In 1979, the Ear Research Foundation was established in Sarasota, Florida by President and Founder, Dr. Herbert Silverstein. The Foundation was created out of his desire to continue research and development, and to contribute to medical education in a private setting in the field of Otolaryngology. The non-profit, 501C-3 organization, is registered through the state of Florida (ch1004). A board of volunteer Trustees drawn from the community governs the Foundation. A medical advisory board of specialists from around the world lends guidance and support.
The Ear Research Foundation Has Three Functional Goals:
Research and Development: Under the auspices of the Foundation, research continues advancements in microsurgery of the ear, the testing of new drugs and therapies for hearing loss and balance disorders, and new understanding of otologic disease processes.
Education: In addition to publications and lectures resulting from research initiatives, the Foundation maintains a complete microsurgical laboratory, and an audiovisual and scientific library for ear physicians and surgeons. Annual professional symposia, conferences and public lectures are offered covering a variety of common and unusual ear conditions. The Foundation also produces numerous free brochures and other informational media (such as this website).
Over forty physicians have been trained in a one-year, post residency, fellowship training program. Many of the graduates are in academic medicine and leaders in the field of Otology and Neurotology. Also, fifteen residents from the University of Pennsylvania have trained through sponsorship from the Ear Research Foundation at Florida Ear and Sinus Center. One of these residents, Todd Rowan, M.D., advanced to the post-graduate fellowship program.
Treatment: A free and Sliding Scale Clinic is available for those in need. The Foundation provides free and sliding scale clinic rates to help low-income children and individuals gain treatment with verifiable financial need. Each patient is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine ability to pay. Many patients are referred through agencies such as Sarasota Memorial Community Medical Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation, Children's Medical Services, County Health Departments and others. Physicians donate their time treating patients and providing quality care. The Ear Research Foundation, Inc., has developed the Help Us Hear program to provide hearing aids to individuals who have hearing loss and cannot afford hearing aids. The Ear Research Foundation also raises special focus funds to assist in financing care for specific needs.
You Can Become a Part of This Worthy Organization
The Ear Research Foundation exists through the generosity of many individuals following the example of its founder. Tax-deductible donations underwrite the work of the Foundation and allow it to expand its important outreach. Donations are welcomed in any denomination, and opportunities for special recognition exist.
Ear Research Foundation 1901 Floyd Street Sarasota, Florida 34239 941-365-0367