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AAO-HNSF 2013 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM a True Success


Nearly 8,000 attendees from more than 80 countries attended the annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.

This year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM proved to be a success, with numerous distinguished speakers, valuable education opportunities, and other memorable experiences in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Attendance for the meeting approached 8,000 and reached a new high of more than 2,600 international attendees from more than 80 countries. The conference included more than 1,100 speakers along with nearly 500 original poster presentations. The OTO EXPO hosted more than 200 commercial companies.

On Sunday, Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, chief medical editor for NBC News and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, kicked things off by urging attendees to seek a better connection with patients during the Opening Ceremony.

“I spend more time teaching young surgeons to be human beings than teaching them anything else,” she said during her John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics. “If we are going to help our patients, really help them, the gloves have to come off and the barriers between us have to come down. We have to sit down and physically touch our patients.”

Geisinger Medical Center took home top honors at the 2013 AAO-HNSF Academic Bowl later that day, which also featured teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri and Northwestern University, answering more than 50 questions.

“Clearly the contestants, the residents, are all bright, well educated, and represent both their institutions and the educational activity from the institutions quite well,” Moderator Mark K. Wax, MD, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, said following the event.

On Monday, Piero Nicolai, Prof., Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Brescia, Italy, delivered the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer. His presentation was titled “Endoscopic Surgery in the Management of Sinonasal Malignant Tumors: Where Do We Stand?”

Christine M. Surawicz, MD, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, shared lessons she’s learned as a woman in leadership with members of the Women in Otolaryngology Section.

“I think our traits as women do give us the potential to be really great leaders,” she said. “We’ve basically been training for this all of our lives.”

During Tuesday’s H. Bryan Neel III, MD, PhD, Distinguished Research Lecture, Martin A. Birchall, MD, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, University College, London, spoke about bioengineered transplants that use stem cells to regrow airways and other tissues being the future of organ repair and replacement.

“Tissue engineering will ultimately replace transplantation,” he said. “It is already possible to build tissue in the lab and transplant it successfully into patients.”

Several otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons from around the world gathered Tuesday to learn from each other during the miniseminar “Global Health 2013: Academy Around the World.”

“This is really an amazing panel,” said Gregory W. Randolph, moderator. “In the next hour we’ll travel with the Academy around the world.”

Derald E. Brackman, MD, also delivered the Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology, “Changing Goals in Neurotologic Surgery,” Tuesday.

On the final day of the meeting, Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, delivered the Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology.