Speakers for the 2017 Forum
A/Prof Luke Rudmik, MD, BSc, MSc (Health Econ), FRCSC
Attending Surgeon, Associate Professor, and Director of the Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Program, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Dr Luke Rudmik completed an endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery fellowship at the Oregon Health and Science University and holds an MSc degree with merit in Health Economics and Policy from the London School of Economics, UK.
With the purpose to improve quality and value of care, Dr Rudmik’s research interests include health services research and economic evaluation pertaining to the management of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).
Prof Rakesh Chandra, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology and Chief of Division, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA.
Dr Chandra has frequently held faculty positions at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
Dr Chandra has served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and is on the Board of the American Rhinologic Society. He has been Course Director of the Society’s Annual Summer Sinus Symposium.
His clinical interests include complex and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as management of skull base pathology.
Assist Prof Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD, FACS
Assist Professor Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Co-Director Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Program, University of Utah. Adjunct Research Assant Professor Medicinal Chemistry.
Dr. Alt received his PhD in neurobiology from Washington State University and his Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Florida and fellowship in Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at the Oregon Health Science University with Dr. Tim Smith. He currently serves as a faculty member in Head and Neck Surgery and is the Co-Director of the Rhinology-Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Alt serves on committees for the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS).
Dr. Alt’s clinical practice is focused on sinus and nasal diseases including management of acute and chronic sinusitis, polyps, allergy, septal deviation, growths and tumors of the sinuses and skull base, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks. Dr. Alt works with a large multi-disciplinary team that consists of neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, head and neck pathologists to ensure the best treatment outcomes.
In addition to his clinical practice, he is actively involved in basic and translational research and has active extramural funding through grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), ARS, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) and FAMRI to study treatment outcomes for sinus disease and olfactory loss, the relationship between the immune system’s inflammatory markers and chronic sinusitis-specific disease severity and novel glycosaminoglycans as anti-inflammatory therapeutics. Dr. Alt is married and has two children. He enjoys skiing, fly fishing, mountaineering, and biking (road and mountain).
Dr Benjamin Bleier, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery
Dr. Benjamin S. Bleier, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Sinus Center, and Co-Director of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery, is fellowship-trained in complex sinus and endoscopic cranial base surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Bleier has helped pioneer several new minimally invasive approaches for orbital tumors and has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as two textbooks in the field of orbit- and sinus-related disease. He lectures both nationally and internationally on topics including the endoscopic management of orbit and skull base tumors, endoscopic dacyrocystorhinostomy, causes and treatments of sinusitis, and intranasal drug delivery techniques to the brain. Dr. Bleier holds five patents and has been recognized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Boston Magazine, Harvard Medicine Magazine, and The Scientist Magazine for his work.
Dr. Bleier is committed to providing only the highest quality patient care and focuses on revision and complex sinus surgery as well as state of the art endoscopic management of sinus, orbit, and cranial base lesions including tumors, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and encephaloceles.
Prof Anders Cervin, MD, PhD, FRACS
Conjoint Prof/Chair Otolaryngology, Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit, Faculty of Medicine. Affiliate Prof/Chair Otolaryngology, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine
Anders Cervin is the Professor of Otorhinolaryngology (Rhinology) at School of Medicine, University of Queensland. Professor Cervin spends half of his time caring for patients with chronic upper respiratory tract infection and inflammation and the remaining time researching treatment options for this cohort of patients. Prof Cervin's is focusing on the role of the microbiota in health and disease in chronic airway disease and the possibility to modify disease expression by the introduction of a flora of bacteria with an interfering capacity against common airway pathogens.
Professor Anders Cervin has a longstanding interest in sino-nasal disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery as well as endoscopic anterior skull base surgery. He was the first to introduce endoscopic pituitary surgery in Sweden in 2001. Research interests includes; mucociliary function in the upper airways, the role of Nitric Oxide in chronic sinusitis and the use of macrolide antibiotics as an immune modulator in chronic sinusitis. He has been a Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Fellow. Dr Cervin is the co-founder and former chairman of the Swedish Rhinologic Research Alliance. He has authored several book chapters and over 50 peer reviewed articles.
Dr Philip Chen, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Health Science San Antonio
Philip G. Chen, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science San Antonio. He is the only fellowship-trained rhinologist in San Antonio offering care to the civilian community.
He completed his residency at the University of Virginia followed by a fellowship in rhinology with Professor Peter-John Wormald in Adelaide, Australia.
Dr. Chen is heavily involved in resident education and serves as the Residency Program Director at his institution. Resident education is also one of his primary areas of research. He has lectured internationally and authored multiple publications and book chapters.
A/Prof David Conley
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David Conley is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern and a NIH sponsored fellowship at the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern.
His current research is focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of chronic sinusitis and endoscopic trans-nasal resection of skull base tumors. On these topics he has authored over 104 publications and has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally at courses and meetings.
He is the director of the Northwestern Academic Rhinology Fellowship, and the Clinical Practice Director of the full time Otolaryngology Faculty Practice at Northwestern.
He is a founding member of the Northwestern Sinus and Allergy Center which facilitates collaborative cross departmental research on the immunologic and inflammatory basis of chronic sinusitis.
Current leadership positions include:
1. Consultant to the American Rhinologic Society.
2. AAOHNS liaison to the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria® Panel
3. Member of the AAOHNS Imaging Committee, and Program Committee, and
4. Past President of the Chicago Laryngological and Otologic Society.
Prof John del Gaudio, MD
Professor & Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. Director, Emory Sinus, Nasal, & Allergy Center.
Prof John del Gaudio is Vice Chair of Gerald S. Gussack Endowed Professor of Otolaryngology and Chief of Rhinology & Sinus Surgery and Director of Emory Sinus, Nasal, & Allergy Center at Emory University. He is the current President of the American Rhinologic Society.
Dr Chris Dhepnorrarat
Head of Department, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia
Dr Dhepnorrarat completed his specialist training in Australia and is currently Head of Department at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. He has completed two Fellowships in Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery- the first at the Singapore General Hospital with Prof. D. Sethi and a second year at the University of Toronto with Prof. Ian Witterick. He is actively involved in teaching at all levels and engaged in clinical research. Dr Dhepnorrarat is widely published on the treatment of sinus disease and is on the review board of the “American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy” and “Journal of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery”.
A/Prof Richard Douglas, MD, FRACS, FRACP, MRCP
Rhinologist, Auckland, Gillies and North Shore Hospitals, Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Auckland, NZ.
Richard is a rhinologist with particular interest in endoscopic sinus and medial skull base surgery. He trained and practised as a clinical immunologist and allergist before undertaking training in ORL.
His research interests include the role of bacteria in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis, and postoperative interventions and clinical outcomes after sinus and medial skull base surgery.
Dr James Earnshaw, MBBS, FRACS
Dr James Earnshaw received his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 2000. He then trained in various Brisbane hospitals in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery. He received his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the end of 2009.
In 2010 James trained at Guy’s Hospital in London. He spent 18 months developing skills in rhinology including sinus surgery, rhinoplasty and anterior skull base surgery in adults and children. These skills were mentored by Mr David Roberts and Ms Claire Hopkins who are two of the U.K.’s foremost rhinologists.
