“My retirement began August 1, 2020. Since my internship in 1967 I have been stimulated, challenged, and deeply rewarded by the practice of academic medicine and surgery; there is no greater professional privilege than to act in the trust of another individual. If it were possible, I would love to say a personal goodbye to each of my patients, trainees and professional colleagues. That not being the case, I bid you a collective and heartfelt farewell.”


Ernest A. Weymuller, Jr., was born in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A.,1962) and Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1966). After completing his surgical internship and junior assistant residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital (1966-1968), he served as a captain in the USAF Medical Corps (1968-70), thereafter completing otolaryngology training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (1970-73). He began his postgraduate career in 1973 with Boston Ear Nose and Throat Associates and also served as associate director of the Head and Neck Tumor Clinic at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He returned to academic medicine in 1978 with an appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Washington. He became professor and vice-chair in 1985 and was chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery from 1992 to 2008. He was PI on the OTOHNS Departmental NIH Training Grant from 1990-2008 ($362,000/yr); chair, UWMC Surgical Services Steering Committee, (2002-2014); and vice president of University of Washington Physicians 2001-2004.

He published over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has co-authored two surgical atlases, contributed 30 chapters to various textbooks, and served on numerous editorial review boards. His major areas of academic focus have been the development and testing of the UW Head and Neck Quality of Life Instrument and the establishment of an international head and neck cancer database.

National responsibilities have included president of the American Head and Neck Society; vice president of the Western Section of the Triological Society; editor-historian of the American Laryngological Society; senior examiner of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and membership on the Advisory Council of NIDCD. He chaired numerous AAO-HNS committees (Ethics, Research, Research Liaison and Development), and he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 09. 

Dr. Weymuller has presented invited lectures at the University of Toronto (Abbott Lecturer), the British National Head and Neck Society, National Cancer Center of Singapore (Ministry of Health), National Head and Neck Meeting in India (Hiranandani Oration), and the International Congress of Head and Neck Cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was awarded honorary fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2005). In 2008 he was conference chair of the 7th International Conference on H&N Cancer. 

He is grateful for good health and the loving support of his wife Alice which allowed him to pursue the life of a physician.  They have enjoyed 53 years of marriage and are extraordinarily proud of our children, EA III and Sims, and their respective families including four thriving grandchildren.