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2019 Meeting Daily

Sept 18

  • Stopping Opioid Dependency“We already know opioids are an epidemic,” said Heather M. Weinreich, MD, with the University of Illinois-Chicago. She and her panel of three speakers explored alternative strategies to opioids during Tuesday’s “Opioid-Sparing Strategies in Otolaryngology: Approaches to Eliminate Opioids.” Read More
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Growing Concern—And OpportunityWhether it’s caused by obesity, smoking, neurologic, or anatomical abnormalities, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder. It’s estimated that one in five Americans suffers from OSA. Without proper treatment, these patients may develop a host of chronic disorders, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, weight gain, memory issues, and more. Read More
  • Trigeminal and Facial Reanimation: The State of the ArtFacial palsy and trigeminal anesthesia can be devastating for patients—both in terms of pain and function as well as aesthetics. But cutting-edge surgical techniques are rapidly evolving and offering patients better opportunities for positive results. Read More
  • 5 Tips for Recognizing DepressionIt’s not hard to understand why head and neck cancer patients suffer from depression. Besides the diagnosis itself, this particular disease can lead to other significant physical deteriorations. Patients may not be able to speak, swallow, or communicate, and their appearance may be obviously altered. This can lead to social isolation and withdrawal and can also be linked to spiritual, fiscal, professional, and social hardships. Read More
  • Tackling Vascular MalformationsVascular malformations consist of port-wine stains, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, and arterio-venous malformations. “The main reason this is so important to the otolaryngologist is that 80 percent of these occur within the head and neck area, highlighting the important role for the otolaryngologist in diagnosing, managing, and/or coordinating the treatment for these conditions,” Dr. Levitin said. Read More
  • Academic BowlTulane University emerged victorious in yesterday’s Academic Bowl. Four of the nation’s top otolaryngology programs participated in the 13th year of the competition, now hosted in a style reminiscent of Jeopardy. Read More

Sept 17

  • Catching Sensorineural Hearing Loss EarlyWhen it comes to identifying and treating children with sensorineural hearing loss, it takes a village. Oliver F. Adunka, MD, the lead presenter in yesterday’s session, “Medical Work-Up of Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss,” emphasized that otolaryngologists need to be involved in the process. Read More
  • Treatment Innovations for Chronic SinusitisFrom bench to clinical practice, a panel of doctors tackled the broad efforts from research labs to treatment options for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) during Monday’s “Innovations in Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis.” Ultimately, there are no silver bullets—although there have been advances in steroid treatment, biologics, probiotic trials, and surgical procedures. Read More
  • Superheroes to SupersystemsRahul Shah, MD, MBA, Vice President and Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital, knows that medical professionals are superheroes. But when it comes to quality and safety, that really only goes so far. Read More
  • Exploring Immune-Mediated Hearing LossEffectively distinguishing the biologic and clinical differences of autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) and autoinflammatory disease is critical in treating and even recovering a patient’s sensorineural hearing loss. Andrea Vambutas, MD, will explore the role and treatments for both when she delivers this afternoon’s Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture For Advances in Otology. Read More
  • Addressing Age-Related Voice ChangesVocal folds change with age, often resulting in pitch changes, reduced loudness, dysphonia, and an overall weakening of the voice. Patients who seek treatment for age-related voice changes may not be aware that there are various approaches that can improve their functionality, and otolaryngologists must make complex decisions in counseling patients about the best treatment options. Read More
  • Treating Larynx CancerHow to treat advanced laryngeal cancers can be controversial, as treatment can be performed using surgical and nonsurgical approaches. “Determining the ideal treatment modality each individual patient should receive is fairly complex,” said Stephen Y. Kang, MD, with Ohio State University, who is the lead presenter of today’s session. Read More
  • Simulation Assists with Endoscopic DemonstrationsStop by today’s session on endoscopic management of the pediatric airway, and you just might get your hands on a 3D-printed laryngeal model. The presenters will be using the simulation models to demonstrate the surgical repair of laryngotracheal clefts and stenosis and laryngomalacia in the pediatric population. Read More
  • Simulation ShowcaseThe 2019 SIM Tank winners were announced yesterday. Coming in at first place were Bharat Yarlagadda, MD, and Fanny Gabrysz-Forget, MD, for “Validation of a Novel Parotid and Facial Nerve Surgical Stimulator.” Tulio A. Valdez, MD, was the lead for the second place project, entitled “Combined Modular Simulation System for Pediatric Airway Surgery.” Justin R. Shinn, MD, was the lead for the project placing third, which was “Virtual Reality of the Temporal Bone: Education and Clinical Promise.” Read More

