoa, an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Georgetown University Medical Center, also serves as principal investigator in the Auditory Development and Restoration Program at the National Institutes of Health.
The Senturia Lectureship was established in 1977 by the St. Louis Otological Foundation. Ben Harlan Senturia was a native of St. Louis and obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in the 1930s. Following his internship and residency at McMillan Hospital, he was appointed to the otolaryngology faculty at Washington University School of Medicine.
According to Division Chief of Neurotology Jacques Herzog, MD, the exchange was very much appreciated by the residents.
“It was refreshing to finally be able to host in person such a dynamic young figure in our field,” said Herzog. “The residents especially enjoyed the personal interaction with Dr. Hoa during case presentations. It is always beneficial to experience different perspectives in clinical care.”