This will be our fourth fully online event dedicated to the advancement of Rhinology Education brought to by the cooperation between the ARS and GlobalCastMD with generous support for this event made possible by KARL STORZ who has supported and believed in this online format since it's inception.
Dr. Jeremiah Alt MD PhD currently serves as a faculty member in the Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah. He is the Co-Director of the Rhinology-Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Program and the Sinus & Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program. Dr. Alt serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and sits on several committees in the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS). Dr. Alt is a member of the Nanoinstitute of Medicine at the University of Utah and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry, BioMedical Engineering and Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. He is also the Director of the Sinus & Skull Base translational research program that is funded through the National Institute of Health and Foundation support.
John M. DelGaudio, MD is a native of Philadelphia, PA.
After he completed his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. DelGaudio joined the Department of Otolaryngology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he currently holds the rank of Professor of Otolaryngology. He is Chief of Rhinology, Sinus, and Skull Base Surgery (2004- present), and his practice focuses on Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery. He has served as Residency Program Director from 2007-2015, and is Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology since 2010. He was named the first Gerald S. Gussack Endowed Professor of Otolaryngology in 2014.
Dr. DelGaudio has been awarded the Golden Head Mirror Award for teaching and service from the American Rhinologic Society in 2006, the Gerald S. Gussack Award in 2007 and the Lester Brown Award in 2016, both from the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology, and a Certificate of Honor from the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2010. He is a fellow of the Triologic Society (2005) and the American Rhinologic Society. He has served as President of the Metro Atlanta Otolaryngology Society, Georgia Society of Otolaryngology, and the American Rhinologic Society.
Dr. DelGaudio has published over 120 peer–reviewed papers, 25 book chapters, and edited the textbook Office Based Rhinology (2013). He serves on the editorial board for The International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, and is a reviewer for many Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery journals. He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on the topics of reflux and otolaryngic/sinonasal diseases, office rhinologic surgery, invasive fungal sinusitis, sinonasal cerebrospinal fluid leaks, complications of sinus and skull base surgery, “sinus headache” and migraine, atopic findings in the nasal cavity, and many other topics.
Pete S. Batra, MD, FACS currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He holds the Stanton A. Friedberg, MD Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology and is a Professor in the Rush Medical College. He also serves as the Section Head of Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Skull Base Surgery and Co-Director of Rush Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery at the institution. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Co-Director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Batra completed his internship and residency training at Northwestern University and fellowship training in rhinology at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Batra has been active in the American Rhinologic Society over the past 15 years, currently serving as the Secretary of the organization. He previously served on the ARS Board of Directors and is the Past Chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee.
Greg E. Davis, M.D., M.P.H., is currently an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington. He is a rhinologist and the Director of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Director of the Rhinology fellowship. Dr. Davis is a Co-Director for the ARS Summer Sinus Symposium and Chair of the ARS Marketing Committee.
Adam DeConde, MD is an assistant professor of rhinology and skull base surgery at UC San Diego. Dr. DeConde’s goals are to mitigate suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis through clinical care as well as clinical and translational research. His clinical research has focused on understanding the impact of medical and surgical interventions on patient reported outcome measures. Furthermore, he has sought to refine the clinical metrics used to track disease burden and disease response. Dr. DeConde’s translational research is focused on better characterizing and understanding the metabolic disturbances and cellular responses that are associated with chronic rhinosinusitis in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease.
Charles S. Ebert, Jr., MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and a member of the Division of Rhinology, Allergy and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina. He completed his residency at the University of North Carolina and received advanced Rhinology training at the Georgia Sinus and Nasal Institute under the guidance of Drs. Fred Kuhn and Christopher Melroy. Dr. Ebert is the director of the NeuroRhinology- Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship and Associate Program Director for the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program. Dr. Ebert is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Rhinologic Society. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and 10-year-old son.
Dr. Ashleigh Halderman is an Assistant Professor in rhinology and skull base surgery in the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Boston University and completed residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Johns Hopkins. She is an active member of the ARS, AAOA, AAO-HNS, and NASBS.
Richard currently works as a dedicated rhinologist (nose, sinus, allergy and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery) at Macquarie University and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney. He is the program head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW and is Professor at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University. After several years of post-training fellowships, including formal fellowships in the USA and UK, Richard practices in Sydney, Australia, as one of only a few dedicated rhinologists in the country. He has authored over 250 publications, books, book chapters and completed his PhD in trans-nasal skull base surgery. Richard has presented over 500 lectures and talks on sino-nasal disease management. He is the current Editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Otolaryngology (ww.w.TheAJO.com) as well as an associate editor for the Cochrane ENT disorders group currently. Richard contributes to the editorial board for Rhinology Journal, American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy and the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and is actively involved in research programs in Sydney. He is the recipient of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, intended to recognize members who are providing outstanding OHNS services beyond their normal practice activities. Along with training surgeons in both developed and emerging countries, Richard runs a series of courses with Sydney every year to further rhinologic education and training in Australia.
