Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Nicholas Cassisi, D.D.S., M.D. ’65

Nicholas Cassisi, D.D.S., M.D. ’65, born to Sicilian parents who immigrated to this country in the 1930s, learned early the importance of an education. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he obtained his BA and DDS degree from Case Western Reserve. After completing his residency under Joseph Ogura, MD at Washington University, he served two years in the US Army. He then joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1973.

After becoming chief of the Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 1976, he was named chairman when the program became a department in 1991. In 1998 Cassisi was appointed senior associate dean for clinical affairs for the College of Medicine at the University of Florida and in 1999 he became the chief of staff for Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Shands at Alachua General Hospital. Cassisi has devoted his career to head and neck oncology and has written a text book entitled Management of Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach. His other clinical interests are in the areas of head and neck reconstruction, tracheal and laryngeal disorders and voice and swallowing disorders.

He and his wife, Elayne, were high school sweethearts and married in 1957. They were the first husband and wife team to be accepted and graduate from the University of Miami School of Medicine.