Published: June 10, 2022

Our Town: Philadelphia, Part II

The recent renaissance of the Philadelphia area has great synergy with the AAO-HNSF’s Forward Together theme.


D. Gregory Farwell, MD Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Penn MedicineD. Gregory Farwell, MD
Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Penn Medicine
D. Gregory Farwell, MD, Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Penn Medicine


How does Philadelphia encompass this year’s Forward Together theme?

The recent renaissance of the Philadelphia area has great synergy with the AAO-HNSF’s Forward Together theme. Philadelphia has an incredible history, but it is the future of Philadelphia that is so exciting. Whether it is the emergence of the Philadelphia restaurant scene, art culture, or dynamic economy, Philadelphia is on a roll. 

What do you love most about Philadelphia?

As a newcomer to the City of Brotherly Love, I have been blown away by the culinary and entertainment opportunities in the city. There are incredible restaurants, museums, and historical venues at every turn.

What advice do you have for first-time attendees? 

For first-time attendees, I would recommend a true immersion into the Annual Meeting. There are so many educational, networking, and service opportunities for new members who want to be engaged in the Academy. Learn a ton, reacquaint with peers and colleagues, make new connections, and find ways to participate and give back to our organization.

How would you complete this sentence: Don’t leave Philly before you have a chance to [fill in the blank] 

See the history—the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, but be sure to also take in the places that make Philly one of a kind—The Reading Terminal Market, The Franklin Institute, The Barnes, and of course the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rocky Steps, to name a few.

How will Philadelphia’s rich medical history contribute to making this year’s Annual Meeting destination a unique experience? 

Philadelphia’s contributions to medicine in the United States are truly unique. Whether it is the nation’s first hospital (University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital), first medical school (University of Pennsylvania), first Children’s Hospital (CHOP), or the historic College of Physicians of Philadelphia and its world-famous Mütter Medical Museum, the spirit of innovation and medical education runs deep through this city.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

After a couple of years of pandemic challenges, it is so exciting to be able to reconvene a more normal Academy meeting. The connections and education are truly unique and important. You will have a great time in Philly … see you here!


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