For the past 3 years he has enjoyed setting up practice with his father and uncle. He practices all facets of ear nose and throat surgery including adult and paediatric surgery. He has a special interest in rhinoplasty and sinus surgery.
He currently consults and operates in the public system at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Ipswich Hospital. He has access to adult and paediatric intermediate lists at these hospitals.
Prof Balwant Gendeh, MBBS
Retired Visiting Professor ENT Department, UKM Medical Center and Resident Senior Consultant ENT Surgeon, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Dr Scott Graham
Director of the Division of Radiology, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Professor Department of Neurosurgery The University of Iowa.
A/Prof Larry Kalish, BBS (Hons I), MS, MMed, FRACS
Director Sydney Sinus and Allergy Centre, Head of Department of Concord Hospital ENT. Clinical Associate Professor University of Sydney.
A/Prof Kalish is an adult and paediatric Ear Nose and Throat surgeon with subspecialty interests in Rhinology, allergy, voice and snoring. He is the director of the Sydney Sinus & Allergy Centre, the Head of Department of Concord Hospital ENT department, which is a tertiary referral centre for advanced Rhinology. A/Prof Kalish is a clinical associate professor at the University of Sydney and involved in a number of research projects with numerous publications, presentations at international meetings and a faculty member on number of courses. He is the ASOHNS NSW CPD co-ordinator.
Dr Hideyuki Kawauchi, MD, DMSc
Professor and Chairman Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Shimane University, Matsue
A/Prof Satoru Kodama, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr Philip Michael, FRCSEd, FRACS
ENT, Rhinology and Facial Plastics Surgeon, Epworth Hospital Richmond, Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Royal Children's Hospital, Mayo Private Hospital.
He is one of the few surgeons in Australia that has passed specialist ear, nose and throat examinations in the United Kingdom and Australia to hold both the titles of Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He feels that education and research are key foundations that enhance the field of medicine and help to maintain and improve clinical skills. With relation to the former, he has been awarded a Masters degree in Education, is a tutor to the University of Melbourne Medical School and is a member of the Academy of Surgical Educators which is a faculty within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is also actively involved in research, has presented his research widely at international conferences, published research articles and is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
Dr Yuresh Naidoo, BE (Eng). MB, BS, FRACS, PhD
Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon, Sydney Australia. Head of Department, Royal North Shore Private Hospital. Vice President ASOHNS
Yuresh Naidoo is a Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon with a clinical and academic practice based in Sydney,Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney where he was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship and University Medal. After completing his specialty training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in NSW, he undertook his fellowship in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery with Professor PJ Wormald.
Yuresh has a particular interest in skull base surgery, recalcitrant rhinosinusitis and frontal sinus surgery. He has a PhD in sinus surgery, and has published several book chapters and scientific papers in rhinology and skull base surgery. He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences.
Dr Naidoo is affiliated with the University of Sydney and Macquarie University and is currently the Head of Department at North Shore Private Hospital. He is the Vice-President of the NSW branch of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Prof Prepageran Narayanan, MBBS (UM), MS (ORL, Distinction , UM), USMLE (US), FRCS (Edin), ORL-HNS FRCS (Glasg), , FAAOHNS (US), Fellowship in Neurotology/Otology (Canada), AM (Mal)
Professor and Head of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya.
Professor Dr Prepageran started his career with MBBS University Malaya in 1993. His area of expertise includes Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants.
He worked abroad in UK under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. (Certificate of Completion of Training) in 98-99 and Clinical Fellowship in Neurotology & Advanced Otology ,Skull Base Surgery ( Nov 2002–Nov 2003) in Toronto General Hospital , University Health Network , University of Toronto.
He is currently Professor and Head of Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya and Chairman of the National Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Specialty Training Board 2012-2013 . He was also the President for the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery for 2013-2014 and the Past President 2014-2015. He is also the President of Asian Research Symposium in Rhinology 2016. He is very actively involved in research with numerous research grants.
He is often an invited expert surgeon for Complex endoscopic sinonasal skull base, Cochlear Implant and Neurotology cases in the Malaysia and the Region. He is currently the Visiting Professor of Chiang Mai University, Visiting Professor of University of Mandalay, Myanmar Visiting Professor of Neurosurgery in Sanjay Ghandi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow and is the Mentors of the Skull Base Fellowship program in University Malaya which receives fellows and surgeons from all over the worlds for attachment and training.
He is a member of numerous national and international organizations including the International Consensus of Nasal Polyps Working Group, Asean Rhinology Society, Academy of Medicine: Malaysia, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Asean Academy of Neurotology and Otology, and International Federation of Skull Base Surgery. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also member of Court of examiner in Masters in ENT in Malaysia, MRCS Edinburgh and has been an external examiner for numerous Masters thesis and PhD and currently upervises PhD student. He has been the external examiner of the Singapore Masters ENT Examination in 2011 and 2012, 2014.
He has been awarded numerous local and international awards including the Excellent Service Award and the Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Service, as well as the Distinction in Masters in Otolaryngology, all by the University of Malaya; is a four-time recipient of the Certificate of Merit ( for CME-Malaysian Medical Association) by the Malaysian Medical Association; Medals for innovations at Innovation and Invention Exhibitions and gold medals for international presentations.
He was awarded Honorary Member of South African Otorhinolaryngology Society in the year 2013 and Fellow of the Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology 2014.
He is the author of 27 textbooks including DVD electronic manuals, more than 180 papers published in local and international journals with numerous surgical video demonstrations to his credit. He is currently part of Editorial Board and Reviewer of more than 15 journals (Local & International). He is also a well-sought after speaker and presenter in his area of expertise and has been invited faculty to more than 250 conferences in Asia Pacific and the world with more than 600 lecture presentations both locally and internationally
A/Prof Eng Ooi, FRACS, PhD, MBBS
Head of ENT surgery at Flinders Medical Centre
Associate Professor Eng Ooi graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (F.R.A.C.S.) in Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery (ENT). He did his training in Adelaide, South Australia and Darwin, Northern Territory. He is a qualified surgeon scientist having completed a PhD thesis researching the innate immunity changes in chronic rhinosinusitis.
He then undertook further subspecialisation fellowship training with the University of Toronto in Rhinology, Endoscopic Skull Base, Head and Neck Surgery. This has allowed A/Professor Eng Ooi to bring back ENT surgical skills, knowledge and research experience from Toronto to Adelaide for the benefit of his patients.
A/Prof Gretchen Oakley, MD
Assistant Professor, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, Department of otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.
Gretchen M. Oakley, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery subdivision in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri. Dr. Oakley completed her OHNS residency at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by an international fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Oakley is an attending physician at the UCSF campuses, where her practice consists of rhinology and skull base surgery. She has been invited to present research studies in the field both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Oakley’s research has focused on the diagnosis and management of cerebrospinal fluid leaks, reconstruction of skull base defects, the familial patterns of chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyposis, and the management of recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis.
Prof Nobuyoshi Otori, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jikei University School of Medicine.
