Politics, Credentialing, Regional
The Academy’s membership was growing in the late 1970s. Members wanted assistance with training and credentialing. The Board decided that the society needed someone with political expertise and called on George A. Sisson, MD. He was well respected, smart, savvy, and got things done. Sisson wrote letters regarding the issues of credentialing and regional plastic surgery and got results.
Known as a heavy hitter, Sisson belonged to a host of medical societies and served as president of the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology, and the Academy. He was a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Otolaryngology and the advisory board of the Head and Neck Surgery Journal; the editorial boards of the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Cancer Newsletter; and a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Advisory Group of the National Cancer Institute. A member of the Academy since 1968, Sisson served as regional vice president from 1972-1977, before assuming the presidency in 1978.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material