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May 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 4
Where Experts and Science Converge
Last year, the Academy and its Foundation celebrated “We Are One: Otolaryngology United for Patient Care” with the release of our new logo. This year’s Annual Meeting theme, “Where Experts and Science Converge,” parallels “We Are One” as the best and brightest otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons from around the globe and all subspecialties connect in ONE location for cutting-edge education.
Events and milestones
May kicks off two of our most important events of the year: our Annual Meeting and our elections. In September, the Annual Meeting returns to New Orleans for the first time since 1999. That year, Harold C. Pillsbury III, MD, was President, and I was Chair of the Board of Governors.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
Renewal, reflection, regret
On May 18, 2015, Jenny and I went to my one and only appointment at the University of Washington Weight Loss Management Center. I was 49 years old and felt appreciated, effective, connected, and successful. I had lots of energy and a million friends—but I also felt that I was dying a bit as every day passed.
Albert L. Merati, MD AAO-HNS/F Past President
Major Alabama payer opts to maintain reimbursement for cone beam CT scans
In December 2017, one of Alabama’s largest health insurance carriers announced a drastic reimbursement reduction for cone beam computed tomography (CT) scans, effective January 2018. Coordinated advocacy efforts occurring over the course of the next 18 months would eventually result in a significant win for practicing otolaryngology- head and neck surgeons in the state of Alabama.
Championing Women in Otolaryngology through the AAO-HNSF WIO Endowment
The Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Endowment was conceived over pre-Annual Meeting cocktails in Boston, MA, in 2010.
Out of Committee: OREBM Publication Highlights
In the Publication Highlights, The AAO-HNSF Outcomes Research and Evidence Based Medicine (OREBM) Committee notes articles that may alter surgical practice. The 2017 study: “A Comparison of Alkaline Water and Mediterranean Diet vs Proton Pump Inhibition for Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux,”
Out of Committee: Diversity – Hijabs and the head and neck physical exam
A 28-year-old female patient presents with a history of a progressively enlarging neck mass over the course of a few months. The lesion is causing her to have some difficulties in swallowing. She was examined and diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid gland by her female family physician and hence was referred on to you, a male, for surgical evaluation.
Section Spotlight: YPS continues to expand
It is hard to believe that the Young Physician’s Section (YPS) of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is only five years old. We transitioned from a committee of fewer than 20 people to a section that now has more than 2,000 members.
The Turkish Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Society
The Turkish Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Society (VSSS) was founded in 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, by its honorary President Prof. Ferhan Öz, Prof. Nermin Başerer, Prof. Günter Hafız, Prof. İsmet Aslan, Prof. Hakan Akyol, Prof. Elif Aksoy, Dr. Barış Karakullukçu, Dr. Gayem Köprücü, Dr. Burcu Ardalı, and Dr. Berna Erdebilin.
International Guest of Honor 2019: Turkey
Civani Ananyan was sent to Paris in 1878, training in otolaryngology. Upon his return, he began teaching otolaryngology at Istanbul University as a faculty member. The first department of otorhinolaryngology was established in 1890, and Prof. Sefik Pasha was the first chair of the department.
Special Annual Meeting offer to Millennium Society donors
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery foundation is pleased to host the Millennium Society Donor Appreciation Lounge, providing exclusive access for all attending Millennium Society donors. Millennium Society donors are the VIPs of the AAO-HNS foundation who have generously donated at least $1,000 ($250 for residents or young physicians) to the Annual Fund or $5,000 to the Hal Foster, MD, Endowment Fund.
About New Orleans
In this little corner of the American South, where European traditions blend with Caribbean influences, the history is as colorful as the local architecture; the food is the stuff of legend. Haitian and African Creoles developed an exotic, spicy cuisine and were instrumental in creating jazz and Cajun Zydeco.
Mardi Gras World
The early days of what has grown into Kern Studios started with Roy Kern, a local artist-turned-sign-painter who worked his way through the Great Depression by painting names and signs on the bows of freighters and barges.
Pre-Conference Workshops and networking
Back by significant demand, Saturday, September 14, features three encore pre-conference workshops, Endoscopic Ear Surgery and Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation Workshop, AAO-HNS/F and LSU Sialendoscopy Hands-On Course, and AAO-HNSF and ACS Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound Workshop. Visit our website for pre-requisites, details, and pricing.
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