Internationally recognized specialist in otology/neurotology and head and neck surgery

June 28, 2004

WORCESTER, Mass.— Richard Raymond Gacek, MD, an internationally recognized specialist in otology/neurotology and head and neck surgery, has joined the Division of Otolaryngology at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gacek has also been appointed a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). 

Dr. Gacek has had a long and rich career. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame before receiving his MD from the University of Buffalo Medical School.   Following an internship at the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, Gacek spent three years as a research associate in the Laboratory of Neuro-anatomical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. He completed a residency in General Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and in otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, where he joined the faculty as an assistant in otolaryngology, later becoming an associate surgeon. Gacek was associate professor in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary before joining the newly created University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1975 as professor and founding chair of otolaryngology.

Gacek served for two years at UMMS before moving on to chair the department of otolaryngology and communication sciences at the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, a position he held for seventeen years. He remained at SUNY Health Sciences Center until 1999 when he entered private practice. Gacek returned to academia as professor of otolaryngology and chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of South Alabama in 2000 before returning to his earlier roots at UMMS.

Gacek’s particular clinical and research interests involve balance and hearing disorders, tumors of the ear, and facial nerve disorders. He is a member of numerous national and international professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, and others. He has served as president of the most prestigious societies in the field of otolaryngology: The American Otologic Society, the American Neurotology Society and the Triological Society. He has lectured and performed surgery throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Academically he is responsible for more than 240 publications and book chapters in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. He is licensed in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Alabama.

UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $154 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

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