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IU otolaryngology alumna recognized with endowed lectureship

Allison Royer, MD, an Evansville-based physician and Indiana University School of Medicine alumna and adjunct clinical assistant professor, will be honored with a lectureship in her name.

The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is hosting the Inaugural Allison K. Royer Women in Otolaryngology Endowed Lectureship on March 22, 2023, at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. It is one of the first women in otolaryngology endowed lectureships in the country.

Royer, who graduated as valedictorian from IU School of Medicine in 2009 and completed her otolaryngology—head and neck surgery residency at IU in 2014, runs Family ENT Specialists with her husband, Mark Royer, MD, MBA, who was also an otolaryngology resident at IU.

As an advocate and mentor for women in surgery, Royer, an Evansville native, was recognized for her early contributions and career achievements in medicine as an inductee into the Rotary Club of Evansville 20 Under 40 in 2020. Royer has also presented her published research at national and international conferences and consistently receives top patient satisfaction scores.

Royer said her commitment to the Department of Otolaryngology at IU School of Medicine as an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the Evansville campus is due greatly to the impactful leadership of her mentor, Richard Miyamoto, MD, professor emeritus, who served as chair from 1987-2014, and her co-resident, Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, current department chair.

“We’re so fortunate to have engaged, talented residency alumni like Drs. Mark and Allison Royer part of the IU School of Medicine Otolaryngology family,” Ting said. “Their generosity in endowing this lectureship in perpetuity will provide an opportunity for future generations of trainees and faculty to hear from national thought leaders on how we can best support the career development of female otolaryngologists and those considering careers in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery.”

The inaugural lecture in March will feature Jamie Litvack, MD, MS, faculty lead, surgical subspecialties in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Services at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and Dana Crosby, MD, MHP, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.

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Ben Middelkamp

Ben Middelkamp is a communications manager for the Department of Neurology, Department of Neurological Surgery and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications in December 2019, Ben spent nearly six years as a newspaper reporter in two Indiana cities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Convergent Journalism from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014. Ben enjoys translating his background in journalism to the communications and marketing needs of the school and its physicians and researchers.