Nobuyoshi Otori received both his M.D. and Ph.D. from The Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology. His specialty in rhinology lies in the surgical management for nasal and sinus diseases and endoscopic endonasal surgery with image guidance.
Prof Ben Panizza, MBBS, MBA, FRACS, FACS
Director of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Co-Director of the Queensland Skull Base Unit
Dr Panizza has a special interest in; sinus surgery, paediatric ENT, head and neck, skull base surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland and a professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at UQ. After completing his specialist qualifications, he undertook two years of fellowship training in Head and Neck/Skull Base Surgery in London then in Otology/Skull Base Surgery in Italy.
Dr Panizza is currently the Director of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Co-Director of the Queensland Skull Base Unit. He is also the current Director of the Queensland Head and Neck Cancer Centre, a $15M research collaborative between the UQ Diamantina Institute/TRI, QIMRBerghofer Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Dr Panizza is active in clinical research being the lead investigator in a number of clinical trials and supervises numerous research higher degree students through the University of Queensland. He has authored multiple research papers and textbook chapters.
Dr Panizza is currently serving a 9 year appointment as an examiner with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Harshita Pant, BMBS,FRACS, PhD
Adelaide ENT Specialists
Dr Pant graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia with her medical degree and undertook specialist surgical training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery (ENT surgery) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. During this time, Dr Pant was also awarded a PhD in Rhinology and Immunology from the University of Adelaide. Dr Pant then spent a year at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in the USA as a fellow and clinical instructor in minimally invasive skull base surgery, rhinology and allergy.
Dr Pant has an interest in managing patients with nose, sinus and allergic diseases and children with ENT problems. She has a unique understanding of the influence of microbes (bacteria, fungi and viruses) and patient’s immune system in chronic sinusitis and has extensive training in the medical and surgical treatment of nose and sinus problems. Her philosophy for medically treating nose and sinus diseases is to firstly understand the underlying reasons for her patient’s symptoms so that an individualised and step-by-step rational approach to medical therapy can be instituted. She reviews her patient’s treatment progress regularly with an explanation of their progress based on symptom scores and examination findings. Sinus surgery is considered when medical treatment fails to relieve sinus disease. In some situations, surgical treatment may be considered earlier if a patient presents with a complication of sinusitis, or findings that require urgent surgical treatment or a biopsy.
Dr Pant specialises in advanced endoscopic sinus surgery and skull base surgery in both adult and paediatric patients, using minimally invasive endonasal (through the nose) approaches.
Dr Pant is a staff specialist consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She has an active teaching and research career at the University of Adelaide. Dr Pant has presentations both nationally and internationally, and has significant publications on sinus and skull base surgery, and sinus inflammation, including nasal polyps and allergic fungal sinusitis. Dr Pant is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, member of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Australasian Rhinology Society, American Rhinology Society, North American Skull Base Society and American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr Alkis Psaltis, PhD, MMB(HONS)
Head of Department, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Adelaide.
Dr Alkis Psaltis is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and the current Head of Clinical Services in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. He manages all adult and paediatric conditions with a special interest in sinonasal and lacrimal disorders as well as anterior skull base surgery.
He completed his training in Adelaide, being awarded his FRACS in 2011. Following this he completed three rhinological and endoscopic skull base fellowships in NZ and the USA. These were at the University of Auckland, NZ, the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and most recently, Stanford University, California. He has a strong research interest having completed a PhD studying the role of biofilms in CRS in 2008. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, 6 book chapters and serves an a associate editor on the Australasian supplement of the Journal of Otolaryngology. He is also a reviewer for 7 American based ENT journals .
Dr Janet Rimmer, MD, FRACP
Respiratory Physician and Allergist
Dr Janet Rimmer is a respiratory physician and allergist who trained in Australia including undertaking an MD thesis entitled “Histamine releasability in asthma” at the Garvan Institute in Sydney. She then undertook further research and clinical training overseas (Prof Steven Holgate’s group at the Dept Immunopharmacology, Southampton and the Brompton Hospital, London). She is primarily a clinician but has been involved in professional organisations including the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (NSW State President, National Honorary Secretary, Treasurer ICACI), Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Convenor of the Asthma and Allergy SIG), National Asthma Council (Director and ASCIA representative), St Vincent’s Clinic (Chair of the Medical Council and Board), St Vincent’s Private Hospital (Chair Medical Credentials Committee) and Sydney Hospital (Honorary Secretary Department of Medicine and Chair Combined Medical Staff Council). She has been part of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research for 21 years involved in research projects and clinical trials related to asthma, rhinitis and allergic disease.
Prof Raymond Sacks, FRACS, MD
Professor and Head Dept ORL/Head & Neck Surgery, Macquarie University
Clinical Professor, University of Sydney.
Ray Sacks holds Professorships at both Sydney and Macquarie Universities. He is both the immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society and the immediate past Senior Examiner in OHNS at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He is an Associate Editor and on the Editorial Boards of multiple local and international journals and has published more than 60 journal articles and 13 book chapters.
Prof Rodney Schlosser, MD
Director, Nose & Sinus Center, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), USA.
Rodney J. Schlosser, M.D. is Professor and Director of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Virginia and his Rhinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been on staff at MUSC since 2002.
Dr. Schlosser’s clinical areas of interest include revision sinus surgery, endoscopic repair of CSF leaks and skull base defects, resection of sinonasal and skull base tumors. His research interests include the mucosal immune response in various forms of chronic sinusitis, novel methods of drug delivery and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing medical and surgical treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis.
Dr. Schlosser has received research grants from the National Institute of Health, Veterans Administration, American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, Gyrus, Xoran, Acclarent and the Flight Attendant’s Medical Research Institute. He has published a textbook on endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as over 200 peer reviewed articles and 7 book chapters and has been an invited speaker throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs, MD
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
After obtaining his MD from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and completing his ENT training at the same institution. Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs spent three more years working with Prof Richard Harvey and Prof Raymond Sacks in Australia. He obtained his PhD in 2013. His contributions to research and teaching have been on rhinosinusitis and allergy. He was awarded by Australasian Rhinologic Society in 2012 for his work on ‘eosinophilic rhinosinusitis’ and awarded by Macquarie University in 2013 for his work on ‘Corticosteroid nasal irrigations’. Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs is currently working at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Dr Nicholas Stow, MBBS, FRACS MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Centre for Ear, Nose and Throat.
Dr Stow has been trained in the full spectrum of Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgery, including 18 months of Paediatric ENT training.
Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow is an adult and paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. Nick specialises in sinus and nasal conditions and adult and paediatric sleep apnoea. He completed an additional two years of subspecialty fellowship training in Sinus and Nasal Surgery (Rhinology) in Switzerland and New Zealand. His main rooms are Sydney Centre for Ear, Nose and Throat, at Frenchs Forest and he also works at The Woolcock Clinic, Glebe. Nick operates at North Shore Private Hospital, Castlecrag Private Hospital, Delmar Private Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital. He is the Paediatric ENT Surgeon to the Royal Far West charity organisation, providing specialist medical care to rural children.
Nick is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and the lead researcher in a project examining the role of microbes in chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps.
