Who We Are

The Black Otolaryngologist Network is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote Black excellence and advancement in otolaryngology through mentorship, sponsorship, community building, and advocacy.

Founded Spring 2020, we host virtual events for underrepresented medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty to discuss topics including health equity, career development, financial planning, building pipeline programs, coping with microaggressions and racism, and much more.

Fayson TBON Headshot

Shannon D. Fayson, MD

A Message From Our Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Shannon Fayson envisioned building a community and strong support network among Black otolaryngologists where could openly discuss challenges, celebrate one another’s’ victories, provide mentorship and sponsorship, share educational resources, and ultimately discover creative ways to increase diversity in the field of Otolaryngology.

Our Team

Terrence Pleasant, MD

Co-Founder and Vice President

David J. Brown, MD

Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor

Ebone Evans, MD

Resident Education Coordinator

Monet McCalla, DO

Medical Student Interest Group Coordinator

Mariel Watkins, MD

Blog and Podcast Coordinator

Robert Wardlow, MD

Website Content Manager


Mohamed Diop, MD

We would like to recognize Dr. Mohamed Diop for his contributions to our website and his commitment to make Black Otolaryngologists more visible.