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Speakers

Key Note Speakers

Dr Heinz Stammberger MD, Hon FRCS (Ed), Hon FRCS (Engl), Hon FACS

Head of the Department of General ORL, H&NS of the Medical University at Graz/Austria

Heinz Stammberger

Heinz Stammberger MD, Hon FRCS (Ed), Hon FRCS (Engl), Hon FACS, is Professor and Head of the Department of General ORL, H&NS of the Medical University at Graz/Austria. It was here where in the late 1960s and 70s his teacher, Professor Walter Messerklinger, started what would become a revolution in diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinuses diseases: Rigid endoscopy, FESS being the best known off-spring of this development. Professor Stammberger today, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. He has helped through numerous publications, books as well as lectures and teaching courses on all continents, to spread the knowledge and expertise and push the surgical frontiers.

In the last two decades, he and his ENT-team have started interdisciplinary co-operation with their neurosurgical partners from the Medical University Graz. Their transnasal concept of “Endoscopic Rhino-Neurosurgery” has made the Graz Group a leader in the field and an international referral and centre of excellence.

Dr Noam Cohen MD, PhD

Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Rhinology Research at The University of Pennsylvania and a Staff Surgeon at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Noam Cohen

Dr Noam Cohen is an Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Rhinology Research at The University of Pennsylvania and a Staff Surgeon at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He obtained his medical and doctorate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his Otorhinolaryngology Residency and Rhinology/Sinus Surgery Fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania.

His research interests include sinonasal innate defenses focusing on mucociliary clearance, microbial biofilms, and sinonasal topical therapies.

He has authored over 100 publications, given multiple presentations at rhinology conferences around the world and is principal investigator on several grants.

Dr Peter Hwang MD

Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Peter Hwang

Dr Peter H Hwang is Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He serves as Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. He is the 1st Vice President of the American Rhinologic Society and also serves as Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.

Dr Hwang co-authored the award-winning textbook Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinuses & Skull Base.

Dr Timothy Smith MD, MPH, FACS

Professor and Director of the Oregon Sinus Center, Chief of Rhinology and Sinus-Skull Base Surgery, and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon

Timothy Smith

Timothy L Smith, MD, MPH, FACS is currently Professor and Director of the Oregon Sinus Center, Chief of Rhinology and Sinus-Skull Base Surgery, and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr Smith is a recognized expert in nasal/sinus/skull base disorders and his clinical practice is focused on nasal, sinus, and skull base disease and surgery.

He is actively involved in research and has held several research grants including serving as the Principal Investigator of the first multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary study of outcomes of sinus surgery funded by the National Institutes of Health in the United States.

He was elected President of the American Rhinologic Society, the largest organization of practicing nasal/sinus surgeons in the USA. He has been an Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology and JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has served on the editorial boards of several other journals.

International Faculty

Dr Naveen Bhandarkar MD

University of California Irvine

Naveen Bhandarkar

Dr. Naveen D. Bhandarkar received his medical degree from the Ohio State University and finished residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. He then completed his fellowship training in Rhinology and Endoscopic Sinus & Skull Base Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University under the direction of Dr. Timothy Smith in 2010. He has since then been on faculty at University of California Irvine. His practice encompasses the breadth of Rhinology including complex sinus and skull base cases, and he is also currently the residency program director.

Local Faculty

Professor Peter John Wormald MD, FRACS

Chairman of the Dept of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Adelaide and Flinders Universities in Australia.

Peter John Wormald

Professor PJ Wormald is chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Adelaide and Flinders Universities in Australia.
He is currently recognized as a world leader in Sino-Nasal Disorders, FESS, and endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery.
His medical practice and research interests are devoted to rhinology and include the role of the immune system and biofilms in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis. He is also involved in development of new clinical treatments and surgery for sino-nasal disorders. He has developed an animal model for eosinophilic sinusitis, to study various aspects of the disorder.
Professor Wormald is frequently an invited keynote speaker to medical conferences on Sino-Nasal Disorders and Endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery. He is known to be an exceptional lecturer and teacher.
He has authored 8 books, 22 chapters, and over 250 peer-reviewed articles. In 2005, he authored a best-selling textbook on FESS - Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - Anatomy, 3-D Reconstruction, and Surgical Technique (translated into multiple languages) and has authored a 2nd Edition of this book. He has particular teaching interests in the Anatomy of the Sinuses, Frontal Sinus Surgery, and endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery.

