Published: November 29, 2022

2021-2022 AAO-HNS/F Committee Highlights

Committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty.

2021-2022 AAO-HNS/F Committee Highlights

The AAO-HNS/F Committees continued to advance the otolaryngology specialty throughout the 2021-2022 term. The committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty. The committees met during the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and discussed achievements during the past year and planned for 2023. Highlights from some of the committees during the 2021-2022 term are available below. To view a list of current 2022-2023 committee members, go to Share your efforts and insights by volunteering on a committee.  To apply to join an AAO-HNS/F Committee, visit and complete the application before December 31.


Ethics Committee Highlights 2021-2022

Roger D. Cole, MD, MA, Chair 2018-2022

  • Presented at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
    • What Matters in the End: Otolaryngologic End of Life Care, cosponsored with the Young Physicians Section
    • Debating Cost-Effective Head and Neck Surgery, cosponsored with the Microvascular Committee
    • Presented John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics: “Reflections on Our Profession in the Face of an Ongoing Pandemic” delivered by Andrew G. Shuman, MD, HEC-C, Chair-elect, during the Opening Ceremony, 2022 Annual Meeting


Airway and Swallowing Committee

Gregory A. Grillone, MD, Chair 2020-2022
Robbi A. Kupfer, MD, Chair 2022-2024 

  • Sponsored/Cosponsored the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Activities:
    • Avoiding & Managing the Challenging Airway – A Team Approach
    • Chronic Aspiration: What Are My Options?
    • Clinical Utility of High-Resolution Manometry: How to Integrate into Your Practice
    • COVID-Related Otolaryngology Implications
    • Zenker’s Diverticulum: Do You Have All the Tools?
    • Management of Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
    • Contributed an article to the June 2022 Bulletin:

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Committee

Cecelia Damask, DO, Chair 2021-2023

  • Participated in the following sessions at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Allergy: It's Not Just the Nose!
      • Moderator: Christopher Brook, MD; Panelists: Jacob Noordzij, MD, Kaashif Eazazuddin, DO, Peter Weber
    • Update on the Management of Nasal Polyposis Using FESS, Biologics, and Biomarkers
      • Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO; Panelists: Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, MSCR
  • Released three podcasts on the AAO-HNS’ official podcast app, FrequENTcy:
  • Contributed the article “Allergy and Otolaryngology Just Go Better Together” by Cecelia Damask, DO, and Matthew W. Ryan, MD in the April issue of the Bulletin
  • Joined the Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy Clinical Practice Guideline Panel

Complementary/Integrative Medicine Committee

Nathan J. Gonik, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Participated in the following sessions at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • How to Create a Wellness Curriculum at Your Institution
      • Moderator: Todd E. Falcone, MD
      • Panelists: Ashley Agan, MD, Katherine Kavanagh, MD, Noriko Yoshikawa, MD
    • Acupuncture in ENT: A Primer for Otolaryngologists
      • Moderator: Chau Nguyen, MD
      • Panelists: Marilene Wang, MD, and Malcolm Taw, MD

Credentials and Membership Committee

Susan D. McCammon, MD, Chair 2018-2023

  • Launched survey to gauge the success of the mENTor Connect mentorship program in its first year
  • Assisted the Academy’s membership team write and review key renewal messaging for multiple campaigns

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Erynne A. Faucett, MD, Chair 2020-2024

  • Recipient of a 2021 Committee of Excellence Award
  • Created the Implicit Bias Video Series, awarded the Gold Prize in the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Category, the EXCEL Extra Best in Show Award by the Software and Information Industry Association, and APEX Grand award
  • Awarded and mentored five student recipients of the URM Away Rotation Grants, a record number
  • Awarded two Harry Barnes Travel Grants to the Annual Meeting; one recipient contributed a Bulletin article on the experience of participating in person at the Annual Meeting
  • Published Bulletin articles on the topics of “Diverse Journeys to Otolaryngology” and “Increasing Otolaryngology Diversity through Mentorship.”

