Howard Wayne Francis

Howard Wayne Francis

Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology

Dr. Howard W. Francis, is the Richard Hall Chaney, Sr professor of Otolaryngology and inaugural Chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences (HNS&CS) at Duke University Medical Center, where he is also the Chief of the Medical Staff of Duke University Hospital. He is a practicing neurotologist with research interests including practice innovations and clinical outcomes in the delivery of hearing health care. He is a senior editor of the Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Text, is a Director on the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a past member of the Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Dr. Francis is a past president of the Society of University Otolaryngologists, past Education Director of the American Neurotology Society, and a recipient of the 2020 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Presidential Citation.

After completing his high-school education in Jamaica, and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Dr. Francis earned his medical degree from the Harvard-MIT division of Health, Science and Technology at Harvard Medical School, and then completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in medical services management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. After 19 years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins during which he served as Residency Program Director, Director of the Johns Hopkins Listening Center and Vice Director of the Department, he was appointed chief of HNS&CS at Duke in March 2017, and then the first Chair of the new Department in 2019.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology
  • Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
  • Vice President of the Medical Staff/ Chief of Staff of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff
  • Chair of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 40 Duke Medicine Circle, DUMC Box 3805, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: +1 919 684 3834
  • Email Address:


  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1997
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1996
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1991
  • M.B.A. Johns Hopkins University, 2012
  • M.D. Harvard Medical School, 1990

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Smith, SL; Francis, HW; Witsell, DL; Dubno, JR; Dolor, RJ; Bettger, JP; Silberberg, M; Pieper, CF; Schulz, KA; Majumder, P; Walker, AR; Eifert, V; West, JS; Singh, A; Tucci, DL, A Pragmatic Clinical Trial of Hearing Screening in Primary Care Clinics: Effect of Setting and Provider Encouragement., Ear Hear, vol 45 no. 1 (2024), pp. 23-34 [10.1097/AUD.0000000000001418] [abs].
  • Elms, HL; Straka, DM; Abouelella, DK; Francis, HW; Kaylie, DM; Cunningham, CD, Translabyrinthine Craniotomy Is Associated with Higher Risk of Asymptomatic Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis in Vestibular Schwannoma Resection., Otol Neurotol, vol 44 no. 10 (2023), pp. 1066-1072 [10.1097/MAO.0000000000004013] [abs].
  • Huang, RJ; Del Risco, A; Riska, KM; Cooper, MW; Clark, NW; Kaplan, SJ; Kaylie, D; Francis, HW, Prognosis of Acute Low-Tone Hearing Loss Without Vertigo: A Scoping Review., Laryngoscope, vol 133 no. 10 (2023), pp. 2457-2469 [10.1002/lary.30630] [abs].
  • Borre, ED; Johri, M; Dubno, JR; Myers, ER; Emmett, SD; Pavon, JM; Francis, HW; Ogbuoji, O; Sanders Schmidler, GD, Potential Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids in the US., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, vol 149 no. 7 (2023), pp. 607-614 [10.1001/jamaoto.2023.0949] [abs].
  • Farlow, JL; Wamkpah, NS; Francis, HW; Bradford, CR; Brenner, MJ, Sponsorship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: A Pathway to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, vol 149 no. 6 (2023), pp. 546-552 [10.1001/jamaoto.2023.0770] [abs].