Professor Simon Carney BSc, MB ChB, FRCSEd, FRCS, FRACS, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Flinders University and President, ANZRS

Simon Carney

Simon is Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Flinders University, South Australia and co-director of the Adelaide Sinus Centre.

He trained as an ENT Surgeon in the UK, working under Professor Nick Jones in Nottingham and winning the Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine for the best candidate in the final FRCS(ORL) examination. During his Fellowship in Adelaide and New York, he obtained further advanced training in advanced endoscopic sinus surgery. He is also immediate past-editor of the Australian Supplement of the JLO, Associate Editor of The American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and is on the editorial board of five other journals.

In 2010 he received a national teaching award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

He is the author of 8 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Professor Anders Cervin

Conjoint Professor/Chair Otolaryngology

Anders Cervin

Professor Anders Cervin has a longstanding interest in sino-nasal disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery as well as endoscopic anterior skull base surgery.

His research interests includes mucociliary function in the upper airways, the role of nitric oxide in chronic sinusitis, the use of macrolide antibiotics as a immune modulator in chronic sinusitis and health economic perspectives on sino-nasal disease.

Recent research addresses the role of probiotics in airway infection and inflammation.

He has authored several book chapters and over 50 peer reviewed articles.

Dr Richard Douglas MD, FRACS, FRACP, MRCP

Senior Lecturer in Surgery, The University of Auckland.

Richard Douglas

Richard is a rhinologist with particular interest in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.

He trained and practised as a clinical immunologist and allergist before undertaking training in ORL.

His research interests include the role of nasal microflora in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis and clinical outcomes after sinus surgery.

Associate Professor Richard Harvey

Head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW and is Associate Professor at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University

Richard Harvey

Richard currently works as a dedicated rhinologist (nose, sinus, allergy and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery) at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.

He is the Head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW and is Associate 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 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters. He currently sits on the editorial board for Rhinology Journal and The International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. He is an associate editor for American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and is actively involved in research programs in Sydney.

Richard runs a series of courses with St Vincent’s Hospital every year to further rhinologic education and training in Australia.

Dr Alkis Psaltis

Senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and the Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia.

Alkis Psaltis

Dr Alkis Psaltis is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and the Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. After completing his ENT training in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, Dr Psaltis completed three fellowships in advanced rhinology and Skull Base surgery in NZ and the USA, He most recently returned from Stanford University where also served as a clinical instructor. Dr Psaltis has a strong research interest, having completed a PhD in 2008 researching the role of bacterial biofilms in CRS. His research has received international acclaim having been awarded numerous prizes. He has authored over 45 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Otolaryngology. He is also a reviewer for 6 international ENT journals .

Associate Professor Raymond Sacks MBBCH , FCS(SA)ORL, FRACS

Raymond Sacks is Associate Professor and Head of Department of OHNS at Macquarie University and is Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University.

Raymond Sacks

He is the current Senior Examiner in OHNS for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is the Immediate Past President of the ANZRS.

He has convened multiple conferences and FESS courses throughout Australia, Asia and North America and is on the Editorial Board of AJRA and is Associate Editor of the Australian Supplement to JLO. He is currently a member of the Board of the International Rhinologic Society and serves as both the IMG Representative and Senior Examiner on the Board of Otolaryngology.

He has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and written 11 published book chapters.

Dr Scott Stevenson

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Christchurch Hospital

Scott Stevenson

Scott Stevenson is a surgeon in Christchurch. He has public hospital, private and university workloads. His clinical practice is centred on rhinology, rhinoplasty and anterior skullbase surgery. His research interests mirror his clinical commitments; they include developing and promoting the evidence base for contemporary ORL practice.

Dr Nick Stow

Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow, Rhinologist and Sleep Surgeon, The Woolcock Clinic, University of Sydney

Nick Stow

Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow specialises in adult and paediatric sinonasal conditions and sleep apnoea. Nick completed two Rhinology fellowships, in Switzerland and New Zealand. His practices are in Sydney's north and in a multidisciplinary setting at The Woolcock Clinic, Glebe, which specialises in respiratory and sleep disorders.

Dr Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson is an Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base anf Facial-Plastic specialist from Wellington, New Zealand. Based at Wakefield Hospital, he has affiliations with the University of Otago and Wellington Hospital. Having undertaken a Fellowship with Prof PJ Wormald, he has become involved in teaching locally and internationally. Active areas of research involve wound healing and haemostasis in the paranasal sinuses, outcomes and techniques in functional septorhinoplasty, and outcomes and treatment protocols for complex sinus disease.

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