Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that the 58th Annual IOS Conference will take place this year on the 13th and 14th of October at the Knockranny House Hotel, Westport. An attractive social programme is available. You will be delighted to note that all hotel residents above the age of eighteen may avail of a 10% discount at the spa.

In addition, residents could undertake walks through this picturesque town, climb up Croagh Patrick, and visit the various shops in the vicinity too.

A special conference rate has been organised for participants, so please book as soon as you can. Please note all rooms will be released closer to the date.

This year the wine reception on Friday will be held from 6:30 - 7:30pm, with the Wilde Discourse taking place from 7:30 - 8:30pm, followed by dinner. For those of you interested in golf you will be pleased to note that tee times have been reserved from 12 to 1pm on Thursday at €30 per round at the Westport Golf Club. Please contact Mr. Tadhg O’Dwyer for further details.

The President’s dinner (by invitation only) is going to be held at the Idle Wall Restaurant on Thursday night.

We have planned a vibrant academic program with a stellar guest faculty.

Knockranny House Hotel conference rates are as follows:

Thursday 12th October
Bed & Breakfast rates
Single occupancy €130.00
Double occupancy €190.00

Friday 13th October 2017
Bed & Breakfast rates
Single occupancy €130.00
Double occupancy €190.00

*Saturday 14th October we are fully booked in Knockranny House for attendees.

There are still rooms available in Castle Court Hotel for Saturday.

Room Rate for Saturday 14th October at Castle Court Hotel
1 Night Bed and Breakfast
Twin room - €95.00 per person sharing
Single Supplement - €30.00 per night

For those of you interested in golf you will be pleased to note that tee times have been reserved from 12 to 1pm on Thursday at €30 per round at the Westport Golf Club.
Please contact Mr. Tadhg O’Dwyer for further details.

Please book early to avoid disappointment, and mention the conference when making your reservation!

We look forward to welcoming you in Westport.

Nash Patil
IOS Southern Secretary
May 2017

Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Countdown to IOS 2017

Wilde Discourser 2017 - Prof Valerie Lund (CBE)

The Wilde Discourser for 2017 will be Prof Valerie Lund (CBE). Valerie Lund is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, University College London and is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (Royal Free Trust), Moorfields Eye Hospital, University College Hospital and Imperial College.

She deals with all nose and sinus conditions with a particular interest in sinonasal tumours and has been involved in endoscopic sinus surgery and its extended applications since the early 1980’s. She has contributed extensively to the literature with 30 books and monographs, 79 chapters and over 250 peer-reviewed papers.

She holds a number of national and international administrative posts including the Chief Editor of ‘Rhinology’ , is Co-Chairman of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Taskforce on Rhinosinusitis (EP3OS) and became General Secretary of the European Rhinologic Society in 2008.

She was an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1995 to 2006, was Chairman of the Intercollegiate Examination Board in Otolaryngology until 2007 and previously chaired the organisation, Women in Surgical Training (WIST) for the UK. In 2008 she was awarded a CBE for services to medicine and in 2009 was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Guest Faculty

Mr J Elgan Davies Consultant ENT Surgeon MB, BCh, FRCS

Elgan Davies teaches on endoscopic sinus surgery courses in the UK and overseas. Developed technique and service for endoscopic pituitary surgery with colleagues in West Midlands. He is an acting committee member of BAOHNS. His clinical interests include Ear, nose and throat, Paediatric otolaryngology, Hearing loss, Head and neck surgery, Balance disorders, Sinus disease Ostosclerosis / stapes surgery Salivary tumours Balloon Sinuplasty. His professional memberships include British Association Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and European Rhinological Society. He currently works for the NHS as Consultant ENT Surgeon, Macclesfield District Hospital & Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

Professor Stephen Lane PhD, FRCPI, FRCP (London), FCCP

Stephen Lane is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Tallaght Hospital & Peamount Healthcare and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. His major interests include the airway diseases asthma and COPD. Professor Lane is the author of many peer review original papers relating to asthma and COPD. He maintains an active clinical research program. He is a member of College of Physicians Ireland and London; Association of Physicians; Association of Clinical Professors of Medicine; Irish Thoracic Society; British Thoracic Society; British Society Allergy Clinical Immunology; TUE Committee of the Irish Sports Council; Board member Meath Foundation & Chair Research Committee. He has acted in the role of Chair, Clinical Advisory group, National Asthma Program 2010; Chair, Clinical Advisory Group, National COPD Program 2013, and is a Member, Medical Advisory Board, Asthma Society of Ireland and is Regional Lead Dublin Mid/Leinster National Asthma Program.

