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Opening Ceremony to Spotlight Shared Commitment and Service to Specialty

Welcome all to Vancouver, BC, Canada and the AAO-HNSF 2013 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Academy President James L. Netterville, MD, extends his personal thanks to all meeting attendees for taking part in this exceptional event. It is through your engagement that this meeting will achieve its full potential.

“The 117th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM is most exciting for me both because it culminates in the fantastic honor of representing our members, and is an opportunity for us to grow together and enjoy a robust education experience, and all of this in a beautiful and unique meeting location,” Dr. Netterville said.

The stage is set in Vancouver for this meeting to be a great success.


James L. Netterville, MD

“Our meeting will build on Vancouver’s diversity and positive energy,” he said. “I’m excited for attendees to experience that together. I think the Opening Ceremony will also be an opportune time for us all to come together in our common purpose.”

The ceremony will begin at 8:30 am today in the Vancouver Convention Centre West Level 1, Ballroom AB.

The event will start by paying tribute to the AAO-HNSF guest countries: Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, and Thailand, the meeting coordinators, new members, Board of Governors, society leaders, honored individuals, grant winners, corresponding society representatives, meeting attendees, and guests.

Academy Executive Vice President and CEO David R. Nielsen, MD, will discuss the unique qualities of the specialty that have helped it flourish. As a former practitioner and long-time Academy member, Dr. Nielsen has an intimate understanding of what attendees experience daily. Dr. Nielsen expresses this deep admiration derived from his experience in this way, “Working so closely with these remarkable men and women inspires me with confidence for the future.”

Leadership and Service Awards will also be presented during the Opening Ceremony so attendees can honor the achievements of those colleagues recognized for going above and beyond to help others.

The John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics is a much anticipated element of the program. This year renowned journalist and distinguished Academy member, Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, will deliver the lecture. Aside from Gerald Healey, MD’s 2010 Conley lecture presentation, no other member has given this address.

Presidential Citations will be given to individuals who have been especially meaningful in the president’s career. Dr. Netterville will honor each person for their contributions to the profession and to his development as a physician.

After President Netterville’s own address to attendees, he will ask President-Elect Richard W. Waguespack, MD, to briefly address the audience. They will then exchange the signs of the transfer of office. The latest AAO-HNS/F Leadership Election results will be recognized at that time.

The ceremony concludes with the much anticipated opening of the OTO EXPOSM and its wonderful opportunity for attendees to network, explore the latest technologies, and discuss common challenges face-to-face with exhibitors and each other.

Join us this morning. Together we will celebrate our specialty and our commitment to care.