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Richard R Gacek MD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentOtolaryngology
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
Phone508-856-4161
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    Other Positions
    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentOtolaryngology

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentRadiation Oncology


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    University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, United StatesBSScience
    State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, United StatesM DMedicine

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    Education

    Sept 1952
    - June 1956
    M.D., University of Buffalo Medical School, Buffalo, NY
    Sept 1948
    - June 1952
    B.S., Magna Cum Laude, University of Nortre Dame, South Bend, IN

    Internship

    July 1956
    - June 1957
    Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY

    Research Fellowship

    July 1957
    - June 1960
    Research Associate, Laboratory Neuro-Anatomical Sciences,
    National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD

    Residency

    July 1960
    - June 1961
    General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
    July 1961
    - June 1964
    Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA

    Fellowship

    July 1963
    - June 1964
    Teaching Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology,
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

    Faculty

    May 2004
    - Present
    Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
    Nov.2000
    - Apr. 2004
    Professor of Otolaryngology, University of South Alabama,
    Mobile, AL
    July 1997
    - Jan. 1999
    Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences,
    SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
    July 1981
    - Dec. 1997
    Research Professor, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine,
    SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
    July 1994
    - Dec. 1996
    Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences,
    SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
    July 1978
    - June 1996
    Adjunct Research Professor, Institute for Sensory Research,
    Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    July 1981
    – Dec. 1996
    Adjunct Professor of Communicative Disorders, School of Education,
    Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    July 1977
    - June 1994
    Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology,
    Communication Sciences, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
    July 1975
    - June 1977
    Chief of Otolaryngology, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
    Worcester, MA
    July 1975
    - June 1977
    Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology,
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
    July 1975
    - June 1980
    Lecturer in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
    July 1970
    - June 1978
    Associate Surgeon in Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    July 1970
    - June 1975
    Associate Professor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
    July 1969
    - June 1970
    Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
    July 1968
    - June 1969
    Associate in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
    July 1967
    - June 1970
    Assistant Surgeon, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    July 1967
    - June 1968
    Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
    July 1964
    - June 1967
    Assistant in Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    July 1964
    - June 1967
    Assistant in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

    Memberships

    American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    American Association of Anatomists
    American College of Surgeons
    American Laryngological Association
    American Laryngological, Rhinological, Otological Society
    American Medical Association
    American Neurotology Society (Charter Member)
    American Otological Society
    American Society for Head and Neck Surgery
    Association for Research in Otolaryngology
    Bárány Society
    Massachusetts Medical Society
    New England Otolaryngological Society
    Society of Head and Neck Surgeons
    Society of University Otolaryngologists

    Intl. Memberships

    Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum
    International Oto-Pathology Society

    Honorary

    Chilean Society of Otorhinolaryngology
    Chilean Society of Neurotology and Neuro-ophthalmology
    Dallas Southern Clinical Society
    South African Otolaryngological Society

    Honors

    1995
    Guest of Honor, American Otological Society
    1994
    James E. Newcombe Award, American Laryngological Association
    1993
    Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Lemoyne College
    1993
    Presidents Award, Excellence in Teaching, SUNY Health Science Center
    1992
    Post Standard Achievement Award, Post Standard
    1991
    Award of Merit, American Otological Society
    1989
    Guest of Honor, Middle Section Triological Meeting
    1985
    Visiting Professor Royal Society of Medicine Foundation, England
    1980
    Pietro Caliceti Award, Balogna, Italy
    1979
    Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology
    1971
    Edmund Pierce Fowler Award, Triological Society
    1962
    Research Honor Award, Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
    1956
    Morris Stein Neuroanatomy Award, University of Buffalo
    1956
    Baccelli Medical Club Award (for research), University of Buffalo
    1953
    Eben J. Carey Award (Anatomy), University of Buffalo

    Named Lectureships

    2001
    Ogura Lecture, Triological Society
    2000
    McNally Lecture, McGill University
    2000
    Milton Leigh Lecture, University of South Alabama
    1993
    Morris Bender Lecture, Long Island Jewish Hospital
    1992
    Birkett Lecture, McGill University
    1989
    Borken Hagen Lecture, Chicago ORL Society
    1988
    Lamberson Lecture, University of Michigan
    1977
    Hoople Lecture, SUNY Syracuse
    1977
    Senturia Lecture, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

