David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, otolaryngology (head and neck) surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is seen in the operating room at the Medical Center in 2015, operating the Flex robot. He is pictured wearing a surgical mask and blue surgical scrubs, with the side view of another surgeon in scrubs seen to the left of the photo.

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Ways to Give to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is supported by funds from private philanthropy, institutional grants, and patient service revenue. While every source of funding is important, private philanthropic support is especially vital to the success of our department. Over the years, the generosity of alumni, friends and grateful patients has enabled the department to attract new physicians and surgeon scientists, educate future otolaryngologists, and initiate and facilitate important research projects that have the potential to contribute scientific breakthroughs in our field. This translates to an extraordinary patient experience. Giving makes a difference; thank you for your support!

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About Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Endowments

Endowments are invested funds that draw on a portion of the investment proceeds to make a difference on an ongoing basis. The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has several endowments that support its educational, research, care and outreach missions.

Otolaryngology Resident Research and Education Fund

Gifts to the Otolaryngology Resident Research and Education Fund support the scientific and educational endeavors of our residents—highly talented physicians, who are receiving training in the field of otolaryngology. Gifts to this fund have been invaluable in providing our residents with the resources they need to present scholarly work and participate in scientific meetings and pursue research endeavors.


The Head and Neck Cancer Research Fund

These funds are used to support our head, neck and thyroid cancer research endeavors. The discoveries made here at Penn State College of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center will lead to substantive improvements in the care otolaryngology patients receive here and around the world.


The Joann and Jack Fornadley Microsurgical Training Lab

The Joann and Jack Fornadley Microsurgical Training Lab is a testament to the Fornadley’s generosity. The Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery Residency curriculum incorporates small group anatomy teaching sessions focused on improving the resident’s knowledge of surgical anatomy and procedures. This state-of-the-art lab is used to help residents developing skills in microvascular surgical techniques. All residents take these courses to establish the skills necessary for hand-sewn, arterial, and venous anastomoses.

A head-and-shoulders photo of Joann and Jack Fornadley
Joann and Jack Fornadley

A portrait photo of Ellie Goldenberg.
Ellie Goldenberg

The Ellie Goldenberg Memorial Visiting Professor Lecture

The Ellie Goldenberg Visiting Professor Lecture provides funds for world-class lectures by outstanding scientists, artists, scholars and researchers on topics that intersect the fields of medicine and the vocal arts. This fund honors the memory of Ellie Goldenberg (ז״ל), actor, singer, beloved daughter, sister and friend.


George H. and Betty R. Conner Visiting Professor Lecture

The George H. Conner Visiting Professor Lecture provides funds for world class lectures by outstanding scientists, scholars, and researchers in the field of Otolaryngology. This fund honors our founding chair, Dr. George H. Conner, who laid the foundation for today’s success of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

George H. and Betty R. Conner Excellence in Otolaryngology Fund

The George H. and Betty R. Conner Excellence in Otolaryngology Fund supports resident and faculty education and research in the Department of Otolaryngology of the Penn State College of Medicine, enhancing programs and new initiatives with an emphasis on funding outstanding residents in the Department.

A head-and-shoulders professional portrait of Dr. George H. Conner and Betty R. Conner
Dr. George H. Conner and Betty R. Conner

M. Lee and Lilian Upcraft stand for a portrait with a tree in the background.
M. Lee and Lilian Upcraft

Upcraft Family Research Endowment

The Upcraft Family Research Endowment, started by M. Lee and Lilian Upcraft, honors the Upcraft Family by providing ongoing financial support to enhance and further clinical cancer research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.


John R. Fenstermacher Head and Neck Cancer Research Endowment

The John R. Fenstermacher Head and Neck Cancer Research Endowment was started through the fundraising efforts of Peg Fenstermacher, in honor of her late husband John. For many years, Peg has organized and raised funds through an annual golf fundraiser. The endowment supports research efforts focused on head and neck cancer, and honors the late John Fenstermacher, a much-loved father, husband, son and friend.

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Peg Fenstermacher and Ken Diltz present a check from the 2017 John R. Fenstermacher Memorial Golf Tournament to Dr. David Goldenberg.

A head-and-shoulders portrait of Carlton E. Hughes.
Carlton E. Hughes

Carlton E. Hughes Cancer Research Endowment

The Carlton E. Hughes Cancer Research Endowment honors the legacy of the late Carlton E. Hughes by providing financial support for the head and neck cancer research at the Penn State Cancer Institute and the Penn State Division of Head and Neck Surgery. A fitting tribute to Mr. Hughes, the endowment was started through the efforts of Mr. Hughes' wife, Shirley, and his daughter Carlyn.