American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), originally started in 1924, is the world's largest organization of nearly 12,000 specialists related to the area of ears, nose, and throat.
Though it was not official at the time, the AAO-HNS began in 1896 when Dr. Hal Foster wrote a letter to invite specialists in the areas of ophthalmology and otolaryngology to gather for a meeting in Kansas City. This began the Western Ophthalmological, Otological, Laryngological and Rhinological Association. It was not until 82 years later that it adopted its official name. Then later it would add Head and Neck Surgery to identify its broader medical view of the foundation from just the ears, nose and throat.
In 1982 the AAO-HNS merged with the ACO as to "speak with a single voice" for the special field of medicine.