Board Certified Neurotologists
Dr. Syms joined the Ear Medical Group in September 1998. Previously, he was assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology. There, he was vice-chairman of the department and director of research, resident training and otology/neurotology. At that time, he was the Air Force's only practicing otologist/neurotologist and ran the busiest skull base surgery practice in the Department of Defense.
Dr. Syms left the Air Force to enter private practice of Otology/Neurotology in San Antonio with the Ear Medical Group. In 1997 through 1998, he served as president of the San Antonio Society of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Syms has authored several articles and book chapters. He has also served as guest editor of a volume of Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. He is actively involved in the research of pediatric ear disease, skull base tumors, balance disorders, and otitis media, as well as the implementation of humanitarian care missions and cost effective medical care. Dr. Syms is also a member of numerous other professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Neurotology Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Military Otolaryngologists, the Prosper Meniere Society, the San Antonio Society of Otolaryngology, and the Bexar County Medical Society.
Dr. Syms has contributed to his profession by serving on numerous committees, including the Otolaryngologic Pathology Committee, the Facial Nerve Disorders Committee, and the IFOS Committee on the Prevention of Hearing Impairment, all committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In the American Neurotology Society, he serves on the Cochlear Implant and Semi-implantable Devices Committee. The American Board of Otolaryngology and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery formed a joint committee, the Task Force on New Materials, for the purpose of question development for the annual inservice and board certifying exam. Dr. Syms also serves as an editorial reviewer for the medical journals Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, and the American Journal of Otology.
Among Dr. Syms' honors and awards are the Trainee Award from the American Neurotology Society; Resident of the Year from Wilford Hall Medical Center; Who's Who in America; Best Paper Award from the Otolaryngology Section of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons; and the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Syms is currently a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, contributing to the training of surgical residents.