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.

Countdown to IOS 2016

106 days

Dear Colleagues,

With World Head and Neck Cancer Day (WHNCD) approaching on 27th July, the Irish ENT community will be helping to mark the occasion.

Professor Paul O'Neill (RCSI / Beaumont Hospital) is leading out on this. He has organised a WHNCD Speaking Event - see his comments below ...

We ask our specialty to embrace WHNCD and for every centre to an independent role in recognising the day in their own way.

The American Ambassador Kevin O'Malley has invited members to The Ambassadors Residence for a 'Creative Minds Symposium' on the evening of Wednesday July 27th.

Guest Speakers to include:

  • Dr Luc Morris, Dept Head and Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Mr Iain Nixon, Dept of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Edinburgh

RCSI have funded the event and the travel costs for two world class speakers.

Invitations will be sent in the next week. We have 130 guests including the Minister of Health and The President of Ireland along with Head and Neck Oncology community and multidisciplinary colleagues from across Ireland.

We have also invited all of the Irish ENT Trainees.

This will be a unique event for trainees and for exposure of our specialty. The Irish Times and RTE will cover.

Professor O'Neill has also written three articles for the Irish Times which will be published later this month, namely:

  1. 'Excellent patient outcomes in thyroid cancer'
  2. 'Human Papilloma Virus infection in Head and Neck Cancer'
  3. 'Larynx cancer and the curse of smoking'

Furthermore, he indicates that there will be coverage on RTE and Newstalk radio to discuss Head and Neck Cancer during July.

Please do give him your full support.

Nash Patil

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.

Dear Member,

As you are aware, July 27th, the World Head and Neck Cancer Day, (WHNCD), this year falls on a Wednesday. Therefore, we have offered to all our members’ organizations, and others involved in Head and Neck Cancer, to observe and organize activities related to WHNCD, any day during the week of July 25 – 31, 2016. This can be done either under the sponsorship of your national organization or your own institution. Please visit, and go to World H&N Cancer Day, for details

These activities include programs on Awareness, Risk Factors, Public Education, Cessation, Prevention, Screening, Early Diagnosis, Physician Education, Outcomes and Survivorship, as well as Media Interviews and campaigns.

Our Global Coordinator for keeping a track on all such activities throughout the world is Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi. Please let us know what you have planned for this year’s WHNCD. Support from all colleagues, from around the world is crucial, if we are to make an impact on Head and Neck cancer, in the years to come. I seek a positive response.

With best wishes,
Jatin Shah, MD

Congratulations to Ms. Camilla Carroll, who was recently elected to the RCSI Council. The pictures show her being presented with her chain of office, and with her brother - Mr. Amo Sayed (Commercial Director, PW Group)

2nd World Head & Neck Cancer Day - 27th July, 2016

To know about WHNCD, please visit

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Failte Ireland