    Certification

    1966
    American Board of Otolaryngology

    Licensure

    Massachusetts
    28053
    New York
    80327
    Alabama
    22226

    Offices – National

    1993
    - 1994
    President, Triological Society
    1987
    - 1988
    President, American Otological Society
    1984
    - 1985
    Vice President, Eastern Section of Triological Society
    1983
    - 1984
    President, American Neurotology Society








































































































































































































































    Richard R. Gacek, MD

    Richard R. Gacek, MD -

    Professor, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

    Clinical Interest

    Balance Disorders
    Cochlear Implants
    Ear Tumors
    Facial Nerve Disorders
    Facial Nerve Surgery
    Head and Neck Tumors
    Hearing Loss
    Meniere’s Disease
    Middle Ear Reconstruction
    Positional Vertigo
    Salivary Gland Disorders
    Salivary Gland Tumors
    Sinus Surgery
    Skull Base Surgery

    Practice Location

    The Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
    UMass Memorial Medical Center
    University Campus
    55 Lake Avenue North, HA-221
    Worcester, MA 01655
    508-856-4162

    Board Certification

    American Board of Otolaryngology

    Medical Degree

    State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

    Residency/Training

    Massachusetts Eye & Cear Infirmary, Boston, MA
    Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

    Fellowship

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA



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    1. Gacek RR. On the Nature of Hearing Loss in Méniere's Disease. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2021; 83(3):144-150. PMID: 33596586.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Gacek RR. Recovery of Hearing in Meniere's Disease after Antiviral Treatment. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 May-Jun; 36(3):315-23. PMID: 25940200.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    3. Gacek RR. A perspective on recurrent vertigo. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2013; 75(2):91-107. PMID: 23796949.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Gacek RR. Clustering is a feature of the spiral ganglion in the basal turn. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2012; 74(1):22-7. PMID: 22205393.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    5. Gacek R, Lyon MJ. Evidence of a gustatory-vestibular pathway for protein transport. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Feb; 31(2):313-8. PMID: 20010445.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    6. Gacek RR. Fusion as an evolutionary principle of the vertebrate labyrinth. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Dec; 118(12):845-51. PMID: 20112518.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    7. Gacek RR. Ménière's disease is a viral neuropathy. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2009; 71(2):78-86. PMID: 19142031.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Gacek RR. The meatal ganglion in neoplasia and inflammation of the facial nerve. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008 Aug; 87(8):435-6. PMID: 18712691.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Gacek RR. Evidence for a viral neuropathy in recurrent vertigo. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2008; 70(1):6-14; discussion 14-5. PMID: 18235200.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Gacek RR. A place principle for vertigo. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2008 Mar; 35(1):1-10. PMID: 17920798.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    11. Sabatini PR, Horenstein MG, Oliveri CV, Gacek RR. Aneurysmal bone cyst of the temporal bone associated with reversible hemifacial paralysis. Am J Otolaryngol. 2005 Jul-Aug; 26(4):261-4. PMID: 15991092.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Gacek RR. Efferent system degeneration in the human temporal bone. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2003 Nov; 112(11):947-54. PMID: 14653363.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    13. Gacek RR. Pathology of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo revisited. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2003 Jul; 112(7):574-82. PMID: 12903676.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Results of singular neurectomy in the posterior ampullary recess. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2002 Nov-Dec; 64(6):397-402. PMID: 12499762.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Idiopathic facial paralysis (Bell's palsy). Otol Neurotol. 2002 Jul; 23(4):617-8. PMID: 12170171.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. The three faces of vestibular ganglionitis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2002 Feb; 111(2):103-14. PMID: 11860061.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    17. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. The pathology of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:80-7. PMID: 12077901.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Meatal ganglionitis: a pathologic correlate in idiopathic facial paralysis. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:32-53. PMID: 12077898.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Gacek RR. Neuroanatomy of the nerves in the temporal bone. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:12-31. PMID: 12077896.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    20. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. A classification of recurrent vestibulopathy. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:89-104. PMID: 12077902.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Gacek RR. Efferent system degeneration in vestibular ganglionitis. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:105-23. PMID: 12077895.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    22. Gacek RR. The biology of neurotropic viruses. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:1-11. PMID: 12077894.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Ménière's disease: a form of vestibular ganglionitis. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:67-79. PMID: 12077900.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    24. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Vestibular neuronitis: a viral neuropathy. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:54-66. PMID: 12077899.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Gacek RR, Gacek MR. Antiviral therapy of vestibular ganglionitis. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2002; 60:124-36. PMID: 12077897.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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