Claire Hopkins is a Professor of Rhinology at King’s College London, and Consultant ENT Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital, a large tertiary referral center in London, UK, with a clinical practice covering the breadth of rhinology including sinus disease, anterior skull base work and facial plastics. Her research includes work developing and utilizing patient-rated outcomes, with a particular interest in chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps and their treatment. She was the lead clinician in the UK Sinonasal Audit, and a co-author of the European Position Statement on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps and the International Consensus on Rhinosinusitis. She aims to combines best evidence with a highly personalized, patient-centered approach to achieve long-term benefits for her patients. Claire has published over 150 papers in medical journals and book chapters. She lectures nationally and internationally on sinus disease, endoscopic sinus surgery and anterior skull base surgery. She is the President of both the British Rhinologic Society and the International Symposium of Inflammation and Allergy in the Nose, and the Treasurer for the European Rhinologic Society.
Dr. Hwang completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and his MD and otolaryngology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing a fellowship in rhinology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Hwang served as Director of Rhinology at Oregon Health & Science University. He returned to Stanford in 2005 to lead the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and currently serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Hwang has served in leadership of the American Rhinologic Society for over a decade, most recently as President of the society. Dr. Hwang also serves as Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and Associate Editor of the World Journal of Otolaryngology. His research interests include clinical outcomes of endoscopic skull base surgery; ion transport dysregulation in rhinosinusitis; and novel topical therapies for chronic rhinosinusitis.
Jivianne T. Lee MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is fellowship trained in complex sinus and endoscopic cranial base surgery, and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for treatment of sinonasal and skull base disease. Dr. Lee obtained her Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1998 where she graduated with distinction and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Subsequently, she completed her Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center from 1998-2004. Because of her special interest in sinonasal disorders, she proceeded to do a Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2005. On a national level, Dr. Lee holds multiple leadership positions in her specialty. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society in 2014 and is currently Associate Editor of Sinonasal Disorders for Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Lee was appointed to the International Outreach Task Force of the American Rhinologic Society and was a Founding Member of the United States Women in Rhinology Council. Subsequently, in 2018, she was elected as the Inaugural President of the Women in Rhinology Section of the American Rhinologic Society. In addition, Dr. Lee also serves on the Editorial Boards for the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy and the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology- the official journal of the American Rhinologic Society. Dr. Lee has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally on endoscopic surgical approaches to sinonasal/skull base pathology and novel therapies for chronic sinusitis. She has given over 250 instructional course lectures, panels, and scientific presentations, as well as authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Lee was bestowed an Honor Award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation in 2014, and received an AAO-HNSF Excellence Award for Distinguished Service in Rhinology & Allergy Education in 2016.
Stella Lee, MD joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery in 2011 as an Assistant Professor after completing fellowship in Rhinology at Johns Hopkins University and currently serves as the Division Director of Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Lee completed a residency in at Yale University and fellowship training in rhinology and skull base surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lee’s research focus is on the care of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with and without polyposis, cystic fibrosis, and immunodeficiency. She is particularly interested in the role of viral infections, environmental pollutants, and microbiome in the development of chronic inflammation of the upper and lower airway in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis in order to further understand disease pathogenesis and develop novel therapeutics. She currently collaborates with basic scientists, pulmonologists, and industry to conduct translational research including clinical trials for biologic therapies to open new avenues for potential therapeutic targets and further understanding of chronic rhinosinusitis endotypes.
Dr. Orlandi is the immediate past President of the American Rhinologic Society and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Health for the University of Utah. He is the principal author of the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Rhinosinusitis and co-authored the AAO-HNS clinical practice guideline on adult sinusitis. He reviews Career Scientist Awards for the Triologic Society and previously chaired the general otolaryngology section of the AAO-HNS CORE program. He was a principal investigator on a grant from the NIH’s NIBIB and has served as the associate director of the University of Utah’s Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials. He is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has lectured throughout the North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America on a wide range of sinus and nasal topics. He’s served on the AAOA’s board of directors and as an associate editor for the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. Dr. Orlandi completed college at the University of Utah, medical school at New York University, residency at UCLA, and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves locally in his community and in national organizations. His most important accomplishment in his life is his family. He is the father of three children and a husband of over 25 years.
