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Dean Sam Hawgood announced the appointment of Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS, as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, effective June 26, 2013. Dr. Murr has served as Interim Chair since March 2012.
Dr. Murr has been a faculty member at UCSF for more than 20 years. He is a highly regarded clinician, educator, and mentor. He is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, the Program Director of the residency program in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the department. He served as an Advisory College Mentor in the School of Medicine from the inception of this program in 2001 until this past June. He holds the Academy of Medical Educators Roger Boles, MD Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology Education. He is Chief of Service at San Francisco General Hospital and has held that position since 1999.
In recognition of his outstanding service throughout his career, Dr. Murr has been awarded multiple honors: he has received the Roger Boles, MD Award for Teaching Excellence three times (awarded by chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery); in 2003, he was selected by the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the Distinguished Service Award; in 2010, he (as part of a team) received the Maurice H. Cottle, MD Clinical Science Research Award at the American Rhinologic Society 56th Annual Meeting; and in 2012 he was inducted as a member of the Gold Headed Cane Society at UCSF. He became a Fellow of the Triological Society in 2006 and currently serves as the society’s Treasurer.
Although he is a general otolaryngologist, Dr. Murr has a practice focus in rhinology and sinus surgery. He also has a longstanding career interest in craniomaxillofacial trauma surgery and reconstruction. His research has centered on issues pertaining to trauma and problems of underserved patients. He has also pursued investigation into the role of fungus in chronic rhinosinusitis and has been involved in the development of a bioabsorbable steroid eluting stent to treat chronic sinusitis.
Dr. Murr earned his BA (Cum Laude) from Boston University and his MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel University School of Medicine). He completed an internship in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident, graduating in 1992. He is a Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is board certified in that field.
Dr. Murr is married to Jennifer Ann Murr and has two daughters, Madeleine and Adrienne.