John K. Niparko
A colleague, mentor, and friend
Our colleague, mentor, and friend, premier physician-scientist Dr. John K. Niparko, passed away from complications of cancer treatment on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Los Angeles with his family by his side. It was an unexpected and untimely death, seeming somehow impossible, as John appeared larger than life to many of us. Dr. Niparko served as interim director of the Department of Otolaryngology ̶ Head and Neck Surgery, and as professor and chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. For the past three years, he was Chair of the Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology ̶ Head Neck Surgery in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was a transformative leader. During his short tenure, Dr. Niparko moved the Department into the top 10 programs in research funding, expanded clinical services, added both clinical and research faculty, and developed the USC Caruso Family Center, a thriving pediatric hearing center providing life-changing treatments and services to hearing-impaired children and their families. John Niparko wore many hats, none of them with ambivalence or wavering commitment—he was passionate about bettering the lives of hearing-impaired children and adults; he was a skilled and innovative surgeon and a prolific teacher and mentor; he was a builder and a dreamer, envisioning strategic growth for the Otolaryngology Department at USC and working tirelessly towards this goal; and he was a champion of scientific research, bringing over multiple laboratories from the House Research Institute to form the core of his research team. Above all, he was a good and kind person whose career impressed many at USC as the “perfect synthesis of humanism and scientific achievement.” Dr. Niparko never shied away from challenges, inspiring others to tackle them with the same steady and determined approach he used on his life-changing trek up Mount Kilimanjaro: one step at a time. In this and in all things, he was the ultimate optimist, with a boundless and contagious energy and focus. He will be missed and mourned deeply but remembered often. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Angela and his sons, Nathan and Kevin, who have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be offered to the John Niparko Research Endowment Fund, where they will support the hearing research he so diligently championed during his lifetime. http://www.keck.usc.edu/otolaryngology/support-us/john-niparko/
A life’s work in the inner ear
Raúl Hinojosa Prieto was born June 18, 1928, in Tampico Tamaulipas, México. He studied Medicine at the National Autonomous University of México and later specialized in Pathology. Raúl Hinojosa Prieto left Mexico to secure a better future for himself and his family in the United States, like many other Mexican academics, a brain drain caused by the relative lack of resources for science in his native country. Upon emigrating, Raúl stopped following the Spanish tradition of combining both paternal and maternal family names, and became Raúl Hinojosa. Read more.....