Voting For 2018 Board of Governors

Voting For 2018 Board of Governors 2018-03-06T17:30:17+00:00

The AOCOO-HNS is pleased to present the 2018 Ballot for the Board of Governors.  Each nominee has developed personal statements to let members get to know them and learn their motivation for running for a position on your Board of Governors.

After reviewing each candidate below, please cast your vote here.


Donald Morris, DO, FOCO – I am honored to be considered for the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the ACOOHNS.  The College has been a very important part of my life.  Through my association with the College as a member, I have met wonderful friends and worked with a fantastic group of people.  I have had the pleasure to get to know doctors that I had only read about in my residency and never thought I would meet in person.

During my service on the Board of Governors, I have gained valuable experience and training on what makes a good leader.  I believe I have the experience to continue to be a positive role model and productive member of the Board of Governors as the Secretary/Treasurer.  I have been a member of the Board of Governors for the last two and a half years and chair of the Education Committee for the last three years.  Prior to that, I was Program Chair for the ACA and Midyear meetings.  These experiences have prepared me to continue in a leadership role on the Board of Governors.  In my positions as a BOG member and Education Committee Chair, I have continued to work with the Education Committee and program chairs to provide exceptional educational experiences for our members.

There will be many changes and challenges to the College and profession in the coming years.  We will continue to deal with the ramifications of Single Accreditation for some time to come.  It would be my honor to help the College navigate these difficult changes, and I feel that I am certainly up to challenge.


The American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology

In 2018, there are two positions available on the AOCOO-HNS for Ophthalmology; the following candidates have been selected as candidates for these positions.

Austin Bach, DO, MPH – I am thrilled and honored to be considered for a position on the Board of Governors of the AOCOO-HNS and to represent my fellow Ophthalmologists.  As I finish my clinical fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, I plan to return to my former residency program at NOVA Southeastern University to help train the next generation of ophthalmologists.  I have been an active member of AOCOO-HNS throughout my residency, serving on the Board of Directors of the Council of Residents and Fellows for two years, and giving lectures, and workshops at the ACA.  I hope to further my involvement with and help with the transition of AOCOO-HNS to an even more amazing College in the very near future.


Leslie Norris, DO, FOCO –  I am a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2004). My internship was completed at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI followed by my residency at Hillsdale Community Health Center (part of Michigan State Consortium). I am a Fellow in AOCOO-HNS, receiving this distinction in 2015. I have practiced comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis in medical retina and oculoplastics for 8 years in Midland, MI.  As I write this I am in the process of joining Grand Rapids Ophthalmology where I will begin practice in February.

I have served on the Council for Regional Representatives (CRR) for the last 8 years, serving as its chair for the last 6 years. I have also served as the Program Chair for the Mid-Year Meeting in 2015 and ACA in 2017. I have also been fortunate receive two Presidential Achievement Awards as well.

I want to become a member of the Board of Governors (BOG) because I want to further serve the AOCOO-HNS.  As the chair of the CRR, I have attended BOG meetings for years as a guest.  I have watched the board navigate rough waters.  I have watched them come together as a group to achieve a goal of bringing stability and prestige to our College. I want to be a part of helping the BOG to chart the path forward for our organization.  I have greatly enjoyed my time with the board to this point and look forward to a larger role in the future.

The American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

In 2018, there are two positions available on the AOCOO-HNS for Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; the following candidates have been selected as candidates for these positions.

Douglas Kubek, DO, FOCO – My esteemed colleagues, I am seeking a position on the Board of Governors to serve our college as an advocate for the preservation and promotion of Osteopathic Otolaryngologists and Ophthalmologists.  As a program director and educator of the residency program at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for the past 10 years, I serve as vice chairman of Medical Education Committee for Henry Ford Health System where I have had an active role in the transition of accreditation to the ACGME for the health system. At the national level in our College, I have been an outspoken member of the program director committee as well as the steering committee of program directors at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

My goals as a program director have been to be an advocate for residents, to have excellence in education and research with exposure to diverse learning opportunities. With this philosophy I have been successful in positioning our Osteopathic graduates as exemplary physicians in otolaryngology. As an educator, I have been an active researcher, organizer of regional surgical didactic conferences through MSUCOM, lecturer for regional grand rounds and a proctor of sinus surgery for conferences at the University of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.

As a fellowship trained sleep medicine physician, I have served as a member of the Sleep Medicine Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, where I have developed policy for sleep surgical procedures and treatment standard of care.  At the local level in Michigan, I have developed a sleep medicine registry and have helped to develop quality of care metrics for patients with obstructive sleep apnea for local insurance carriers.

My experience as the program director during this uncharted territory of transitioning our Osteopathic AOA accreditation to ACGME accreditation has culminated in Henry Ford becoming the first and only Osteopathic otolaryngology program to achieve ACGME initial accreditation. My connections in both the ACGME and AOA affords me with a unique perspective to understand the challenges that will face our College in the future and options for success in this process.  I pledge to my fellow members and residents, that I will uphold our Osteopathic identity as specialists to be a primary importance for the preservation of our college. If elected to the Board, I will continue to be an outspoken advocate for education, research, service, and highest quality Osteopathic focused medical care.

Lyndsay Leigh Madden, DO, FOCO – It is truly an honor to be nominated to serve as Member-at-Large for our College. I completed my residency in Otolaryngology at Grandview Medical Center in 2014 and subsequently completed a fellowship in Laryngology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. I have since been working as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Since 2013, I have been closely involved with the College on many levels. I have been a lecturer, panelist, and moderator at many of our meetings, served as the chair of both the Mid-Year Seminar in 2016 and the Annual Clinical Assembly upcoming in 2018, and participated as the laryngology representative on the Education Committee.

Each of these opportunities to serve our institution has engendered an even deeper desire to be a part of the College’s BOG, especially with our rapidly morphing healthcare landscape. These uncertain times call for forwarding-thinking leaders who anticipate change and adapt.  It is my sincere wish to serve as such a leader in the AOCOO-HNS and provide the membership with the necessary support to grow as a subspecialty, and it would be a distinct privilege to do so in the capacity of Member-at-Large.

If you have yet to do so, please cast your vote here. Thank you for participating in the 2018 AOCOO-HNS Board of Governors election!