Equilibrium Committee

Bruce L. Fetterman, MD, Chair, 2021-2023

  • Contributed an article to the October 2022 Bulletin on “Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD): More Than a Diagnosis of Exclusion
  • Received a request from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine for peer-reviewers for a CPG on Acute Dizziness in the Emergency Department, which is currently under review
  • At the Annual Meeting 2022 in Philadelphia, the committee members discussed and proposed the following topics for future submissions:
    • Pediatric Vestibular Assessment
    • Guiding the Emergency Work-Up of Dizziness
    • Fall Prevention: The Role of the Otolaryngologist
    • The Pharmacology of the Dizzy Patient

Geriatric Otolaryngology Committee

Cameron C. Wick, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Participated in the following sessions at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Pearls of Aging Voice Management
    • Chronic Aspiration: What Are My Options?
    • Hearing Loss & Dementia: What’s the Connection? What Can We Do about It?
    • Older Head and Neck Cancer Patients: To Operate or Not to Operate?
    • Options for Treatment of Glottic Gap
  • Contributed articles in the October 2021 and June 2022 Bulletin, including:
  •  “Psychosocial Aspects of Balance Disorders in the Geriatric Population” by Sean P. Holmes, MD, and Gauri Mankekar, MD, PhD
  • Geriatric Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program” by Cameron Wick, MD, and Kourosh Parham, MD, PhD
  • Continued to work in partnership with the American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology (ASGO), including its ongoing webinar series

Head and Neck Surgery & Oncology Committee

Rodney J. Taylor, MD, MSPH, Chair 2021-2023

  • Participated in the following sessions at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Controversies in Parotid Surgery: Is There Evidence?
    • Cancer Immunotherapy 101
    • White Lesions of the Oral Cavity: How Should These Be Managed?
    • Cancer Immunotherapy 102
    • 10 Hot Topics in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
    • p16+ (HPV+) OPSCC: A Surgical Approach to Management

Hearing Committee

Oliver F. Adunka, MD, Chair 2019-2022
Craig A. Buchman, MD, Chair 2022-2024

  • Discussed plans to submit public comments to CMS Final Rule on Cochlear Implant Candidacy
  • Reviewed and submitted comments to the AMA on their proposal to alter the Tinnitus section of the AMA Guides to Disability
  • Contributed the Bulletin article titled “Gene Therapy for Hearing Loss,” published September 2022
  • Submitted an article related to the Position Statement on state benchmarks for Early Childhood Hearing Health.
  • Presented the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Hearing Loss & Dementia: What’s the Connection? What Can We Do About It?
    • Pediatric Single-Sided Deafness; Optimizing Outcomes

Imaging Committee

Russell B. Smith, MD, Chair 2018-2022
Michael J. Persky, MD Chair 2022-2024

  • Began development of education materials focusing on ultrasound imaging to fill a gap in current resources available to otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons

Implantable Hearing Device Committee

Fred Telischi, MEE, MD, Chair 2018-2022
J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD, Chair 2022-2024

  • Submitted a new Position Statement topic on Cochlear Implant Candidacy for Children with Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Accepted July 2021)        
  • Article in the press on determining candidacy for children with single-sided deafness and determining candidacy for an adult with single-sided deafness    
  • Presented the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Identifying Cochlear Implant Candidates for The Comprehensive Otolaryngologist    
    • Pediatric Single-Sided Deafness; Optimizing Outcomes

Infectious Disease Committee

Albert Park, MD, Chair, 2021-2023

  • Participated in presentations at the 2022 Annual Meeting on starting CMV screening without a legislative mandate and minimizing clinician exposure to SARS-CoV2 and other pathogens during otologic surgery.

