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Opening Ceremony to Recognize Tradition, Change

The Opening Ceremony offers the first opportunity to reconnect with colleagues at the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  and to learn more about what is behind this year’s theme: “You Spoke. We Listened.”

Gayle E. Woodson, MD

Gayle E. Woodson, MD

AAO-HNS/F President Gayle E. Woodson, MD, will welcome attendees at 8:30 am today in Hall B of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. In doing so, she not only is returning to the state where she grew up, but to the city of Dallas, where she attended her first Annual Meeting. Having been “totally blown away and inspired” by that meeting, now as president she will preside over the Opening Ceremony.

Building on this year’s theme, the ceremony will highlight changes to the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO format as well as major initiatives, including the Regent℠  ENT clinical data registry and the new AcademyU® learning platform.

A video will guide attendees through what’s new at the Annual Meeting, as Eben L. Rosenthal, MD, Coordinator, Scientific Program, and Sukgi S. Choi, MD, Coordinator, Instruction Course Program are recognized.

In his new role as AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO, James C. Denneny III, MD, will speak before Dr. Woodson honors several Members for their service and leadership.

Following tradition, the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics will be presented, this year by G. Scott Morris, MD, MDiv, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Church Health Center, which provides primary health care to low-income, uninsured working people of Memphis.

As a special feature for this year’s Opening Ceremony, the families within the “family of otolaryngology” will tell their stories in a video depicting how the passion for the specialty has been passed from one generation to the next or shared by spouses or siblings.

This year’s Opening Ceremony also will present a historical first as the gavel is passed from one female president to another—from Dr. Woodson to Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD.

The session concludes with a video about the new Regent℠  registry and an invitation to remain for the Miniseminar that immediately follows about the registry, “The Power of Data: Creating a Clinical Data Registry for Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.” 

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