SMED Kicks Off Visiting Scholar Program

SMED Visting Scholar Program

SMED Visting Scholar Program

It is estimated that as many as 30,000 people die each year from complications of chronic otitis media, mainly in developing nations around the globe.

Rural areas in countries such as Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim have a shortage of trained physicians.

That is why The Society for Middle Ear Disease (SMED) is passionate about bringing in international physicians here to Pittsburgh to learn of our ENT processes and practices.

The first physician in SMED’s Visiting Scholar Program is Dr. Alene Meshesha, an ENT surgeon from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Through a two-week training course, Dr. Meshesha will learn from our team of experts at the University of Pittsburgh to advance the medical care he provides to children in his home country.

Beginning on August 21, 2016, he will attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Temporal Bone course with Dr. Barry Hirsch. The next week, Dr. Meshesha will shadow Dr. David Chi to expand his surgical training.

SMED is relying on your support to fund one or two visiting scholars per year. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 via the EngagePitt platform.

To contribute to Dr. Meshesha’s two-week course, plus an additional visiting scholar, please visit our donations link at:

We appreciate your generosity and look forward to continuing this outreach to developing countries.