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Akron Children’s appoints Dr. Julie Wei as Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology

09-05-2023 (Akron, Ohio )

Julie Wei, MD, MMM, FAAP, has been named the division director of Ear, Nose and Throat and the inaugural chair holder of the Dr. Alfred J. Magoline Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology at Akron Children’s.

As the Dr. Alfred J. Magoline Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology, Dr. Wei will support the needs and priorities of operations, teaching/education, research, equipment, personnel, patient programming, and help grow otolaryngology at Akron Children’s.

The endowed chair was made possible by a $1 million contribution from Dr. Alfred J. Magoline.

“Whatever field of medicine you’re in, there’s always a need,” said Dr. Magoline. “I consider myself most fortunate to be able to contribute and help otolaryngology.” 

Dr. Magoline spent many years working with Akron Children’s, performing surgeries in the hospital for his private practice patients and eventually becoming head of otolaryngology and serving as president of Akron Children’s medical staff in 1970. 

Prior to joining Akron Children’s, Dr. Wei served as the Division Chief of Otolaryngology and Audiology at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. In addition, she served as the chair of Otolaryngology Education at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine where she was also a professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and her master’s degree in medical management for physicians from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College.

Dr. Wei completed her general surgery residency and otolaryngology - head and neck surgery residency at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She completed her pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, now Lurie Children’s Hospital, in Chicago 

Dr. Wei also serves as the immediate past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

“The endowed chair in pediatric otolaryngology will allow us to advance innovative patient care and recruit top talent in this field to Akron Children’s,” said Chris Gessner, Akron Children’s CEO. “Dr. Magoline was an esteemed physician at Akron Children’s, and his generosity and commitment to patients and the hospital is greatly appreciated. His significant gift will have a lasting impact on our hospital and the ear, nose and throat patients we serve.” 

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