Media and PR Committee

Erich P. Voigt, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Finalized work on an update to the document, “Guidance for Use of Online Social Networks,” as member resource for social media engagement
  • Participated in a workgroup to review ENT Connect’s standards of procedure and rules and etiquette
  • Contributed to the distribution of patient information and content for World Sinus Health Awareness Day
  • Published an article in the October Bulletin, “Avoiding Media Pitfalls

Medical Devices and Drugs Committee

Peter Santa Maria, MD, Chair 2020-2022
Neal D. Futran, MD DMD, Chair 2022- 2024

Medical Informatics Committee

Erich P. Voight, MD, Chair 2021-2023

Microvascular Committee

Michael G. Moore, MD, Chair 2020-2022
Rusha J. Patel, MD, Chair 2022-2023

  • Led a multi-institutional trial looking at the use of oral antisepsis in head and neck free flap patients
  • Continued research that is looking at the impact of sarcopenia on perioperative outcomes in patients receiving salvage laryngectomy
  • Presented the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Oral Cavity Reconstruction: The Microvascular Tipping Point
    • Reconstructive Showdown 2022
    • Older Head and Neck Cancer Patients: To Operate or Not to Operate? Parts 1 and 2
    • Debating Cost-Effective Head and Neck Surgery
    • Prophylactic Antisepsis in Open and Endoscopic Surgery of the Head and Neck: Past, Present, and Remaining Questions
    • Non-Surgical Management of Complex Head and Neck Oncologic Wounds: Effective Interventions and Implementation

Otolaryngology Cleft and Craniofacial Committee

Travis T. Tollefson, MD, MPH, Chair, 2022-2023
Steven L. Goudy MD, MBA, Chair-elect 2023

  • This new committee is the work of a balanced effort from our AAO-HNS members who dedicate their practice to caring for children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial differences, which is equally represented by Pediatric Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
  •  The primary goals of the committee are to leverage the strengths of this collaborative group to expand and improve cleft and craniofacial patient by otolaryngologists through the creation and dissemination of educational content, novel research, and patient advocacy.
  • Working together, we will create a platform for cleft and craniofacial training in otolaryngology to develop consistent milestones and inspire future generations of cleft surgeons from our specialty, all while collaborating with our other colleagues in cleft care.

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee

Soham Roy, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Received the AAO-HNS/F 2022 Committee Excellence Award
  • Submitted and cosponsored over 20 Panel Presentations to the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and 12 were accepted for presentation
  •  Continuously committed to implementing best practices through articles published in the Bulletin and by sharing practices at their institutions related to safety and quality improvement. Some examples of best practices shared by committee members include:
    • Utilizing an insights dashboard to track M&Ms by outcome and error type
    • Disseminating PSQI-related information and recognizing individual contributions through a departmental newsletter
    • Developing PSQI education for residents
  • Launching a TeamSTEPPS education initiative across an institution’s Surgical Care Line Team in coordination with the Department of Quality and Safety

Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee

Heather Herrington, MD, Chair, 2021-2022
James Ruda, MD, Chair-Elect 2021-2022

  • Presented the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • Management of Advanced Thyroid Cancer in Children
    • Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Cervical Lymphadenitis
    • Pediatric In-Office Procedures for the Comprehensive Otolaryngologist
    • How to Manage Common Pediatric Complications & How to Make Your Life Simpler
    • Submitted Clinical Practice Guideline topic accepted: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children
    • Published Expert Consensus Statement: Persistent OSA after T&A

Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee 

Erin O’Brien, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Prepared two Position Statements: Drug Eluting Implants and Posterior Nasal Nerve Ablation for Chronic Rhinitis (Pending final approval, both statements are anticipated to be released in early 2023)
  • Presented over a dozen presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience with topics ranging from exploring the long-term impacts of COVID to a debate on providing sinus surgeries in office or in surgical centers
  • Contributed an article to the September 2022 Bulletin, “Non-Procedural Management of COVID Patients: COVID’s Sinonasal Sequela and How to Provide Help for Patients in Need

Salivary Gland Committee

Gordy Siegel, MD, Chair 2019-2023

  • Prepared and submitted a topic for an Expert Clinical Consensus Statement for Management of Sialolithiasis 
  • Presented four Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
  • Partaking in ongoing investigation of appropriate reimbursement codes for sialendoscopy procedures
  • Participated and organized multiple courses for sialendoscopy
  • Partaking in ongoing research for salivary gland pathology related to COVID-19