A/Prof Marc Tewfik
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at McGill
Marc Tewfik is an Assistant Professor in the department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at McGill. He completed residency concurrently with a Master of Science degree investigating genes responsible for innate immunity and chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Tewfik subsequently completed a fellowship in South Australia, under Professor Peter-John Wormald.
His current practice is divided between tertiary rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. Dr. Tewfik is co-editor of a textbook in Otolaryngology, is a reviewer for several otolaryngology journals, and has been invited as faculty at advanced sinus surgery courses in Australia, England, Chile, Canada and the United States. He is also the course director for the North American Masterclass in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. His research interests include the role of innate immunity in chronic rhinosinusitis, surgical simulation training, as well as the repair of large skull base defects.
A/Prof Kevin Welch, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine.
Kevin Welch is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his rhinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Rhinologic Society and serve as a 4-year member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Committee and Rhinology and Allergy Education Committee. A/Prof Welch also serves as an Associate Editor and Board Member for the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Journal.
Prof Tim Woolford, MD FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK and is a Senior Lecturer, Manchester University and Edge Hill University, UK.
Professor Tim Woolford is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, and holds an Honorary Clinical Chair at Edge Hill University. His surgical practice is almost entirely dedicated to nasal plastic & reconstructive surgery, and he teaches and lectures widely on the subject. He leads an MCh in Rhinology & Facial Plastic Surgery at Edge Hill University.
Tim is past President of the ENT UK Facial Plastic Surgery Society, President Elect of The Royal Society of Medicine Section of Laryngology and Rhinology, and a Council member of the British Rhinological Society He is Chair of the organising committee of The British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology 2018 in Manchester.
Prof David Price
Managing Director of Observational & Pragmatic Research Institute (Singapore) and Optimum Patient Care (UK)
Professor David Price is Managing Director of Observational & Pragmatic Research Institute (Singapore) and Optimum Patient Care (UK). He is Primary Care Respiratory Society Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He completed his medical degree at Cambridge University, and general practitioner training in Norwich. He is extensively involved in respiratory and allergy research, has authored over 350 peer-reviewed publications and is responsible for approximately US$30 million in research and clinical development grants. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pragmatic and Observational Research and member of the editorial board of several respiratory journals, including Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Prof Robin Cotton, MD
Director of the ADEC Program – Head and Neck Surgery, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, USA.
Originally from England, Dr Robin Cotton has been Director of the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 1973. He has built the world’s premiere center for the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities. He was instrumental in developing the Airway Management Unit, which has evolved into the Aerodigestive Sleep Center. This Aerodigestive Sleep Center is now the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach management for children with complex airway disorders. The Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology has become the busiest surgical subspecialties at Children’s, with nearly 33,000 outpatient visits and 11,143 procedures each year.
The Division was the first to utilize Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s satellite facilities. Dr Cotton has been an invited speaker to many national and international functions each year. Because of his reputation, 70% of his patients requiring airway surgery are from outside the tri-state area. Together, he and his colleagues have developed a world-renowned program to treat primary and specialized ear, nose and throat problems, including swallowing disorders, speech disorders and cochlear implants. Named one of the Best Doctors in the United States . Dr Cotton and his staff have built an international reputation for the treatment of hearing and aerodigestive conditions in children.
Prof Philippe Monnier, MD
Professor Emeritus, Former Chairman
Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department, University Hospital CHUV
School of Biology and Medecine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Acting Surgeon in Chief Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Professor and Chairman, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department, University Hospital, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland
Education and Training
- Medical School and College in Lausanne, Switzerland
- Swiss Federal Diploma of Medecine
- Residency in Surgery and Pathology, Yverdon-Lausanne, Switzerland
- Residency.in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Lausanne
- Subspecialisation in head and neck surgery and endoscopy, Lausanne
- Residency in ear surgery at the University of Tlibingen, FRG (Professor Dietrich Plester) *
- Board certified specialist in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
US sabbatical journey:
- Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota (Dr B. Neel)
- John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore (Dr D. Mattox)
- House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California (Dr D. Brackmann)
- Veteran Administration Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Ch. Vaughn)
373 articles/ book chapters
Head & Neck Surgery
Airway surgery in adults and children
President of the Swiss Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Secretary and Treasurer of ELA.
Dr Ellis Arjmand, MD MMM PhD
Bobby Alford Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, USA.
Ellis Arjmand attended Northwestern University, where he earned his BS, MD, and PhD. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University, and remained at St Louis Children’s Hospital for fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Dr. Arjmand also has a Master’s Degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University and he has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
Dr. Arjmand is Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, where he holds the Bobby Alford Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology. At Texas Children’s Hospital, he is chief of the Otolaryngology service and Director of Clinical Standards for the Department of Surgery.
Dr Alessandro de Alarcon, MD MPH
Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders
Medical Director of the Complex Airway Unit
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Alessandro de Alarcón, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders, Medical Director of the Complex Airway Unit and an integral member of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His expertise is in pediatric voice disorders and airway reconstruction. He treats all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and has subspecialty expertise in patients with airway/voice, sinus, and swallowing issues. His research interests include post airway reconstruction dysphonia, high speed video endoscopy, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, and outcomes research. He is a prolific academic surgeon who has published over 56 articles and chapters in national/international journal and books. He is a bilingual international lecturer that has presented throughout the world on the topics of airway reconstruction and voice disorders in children. He is also academically affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.
A/Prof Norman Friedman
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, USA.
Norman completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at LeBonheur Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England. Besides board certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, he also has board certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Sleep Lab at Colorado Children’s Hospital. His research interest is in sleep disordered breathing.
Mr Michael Kuo, PhD FRCS DCH
Senior Paediatric Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon
Michael Kuo trained in otolaryngology in Birmingham and Hong Kong prior to his appointment at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He has a particular interest in airway - head and neck surgery and endoscopic ear surgery. He serves on the European Examination Board in Otolaryngology and has been instrumental in the definition of the European paediatric ORL curriculum as well as the accreditation of European paediatric ORL fellowship programmes. He chairs the education and training committee of the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology and is the president-elect of the British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists.
Dr Derek Lam
Surgical Director, Doernbecher Aerodigestive Clinic
Derek J. Lam MD, MPH joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in 2012. He completed his medical school, residency, and Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is the Surgical Director of the Doernbecher Aerodigestive Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic managing complex aerodigestive disorders in children.
Dr. Lam is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the International Surgical Sleep Society, the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, and is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Lam is a clinician-scientist with an active research program in the work-up and surgical management of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, supported by a K23 grant through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Besides pediatric sleep apnea, his clinical interests include dysphagia management, airway reconstruction, and adult obstructive sleep apnea.
Prof Scott Manning, MD
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Seattle Children’s Hospital, USA.
Dr Manning graduated from Tulane Medical School and completed residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He then did a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology with Charles Bluestone and Sylvan Stool in Pittsburgh before returning to UTSW. He moved to Seattle in 1995 as head of the division of pediatric otolaryngology Dept of Otolaryngology, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He was President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology in 2007 and Vice President of the Western Section of Triological Society in 2014.
