Charles J. Krause, M.D. was recruited to the University of Michigan to be Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. During almost two decades as chair, Dr. Krause represented not only our specialty - but the entire health system - with distinction, as he also served as chief of clinical affairs, senior associate dean and senior associate hospital director.
Always the calm and thoughtful visionary, Dr. Krause served as president of several national organizations in our specialty, leaving a strong legacy of leadership. As head of the exam committee and president of the American Board of Otolaryngology, he worked tirelessly to assure the validity of the exam process, seeking input from practitioners in both academic and private practice. And as treasurer and president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the building at One Prince Street in Alexandria, Virginia, was purchased to be the “home” of our discipline. Early in his career at Michigan he took the helm of the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery. Determined that otolaryngologists and general surgeons work together, under his leadership the two groups formed a joint society, mitigating their historic adversarial relationship.
Bringing people together is an underlying theme of his career, and nowhere was this clearer than in his service to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His colleague, Eugene Tardy, M.D., recalls, “Chuck Krause’s blend of excellence, forbearance, equanimity, and common decency helped set the stage for the rapid growth of facial plastic surgery in otolaryngology at a time full of threats and challenges from competing and overlapping surgical fields.” One of the first truly academic facial plastic surgeons, he pioneered microvascular surgery courses for otolaryngologists to teach academic surgeons so they could train their own residents and staff.
Dr. Krause passed away on Feburay 7, 2013. The Charles J. Krause, M.D., Collegiate Professorship in Otolaryngology honors Dr. Krause’s extraordinary career in perpetuity, recognizing his achievements and celebrating many contributions he made to Michigan and the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We were able to endow the professorship as a collegiate professorship in November 2012, prior to Dr. Krause's passing, but it is our goal to raise the funds required to give Dr. Krause the full professorship honor that he so deserves.