AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (2023)

John Conley, MD Conference on Medical Ethics

Sunday October 1 at 8.00 – 9.00,exhibited at the opening

Building and sustaining a career: a gender perspective

AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (1)Dra. Jennifer R. GrandisDra. Jennifer R. Grandis, Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Family Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and Developmental Therapy Program.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Grandis' research to elucidate and target key signaling pathways and genomic alterations in head and neck cancer to advance precision medicine research. Translational research of it in head and neck cancer patients and their biological samples has produced new treatments in the laboratory for clinical use. His research also generates relevant preclinical models to identify the mechanisms underlying clinical findings.

Prior to coming to UCSF, Dr. Grandis Endowed UPMC Chair of Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology, Pharmacology, and Chemical Biology. He also directs the head and neck cancer program and serves as vice president of research in otolaryngology. During his institutional roles at the University of Pittsburgh and UCSF, he facilitated clinician-investigator collaborations with a focus on developing a robust research infrastructure to support clinical and translational cancer research.

In addition to his research, Dr. Grandi's time to advise and support his peers and his work in this field was recognized at the University of Pittsburgh with the Provost's Outstanding Mentoring Award (2011); University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, William E. Brown Distinguished MSTP Mentor Award, Medical Scientist Training Program (2014) and Peggy Wheelock Award for Excellence in Research, Mentoring and Advancing Women in Science (2015).

Dr. Grandis is an elected member of the American Academy of Clinical Research, the American College of Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine. She is also a professor of clinical research at the American Cancer Society.

About the conference

Women scientists and doctors are underrepresented in leadership positions, experience more discrimination and harassment, and are paid less than their male colleagues. Dr. Grandis will synthesize the experiences and perspectives of representative women and men at different stages of careers in science and medicine.

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Learning objectives:

  1. Recognize barriers to diversity, equality and inclusion.
  2. Consider our own biases and how they affect our ability to identify discrimination and harassment.
  3. Appreciate what each of us can do to mitigate discrimination and harassment in our professional environment.

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

Sunday, October 1 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Facial Nerve Investigation: Bank, Bedside, and Beyond

AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (2)Tessa A. Hadlock, MDTessa A. Hadlock, MD, is a pioneering clinical scientist with more than 20 years of experience in otolaryngology. She was director of the Facial Nerve Center for 21 years, director of the Massachusetts Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Studies, and Fazzalari-Grousbeck Chair of Otolaryngology-Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She continues to serve as Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Hadlock has treated over 5,000 patients with facial paralysis. She is a world-renowned physician, researcher, and advocate for people with facial paralysis. For more than a decade, Dr. Hadlock has performed reconstructive surgery on neglected children with congenital deformities through humanitarian missions in Ecuador, Haiti, and Uganda.

Dr. Hadlock is passionate about treating disorders of the facial nerve and working to improve the lives of people with facial paralysis. He has innovated and advanced surgical, medical, and physical therapy strategies for patients. Dr. Hadlock received funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research focused on establishing more effective methods to regenerate facial nerve function. She has also developed tools to measure the effects of resuscitation procedures and has authored more than 150 articles advancing the art and science of facial paralysis.

In addition to her dedication to her patients and research, Dr. Hadlock draws on her experience through mentoring and mentoring in the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Fellowship Program.

He received his medical degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then completed her otolaryngology residency and fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard School of Medicine.

About the conference

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Facial paralysis is a devastating ear, nose, and throat condition for which modern treatment is often unsatisfactory. This conference will highlight advances in facial nerve regeneration research, including the development of animal models, and provide insights gained through laboratory studies.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding the fundamental barriers to neural growth after injury and laboratory manipulations aimed at accelerating and improving the bridging of neural defects in models of facial nerves.
  2. Understand the complexity and heterogeneity of clinical assessment of facial nerve outcomes and the ways in which lack of consensus hinders clinical progress.
  3. Generate insights into the future possibilities of technology-assisted facial restoration.

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

Monday, October 2 at 10:45 – 11:45

lilaSalivary glands: a paradigm shift?

AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (3)Francisco Marchal, MDFranciscoMartial, Doctorate in medicine,is the world leader in salivary gland endoscopy. He is Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University Hospital of Geneva. He has a diploma in Otolaryngology and Microvascular Surgery from the University of Geneva and Facial Plastic Surgery from the University of Lyon.

Dr. Marchal has spent most of his career teaching courses and interested in salivary endoscopy around the world. In January 2002 he founded the European Training Center for Saliva Endoscopy in Geneva, where approximately 1,600 physicians from 57 countries have been trained in this specialty.