Dr Nikki Mills, MBChB, FRACS, Dip Paeds
Nikki completed her Fellowship Training in Paediatric Ear Nose & Throat Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in 2009. She has been a full time Consultant at Starship Children’s Hospital since her return to NZ, with a special interest in Paediatric Airway, Swallowing disorders and research in Otitis Media. Nikki is currently doing a Doctorate in the Functional Anatomy of Sucking and Swallowing in Breastfeeding Babies.
Dr Ron Mitchell, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman,Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
William Beckner Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology
Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology
UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas, USA.
Ron Mitchell, MD is Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Medical Center Dallas. He is also the holder of the William Beckner Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology
He completed his Otolaryngology residency in London, England and a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN. His clinical and research interests are on the management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children. He has received several grants and has published over 100 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. He has chaired several national committees and has been involved in guideline development on a variety of Pediatric Otolaryngology topics. He is a PI for the Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy Trial (PATS) and completed the Randomized Controlled Study of Adenotonsillectomy for Childhood Sleep Apnea (CHAT) both sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Prof Charles Myer III, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA.
Dr Charles Myer III specializes in pediatric otolaryngology and is a well-known speaker, author and editor on disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. He is Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he also serves as Vice-Chairman and Director of the residency program.
Dr Myer has special interests in general pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck tumors, airway problems, congenital abnormalities, and sinus disease.
He has been President of SENTAC and ASPO and Chair of AAP Section of Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology and has authored numerous articles, as well as co-authoring the books A Practical Approach to Pediatric Otolaryngology and Practical Pediatric Otolaryngology.
He continues to be active authoring numerous publications and giving presentations on local, regional, national, and international basis.
Dr Charlie Myer IV, MD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Charles M Myer IV, MD is a member of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders, and the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He treats all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and has special interest and expertise in pediatric voice, airway and swallowing disorders.
Prof Seth Pransky, MD
Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, UCSD and
Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, USA.
Professor Pransky graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis and then completed an Otolaryngology residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Dr Pransky has served as President of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), on the board of directors of ASPO (chairing Long Range/Strategic Planning , Liaison and Ad-hoc Leadership Committees) and on the Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee of the AAO and the Executive Committee of the AAP Section of Otolaryngology. At his home institution, he has been on the Executive Board of Rady Children’s Hospital Specialists Foundation for 18 years and is also the Medical Director of Satellite Services for the hospital.
Since 1985, he has given instructional courses yearly at the AAO, including ongoing courses on Pediatric Stridor and Pediatric Sinusitis and recently a third course on Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis. Previously, he was named by his peers as one of the top ten instructors in the instructional courses given at the AAO, and has been a recipient of the AAO Honor Award. He has also lectured multiple times for the AAP and internationally he has been a guest professor in 18 countries. Dr Pransky is a co-founder and ongoing director of International Endoscopy Days, a live airway endoscopy course recognized as one of the finest teaching/educational activities in pediatric airway.
Dr Pransky has received the Gabriel F. Tucker Award for outstanding contributions in Pediatric Laryngology from the American Laryngological Association, the prestigious Chevalier Jackson Award from the American Bronchoesophagological Association, the Skoglund Physician Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. and the Sylvan Stool Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to teaching and service from SENTAC. He has also been recognized in Best Doctors in America yearly since 1992.
Prof Michael Rutter, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA.
Dr Michael Rutter is a Professor in the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He obtained his BHB in 1983 and MBChB in 1987 from the Auckland School of Medicine and Surgery in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Rutter obtained his Primary FRCS in 1989 and completed an accredited fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Upon receiving the American Board of Otolaryngology Board Certification, Dr Rutter completed the USMLE II, I and III certifications. In 2012, Dr Rutter was appointed Professor in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr Rutter is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a member of the New Zealand Medical Association and New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Dr Rutter is a member of the American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children and the American Bronchoesophagology Association. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of The Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr Rutter serves on numerous administrative, academic and educational committees within the hospital as well as national and international committees.
Dr Rutter is internationally known for his expertise in the management of pediatric aspiration, management of congenital tracheal stenosis, management of pediatric sleep apnea, management of adult airway disease and continued progress in management of complex airway disease. He has presented extensively, authored over 80 peer reviewed articles, over 30 book chapters, and holds 4 patents.
A/Prof Scott Schraff, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix, USA.
Dr Schraff, a graduate of Duke University, received his medical degree and completed his ENT Residency at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr Schraff completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/Medical Center.
Dr Schraff is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine – Phoenix, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic and works with residents and medical students from the Mayo Clinic, University of Arizona and Midwestern School of Medicine.
He is also the Section Chief of Otolaryngology and Vice Chair of Surgery at Phoenix Childrens Hospital.
He has numerous publications, including book chapters, and has given talks nationally on pediatric airway and aerodigestive disorders.
Dr Schraff is Co-Director of the Aerodigestive Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is also Vice Chair of Phoenix Children’s Care Network’s Board of Managers. He has been recognized as one of Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Docs.”
Dr Schraff currently serves on the Quality Committee of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and has served on the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Pediatric Committee. He is an active member in the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advancements in Children as well as other local societies.
Dr Schraff resides in Phoenix with his wife, Barclay and their two children and he enjoys cycling, running, skiing, and hiking.
A/Prof Sally Shott, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati, USA.
Sally R Shott MD is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is also a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her Otolaryngology residency at the University of Cincinnati and her Pediatric ENT fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Dr Shott has a busy surgical practice covering many aspects of pediatric otolaryngology including treatment of chronic ear disease, congenital head and neck masses, chronic sinusitis and airway disease in children. She has special interests in surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), particularly when OSA persists after T&A and in ENT problems seen in children with Down Syndrome. She has lectured on these subjects locally, at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia.
She is a primary investigator and part of a multi-disciplinary team awarded a multi-million dollar NIH grant, to develop computational modeling of the airway in order to better diagnose and identify sites of airway obstruction causing sleep apnea.
Dr Steve Sobol, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Fellowship Director, CHOP, Division of Otolaryngology, USA.
Steve Sobol completed his medical school education and residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After completing his fellowship in pediatric otolarynglogy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he went on to become Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Emory University.
Dr. Sobol is currently an Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He serves as fellowship program director in the Division of Otolaryngology and is a member of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at CHOP.
He is the author of more than 70 peer reviewed publications and chapters and is Editor of the textbook “Disorders of the Neonatal Airway: Fundamentals for Practice”.
Dr David White, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina, USA.
David R White MD joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and MUSC Children’s Hospital in August, 2005, after completing a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Dr White is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. His practice focuses on the treatment of children with airway problems, speech disorders, and ear and hearing problems.
Prof Paul Willging, MD
Director, Clinical Operations, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
J Paul Willging MD is a pediatric otolaryngologist. He is the Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
His residency and fellowship training were obtained from these institutions. He is Director of the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team; the Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Clinic; and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic. He is a member of the Craniofacial Anomaly Team. He is a member of the executive committee of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center.
Dr Willging's research interests include clinical outcomes in the area of pediatric dysphagia and velopharyngeal insufficiency.
