James E. Saunders is an Associate Professor of Otology / Neurotology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he teaches aspects of otology and neurotology to medical students, residents and undergraduate students. He completed an M.D. at University of Oklahoma, his residency and a research fellowship in Otolaryngology at Duke University Medical Center, and a Research and Clinical Fellowship at the House Ear Institute. In addition to clinical practice, he has broad research interests and has published many articles on sudden sensorineural hearing loss, the microbiology of chronic otitis, and hearing loss genetics.
Dr. Saunders has been involved with many projects related to the etiology, prevention and treatment of hearing loss in the developing world including collaborations with the World Health Organization and the Global Burden of Disease Project. He is the past Chairman of the Humanitarian Efforts Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology ï¿½ Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the incoming International Coordinator for AAO-HNSF and a co-founder of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health and Mayflower Medical Outreach, an organization that supports and trains otolaryngology and audiology providers in Nicaragua.