Dr. Anthony J. Maniglia, Emeritus Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Passes

July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017

It is with profound sadness and regret that we announce the unexpected and untimely passing of Dr. Anthony J. Maniglia, Emeritus Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, this last Sunday, July 16 at his home in Miami, Florida. Dr. Maniglia had just turned 80 years old and was very actively engaged in his retirement spending time with his beloved wife, Maria Teresa in between homes in Miami and Sao Paulo Brazil. He leaves his son Victor, of Ft. Lauderdale and multiple nieces and nephews, many of whom have become ENT physicians. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Van Orsdel Midtown Miami Chapel, 3333 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami 33137 (305) 573-4310.

Dr. Maniglia is best known for his contributions as a surgical leader and educator and perhaps his largest contribution is the establishment of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1985. When he founded the department and its residency program there were a total of three full time faculty which, in the ensuing years, has grown into a thriving department and institute of 49 full time faculty with four residents annually and fellows. It is now recognized as one of the leading departments in the United States.

Perhaps his most important accomplishment throughout his career, even in retirement, what was his diligent oversight of not only the department but of all the faculty and residents and the mentorship he provided in encouraging and at times demanding the constant pursuit of excellence in clinical care, scholarly activities and the betterment of the specialty. It is no doubt that this came from his unique and perhaps non-repeatable educational pathway.

Dr. Maniglia graduated from college and medical school in Sao Paulo at the very top of his classes. After interning in surgery at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, he took his residency at Downstate Medical Center in New York. He was trained by combination of incredible icons in our field. These include such luminaries as John Conley, Richard Bellucci, John Marquis Converse and later James Ryan Chandler. The exposure to this varied group of surgical innovators created within him a passion for excellence and innovation this led to a prolific cadence of publications such that in short order after being hired by Dr. Chandler at Miami, he was promoted to full professor in his early 40’s at the University of Miami in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

During this time, and upon his establishment of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at CWRU and UH in 1985, he developed and championed an eclectic variety of surgical innovations many of which have stood the test of time. These include outpatient tonsillectomy techniques, midface degloving approaches, and his work in patenting early versions of the totally implantable hearing aid and a totally implantable cochlear implant. After retiring in 2008, Dr. Maniglia generously established the Anthony J. Maniglia Chair in Research and Education in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and led during his chairmanship the creation of the Julius W. McCall Professorship in Otolaryngology. In addition to these efforts he went above and beyond what is expected of a single individual and helped, if not led the establishment of three more endowed chairs in the department, bringing the total endowed chairs to five.

When people will gather to discuss Dr. Maniglia and reflect upon his life and contributions, most of the discussion will not focus on the incredible tangible accomplishments which are only partially listed and reviewed above but they will focus on the quality of the man and the effect he had on everyone he knew and liked. He was incredibly loyal and committed to the success of people that he felt were his friends and more importantly in people he felt had promise. When he developed a relationship, whether with a resident, student, faculty member or patient, he felt responsible for their success in their professional lives but in addition, their personal lives as well. He was never happier than when one of his friends or associates achieved success.

At other times he was a tough task master and could often get people to a place that they never imagined they could get to on their own. He did this through advice, encouragement and constant attention. He would never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do or hadn’t already done himself. At times the hours required to achieve all that he wanted to do would require long days and nights at work. It is only fitting then that after his retirement in 2000, that he enjoyed a remarkably joyful, full life of family and travel. He will be greatly missed but his influence will live through the hundreds of residents he trained, dozens of which have followed his path and emerged as leaders in their own right throughout the U.S. and the world.

Donations honoring Dr. Maniglia may be made to the
Anthony J. Maniglia, M.D. Chair in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Attn: Kim Kuivila, LKS 1016, 11100 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
You can also visit http://www.uhgiving.org/uh-giving to make your gift online or call 216.844.5821.
(Designation: Other; Tribute Information:
Anthony J. Maniglia, M.D. Chair in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery)

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