Lanny Garth Close, M.D.
Lanny Garth Close, MD, FACS received his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) in 1972. He then trained in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) followed by specialty training in Otolaryngology at Baylor affiliated hospitals. He began his academic career in Otolaryngology at UT Houston Medical Center where he served as Chief, Division of Otololaryngology until 1982 when he was named Vice-Chairman of Otolaryngology and Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.In 1994. Dr. Close was named Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolarynology/Head Neck Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center (New York).
He served in that role for 18 years until stepping down in 2012. For the last six years he has served as Professor and immediate past chair until 2018. Recently, he moved to Atlanta to join his family. Over his career of 45 years, he has authored over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and has served as president of several academic societies including the Society of University Otolaryngologists and the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology. He has lectured in several countries around the world and is considered an international expert on endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.In 1998, he was named a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and ,for the past 17 years, he has been designated one of he top doctors in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck in America by Castle Connolly.