Sleep Disorders Committee

Cristina Baldassari, MD, Chair 2020-2022
Ofer Jacobowitz, MD, PhD, Chair 2022-2024

  • Worked with 3P to develop and submit specific CPT codes for both drug-induced sleep endoscopy and hypoglossal nerve stimulator implantation (These codes “go live” in January of 2023)
  • Reviewed numerous different payer/insurance policies and made comments on their coverage policies; provided extensive documentation to support expanding coverage for sleep surgery for our patients
  • Worked with Bryan Nussenbaum from the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery to disseminate information about the new ABIM longitudinal assessment program for otolaryngology sleep diplomates (Several committee members have become item writers for the ABIM LKA program)
  • Contributed an article to the February 2022 Bulletin, “Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in Our Hands

Skull Base Surgery Committee

Shirley Y. Su, MBBS, Chair 2020-2022
Pamela C. Roehm, MD, PhD, Chair 2022-2024

  • Developed nine Masters of Surgery Videos
    • Retrosigmoid approach to the IAC for hearing preservation of intracanalicular acoustic neuroma
    • Endoscopic endonasal repair of spontaneous ethmoid roof 
    • Transmastoid approach for repair of SSCD 
    • MCF approach to repair spontaneous CSF leak with bone cement 
    • Labyrinthectomy with cochlear implantation for intractable Meniere’s Disease
    • Combined transmastoid and middle fossa approach for CSF leak 
    • Endoscopic management of the optic nerve 
    • Functional approaches to pituitary surgery
    • Endolymphatic Sac Decompression 
  •  Submitted six Panel Presentations for the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
    • When the ear won’t stop draining: evaluation and management of persistent otorrhea
    • MRI Basics for the general 
    • Managing complications in the surgical center: a skull base perspective for the general otolaryngology
    • Minimizing Clinician Exposure to SARS-CoV2 during Otologic Surgery
    • I'm Leaking - Diagnosis & Management of Spontaneous CSF Otorrhea and Rhinorrhea (in conjunction with the Otology Neurotology Education Committee)
    • What the Heck Is That? Challenging Nasal Endoscopy Findings
  •  Sponsored four Expert Lectures
    • Management of Spontaneous CSF Otorrhea
    • Contemporary Management of Sinonasal Malignancies
    • Management of Carotid Artery Injury during ESS
    • Endoscopic Surgery for JNA: Tips for Success

Telehealth Committee

Douglas M. Hildrew, MD, FACS, Chair 2019-2023
Daniel R. Gold, MD , Chair-elect 2020-2023

Trauma Committee

Scott Bevans, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Presented the following Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:
    • How to Use 3D Printing in Reconstruction of the Head and Neck
    • Trauma and Facial Plastics in Conflict Areas sponsored with the Humanitarian Efforts Committee and the Facial & Plastic Reconstruction Education Committee
    • What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Dog (Or Your Neighbor) Bites Your Kid; Management of Pediatric Soft Tissue Trauma, Including Animal and Human Bites
  •  Submitted Recommendation Topics for Clinical Practice Guidelines/Expert Consensus Statements
    • ECS: Transgender Care Management for the Head, Neck, and Face
    • ECS: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Management
    • CPG: Antibiotic Use in Patients with Traumatic Mandible Fractures
  • Joined Society of Military Otolaryngologists in cosponsoring Trauma Symposium held October 10 during Annual Meeting

Voice Committee

James J. Daniero, MD, MS, Chair 2021-2023

Veterans Affairs Committee

Sonya C. Malekzadeh, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Published two articles-one on the Mission Act and one on part-time VA Health System work for retired otolaryngologists-in the Bulletin
    • Additional efforts to increase the VA physician workforce by focusing on retired providers will be pursued
  • Work with the U.S. Department of Defense–initiated clinical practice guideline on tinnitus specific to the veteran population
  • Pursue studies to get more Veterans Affairs–centered research into the literature


Annual Meeting Program Committee

Daniel C. Chelius, Jr., MD, Chair, 2020-2024

Opening Ceremony

  • Recognized as a thought leader in ethical issues arising within the field of otolaryngology and surgical oncology, Andrew G. Shuman, MD, presented the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics: “Reflections on Our Profession in the Face of an Ongoing Pandemic,” which explored how to respond to these challenges. Dr. Shuman’s lecture focused on today’s political and healthcare policies to contextualize broader, less time-sensitive themes.