He currently serves as president of the Multidisciplinary Salivary Gland Society, which he founded in 2005 with the support of Dr. Eugene N. Myers. The organization became one of the founding associations of the European Federation of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Society. In 2012, he co-founded the International Society for Salivary Gland Endoscopy. Dr. Marchal has been a member of the editorial board of many international journals. He is also involved in translational research projects where salivary gland endoscopy is integrated with immunology, pediatrics, thyroid surgery, and nuclear medicine..

About the conference

This conference provides an update on various advances in the understanding and treatment of salivary gland disorders. This has led to a paradigm shift in treatment approaches. Discussions will cover a wide range of topics related to the inflammatory and neoplastic pathology of the salivary glands.

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Learning objectives:

  1. Review of new areas of salivary gland microscopy and its limitations.
  2. Learn about the evolution of salivary gland surgery and cosmetic techniques for parotid surgery.
  3. Investigate current trends in new treatments for salivary gland cancer.

Cotton-Fitton Pediatric Otolaryngology Conference

Tuesday, October 3 at 10:45 – 11:45

Outside the operating room: observations of a surgical social scientist

AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (4)Dra. Dana L. SuskindDra. Dana L. Suskind, is a professor (associate) of surgery, pediatrics, and public policy at the University of Chicago. She is also the founder of the university's pediatric cochlear implant program andTMW Early Learning Center + Public HealthHis work and research includes pediatric cochlear implants, optimizing children's basic brain development, and preventing early cognitive differences and their lifelong consequences.

At the TMW Center, Dr. Suskind and his team provide evidence-based interventions that enable parents, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers to harness the power of verbal interaction to address early cognitive differences. Specifically, her research optimizes adult-child interactions to influence basic brain development and positively impact educational outcomes for preschool-age children, particularly in families of low socioeconomic status. Dr. Suskind and his team developed and tested a series of evidence-based behavioral interventions that reached more than 5,000 families in Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere.

Dr. Suskind esThirty million words: cultivating children's brains, yNew York Timesbest seller,Homeland: Unlocking the potential of every child and fulfilling the promise of society, which allows parents to use developmental neuroscience to build a community that works for the family.

For his work promoting a public health approach to basic brain development, Dr. Suskind 2023 Nautilus Books Better World Award, 2022 University of Chicago Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award, and Weizmann Visionary Women in Science Award and 2017 Impact Awards, among others. She is also a member of the Too Small to Fail Advisory Board.

About the conference

Dr. Suskind will highlight the unique role pediatric otolaryngologists play in helping patients thrive physically, intellectually, and emotionally, focusing on the ways in which this power and responsibility extends beyond the clinic and operating room.

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Learning objectives:

  1. Learn how ENT physicians' training and experience uniquely equips them to make a difference for patients beyond the OR/clinic.
  2. Recognize the value of considering and addressing social and environmental factors that influence patient health and well-being.
  3. Empowered to help improve overall health outcomes and reduce health disparities among patient populations.

Howard P. House, MD Memorial lecture on advances in otology

Tuesday, October 3 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Precision Medicine for Better Outcomes: Neurocognitive Machine Learning Enables Language Prediction in Children with Hearing Loss

AAO-HNSF 2023 Guest Speaker (5)Dra. Nancy M. YoungDra. Nancy M. Young,is the Lillian S. Wells Professor, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is Chief of the ENT and Neuro-Otology Sections and Medical Director of the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. She is a researcher at the Knowles Hearing Center at Northwestern University and a member of the Developmental Sciences Institute.

The pediatric cochlear implant is Dr. Young's primary academic focus. He is currently working on the prediction of post-implantation language based on brain structure and function. Accurate predictions are the first step needed to develop an adapted language learning training paradigm. The long-term goal of this research, which was funded by an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, is to develop individualized training to address language gaps among children with implants. and those who hear normally. This multicenter study used preoperative brain imaging and AI-enabled analytics to predict individual language outcomes after cochlear implantation. She is also the Principal Investigator of an FDA clinical trial to expand the indications for pediatric cochlear implants.

Dr. Young founded the Lurie Children's Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Otology and currently serves as Director of Education. She is a founding board member of the Cochlear Implant Alliance of America. In 2021, Dr. Young received the Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award from the AAO-HNS Division of Otolaryngology and Women. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Hearing Health Foundation, the largest nonprofit funding organization for hearing and balance research in the United States.

About the conference

Cochlear implants have changed the lives of people with hearing loss and their families, as well as the scientific understanding of neuroplasticity. As effective as it is, as a group, implanted children have much lower speech abilities than children with normal hearing.

Learning objectives:

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  1. Explain why age at implantation and residual hearing alone do not accurately predict an individual child's language level.
  2. Learn how predictive analytics using artificial intelligence can predict language outcomes.
  3. Explain the importance of top-down and bottom-up cortical processes in the development of speech perception.


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