The 15th Annual Tardy Lectureship

Treatment of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency, Evolution to Minimally Invasive Technique




Dr. Shelagh Cofer attended college at the University of Chicago where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors. Dr. Cofer earned her medical degree from the University Of Illinois at Chicago- College of Medicine, in 1997, and then completed an internship in the Department of Surgery, as well as a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UIC in 2002. Inspired by her UIC mentors to pursue pediatric airway and facial reconstruction, she completed a yearlong fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota focusing on care of children with complex pediatric otolaryngology diagnoses, especially repair of congenital cleft lip and palate. In 2003, Dr. Cofer joined faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Assistant Professor, in the Department of Pediatrics. Read More..

Tardy Lectureship


M. Eugene Tardy III, the oldest of four children, grew up in southern Indiana. He attended Bloomington High School, graduating academically as the top male    student in his class, captained the tennis team, and captured the Indiana State Boys as well as Junior tennis titles. Indiana University awarded him a varsity tennis    scholarship, where he competed for 3 years and earned an AB degree in Biology and Zoology before beginning medical school at Indiana University in 1956. Read More..