Education and Science

  • Added new programming options including the Business Solutions for Breakfast, Lunch with the Clinical Experts, and Office Hours
  • Brought back ENTrepreneur Faceoff for its second year
  • Offered 350+ hours of CME credit
  • Showcased 550+ Scientific Posters
  • 400+ Scientific Orals including 40 late-breaking abstracts
  • 12 Great Debates sessions
  • 34 International Symposium sessions
  • Led sessions at the Annual Meeting focused on cases and controversies on obstructive sleep apnea and neoplasms, as well as lunchtime table-topics discussions based on this year’s FLEX topics
  • Expanded offerings to nearly 20 simulation education sessions and hands-on surgical skills training via a collaboration of the Simulation Education Committee and the Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • Second highest Annual Meeting domestic professional attendance of the past decade
  • Nearly 1,000 international Annual Meeting attendees 


Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Education Committee

Daniel Knott, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Published the eighth section of FLEX (Year 2) on “Fillers” that launched May 2022.
  • Served as Item Writers for OTO Quest - Knowledge Assessment Tool: Set 2022 (400-new questions).
  • Published article in the February Bulletin: “Pearls from your Peers: Never-ending Puzzle of the Perfect Surgery
  • Sponsored/cosponsored three Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

General Otolaryngology and Sleep Education Committee

Jeffrey J. Stanley, MD, Chair 2019-2023
Cristina Cabrera-Muffly, M, Chair-elect 2023-2027

Head and Neck Surgery Education Committee

Vikas Mehta, MD, MPH, Chair 2021-2025

Laryngology & Bronchoesophagology Education Committee

Paul C. Bryson, MD, Chair 2020-2024 

  • Authored a new course in OTO Logic titled, “Chronic Cough Evaluation and Management”
  • Published the second section of FLEX (Year 3) on “Neurolaryngology” that launched October 2022
  • Served as Item Writers for OTO Quest - Knowledge Assessment Tool: Set 2022 (400-new questions)
  • Published article in the April Bulletin, “From the Education Committees: Acute Laryngeal Injury and COVID-19: The Perfect Storm
  • Sponsored/cosponsored four Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

Otology & Neurotology Education Committee

Maura Cosetti, MD, Chair 2021-2024

Pediatric Otolaryngology Education Committee

Meredith Merz Lind, MD, Chair 2019-2023
Kara Meister, MD, Chair-elect 2023-2027

Practice Management Education Committee

Lance Manning, MD, Chair 2018-2022
Betty Tsai Do, MD, Chair elect 2022-2024

Rhinology & Allergy Education Committee

Zara M. Patel, MD, Chair 2021-2024

  • Authored the following new courses in OTO Logic titled, “Biologics in Sinonasal Disease” and “Management of Pediatric Sinusitis and Indications for Surgical Intervention in Children”
  • Published the first section of FLEX (Year 3) on “Rhinnorrhea” that launched September 2022
  • Served as Item Writers for OTO Quest - Knowledge Assessment Tool: Set 2022 (400-new questions)
  • Published article in the May Bulletin, “From the Education Committees: How to Diagnose and Manage the Patient with Olfactory Loss
  • Sponsored/cosponsored two Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

Simulation Education Committee

Kelly Michele Malloy, MD, Chair 2018-2022
Katherine Kavanagh, MD, Chair-elect 2022-2026 