Prof. Dr Prepageran Narayanan

Professor Narayanan started his career with MBBS University Malaya in 1993. His area of expertise includes Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants. He worked abroad in UK under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. (Certificate of Completion of Training) in 98-99 and Clinical Fellowship in Neurotology & Advanced Otology, Skull Base Surgery (Nov 2002–Nov 2003) in Toronto General Hospital. He is currently Professor and Head of Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya and Chairman of the National Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Specialty Training Board. He is currently the visiting professor of Chiang Mai University and is the mentor of the Skull Base Fellowship program in University Malaya which receives fellows and surgeons from all over the worlds for attachment and training. He is a member of numerous national and international organizations including the International Consensus of Nasal Polyps Working Group, Asean Rhinology Society, Academy of Medicine: Malaysia, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Asean Academy of Neurotology and Otology, and International Federation of Skull Base Surgery. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow.

Prof. Ray Sacks (Sydney, Australia)

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 at Sydney University and is the Academic Head of the Department of ENT Surgery at Concord Hospital in Sydney . He 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. He is a Past President of the NSW branch of the ASOHNS Society and has convened multiple conferences, Endoscopic Sinus Surgical courses and workshops throughout Australia, Asia and North and South America.

Ray is an associate editor and sits on the Editorial Boards of both the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the British Journal of Laryngology and Otology. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and 13 book chapters.

He was recently awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery Medal for 2015 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” and was awarded the International Rhinology Society medal for “Distinguished service to the International Rhinologic Community” in Brazil in May this year.

WHNCD 2017 - Talk by Professor James Paul O'Neill (RCSI)


The deadline for sending in abstracts is fast approaching - 1700 GMT on Friday 1st September 2017.
Please ensure you submit on time!

Golf Outing

Golf has been arranged on Thursday 12 October - tee times are from 12 to 1pm at €30 per round.
Please contact Mr. Tadhg O'Dwyer at 00 353 86 2523488 to book your slots!

The IOS wishes to congratulate Mr. Nirmal Kumar on becoming the President-Elect of ENT UK in March 2017. Nirmal did a large part of his initial training in Ireland. We look forward to developing ever-closer ties between the IOS and ENT UK over the next while.

Congratulations to Ms Eadaoin O’Cathain on being awarded the gold medal at the recent intercollegiate exam.

Dear Colleagues,

This is to inform you that the World Head and Neck Cancer Day is taking place on the 27 th of July. Professor Paul O’Neill (RCSI) has organised the following activities:

  1. Prof. O’Neill will speak on the day at the Irish Cancer Society’s Decoding Cancer event: ‘HPV Cancer and Vaccination: Time for a Reality Check’, at 6.30pm in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. This public talk is free, but registration is required. To register please search ‘Decoding Cancer’ on The session will be live streamed on the Irish Cancer Society’s Facebook page.
  2. The Irish Times & the Irish Medical Times will publish Head and Neck articles and patient interviews.
  3. Screening clinics will be held in Beaumont Hospital and RCSI. The IIOHNS encourages participation at ENT centres throughout the country by both Consultants and Specialist Registrars to raise awareness and understanding regarding this important topic. Please pass on any suggestions and/or updates you might have to Paul or to me.

With best wishes,
Nash Patil
President / IIOHNS
087 2495 855

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that Mr Muhammad Shahed Quraishi, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), who has been on our guest faculty in the past and is a long standing well-wisher of the Society has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year's Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Nash Patil
June 2017