Prof. Tania Sih, professor of pediatric otolaryngology at the Medical School University of São Paulo, Brazil, is truly a multi-national scholar and educator. Dr. Sih was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1948. She received her medical degree from the University of São Paulo in 1973 and completed a residency in otolaryngology there in 1977. She received additional training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Academy of Medicine in Warsaw, Poland; the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA; and in Kyoto, Japan. She received her PhD at the Medical School University of São Paulo in 1986.
Professor Sih was a postdoctoral researcher in microbiology at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, from 1990 to 1995 and has served on multiple national and international societies and is currently on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Honor Awards of Brazil and Peru. She has authored more than 50 scientific publications and has written or edited more than 35 books or chapters in 10 different languages.
Perhaps most notable is Dr. Sih’s dedication to the advancement of high-quality pediatric otolaryngologic care across the globe. She has been a leader in the International Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Societies and the International Society for Otitis Media; a liaison to the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, and the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Otolaryngology Group; and a charter member of the Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat Association of Africa. She currently serves as the general secretary of the Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.
Professor Sih has been an international educator and ambassador for pediatric otolaryngology and has been instrumental in organizing more than 100 symposia, congresses, and courses pertaining to pediatric otolaryngology in more than 50 countries around the world.