  • Sponsored/cosponsored four Panel Presentations at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
  • Held the “Worst-Case Scenarios: Managing OTO Emergencies in Practice Workshop” at the Dr. Robert and Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills & Simulation Center at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Hosted the sixth annual SIM Tank event at the Annual Meeting Philadelphia, where finalists presented their simulation projects to a panel of expert judges and a live audience:
    • First Place: Clare Richardson, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital, “3-D Printed Tracheal Models for Multidisciplinary Advanced Surgical Planning of Complex Airway Surgery”
    • Second place: Ernest D. Gomez, MD, MTR, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, “Development of Low-Cost Virtual Reality Teaching Videos for Head and Neck Surgical Anatomy”
    • Third place: Julianna Kostas, BA, Weill Cornell Medical College, “An Open-Source, Low-Cost 3D-Printed Simulator for Thyroplasty Training”


BOD Awards Task Force

Albert L. Merati, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Successfully recruited and managed the selection for key Academy awards during the 2022 cycle
  • Hosted Hall of Distinction Award program and reception

History and Archives Committee

Anais Rameau, MD, Chair 2021-2023

Humanitarian Efforts Committee

Bruce Campbell, MD, Chair, 2021-2022
Greg Basura, MD, Vice Chair, 2021-2022

  • Revamped existing workgroups and rolled out the below workgroups:
    • Scholarly Output Workgroup: Group is responsible for ensuring relevant and timely humanitarian efforts-themed symposia abstracts are submitted for consideration as part of the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting Call for Science. Group will brainstorm topics, draft submission, recruit speakers.
    • Humanitarian Travel Grant & Awards Workgroup: Group is responsible for promoting the Humanitarian Travel Grant program, reviewing applications, and selecting awardees.   Group will also be responsible for soliciting nominations/recommendations for the Academy's International & Humanitarian Awards program.
    • Communications: Virtual/Outreach Workgroup: NEW WORKGROUP- Group is responsible for leading communications initiatives to engage physicians looking to learn more about Humanitarian Efforts opportunities.  They will share best practices, resources, program information, etc.   The group will help create and update web content, organize webinars/podcasts, push out information via the Academy's communication channels and partner will other committees on initiatives as needed.
    • Education Efforts Workgroup: NEW WORKGROUP-Group will focus on tele-learning and simulation opportunities/initiatives/best practices as sustainable solutions to help medical professionals in lower resourced countries.
  • Awarded 20 residents and fellows-in-training with Humanitarian Travel Grants in 2022 to offer services in less resourced countries.
  • Recruited, submitted, and promoted humanitarian-themed sessions for the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.  Sessions included:
    • Trauma and Facial Plastics in Conflict Areas
    • Practicing Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery in the Developing World
    • Research Equity in Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Committee

Michael J. Brenner, MD FACS, Chair, 2020-2024

Pan American Committee

Esther Vivas, MD, Chair 2021-2022
Oswaldo Henriquez, MD, Chair-elect 2021-2023

  • Helped plan the 2022 Pan American Congress of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery hosted by the AAO-HNS in Orlando, June 25-27, including develop the scientific program. 2022 Pan American Congress by the numbers:
    • Over 700 total registrants
    • 287 Speakers; 303 including Poster Presenters
    • 160 Congress Sessions; 7 Subspecialty tracks
    • 40 new AAO-HNS members gained from the Congress
    • 35 Countries Represented
  • Provided Spanish Translation review for
    • Clinical Practice Guideline: Tympanostomy Tubes in Children
    • ENTHealth: Hyposmia Ansomia & Asthma
  • Recruited and promoted International Symposium presentations from Latin American countries.  In total, there were 10 Latin American Sessions included in the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting International Symposium.  


