15 August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep regret that the membership of the IOS has learnt of the sudden and tragic death of Professor Aongus Curran.

On behalf of the Society I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Aongus's wife Noreen, their five children and their extended families.

He will be sadly missed by all his colleagues and friends. May he rest in peace.

Donald McShane
IOS President


Fifty Seventh Annual Meeting of the
Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th, October 2016, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal.

The President, Mr. Don McShane, invites you to attend.

Wilde Discourser

This year's Wilde Discourser is Professor Jatin Shah - Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, USA.

Professor Jatin P. Shah graduated from the Medical College of MS University in Baroda, India, and received his training in Surgical Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is Professor of Surgery, at the Weil Medical College of Cornell University, and Chief of the Head and Neck Service, Leader of the Head and Neck Disease Management Team, and holds The Elliott W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr Shah is a national and international leader in the field of head and neck surgery, having served as President of The New York Cancer Society, The New York Head and Neck Society, The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, The North American Skull Base Society and the International Academy of Oral Oncology. He currently serves as Chairman of the AJCC task force on Head and Neck. He has served in varying capacities for The American Board of Surgery, and The American College of Surgeons.

Professor Shah has been the recipient of numerous awards from various parts of the world, and is the recipient of honorary fellowships from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, London and Australia. He holds Honorary Ph D, degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium and the University of Athens, in Greece. He is recipient of the Blokhin Gold medal, the highest Honor in Oncology in Russia. He has been continuously listed in the “Best Doctors in America” directories for several years. He serves on the Editorial and Review Boards of 18 scientific journals and has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, 50 book chapters and 7 books.

He is a much sought after speaker who has delivered over 1000 scientific presentations including, 59 eponymous lectures and keynote addresses, and visiting professorships. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, and World Leadership in Head and Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has established The “Jatin Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology”, and The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies has established “The Jatin Shah Lecture”, at it’s world congresses.

Guest Faculty

Professor Guy Andry

Mr Guy Andry is Chairman, Department of Surgery, Institut Jules Bordet and Professor of Surgery Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels). He is recepient of many awards including André Duprez award, Grant of the New York Cancer Research Institute, Oeuvre Belge Award for Cancer research. He is member of numerous societies including Belgian Royal Society of Surgery; American Society of Head and Neck Surgeon; Belgian Royal Society of Gastro-Enterology; European Society for Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and Assocation Francophone de Chirurgie Endocrinienne amongst others. He holds in excess of 130 publications, 200 abstracts et communications.

Miss Lisa Pitkin

Miss Lisa Pitkin MBBS BSc MSc ORL-HNS is Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital. Her special interests include management of benign and malignant disorders including thyroid surgery, salivary gland disease, Voice, Upper airway and Swallow disorder.

Conference Registration Fee

Registration fees are €150 or equivalent in sterling, payable at the desk.

Golf has been arranged for up to 16 persons, with tee times starting at 1:00pm at Donegal Golf Club on Thursday 13th October. Please contact Robin Adair at for bookings.

Lough Eske Room Rates

Single €170 per night bed and breakfast
Twin/Double €190 per night bed and breakfast

Book now to avoid disappointment.