Sept 16

  • Jump Starting #OTOMTG19After a full day of education opportunities, covering 11 specialty tracks, and the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the OTO Experience, La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center filled with a broad, diverse audience from around the globe for the official Welcome Ceremony of the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Read More
  • New Reg-ent CollaborationThe AAO-HNSF Board of Directors approved a letter of agreement with a new strategic partner for Reg-ent, allowing the clinical data registry to reach its full potential. Reached on September 14 here in New Orleans, this agreement and future partnership with OM1 will incorporate a versatile platform capable of combining and analyzing multiple categories of data that will be instrumental as otolaryngologists define “best care” parameters for the specialty.  Read More
  • Pinpointing Tumor Margins with NanoprobesH. Bryan Neel III MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture
    In order to do as little visible damage as possible and preserve function as well as remove all or as much of the cancer tissue as possible, head and neck cancer surgeons must minimize the amount of normal tissue and maximize the amount of cancerous tissue they remove. To accomplish that, they need information, he said, “on where the tumor is and where it isn’t.” Dr. Sumer will discuss a new technology being tested that shows promise for delivering that information to surgeons in real time. Read More
  • Head and Neck Cancer TrialsEugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer
    The Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Cancer will be presented by Hisham Mehanna, PhD, FRCS, the Chair of Head and Neck Surgery and the Director of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education at the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Read More
  • Opioids: When, How, and How Much?Nearly 40,000 people die from opioid overdose in the United States each year. It’s a statistic that is creating shockwaves across the entire medical field, and rightfully so. But what is the relationship between opioids and otolaryngology? This is a question that Samantha Anne, MD, AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) Secretary, plans to tackle in a BOG-sponsored session she is moderating today, “Opioid Use, Overuse, and Abuse.” Read More
  • The Rise of OTC Hearing AidsTen years ago, the National Institute of Health and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reported that the U.S. healthcare system was not meeting the needs of the majority of adults with hearing loss. This crisis remains unchanged today due largely to cost, social stigma, and awareness. However, the improving technology of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids may help resolve the issue. Read More
  • Lessons for the End of LifeEnd of life conversations are not easy for anyone. However, it is essential for otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to understand their patients’ wishes as there are any number of terminal diseases in otolaryngology, including nasopharyngeal cancer, invasive fungal sinusitis, brainstem lesions, and temporal bone squamous cell carcinoma. Read More
  • Dysphagia: State-of-the-Art TreatmentDr. Belafsky and Daniel J. Cates, MD, have a specific goal for the “Contemporary Diagnosis and Treatment of Dysphagia” session: to help you become “gums-to-bums swallowologists.” What does that mean, exactly? A two-hour dive into contemporary approaches to the diagnosis of dysphagia and state-of-the-art treatment strategies. Read More
  • 2019 Scientific Poster WinnersSelect scientific poster awards include Best Basic Science, General Otolaryngology, Rhinology/Allergy, Sleep Medicine, and more. Read More
  • OTO Experience Booth WinnersAAO-HNSF like to thank all of the OTO Experience exhibitors. The 2019 Exhibit Booth Winners selected by the Annual Meeting Program Committee are Stryker, SleepSource Alliance ENT, and Preceptis Medical. Read More

Sept 15

  • We Are One in the CrescENT CityAlbert L. Merati, MD, AAO-HNS/F President, extends a warm welcome to all attendees — all of you who comprise the global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community. As we embrace the diversity of all attendees converging on the grounds of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center today, there is a groundswell of commonality that fills the air, reminding us how central “We Are One” is to our specialty. Read More
  • Visit the OTO ExperienceThe OTO Experience features over an acre and a half of comprehensive displays of products and services from hundreds of companies, including device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, surgical instrument suppliers, electronic medical record (EMR) systems, waiting room solutions, and financial management firms. Read More
  • Seven Ways to Kickstart Wellness ActivitiesThe Annual Meeting & OTO Experience offers a range of opportunities to get moving. Do something good for yourself, boost your energy, and make the most of your Annual Meeting experience. Here are seven planned activities to work into your schedule: Read More
  • Orals Present Late-Breaking ScienceThere’s a lot that goes into gathering and submitting the material for a scientific oral presentation. It starts with completing the relevant research in time to be considered by the selection committee before a major meeting. In this regard, the timing doesn’t always coincide. The Annual Meeting Program Committee took this into account this year and made certain adjustments to ensure that the most recent science is being presented. Read More
  • Segregation’s Impact on Parity in HealthcareHistorically, segregation has prevented equal access to healthcare, said Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS, Professor and Chair of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson is delivering this year’s John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics on parity in otolaryngology. Read More
  • Pearls for Performing Cochlear ImplantsThe evolving field of cochlear implantation over the last 30 years includes improved patient expectations and outcomes. A small percentage of patients, those who have abnormal anatomy either due to a birth defect or postinfectious scarring, have historically underperformed compared to patients with normal anatomy. Read More
  • Uncovering the Best of the BestThe Annual Meeting Program Committee members have deemed these 19 presentations as the most groundbreaking in terms of both science and impact in their respective subspecialties. Read More
  • Ménière’s Disease, Tongue Tie, NosebleedExplore updates on three critical otolaryngologic diseases and conditions. Three separate sessions will put the spotlight on recent research and future published clinical practice guidelines for Ménière’s disease and epistaxis as well as a clinical consensus statement for ankyloglossia. Read More
  • How to Thrive in Otolaryngology PracticePlan to attend this three-part series to learn about alternatives and opportunities to enhance your ability to participate in evolving payment models through advanced practice structure and networking, adopting state-of-the-art office-based diagnostic and therapeutic technology, and validating treatment outcomes. Read More