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Honorary Guest Lectures

Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology
Sunday, September 10
2:15 pm-3:15 pm

Otology/Neurotology Innovations: Despite Skeptics
Herbert Silverstein, MD

Herbert Silverstein, MD

Prior to founding the Silverstein Institute in 1973 and the Ear Research Foundation in 1979, Herbert Silverstein, MD, served on the teaching staffs of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Florida, Harvard University Medical School, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has also served as director of the Walker Biochemistry Research Laboratory, and as associate professor and director of the Otological Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Silverstein is internationally regarded as a leading authority on Ménière’s disease, having received the Prosper Ménière Society’s prestigious Gold Medal Honor Award in 1996 for his contributions to understanding the biochemistry of Ménière’s disease and his surgical developments to treat the disease.

As a leader in otology/neurotology, Dr. Silverstein has developed surgical and diagnostic procedures and invented several medical instruments, including a new procedure for otosclerosis called the Laser STAMP.

Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer
Monday, September 11
10 am-11 am

Functional Neck Dissection: The Great Unknown
Javier Gavilán, MD

Javier Gavilán, MD

Javier Gavilán, MD, is chair of the department of otolaryngology at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, a position he has held since 1997. 

Dr. Gavilán’s primary areas of research include head and neck cancer, specifically laryngeal cancer, surgical treatment of neck nodes, and thyroid surgery; otology; and skull-based surgery, with a particular interest in surgical approaches to the cerebellopontine angle. Recently, he has focused on implantable devices for hearing restoration. 

He has published eight books as author or co-author, has had 250 papers published in scientific journals, and has written nearly 100 book chapters. He is frequently invited to present at scientific meetings and has been awarded more than 50 honors and grants.

H. Bryan Neel III, MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture
Monday, September 11
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

The Reduction of Suffering as the Organizing Focus for Care
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc, is the chief medical officer at Press Ganey Associates, a provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics, and strategic performance improvement solutions, currently serving more than 33,000 healthcare facilities. Additionally, Dr. Lee, an internist and cardiologist, practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also a professor (part-time) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Previously, Dr. Lee served as network president for Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Lee is chair of the Board at Geisinger Health Plan; a member of the board of directors at Geisinger Health System; Health Leads; the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College; the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Veterans Administration; and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Tuesday, September 12
9:30 am-10:30 am

Pediatric Advances: Shaping Daily Practice for the Subspecialist and General Otolaryngologist
Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM

Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM

Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM, currently practices in the Harvard Department of Otolaryngology, where she serves as a vice chair of Academic Affairs. She chairs the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Leadership Group and Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. She also served as co-chair of the panel that developed the “Clinical Consensus Statement on Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis” and as assistant chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline on Otitis Media with Effusion.

She is the associate editor for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of the AAO-HNSF Reg-ent Executive Committee. She also leads the Pediatric Clinical Advisory Committee, which jointly represents the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and American Board of Otolaryngology. Her first book, Evidence-Based Otolaryngology (2008), is among the publisher’s most accessed works and has had over 42,000 accessions.

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics
Tuesday, September 12
2:15 pm-3:15 pm 

Getting from Burnout to Wellness
Michael M. Johns III, MD

Michael M. Johns III, MD

Michael M. Johns III, MD, is the director of the USC Voice Center at the University of Southern California. Also at USC, he is the laryngology division director, director of Medical Student Education, and professor in the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. In addition to teaching and clinical care, he conducts research in the areas of laryngeal dystonia, the aging voice, and physician burnout.

Prior to his current positions at USC, Dr. Johns was the director of the Emory Voice Center of Emory Healthcare and chief of otolaryngology at Emory University Midtown Hospital. He has held academic positions at Emory University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Johns holds two U.S. patents related to laryngeal surgical simulation and surgery. 

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