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Welcome to Atlanta: Our Town

In the middle of an urban resurgence, Atlanta is one of America’s most accessible cities, featuring unique neighborhoods, chic dining, and a rich history. Around every corner is a new attraction, restaurant, or shopping opportunity. If you haven’t visited Atlanta in a few years, you haven’t really seen Atlanta.

Here, four AAO-HNS members tell us all about this vibrant city they call home.

J. Pablo Stolovitzky, MD

ENT of Georgia

How does Atlanta encompass this year’s We Are One theme?
It’s a multicultural city that encompasses a tremendous amount of diversity.

What are you looking forward to attending at #OTOMTG18?
The President’s Reception is going to be outstanding. It will have a beautiful setting at the Georgia Aquarium. We’ll have our usual fun—dancing, listening to wonderful music, and exchanging a lot of ideas. A great opportunity for networking!

Why are you excited to host #OTOMTG18 attendees in Atlanta?
We have not held this conference in Atlanta in many years. This is a great opportunity to get to know the city again. Atlanta continues to have southern charm and a beautiful canopy of trees and rolling hills, but also lots of things to do. If you’re a biker, we have the BeltLine where you can ride for miles, visiting the different neighborhoods and award-winning restaurants.

Nikhila P. Raol, MD, MPH

Emory University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

How does Atlanta encompass this year’s We Are One theme?
One of my favorite things about Atlanta is that it is a transplant city. I’ve met so many people from around the country and the world who have adopted Atlanta as their own. The people here get behind this city. No matter where you’re from, you can feel the sense of unity.

What do you love most about Atlanta?
You’re in the middle of an urban environment, but you don’t feel like it. It’s so green everywhere! I love the fact that I can get everything a big city has to offer but still feel like I’m in a beautiful picturesque setting.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret?
The BeltLine! It gives you the chance to experience the entire city on foot or bike.

Peter J. Abramson, MD

ENT of Georgia

How does Atlanta encompass this year’s We Are One theme?
There are quite a few otolaryngologists here in private practice and also in the academic setting and hospital-based medicine. We often get together to cross-pollinate on a number of ideas. Our patients are from not only Atlanta or Georgia, but the southeast, across the U.S., as well as international. It’s a fantastic place to practice, and we really feel as if we are one in the specialty.

What makes Atlanta unique?
Atlanta is made up of a bunch of neat little neighborhoods that are easily accessible. There is a wonderful array of restaurants and shops, and each neighborhood has its own personality.

Why do you love Atlanta?
I’ve been here since 1983. I grew up in Georgia. Atlanta has grown so much and become so metropolitan. There is a great medical community here. It’s vibrant, cutting edge, and a wonderful place to practice.

Lisa C. Perry-Gilkes, MD

Polaris Medical Group-ENT, LLC

How does Atlanta encompass this year’s We Are One theme?
Atlanta is a multicultural city that is welcoming and easy to get around. There’s no better city to have this meeting in than Atlanta, where the civil rights movement began. Atlanta was known as the “city too busy to hate.” It has a multicultural population, multicultural restaurants, and multicultural shopping. It is a melting pot—the city of fun, education, and culture.

What do you love most about Atlanta in the fall?
There’s always something to do in Atlanta! There are wonderful exhibits at the botanical gardens. The weather in Atlanta in the fall is perfect. It’s not too hot and not too cold.

What is your go-to Atlanta food?
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is close to the convention center and is owned by a physician. They have southern cooking and live music every night. For homestyle cooking, try Mary Mac’s Tea Room.