Eugene Tardy


Partners in Philanthropy (2016)
Family Legacy Award
School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award (2003)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Medicine
M.D., 1960


Medney Eugene Tardy III, M.D., is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Illinois. Dr. Tardy grew up in Bloomington, IN, and attended Indiana University for undergraduate and medical education. After graduating in 1960, he interned at Tampa General Hospital, where he continued his training in General / Cardiovascular Surgery until being drafted into the US Air Force during the Berlin crisis. Dr. Tardy was appointed to the post of Commander of the 838th TAC Hospital, and earned the USAF Flight Surgeon of the Year award in 1961. He was awarded the US Air Force Air Medal for rescuing a paratrooper entangled in a harness during an open hatch parachute drop at 43,000 feet.

After his military service, he completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Illinois in Chicago as the Executive Resident, completing a post-residency Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery, leading to an offer of an academic position in the department in 1968. Dr. Tardy founded the first facial plastic surgery division within the department, and served as the consultant for the Craniofacial Anomalies Center of the university. During his career he held the title of Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the University of Illinois and Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as Instructor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Tardy was elected as President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and President of the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He served as the founder of Facial Plastic Surgery Monographs, as well as on the editorial boards of the Archives of Otolaryngology, the Laryngoscope, the Annals of Otolaryngology, the AMA Archives of Otolaryngology, the Jugoslavian Journal of Otolaryngology. He has written and co-written 18 medical textbooks, over 160 scientific articles. University of Illinois established the M. Eugene Tardy, MD Lectureship in Facial Plastic Surgery and the Humanities in 2005.