Congratulations to African Head and Neck Society

April 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 3

Seated (from left): Evelyne Diom, Senegal; Rajab Mugabo, Rwanda; Johan Fagan, South Africa; Anna Konney, Ghana; Joyce Aswani, Kenya. Standing (from left): Paul Onakoya, Nigeria; Patrick Noah, Malawi; Kenneth Baidoo, Ghana; Innocent Kundiona, Zimbabwe; Jeffrey Otiti, Uganda. Inset: Victor Mashamba, Tanzania

Johan Fagan, MD, professor and chairman of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, has trained 10 African fellows from nine different sub-Saharan African countries over the last decade through the Karl Storz Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Surgery. Members of the AAO-HNS have made efforts to continue to support these head and neck surgeons as they return to their home countries by coordinating educational workshops and humanitarian efforts in conjunction with these fellows.

The surgeons officially formed the African Head and Neck Society (AfHNS) at the second All Africa ENT & Audiology (AAENTA) Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, in June 2016, a joint meeting with the AAO-HNS. The inaugural officers of the AfHNS include Ragab Mugabo, MD, (Rwanda) as president; Jeff Otiti, MD, (Uganda) as vice president; Joyce Aswani, MD, (Kenya) as secretary; and Kenneth Baidoo, MD, (Ghana) as treasurer. The next meeting of the AfHNS is planned to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in May. AAO-HNS members are encouraged to join the AfHNS as corresponding members and to continue to collaborate with the AfHNS in educational and research endeavors.

For more information regarding the AfHNS, please contact Dr. Mugabo ( or Dr. Aswani ( We congratulate our African colleagues on the formation of the AfHNS, and we look forward to future collaboration between the AAO-HNS and the AfHNS!