Dr Karen Zur, MD
Director, Voice Program
Associate Director, Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Karen Zur, MD is the Director of the Voice Program and Associate Director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
She graduated from Yale University and completed her medical school training at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital, she pursued a 2-year fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She joined the faculty at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania in 2005 were she founded the Voice Clinic at CHOP and became its first Director.
With a background in the performing arts as a dancer and musician, she has focused her clinical and academic work integrating her airway expertise into the fields of pediatric aerodigestive and voice disorders.
Head and Neck
A/Prof Christopher Perry, OAM, RFD, ED, MBBS, DTM&H, FRACS
Consultant Surgeon in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Lady Cilento Childrens’ Hospital, Brisbane
Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Australia.
Chris Perry is a Consultant Surgeon in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Lady Cilento Childrens’ Hospital, Brisbane and an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. He has previously been an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a visiting examiner in ENT in the USA, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. He is a founder of the “Deadly Ears” Aboriginal health outreach service, and Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, Princess Alexandra Hospital.
He has a strong interest in Aboriginal ear health, and adult stem cell research with Griffith University for twenty years. His head and neck cancer research interests include early diagnosis of head and neck cancer through saliva markers, circulating tumour cells, dental trauma carcinogenesis, transoral robotic surgery, and paediatric tumours.
Clinical A/Prof Suren Krishnan, MD OAM FRACS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide, Chairman
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia.
Suren Krishnan is Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide.
He has an established practice in functional endoscopic sinus surgery, cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty and general paediatric otolaryngology. His specific interests lie in Head and Neck surgery, trans-oral laser resection and developing techniques of trans oral robotic resection of head and neck cancers.
Dr Robert Allison
President, New Zealand Society Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Robert Allison is a Consultant Otolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeon, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand. He also has an appointed as a Clinical Lecturer with the Christchurch School of Medicine. He is a past Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He acts as an Expert Advisor to ACC and the Health & Disability Commissioner. He is currently President of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.
His main clinical interest is head and neck surgery, both benign and malignant. He has a particular interest in salivary gland surgery, voice and laryngology. He is also interested in swallowing disorders and works closely with the Speech Language Therapy Department, University of Canterbury.
Dr John Chaplin, FRACS
Head and Neck Surgeon
Auckland City Hospital and Mauranui Clinic, Epsom, New Zealand
Dr Chaplin's special interest areas include thyroid and parathyroid , salivary gland and microvascular reconstruction. John is based at Auckland City Hospital and Mauranui Clinic in Epsom and he performs complex head and neck surgery every week. John is an expert in office based head and neck ultrasound and uses it extensively in his practice. John is a founding and executive member of the ANZHNCS, secretary of the Head and Neck Group of the RACS and he is co-director of the prestigious Auckland Head and Neck Fellowship at Auckland City Hospital.
Dr David Vokes
After completing ORL-HNS training in New Zealand, David spent two years in the USA to pursue Fellowship training in Head & Neck Surgery and in Laryngology. David is the first Otolaryngologist in New Zealand to complete subspecialty training in Laryngology. David has Consultant appointments at Auckland City Hospital and North Shore Hospital, and serves on the Training Committee of the NZ Society of ORL-HNS. David’s clinical interests include voice disorders, dysphagia, airway stenosis and H&N cancer.
Dr Joey Siu
Auckland District Health Board
Mr Kaveshan Naidoo
University of Auckland
Born in Durban, South Africa, grew up in Hawkes Bay and currently in final year of MBChB at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Has a career interest in Otorhinolaryngology and will be presenting a project completed in collaboration with Mr Nick McIvor.
His favourite quote is by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Dr Craig Zalvan, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and Director of Laryngology, New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center, USA.
Dr Craig H Zalvan MD, completed his residency at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat and New York Presbyterian Hospitals. He has trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. He completed his fellowship in Laryngology at Roosevelt Hospital with Dr Andrew Blitzer. Dr Zalvan's specialties include the full spectrum Adult and Pediatric Voice and Swallowing Disorders.
As Hudson Valley’s first laryngologist, Dr Zalvan has introduced numerous laryngological techniques including injection laryngoplasty, medicalization thyroplasty, transnasal esophagoscopy, office based laryngeal and pharyngeal KTP laser procedures, as well as the entire spectrum of diagnostic and operative laryngology.
In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr Zalvan maintains memberships in several professional societies and serves on numerous advisory boards dealing with voice and swallowing issues
Dr Zalvan is presently the Medical Director at the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY and Director of Laryngology at the New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center.
He lectures internationally and nationally and has done numerous presentations, publications, and research projects on topics such as: chronic cough, laryngopharyngeal reflux diagnosis and treatment, EMG in chronic cough, dysphagia, laryngeal sensory testing and many other IRB approved studies.
A/Prof Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders
Medical Director of the Complex Airway Unit
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Alessandro de Alarcón, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders, Medical Director of the Complex Airway Unit and an integral member of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
His expertise is in pediatric voice disorders and airway reconstruction. He treats all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and has subspecialty expertise in patients with airway/voice, sinus, and swallowing issues.
His research interests include post airway reconstruction dysphonia, high speed video endoscopy, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, and outcomes research. He is a prolific academic surgeon who has published over 56 articles and chapters in national/international journal and books.
He is a bilingual international lecturer that has presented throughout the world on the topics of airway reconstruction and voice disorders in children. He is also academically affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.
Dr Jacqui Allen, FRACS
Dr Jacqueline Allen, FRACS is a Laryngologist practicing in Auckland, New Zealand and an international expert in Disorders of the Voice and Swallowing. She obtained RACS ORL Fellowship in 2007. She was Visiting Assistant Professor in Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology at the University of California, Davis, for two years until deciding to return home to New Zealand to establish the first Centre for Voice and Swallowing in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Allen specializes in utilizing modern in-office techniques including endoscopy and laser surgery.
Dr Allen has published more than 30 journal articles, 8 book chapters and is Section Editor for Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals. Her grant-funded research includes airway stenosis, laser technology, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease and cancer development. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Auckland.
Dr Theo Athanasiadis
Fellowship trained sub-specialist laryngologist, Australia.
Dr Athanasiadis is a fellowship trained sub specialist laryngologist based in Adelaide. He is the head laryngologist at the Flinders Medical Centre Voice Clinic, visiting laryngologist for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Voice Clinic and a Senior Lecturer in laryngology at Flinders University.
Dr Matthew Broadhurst
Fellowship trained laryngeal surgeon specialising in laryngeal surgery and voice restoration, Australia.
As the first fellowship trained laryngeal surgeon, he returned to Brisbane from Boston, Massachusetts in 2007. In Boston he worked for 2 years under Prof Steven Zeitels at Harvard Medical School and now has a tertiary referral practice in voice and larynx disorders. In his practice, he utilises advanced techniques in vocal cord surgery and KTP angiolytic laser treatment in addition to vocal fold paralysis management and arytenoid surgery and office based laryngeal surgery.
Dr Daniel Novakovic
ENT Surgeon, Australia.
Daniel is a Sydney based ENT Surgeon who obtained fellowship training in Laryngology and care of the Professional voice in New York City. Daniel’s main interests are in laryngeal/upper airway disorders and he runs a multidisciplinary Voice & Swallowing clinic. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney,
Prof Blake Papsin, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACS, FAAP
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Toronto Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada.
