Paul Pessis, AuD, is the owner and founder of North Shore Audio-Vestibular Lab. He is also an instructor at Rush University and is a sought-after speaker on private practice and coding and reimbursement issues. Dr. Pessis has additionally served on the Academy Board of Directors and as president of the Academy.

Dr. Pessis’ wisdom and foresight assisted in the creation of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee, the Coding and Practice Management Committee, the Academy’s Practice Policy Advisory Council, the Academy’s involvement in Audiology code development and valuation via participation in the CPT Editorial Panel and RUC processes, and the representation of the profession with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Always, at the forefront of his efforts is his belief in Audiology as an autonomous profession deserving of professional reimbursement. Dr. Pessis’ leadership and persistence ensured a successful petition to garner Audiology seats at both the AMA CPT and RUC Health Care Professionals Advisory Committees, for which he serves as the Academy’s RUC HCPAC representative.

Additionally, he is the sole audiology representative to the Hearing Instrument Manufacturer’s Software Association (HIMSA) Board, an international board comprised of the six hearing aid company leaders, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).

From creating standards for new professionals to his role in maintaining appropriate valuation of the diagnostic services we provide, Dr. Pessis’ leadership spans all realms of the profession. The Academy is pleased to bestow its 2020 Honors of the Academy to Dr. Paul Pessis, in recognition of his significant contributions to the field audiology.