Published: June 6, 2017

Annual Meeting & OTO Experience | Premiering tomorrow, today: 2017 Honorary Guest Lectures

Presented in order of appearance, September 10-13 in Chicago, IL

Presented in order of appearance, September 10-13 in Chicago, IL


Sunday, September 10, 2017 • 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm

SilversteinOtology/Neurotology Innovations: Despite Skeptics
Herbert Silverstein, MD

Prior to founding the Silverstein  Institute in 1973 and the Ear Research Foundation in 1979, Herbert Silverstein, MD, served on the teaching staffs of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Florida, Harvard University Medical School, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has also served as director of the Walker Biochemistry Research Laboratory, and as associate professor and director of the Otological Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Silverstein is internationally regarded as a leading authority on Ménière’s disease, having received the Prosper Ménière Society’s prestigious Gold Medal Honor Award in 1996 for his contributions to understanding the biochemistry of Ménière’s disease and his surgical developments to treat the disease.

As a leader in otology/neurotology, Dr. Silverstein has developed surgical and diagnostic procedures and invented several medical instruments, including a new procedure for otosclerosis called the Laser STAMP (laser stapedotomy minus prosthesis), which does not require a prosthesis to restore the patient’s hearing.

He has also developed many minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the Silverstein MicroWick™ for treating inner ear disease through the ear canal. He has been honored with the Howard P. House Award for Excellence in Ear Surgery and was awarded a presidential citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Silverstein earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree and medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

He is also a jazz pianist and has composed songs, produced CDs, and written a book on the subject of jazz, with all proceeds donated to the Ear Research Foundation.



Monday, September 11, 2017 • 10 am-11 am

GavilanFunctional Neck Dissection: The Great Unknown
Javier Gavilán, MD

Javier Gavilán, MD, is chair of the  department of otolaryngology at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, a position he has held since 1997.

Dr. Gavilán’s primary areas of research include head and neck cancer, specifically laryngeal cancer, surgical treatment of neck nodes, and thyroid surgery; otology; and skull-based surgery, with a particular interest in surgical approaches to the cerebellopontine angle. Recently, he has focused on implantable devices for hearing restoration.

Previously, Dr. Gavilán was a professor of otolaryngology at Autonomous University in Madrid and a visiting professor at  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Toronto, and the University of Pittsburgh.

He has published eight books as author or co-author, has had  250 papers published in scientific journals, and has written nearly  100 book chapters. He is frequently invited to present at scientific meetings and has been awarded more than 50 honors and grants.

Dr. Gavilán earned his medical degree at Autonomous University and completed his residency at La Paz University Hospital.



Monday, September 11, 2017 • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

LeeThe Reduction of Suffering as the Organizing Focus for Care
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc, is the chief medical officer at Press Ganey Associates, a provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics, and strategic performance improvement solutions, currently serving more than 33,000 healthcare facilities. Additionally, Dr. Lee, an internist and cardiologist, practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also a professor (part-time) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Previously, Dr. Lee served as network president for Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Lee is chair of the Board at Geisinger Health Plan; a member of the board of directors at Geisinger Health System; Health Leads; the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College; the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Veterans Administration; and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of The New England Journal of Medicine.

He played a leadership role in the healthcare reform in Massachusetts, and was a member of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council. He has held national leadership roles in defining and measuring quality of care, including serving on the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 2008 to 2010 and the Committee on Performance Management of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Dr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard College, a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.

Dr. Lee frequently lectures on the patient experience and strategies for improving the value of healthcare and has authored more than  260 academic articles and three books.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am

JjsPediatric Advances: Shaping  Daily Practice for the  Subspecialist and General Otolaryngologist
Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM

Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM, currently practices in the Harvard Department of Otolaryngology, where she serves as a vice chair of Academic Affairs. She chairs the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Leadership Group and Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. She also served as co-chair of the panel that developed the “Clinical Consensus Statement on Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis” and as assistant chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline on Otitis Media with Effusion. She is the associate editor for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of the AAO-HNSF Reg-ent℠ Executive Committee. She also leads the Pediatric Clinical Advisory Committee, which jointly represents the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and American Board of Otolaryngology. Her first book, Evidence-Based Otolaryngology (2008), is among the publisher’s most accessed works and has had over 42,000 accessions.

Dr. Shin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency and fellowship in the Harvard program and was a fellow of the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She holds a degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • 1:15 pm – 3: 15 pm

JohnsGetting from Burnout  to Wellness
Michael M. Johns III, MD

Michael M. Johns III, MD, is the director of the USC Voice Center at the University of Southern California. Also at USC, he is the laryngology division director, director of Medical Student Education, and professor in the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition to teaching and clinical care, he conducts research in the areas of laryngeal dystonia, the aging voice, and physician burnout.

Prior to his current positions at USC, Dr. Johns was the director of the Emory Voice Center of Emory Healthcare and chief of otolaryngology at Emory University Midtown Hospital. He has held academic positions at Emory University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Johns holds two U.S. patents related to laryngeal surgical simulation and surgery.

Dr. Johns is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through its National Institutes of Health T32 program. He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Johns has been awarded high honors during his academic career, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.


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