Inaugural IAB General Assembly

December 2017/January 2018 – Vol. 36, No. 11

Barbara S. Grandison, MD, Caribbean Association of Otolaryngology

The inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly took place at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, with participation from 32 International Corresponding Societies (ICS) and representatives from 50 countries.

Under the leadership of Johan J. Fagan, MD, of Cape Town, South Africa, and Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, of Porto Alegre, Brazil—the chair and vice chair of the IAB, respectively—global otolaryngology is now formally embedded in the larger structure of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), opening new vistas of potential communication and collaborative work.

In his welcome address to the international assembly, Gregory W. Randolph, MD (then-president of the AAO-HNS/F), commended responsibility to the IAB “to move forward with global otolaryngology collaborative care, research, education, and communication around the world for our patients.”