Dr Blake Papsin is a full time consultant since July 1996 in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto and the Otolaryngologist-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children and led Cochlear Implant Program.
He completed a paediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England and is the inaugural chair of the Cochlear Americas Chair in Auditory Development at the University of Toronto.
He has published 199 peer-reviewed journal articles, 46 book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss His clinical focus is the surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss.
Prof Shakeel R Saeed, MBBS, MD, FRCS (ORL)
Professor of Otology/Neuro-otology University College London, Ear Institute, UK.
Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London
Graduated from King’s College, London 1985.
Previous consultant ENT and skullbase surgeon in Manchester.
Professorial appointment in London since 2008.
Extensive experience in lateral skullbase surgery and implantation otology – leading UK opinion in this field.
360 + cochlear implant surgeries.
14 ABI surgeries.
275 vestibular schwannoma surgeries.
President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Otology 2013-2014.
President of the British Skullbase Society 2013-2015.
President of the British Society of Academic Otorhinolaryngology 2011 to date.
Vice-President of the British Cochlear Implant Group 2011 to 2015.
Chairman of the BACO 2015 Academic committee.
Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (by nomination).
Medicine and Clinical Trials Group lead, UCL Ear Institute.
Clinical Director of The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.
Active in otological research and peer review.
Over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Over 200 presentations and scientific meetings nationally and internationally
Dr Malcolm Baxter
Dr Malcolm Baxter is a male ear nose and throat surgeon / otolaryngologist with expertise in sleep apnoea, snoring, laryngology and medico-legal services.
Mr Phil Bird, MBCHB, FRACS
Otolaryngology - Paediatric and Adult Otology - Philip Bird Otology
Mr Philip Bird is a highly experienced otolaryngologist trained in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgery in both children and adults.
He has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of ear surgery including middle ear reconstruction, stapedectomy, cochlear implantation, lateral skull base surgery and paediatric ear conditions.
Dr Daniel Choo, MD
Director, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA.
Dr Choo joined the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1999 and is also currently a professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY, and completed his otolaryngology residence training in Syracuse.
Over the past several years, Dr Choo has earned an international reputation as one of the top physicians in his specialty. He is recognized as the leading expert for the diagnosis and management of children with hearing loss, including: pediatric cochlear implantation and other hearing restoration procedures; the surgery for congenital ear abnormalities, and treatment of disorders of inner ear (eg Meniere’s disease). He is also internationally recognized as a distinguished surgical scientist for his study of the genetics of hearing loss and the molecular mechanisms guiding development of the inner ear. His current research interests include identifying novel treatment strategies for children with hearing loss due to congenital CMV infections and defining the optimal management for children with unilateral hearing loss.
He is an advocate for the Ohio state-wide hearing screening for infants and was instrumental at the state level in getting this legislation passed in Ohio. He is the co-founder and leading champion for CCHAT (Cincinnati Children’s Hearing Aid Trust) that assists in providing children under the age of 3 their first set of hearing aids at no cost.
Dr Choo sees patients at CCHMC’s Main, Mason and Liberty locations. Nicknamed the “Ear Whisperer” by his nurses and staff for his gentle and calming effect on his pediatric patients, Dr Choo treats each of his patients with tremendous compassion and care. In addition to medicine, Dr Choo is a classically- trained pianist who enjoys leading worship at his local church. He has been married to his wife Kim for 20 years and has two daughters, Natalie and Alayna.
Dr Peter Friedland, MBBCh, MMed FCS FRACS
Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Western Australia.
Peter Friedland is professor in the School of Surgery at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australia.
In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, Prof Friedland, who is head of department otolaryngology head neck skull base surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth conducts clinical research at both the hospital and the Ear Science Institute of Australia.
Prof Friedland’s ENT practice on Lakeside Drive in Joondalup has a focus on both adult and paediatric general otolaryngology. His special interests include otology, chronic ear disease, hearing loss and rehabilitation, paediatric otolaryngology, endoscopic sinus surgery and voice and swallowing disorders.
“There have been many exciting advances in ENT including cochlear implantation, anterior skull base endoscopic sinus surgery and voice rehabilitation techniques. Joondalup Health Campus is ideally situated and equipped and together with my colleagues, I am thrilled to be supporting and providing these services to the community in the northern corridor,” describes Prof Friedland.
Prof Friedland also travels regularly to conduct clinics and surgery in remote locations including the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
In 2010 he was awarded the FRACS from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons after immigrating to Perth with his family. Peter completed his primary medical qualifications in Johannesburg at the University of Witwatersrand, before completing his postgraduate masters in medicine in 1998 and ENT fellowship from the South African College of Medicine 1994.
From 2005 to 2009, Prof Friedland was clinical head of the ENT department at Donald Gordon Medical Centre ,University of Witwatersrand, where he was instrumental in both convening the first cochlear implant workshop in Africa and performing the first middle ear implant in Africa.
In addition, he committed himself to regular consulting in outreach pro bono ENT programs in the underprivileged and rural areas in Southern Africa and supported and helped manage a school for 300 deaf and underprivileged children in a township outside Johannesburg. Professor Friedland was also privileged to be Mr Nelson Mandela’s ENT until 2009.
A/Prof Kevin Kong, BSc, MBBS, FRACS
Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon. VMO Surgeon John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children's Hospital. VMO Surgeon Newcastle Private Hospital and Hunter Valley Private Hospital. Conjoint Associate Professor University of New South Wales. Conjoint Lecturer University of Newcastle.
Kelvin graduated from the University of NSW in 1999. He embarked on his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst and pursued a surgical career, completing resident medical officer and registrar positions at various attachments. Along the way, his has been privileged in serving the urban, rural and remote communities.
He was awarded his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007. Once completed he pursued further training in Paediatric ENT surgery, being grateful and honored by his fellowship at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne in 2007-8.
He is now practising in Newcastle (Awabakal Country) as a board certified Surgeon specializing in Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery). He has joined an outstanding group of surgeons at Hunter ENT and together they provide a varied comprehensive practice. He has a very broad adult and paediatric Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology practice, whilst having special interests in Paediatric Airway, Adult and Paediatric Cochlear Implantation, Voice and Swallow disorders and Head & Neck Cancer management.
He is an active member of RACS and ASOHNS, serving on the Indigenous Health and Fellowship Services Committee’s. He is a board member of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). He has published articles and presented on a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions as well as Indigenous health issues both nationally and internationally. He is active in reviewing articles for publication, lecturing and teaching allied health professional, medical students at several universities and both unaccredited and advanced medical and surgical trainees.
Kelvin hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Being surrounded by health, he has always championed for the improvement of health and education. Complementing his practice as a surgeon, he is kept grounded by his family, who are the strength and inspiration to him, remaining involved in numerous projects and committees to help give back to the community.
