MACK CHENEY, MD

Executive Director

Dr. Mack Cheney is the Executive Director of the Kletjian Foundation.

Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to solve patients’ complex otolaryngologic problems, he guided the establishment of both the facial nerve clinic and the free flap clinic at Mass. Eye and Ear. As an educator, Dr. Cheney has shepherded over a dozen fellows, inspiring most to careers in academic otolaryngology, in addition to teaching, lecturing, and authoring a comprehensive text book on facial surgery.

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In 1999, Dr. Cheney first began accompanying international cleft lip and palate missions and incorporated the program into the residency program at Mass. Eye and Ear. Participating as a surgeon, organizer, and teacher, Dr. Cheney initiated a microtia program, which now carries out annual trips to Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, and Vietnam, performing hundreds of surgeries over several years to create ears for those born without them. His experiences in the field and as an educator have led to him to his current role: guiding the development of academic surgical programs in underserved countries to encourage local growth and leadership.