Message from the President
Dear Members of the IOS
As we pass mid-Summer, our thoughts turn to the 63 rd Annual meeting of the Irish Otolaryngological Society which will take place in the historic Titanic quarter of Belfast on the 14 th and 15 th of October. After two years of virtual meetings, we have great pleasure in returning to our traditional meeting format. For many, this will allow the opportunity to renew old acquaintances. For some it will be their first choice to experience the warmth and camaraderie that is the hallmark of these meetings, something that can never be replicated in the virtual format.
The meeting will be hosted in the historic Titanic Hotel which is based in the old Harland and Wolff drawing rooms where the RMS Titanic was designed. The academic section will be held in the adjacent, award winning Titanic visitor Centre. This is a magnificent venue and we will be using a wonderful meeting room complete with a full replica of the Titanic’s iconic staircase.
We are privileged to welcome Dr John Rutka as our Wilde Discourser. Dr Rutka has long been a friend to Irish ENT surgery and a number of our consultants have benefited from fellowships in his World respected unit in Toronto. He will be joined by Mr Neil Bailie from Toronto and Mr Richard Irving from Birmingham who will form the external core of our academic faculty. The combination of this outstanding external faculty, joined with the best of our local Irish talent, will ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling academic content to the meeting. For all of the current trainees, the chance to present your paper, in this venue, to this faculty is hugely exciting. Get those abstracts in by midnight 31 August deadline: as always, competition will be strong.
The Titanic quarter of Belfast is close to the City Centre and offers numerous opportunities for walks, tours, visitor centre visits and shopping in the City Centre. It is an ideal base for a great weekend in Belfast. Accompanying “other halves” have long been an important part of the IOS meeting and this year, given the perfect location, this is the opportunity to combine the annual meeting with a weekend trip to Belfast and everything it has to offer.
I would like to thank Keith Trimble for his excellent organisation of the recent joint IOS / RSM visiting professors meeting held at Queen’s University Belfast. This was the second such meeting held in Belfast and, in keeping with the ethos of the IOS, we are keen to extend this very exciting collaboration South in the near future, possibly opening a morning session for purely IOS matters. I am also pleased to announce that, following nomination from the Southern members of IOS Council, Mr Rory McConn Walsh has taken up his role as Vice President of the IOS. Rory has been a great friend and servant of the Society and his contributions as Vice President and President will continue to enrich the IOS going forward.
Finally, let’s get on with the hotel bookings, get the projects you have been working on completed and book that weekend in Belfast. I look forward to welcoming old friends and new to Titanic Belfast in October.
Wilde Discourser 2022
John Rutka, Toronto, ON
Dr John Rutka is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. He has maintained a subspecialty interest in otology / neurotology following fellowship training under the supervision of Julian Nedzelski and David Moffat. For over 20 years he was the chief mentor in Toronto for the TWJ Fellowship. His active research interests have included canal occlusion surgery for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), topical ototoxicity, the conservative management of vestibular schwannomas, the meta-analyses / systematic reviews of interventions for Menière’s disease, time trends in surgery for chronic ear disease and post-traumatic dizziness. Dr Rutka has been a consistent provider of underserviced areas care to patients in Northwestern Ontario, including the indigenous population, for over 30 years. International programmes of care for ear disease have also been provided in conjunction with the Thai Rural Ear Nose Throat Foundation through mobile ear surgical camps across Southeast Asia. Those on fellowship training in Toronto who have attended these trips have often described their experiences as life-changing.
Richard Irving, Birmingham, UK
Mr Irving qualified from London University in 1985 and furthermore trained in London, Cambridge and San Francisco. During his training, he was awarded a fellowship to the Universitatspital in Zurich and to the Causse Ear Clinic in France. He was awarded the intercollegiate gold medal for best performance in the FRCS(ORL-HNS) examination in 1996. He has published over 100 peer review articles on a variety of subjects related to ear diseases. Richard lectures regularly at national and international conferences. He assists with training overseas surgeons and works as advisor and external surgeon to teams in India, Bangladesh and Oman. Richard serves on the editorial board of a number of journals and has worked with NICE to develop guidelines to manage hearing loss in the UK. He is heavily involved in postgraduate teaching and training, runs a prestigious fellowship training course, and is a past President of the British Society of Otology and the current President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology.
Neil Bailie, Toronto, ON
A native of Belfast, Dr. Bailie studied medicine at Queen’s University Belfast. He gained an FRCS in general surgery before transferring to ENT training in Northern Ireland. He completed a PhD during his ENT registrar training. His research into nasal airflow produced the world’s first CFD prediction of nasal airflow in an entirely realistic nasal airway and also provided insight into the predilection of epistaxis to Little’s area. Increasingly drawn to otologic surgery during registrar training, Dr Bailie was awarded the TWJ fellowship in otology and neurotology to study under Dr John Rutka at the University of Toronto. After completion of his fellowship Dr Bailie remained in Toronto as a staff otologist for 2 years before returning to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast as a consultant in otology and neurotology. Dr Bailie introduced laser assisted stapedotomy, posterior semicircular canal occlusion, and endoscopic ear surgery into Northern Ireland. He also developed a tertiary referral vestibular clinic, which included the introduction of vHIT and VEMP testing into the Province. In 2021, Dr Bailie returned to Toronto to join Dr Rutka again at UHN as an assistant Professor specialising in otology and neurotology
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