Mr Michel Neeff, FRACS
ENT Associates, New Zealand
Michel graduated from The University of Auckland and completed his training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005. He was awarded a fellowship at the Skull Base and Auditory Implant Unit in Manchester, UK for one year in 2006 where he was involved in skull base procedures including acoustic neuroma surgery, auditory implant surgery (cochlear implants (CI), brain stem implants (ABI), Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA)), oncological surgery involving the posterolateral skull base as well as otological and general ENT surgery.
In 2007 he spent time at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, USA to further his skills in the management of paediatric ENT disorders and the paediatric airway.
Since his return to Auckland in 2007 he has appointments as an ENT consultant at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland City Hospital, and Green Lane Hospital.
He is involved in the management of general paediatric and adult ENT disorders with subspecialty emphasis on neurotology, skull base surgery, cochlear implant surgery, bone anchored hearing aids and otological surgery.
Michel is a selector of the Training Education and Accreditation Committee (TEAC) which coordinates the surgical training of Otolaryngologists in New Zealand, and a past Secretary of the NZ Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
He is a Senior Lecturer at the Auckland Medical School. He is a surgeon for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme (NCIP).
Prof Paul Willging
Director, Clinical Operations, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
J. Paul Willging, M.D. is a pediatric otolaryngologist. He is the Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His residency and fellowship training were obtained from these institutions. He is Director of the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team; the Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Clinic; and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic. He is a member of the Craniofacial Anomaly Team. He is a member of the executive committee of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center. His research interests include clinical outcomes in the area of pediatric dysphagia and velopharyngeal insufficiency.
Prof Nancy Young, MD
Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA.
Nancy M Young, MD is the Lillian S Wells Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is head of the Section of Otology and Neurotology within the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Dr Young is the founder and Medical Director of the Lurie Children’s Cochlear Implant Program and serves as Medical Director of Audiology. She is a Fellow of the Knowles Hearing Center of the Northwestern School of Communication and is Co-chair of the State of Illinois Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee.
Mr Wayne Butt
Otolaryngologist, Taranaki Base Hospital
Wayne Butt has a public and private practice in New Plymouth, working as a general Otolaryngologist with interest in head and neck surgery and otology. He has been constructilvey negotiated a contracting system for public hospital ORL services in the region of Taranaki. Also numerous interests outside medicine including breeding native NZ Gecko’s and small power boat racing.
A/Prof Catherine Birman
SCIC And Children's Hospital at Westmead
A/Professor Catherine Birman specializes in paediatric ENT and adult and paediatric hearing loss and cochlear implants. She is the Medical Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, one of the largest cochlear implant programmes in the world. She has extensive experience in paediatric and adult cochlear implants having completed over one thousand cochlear implant procedures. Catherine is also a Director of the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children, a charity for support for those with hearing or vision impairment. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. Catherine works at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, part of the Sydney Childrens Hospital Network as an otologists and cochlear implant specialist, running hearing loss, cochlear implant and atresia clinics, as well participating in a multidisciplinary primary ciliary dyskinesia clinic. She also operates at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Hornsby Hospital in Sydney, Australia, caring for both children and adults. Catherine has been a past Chair of the NSW division of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Catherine has published on cochlear implant outcomes, with a focus on specific paediatric cohorts and anatomical dysplasia; bone anchored hearing devices; paediatric ENT conditions including primary ciliary dyskinesia.
Prof Simon Carney
Academic ENT Surgeon
Professor Simon Carney is one of Australia’s leading Academic ENT Surgeons. He graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School, trained as a registrar in ENT Surgery in Nottingham and undertook Fellowships in both Head & Neck Surgery and Rhinology in Adelaide and New York. He is Professor of ENT Surgery at Flinders University and is President of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society. He has written over 150 book chapters and publications in scientific journals and has been a faculty member at over 100 national and international meetings.
Prof Ed Weaver, MD
Surgeon on the surgery service of the Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professor of Otolaryngology, Chief of Sleep Surgery and Co-director of the Sleep Center, University of Washington, USA.
Dr Ed Weaver is a staff surgeon on the surgery service of the Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center and he is a professor of otolaryngology, chief of sleep surgery, and co-director of the Sleep Center at the University of Washington.
He specializes clinically in sleep apnea surgery. He has an active clinical research program studying sleep apnea, and he is involved internationally in policy, research, and clinical activities in sleep surgery.
Dr Richard Lewis, MD
Fiona Stanley Hospital
Professor Stuart MacKay, MD
Dr MacKay completed his training in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in 2006 and then undertook 12 months of training in Contemporary Airway Reconstruction techniques for OSA with Dr Sam Robinson and Professor Simon Carney in Adelaide. Since returning to Wollongong in 2008, he has established a Sleep Multidisciplinary Team which meets for regular patient reviews in the Illawarra.
He has delivered national and international lectures on Surgery for OSA, including invited keynote addresses as far afield as India, published papers on new techniques and philosophies and co-authored multiple peer reviewed papers on different aspects of sleep medicine.
He is currently the only surgeon on the Australasian Sleep Association Clinical and Conference committees.
Dr MacKay resides in Wollongong, New South Wales, with his wife and three children.
Patient Safety/Quality Improvements/Social Media
Dr David Grayson
Mr Michael Blondé
Global Director, Business Development, Hootsuite, Canada.
Michael Blondé is responsible for building enterprise education programs focused on the future of social business communications at Hootsuite. Prior to joining Hootsuite Michael ran metabridge.com, an award winning technology accelerator that connects Canadian startups to the Silicon Valley. He also spent two years helping launch a social gaming company in Mountain View, California.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia and outside of life at Hootsuite, you’ll find Mike helping run Motionball for Special Olympics Canada, TEDxKelowna and coaching hockey.
Dr Eric Levi, FRACS, MBBS, BSc, PGDipSurgAnat, MPHTM
ENT Head & Neck Surgeon
Eric is an ENT Head & Neck Surgeon with superspecialty interests in Twitter and longwinded blogposts. He is amazed at the way Social Media has changed the nature of Health Care Communications and Leadership. He is two-thirds of the way through his Tri-Nations Fellowship journey through Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His hobby includes Paediatric Airway and Adult Head & Neck Cancer. One day he wishes to grow up to be a surgeon in tropical sunny Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Nicola Hill
Otolaryngology Surgeon, Nelson-Marlborough DHB
Mr Elgan Davies, MB, BCh, FRCS
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. South Cheshire Private Hospital, Crewe. Spire Regency Hospital Macclesfield
Elgan Davies has been practising as a consultant ENT Surgeon in the UK for 25 years after training in Wales, England, Scotland with an overseas Otology fellowship at UCSF California.
As a consultant he developed the use of powered instrumentation and advanced surgical techniques in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, setting up the first UK centre to provide entirely endoscopic pituitary surgery.
He is recognised as a guest speaker and faculty member on a variety of National and International sinus surgery courses, demonstrating cadaver dissection and live surgery.
Other duties have included council membership of the Royal Society of Medicine, ENTUK, Independent Practice Committee, and secretary of the British Rhinological Society.
He has been a longstanding member of the regional specialty training and education committee and advised guidelines for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.
His current practice involves mostly rhinology, but he still maintains regular surgery for otosclerosis and chronic ear disease.
Other Speakers Include
- Dr Francis Hall, CMDHB