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‘Hot Topics’ Miniseminar to Showcase Three Advanced Techniques

Three well-known speakers will cover some of the most advanced techniques in general otolaryngology during the miniseminar “Hot Topics for the General Otolaryngologists,” which will take place from 10:30 am-11:50 am today in East Ballroom C.

This interactive miniseminar, which will allow audience members to respond to each presenter using an audience response system, is designed to update general otolaryngologists on cutting edge advances in the specialty by a panel of experts.

“The objectives of this is to improve the knowledge of the surgical principals of skull base surgery, understand the mechanisms of Eustachian tube pathophysiology and be able to diagnose those disorders and use the latest cutting-edge treatment, and describe the noninvasive procedures for obstructive sleep apnea that a general otolaryngologist can incorporate into their practice,” Moderator Pablo Stolovitzky, MD, Atlanta, GA, said.

David Kennedy, MD, Philadelphia, PA, will highlight the key principles of endoscopic resection of tumors of the skull base and the importance of preoperative planning of the skull base closure.

“He’s going to go over the preoperative planning and do the surgery bearing in mind that you have to close the defect,” Dr. Stolovitzky said. “So preoperative planning to intraoperative technique to closure.”

Dennis Poe, MD, Boston, MA, will present recent developments in diagnostic methods, medical treatment, and updates in research on surgical therapy for chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction.

“His specialty is cutting edge. We are unable to operate on Eustachian tubes and so he is working on different techniques and developing different protocols to treat these chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction patients,” Dr. Stolovitzky said. “In doing so, it really advanced our specialty because right now the only thing we have for Eustachian tube dysfunction is to open up a window into the middle ear through the eardrum and put a tube through that. So this will be addressing the actual dysfunction, which is the Eustachian tube.

Michael Friedman, MD, Chicago, IL, will review new non-invasive and multilevel minimally invasive treatment options including transoral robotic surgery for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

“This is a very historic event because it’s the first time in the history of the Academy that we’re going to be broadcasting to the outside world, in this case to 15 countries in Latin America,” said Dr. Stolovitzky. “We’re going to start with this miniseminar and then we’ll have four instructional courses that are going to all be broadcast in Spanish.”