Published: June 1, 2018

#OTOMTG18 Honorary Guest Lecturers

Presented in order of appearance, October 8 and 9, 2018.

Presented in order of appearance, October 8 and 9, 2018

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics

Monday, October 8 • 10:00 – 11:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center Building B, Ballroom 2-3

The Ethics of Surgical Innovation

Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, MBA


Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, MBA, is in private practice in Bryan-College Station and Huntsville, TX, and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Kuppersmith is a Past President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and the Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology and as the Deputy Editor of ENT Today.

Dr. Kuppersmith has always been interested in innovation in healthcare. He designed surgical instrumentation that is used worldwide for robot-assisted thyroid surgery and has served as a principal investigator on studies to help medical device companies obtain FDA clearance for new technologies. Dr. Kuppersmith frequently advises medical device companies, technology companies, and investors on clinical, market, business development, and strategic issues.

Dr. Kuppersmith attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, for his undergraduate degree and medical school. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and obtained an MBA from University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

M. Paparella, MD Grant for Research in Clinical Otopathology and Lecture for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Otology

Monday, October 8 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Georgia World Congress Center Building B, Ballroom 2-3

Contributions of Contemporary Human Temporal Bone Histopathology to Clinical Otology

Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA


Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA, is a Professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Tucci is principal investigator (PI) on an NIH-funded grant focused on improving access to care for adults with hearing loss, and served as co-PI on an NIH-funded project that developed a national practice-based clinical research consortium, the CHEER network.  She recently served on the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Beyond her work in the United States, Dr. Tucci has an interest in international hearing healthcare and has worked with international colleagues to improve infrastructure and services in developing countries. She is currently working with the World Health Organization and other organizations to further global hearing healthcare initiatives.

She earned her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency at University of Virginia Health System. She completed an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 2013.

H. Bryan Neel, III MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture

Tuesday, October 9 • 10:00 – 11:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center Building B, Ballroom 2-3

Simulation in Otolaryngology: Real Benefits from Virtual Environments

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD


Nikolas H. Blevins, MD, is the Larry and Sharon Malcolmson

Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University. He is the chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology, program director of the Neurotology Fellowship, and director of the Stanford Cochlear Implant Center.

His research focuses on the development and application of technology to augment microsurgical approaches to the skull base, including the use of computer modeling and immersive surgical simulation for preoperative rehearsal and the development of augmented reality platforms for operative guidance. Additionally, he and his collaborators are developing minimally invasive techniques for inner ear surgical access, surgical micro-robotics, and other technology to optimize the results of hearing restoration.

Dr. Blevins received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He completed medical training at Harvard University before returning to California for residency in otolaryngology at the University of California at San Francisco. He remained at UCSF for a fellowship in otology/neurotology. Dr. Blevins joined the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology in 2003.

Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer

Tuesday, October 9 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Georgia World Congress Center Building B, Ballroom 2-3

Evolution of Neck Surgery

Eun-Chang Choi, MD, PhD


Eun-Chang Choi, MD, PhD, serves as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Yonsei University Health System in Seoul, Korea, a position he has held at his alma mater since 2012.

Dr. Choi’s research focuses on super-selective neck dissection, esthetic head and neck surgery, and metastasis of head and neck cancer. His department is a world leader in the field of robotic head and neck surgery.

Dr. Choi currently serves in a variety of other roles, including on the Editorial Board of Oral Oncology, President of the Board of Directors for the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, President of the Korean Society of Head and Neck Oncology, and Conference Chair for the upcoming 6th Asian Society of Head & Neck Oncology meeting.

Dr. Choi graduated from Yonsei University in 1981. From 1982-1985 he specialized in otorhinolaryngology at the Yonsei University Severance Hospital. His PhD thesis: “The effect of selective section and direct nerve implant of laryngeal adductor nerve on vocal cord abduction” was published in 1991.

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