Jesus E. Medina, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Peru where he attended medical school. Following training in otorhinolaryngology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he did a fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. In 1981, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at M.D. Anderson. In 1984 he accepted a position as an Associate Professor and Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Oklahoma. He became Chairman of the Department in 1991 and he currently holds the Paul & Ruth Jonas Chair in Cancer Treatment and Research.
Dr. Medina has devoted his career to the care of patients with head and neck cancer and has authored numerous scientific publications, textbooks and book chapters on a variety of topics in head and neck oncology. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad.
In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Medina serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is the current President of the Board. He was selected to be a candidate for President-Elect of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2002. Dr.Medina served as Vice-President for the Middle Section Triological Society in 2002.He was Vice-President of the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons and became the second President of the American Head and Neck Society in 2000.
Dr. Medina has received numerous awards including the Honor Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology; an American Cancer Society Professor of Clinical Oncology Award and two Presidential Citations from the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Medina and his wife Libby have been married for 30 years, they have three children: Katherine, Joey and Kristine, and they are enjoying immensely their three grandchildren.