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Department Chairs--The Early Years

Biographical and bibliographical information on the university's department chairs from the historical past.

Gus Gill, MD, Chairman, Department of Otolayngology, 1978-2005

                       Gus Gill, MD   (1939-2015)

Dr. Gill graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1969.

From the time that Dr.Gill became department chair until his retirement in July 2005, he was the only African American Chair of an Otolaryngology Department in the United States.

In addition to his 27-year tenure as department chair, he served at various points, President of the Faculty Council, President of the University’s Academic Senate, and Director of the International Health Institute.

In 1978, Dr. Gill visited Washington, D.C. and met with the Congressional Black Caucus. Below is his report written for the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate School newspaper, Life Times.


Brown JJ, Xu H, Nishitani J, Mohammed H, Osborne R, Teklehaimanot S, Gill G, Liu X. Potential biomarkers for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2003 Mar;113(3):393-400. doi: 10.1097/00005537-200303000-00001. PMID: 12616185.

Ghoneum M, Vojdani A, Banionis A, Oppenheimer S, Lagos N, Gill G. The effects of carcinogenic methylcholanthrene on carbohydrate residues of NK cells. Toxicol Ind Health. 1997 Nov-Dec;13(6):727-41. doi: 10.1177/074823379701300603. PMID: 9399418.
Ghoneum M, Grewal I, Brown J, Osborne R, Elembabi H, Gill G. Phagocytosis of candida albicans by lymphatic tumour cells in vitro. Acta Histochem. 2003;105(2):127-33. doi: 10.1078/0065-1281-00704. PMID: 12831164.
Ghoneum M, Grimes PE, Gill G, Kelly AP. Natural cell-mediated cytotoxicity in vitiligo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987 Oct;17(4):600-5. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(87)70243-6. PMID: 3668006.
Esfandiari A, Drew CR, Wilkerson L, Gill G, Drew CR. An international health/tropical medicine elective. Acad Med. 2001 May;76(5):516. doi: 10.1097/00001888-200105000-00048. PMID: 11346554.
Ghoneum M, Hussein AE, Gill G, Alfred LJ. Suppression of murine natural killer cell activity by tributyltin: in vivo and in vitro assessment. Environ Res. 1990 Aug;52(2):178-86. doi: 10.1016/s0013-9351(05)80252-x. PMID: 2394205.