Steven D. Pletcher, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and he is the Director of the Residency Program in the Department of Otolaryngolgy – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and he completed his general surgery internship and OHNS residency at UCSF. Dr. Pletcher completed a Rhinology fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Pletcher’s primary research interests focus on investigation on the role of microbes in sinonasal inflammatory disease, improving treatment of sinus disease for adult patients with cystic fibrosis, improving surgical techniques for chronic sinusitis, and developing and evaluating endoscopic surgical procedures to control refractory epistaxis. Dr. Pletcher is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic society, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the Society University Otolaryngologists
Dr. Ramakrishnan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he serves as co-director of the CU Skull Base Program and Director of Rhinology Research. He completed his fellowship training in advanced rhinology and skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps, revision sinus surgery, complex sino-orbital diseases, CSF leaks and skull base tumors.
Ray Sacks is Professor and Head of Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Macquarie University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Clinical Professor and Head of the Discipline of OHNS at Sydney University. Professor Sacks was the Chief Examiner in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2012-2014 and was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society from 2008-2013 and has been on the Board of the International Rhinologic Society from 2008 until the present. He has been Keynote speaker and Faculty on multiple conferences, Endoscopic Sinus Surgical courses and workshops in 35 countries across all 6 inhabited continents. He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and is a co-editor on “Endoscopic Orbital Surgery” published by Thieme in 2018.
Michael J. Sillers, M.D. graduated from the University of Alabama in 1984 and received his M.D. from the University of Alabama in 1988. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1993. He completed his training as a fellow in rhinology and sinus surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and joined the faculty at UAB in 1994. He was promoted to Professor of Surgery in 2003 and held the endowed James J. Hicks Chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery until July 2005. He is currently the founder and director of the Alabama Nasal and Sinus Center in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Sillers is a past-President of American Rhinologic Society and served on the Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, and has published numerous peer review articles in the field of rhinology and sinus surgery.
Dr. Kristine A Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Her clinic expertise is in inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the sinonasal cavity, advance frontal sinus surgery and skull base surgery. She focuses her research on clinical outcomes and health services delivery as well as personalized medicine.
Specialties: Chronic rhinosinusitis, Recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, skull base tumors, pituitary tumors.
Leigh Sowerby is an Assistant Professor and division head of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery with the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He was inducted as a Triological Society fellow in 2015 and also has completed a Masters in Health Management from McMaster University. Areas of interest and expertise include recalcitrant CRS, monoclonal therapy for CRSwP, cystic fibrosis, septorhinoplasty and endoscope reprocessing.
Dr. Stewart is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Vice Dean of the Medical College. He was educated at Vanderbilt (BE), Johns Hopkins (MD), and the University of Texas-Houston (MPH), and completed residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Laryngoscope, and the immediate past-President of the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a Past-President of both the AADO and the SUO, and was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Oto-HNS, and the American Rhinologic Society. He has received research funding from the NIH and AHRQ among others, and is the author of 2 textbooks, and more than 30 book chapters and 120 peer-reviewed publications. He has been a visiting professor at more than 40 institutions, and has given more than 400 invited lectures, both nationally and internationally.
Abtin Tabaee, MD serves as Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and director of the Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine – New York Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to joining Weill Cornell in 2015, he was Associate Professor and Director of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in at Beth Israel – Mount Sinai in New York from 2006-2015. Dr. Tabaee’s clinical and academic focus is the management of complex disorders of the paranasal sinuses and skull base. He has served on various American Rhinologic Society committees, including co-chair of the ARS Mentorship program. He has authored numerous book chapters, has co-edited two textbooks and has published over 65 peer reviewed research articles. Dr. Tabaee graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and received his medical degree with honors from Cornell University Medical College. He completed residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at Cornell under the mentorship of Dr. Vijay Anand. He is a fellow member of the American Rhinologic Society and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the Triological Society.
Eric W. Wang, M.D. is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of Education for the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery. Dr. Wang specializes in rhinology and endoscopic anterior skull base surgery. His areas of focus include revision endoscopic sinus surgery, orbital decompression, repair of CSF leaks, and management of sinonasal and anterior cranial fossa tumors. His current research interests include outcomes and quality of life assessment in patients undergoing endoscopic skull base resections.
Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Emory Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Rhinology Fellowship Director, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wise completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency at Emory University and rhinology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wise has served on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Her clinical interests include inflammatory rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, relationship of allergy and chronic sinusitis, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Wise lectures nationally and internationally. Her most notable recent publication is the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis (International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, February 2018.)