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Our Founder: Patrick E. Brookhouser, M.D.

​Patrick E. Brookhouser, M.D., was the Founding Director of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1972. Since that time, the Hospital has provided care and treatment to patients from across the USA and a number of foreign countries. It is one of the most influential specialty hospitals and research institutes in the world.

Dr. Brookhouser was a gifted physician and surgeon and a steward of Father Flanagan’s dream to help children. He has been recognized by his medical colleagues here and across the U.S. for his contributions to the field of otolaryngology and otology, along with the groundbreaking research he initiated in the treatment and prevention of hearing loss and other communication disorders, especially in children.

An advocate for both medical education and research, Dr. Brookhouser’s national leadership roles have included: Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology, a Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology, membership on the National Advisory Councils for both the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and President of both the Triological Society and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Dr. Brookhouser received his Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) from Creighton University and was awarded his Doctor of Medicine Degree by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit Honor Society and the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He was also honored by induction into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and by the Distinguished Alumnus Award given by the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.