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Five Honorary Guest Lectures To Be Presented During Annual Meeting

Five Honorary Guest Lectures will be presented during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ .

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics

Scott Morris, MD, MDiv, will present “What Makes a Great Surgeon?” from 8:30 am to 9:30 am Sunday, September 27, during the Opening Ceremony. Dr. Morris is a physician, an ordained United Methodist minister in Memphis, TN, and the founder of the Church Health Center clinic that serves 65,000 people, mostly with volunteer doctors.

Since 1987, Dr. Morris has seen the Church Health Center grow to serve poor and/or under-insured patients, and it has expanded to inspire more patients with a “wellness” component that offers spiritual support along with exercise, diet, and cooking classes. He has written two books on the topic: Relief for the Body, Renewal for the Soul and Healthcare You Can Live With, and writes a monthly column for the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Marci Lesperance, MD, will present “Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Value Proposition of Subspecialty Training” from 9:45 am to 10:45 am Monday, September 28. She is professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and division chief of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Health System.

Dr. Lesperance’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of hearing loss and using genetics to improve patient care. She recently served as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She has held leadership roles in the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, most recently as president. She edited the Pediatric Otolaryngology section for Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 6th edition.

Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer

Frans J.M. Hilgers, MD, PhD, will present the lecture “Care and Rehabilitation of Patients Treated for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer,” from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Monday, September 28. He is professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Hilgers was a head and neck surgeon at the Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, where he was chairman from 1988 to 2009. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, and edited four books, as well as supervising doctoral theses. About 40 percent of his research has been in larynx cancer treatment outcomes and postlaryngectomy voice, pulmonary, and olfactory rehabilitation. Of late, Dr. Hilgers and his department have focused research on preventive swallowing rehabilitation after organ preservation therapy.

Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances In Otology

Konstantina M. Stankovic, MD, PhD, will present “Modern Otology: A Nexus of Surgery, Neuroscience and Biotechnology” from 9:45 am to 10:45 am Tuesday, September 29. She is a neurotologic surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, principal investigator at the Infirmary’s Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, and associate professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Stankovic said her long-term goal is “to restore hearing through regeneration and novel technologies.” She began her research in hearing as an undergraduate student and has maintained a focus in this area since.

Bryan Neel III, MD, PhD, Distinguished Research Lecture

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, will present “Leading the Biomedical Revolution in Precision Health: How Stanford Medicine Is Developing the Next Generation of Health Care” from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Tuesday, September 29. He is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the School of Medicine, professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery and professor of bioengineering and of neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.

Dr. Minor gained fame by identifying and coming up with a surgical correction for a disabling ear disorder called “superior canal dehiscence syndrome.” He is now working on training doctors and creating systems to correct healthcare delivery in the United States. He challenges the U.S. healthcare system to correct the systemic problem of very high costs without commensurate results. Dr. Minor suggests a team approach to lower the cost of care and improve outcomes, and predicts technology will be a major part of the solution. In 2012, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.