Established in 2005 to honor Dr. Charles Cummings, made possible by gifts from over 300 donors

CHARLES W. CUMMINGS was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in November of 1935. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1953, Dartmouth College in 1957, and the University of Virginia Medical School in 1961. He was an intern at Dartmouth and completed a year of general surgery residency at the University of Virginia. He entered the Air Force in 1963, was discharged in July 1965, and entered residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, finishing the program in 1968. Dr. Cummings was in private practice in Boston and on the clinical staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary until the end of 1975 when he moved to Syracuse, New York, and became an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Two years later, on January 1, 1978, he assumed chairmanship of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington where he remained until the end of 1990 when he became director of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins. In 2003, Dr. Cummings stepped down as director. He is a Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins and continues to care for patients. Dr. Cummings is also the senior medical director for Johns Hopkins International. He has written over 125 scientific papers and is the senior editor of the four volume text Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is in its fourth edition. He has also co-authored two surgical atlases, one on laryngeal surgery and another on surgical access and reconstruction in the field of laryngology and head and neck surgery. Dr. Cummings served as a director of the American Board of Otolaryngology, as chairman of the Residency Review Committee and chairman of the Advisory Council for Otolaryngology to the American College of Surgeons. He was chief of staff of The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1997 through 1999 and serves on the board of directors of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is a past president of the American Association for Academic Departments of Otolaryngology, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery. He is married to Jane Drake Cummings and has three children and eight grandchildren.


RALPH P. TUFANO, MD, MBA, FACS, the Charles W. Cummings, M.D. Professor, directs the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Multidisciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center. An internationally renowned head and neck endocrine surgeon, Dr. Tufano’s clinical interests include tailored and novel approaches to thyroid and parathyroid surgery, surgery for nodal disease in thyroid cancer and re-operative surgery for thyroid cancer recurrence. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Tufano has also helped to define the role of the BRAF mutation in determining the extent of surgery and prognosis for thyroid cancer.