Board of Governors (BOG) Executive Committee

Troy D. Woodard, MD, Chair 2021-2022
Karen A. Rizzo, MD, Chair 2022-2023

  • Launched a four-part series on Hiring in Healthcare Today: The Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment. This series focus on strategies for today’s ultra-competitive physician & healthcare recruitment environment where vacancies equal lost revenue as well as additional expenses to source, interview, and hire qualified candidates.
  • Held 2022 virtual BOG Spring Leadership Meeting focused on educating members on topical issues from coding and billing to diversity and inclusion

BOG Governance and Society Engagement Committee

Dale A. Tylor, MD MPH, Chair 2020-2021
Margo McKenna Benoit, Chair 2022-2023

  • Hosted a regional state society meet-and-greet to identify issues of commonality and potential advocacy efforts
  • Updated regional maps and contacts to encourage and demonstrate state society engagement

BOG Legislative Affairs Committee

Yolanda L. Troublefield, MD, JD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Worked to reduce barriers to participate in advocacy, and to further integrate the broader Academy membership into advocacy initiatives
  • Supported the Academy’s inaugural 2022 Virtual Congressional Advocacy Day (VCAD), held on April 11, 2022. This event included members of the LA Committee, as well as other Academy leaders from across the nation, representing the specialty in meetings with some of the top healthcare policymakers in Congress. 

BOG Socioeconomic and Grassroots Committee

Andrew M. Coughlin, MD, Chair 2019-2023


WIO Communications Committee

Reena Dhanda Patil, MD, Chair 2019-2023

  • Expanded communications to all WIO members via Facebook, Social Media, ENT Connect
  • Presented Webinar: Social Media Part 2: How to Market Yourself on LinkedIn and How to Present Your Best Self and Network Online
  • Raised awareness and published photos of WIO Day celebrations, held in conjunction with International Women’s Day
  • Expanded WIO Leadership Library 

WIO Endowment Committee

Kelly Michele Malloy, MD, Chair 2020-2023

  • Raised awareness of the WIO Endowment Fund and a WIO Day fundraising promotion resulted in a 33% increase in available grants monies
  • Distributed a record 11 WIO Endowment grants to fund projects benefiting women in the specialty
  • Introduced an online application that streamlined the application and review process
  • Conducted workshop on How to Apply for WIOE Grants

WIO Leadership Development and Mentorship Committee

Yelizaveta Shnayder, MD, Chair 2021-2023

  • Cohosted second annual WIO virtual speed networking event with Research and Survey Committee, which included 17 breakout room leaders and speakers
  • Sponsored AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Panel Presentations: Put Me in Coach and #HeforShe
  • Established small group virtual networking events, held monthly or quarterly depending on group preference

WIO Program and Awards Committee

Ilaaf Darrat, MD, MBA, Chair 2021-2023

  • Recipient of a 2021 Committee of Excellence Award
  • Created a new He for She award, recognizing a male otolaryngologist who serves as a strong mentor, collaborator, and sponsor of women in otolaryngology
  • Coordinated WIO General Assembly programming and keynote speaker, Sunny Smith, MD, who spoke on Empowering Women Physicians; record-setting 500+ participants attended 
  • Sponsored 10 AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Panel Presentations

WIO Research and Survey Committee

Deepa J. Galaiya, MD, Chair 2019-2023

  • Cohosted second annual WIO virtual speed networking with Leadership Development and Mentorship Committee
  • Researched and presented data on the percentage of women serving on each AAO-HNS/F committee; encouraged committee chairs to be aware of balance and diversity when selecting committee members
  • Cohosted workshop on How to Apply for WIOE Grants with Endowment Committee


International Steering Committee

Mark Zafereo, MD, Coordinator for International Affairs 2021-2025

  • In conjunction with the International Advisory Board, the AAO-HNSF hosted 4 successful webinars as part of the 2022 Global Grand Rounds Webinar Series
    • Combined registrants: 5250+
    • Countries represented: 12
      • Topic One:  Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps and Biologics
      • Topic Two: Artificial Intelligence in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
      • Topic Three: Head and Neck Cancer 2022
      • Topic Four:  Disruption and Innovation in Otology and Neurotology
  • Collaborated on 12 international Joint Meetings with the AAO-HNSF International Corresponding Society (ICS) partners in 2022
  • Welcomed two new ICS partners in 2022:  Confederation of European ORL-HNS and the Korean Society of Head and Neck Surgery

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