Bulletin Board

Dear Colleagues,

We are saddened to inform you that Professor Sean Sellars passed away on 22 June. He worked for years in Galway and Dublin, and was one of our previous Wilde Discoursers. He is survived by his wife Rosemary and their five children.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

The Laryngectomee Guide

Dear Member,

"The Laryngectomee Guide” is now available to download in 14 languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Simple and Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

The Guide was endorsed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and is available at their website: http://www.entnet.org/content/laryngectomee-guide

The Guide provides practical information that can assist laryngectomees with medical, dental and psychological issues. It contains information about side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; methods of speaking; airway, stoma, and voice prosthesis care; eating and swallowing; medical, dental and psychological concerns; respiration; anesthesia; and travelling.

Enclosed are links to the Free e Books of the Guide. They are also available in printed format.

English: http://www.entnet.org/content/laryngectomee-guide

Itzhak Brook MD, MSc,
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Board member of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

RCSI professor receives prestigious otolaryngology award

On 10 May, RCSI Professor Laura Viani has received the prestigious Philip Stell Memorial Award.

The award, presented to Professor Viani by the North of England Otolaryngology Society and ENT Scotland, is made in the memory of Philip Stell, one of the leading figures in head and neck surgery worldwide.

Professor Laura Viani, a pioneer in the field of cochlear implantation and neurotology, started the National Cochlear Implant Programme at Beaumont Hospital in 1995. Since then, the programme has become a full-fledged clinical department at the hospital, carrying out more than 200 cochlear implants every year.

Professor Viani is an Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery in RCSI and an Honorary Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Professor Viani worked with Philip Stell as a registrar in Liverpool.

Launch of the Model of Care Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery: a model of care for Ireland”

At the launch (from left to right):
President of RCSI Mr Ken Mealy, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor John Hyland, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor Deborah McNamara, Professor Michael Walsh ENT Clinical to the NCPS (MOC Author), Ms Camilla Carroll ENT Consultant, National Lead for Primary Care ENT Education and Ms Laura Viani ENT Consultant

Mr Martin Donnelly, ENT Consultant ENT & ENT Trainer for Primary Care ENT Education, Professor Nash Patil, ENT Consultant & ENT Trainer for Primary Care ENT Education, Professor Michael Walsh, Mr Ken Mealy, President RCSI, Dr Vida Hamilton, NCAGL Acute Hospitals HSE, Professor John Hyland, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor Rory McConn Walsh ENT Consultant

Irish Otolaryngology Training Programme RCSI

A series of training videos developed by Ms Mona Thronton brought to you by the Irish Institute of Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

View the entire series HERE

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you on behalf of Professor Dr. Vincent Vander Poorten, chair of the IFHNOS World Tour 2019.

From 18 to 20 October 2019, the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies and the Belgian Head and Neck Societies (VWHHT/Groupe de contact FNRS tête et cou) are organizing the IFHNOS World Tour 2019 “Current Concepts in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology” in Leuven, Belgium. The program features the most respected leaders in the field of Head and Neck surgery and oncology and will provide state-of-the art knowledge and explore the frontiers of Head and Neck cancer diagnosis and treatment through introductory lectures, intense interactive discussions with regional specialists through case presentations, and demonstrations of operative techniques through video sessions.

May we kindly ask you whether it is possible to announce the IFHNOS World Tour on your website? For more information, please find attached the official flyer or our website: www.ifhnos2019leuven.org. In case you have any questions or if you need more information or materials, such as the banner or a short announcement, please let us know. We are happy to help!

Thank you for your reply!

Kind regards,
Nina Oomen

On behalf of Professor Dr. Vincent Vander Poorten


National Hearing Implant and Research Centre / Beaumont Hospital on 4 April

Professor Laura Viani with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the opening of the National Hearing Impland and Research Centre / Beaumont Hospital on 4 April

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that
Munish Shandilya, our national delegate to the EAFPS, has recently been elected Chairperson of their Focus group on Outcomes Research in Rhinoplasty.
We wish him all the best in his new role!

With the present, we would like to inform you about the Santo-Rhino – Santorini Sinus and Skull Base Workshop and Consensus Meeting, which is organized by the ENSA ENT Neurosurgical Academy and will be held from the 26th until the 28th of September 2019, at the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center, in Fira, Santorini, Greece.

We hereby send you with the attached file the poster of the congress we would like to kindly request that you publish information on your society’s webpage, so that your members and other health professionals are informed about it.

A few words about the workshop

This is the second edition of the Santo-Rhino Workshop, bringing together some of the world leaders in the areas of Rhinology, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Rhinoplasty as well as showcasing some extremely talented young surgeons – the next generation of future leaders in the field.

The official website of the congress is http://www.santorhino.eu

Congress Information

Santo-Rhino – Santorini Sinus Skull Base and Rhinoplasty Workshop and Consensus Meeting
City/Country: Santorini Island, Greece
Venue: Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center
Dates: 26 - 28 September 2019
Organization: ENSA ENT Neurosurgical Academy
Official Website: http://www.santorhino.eu
E-mail: santorhino@synthesispco.com

15th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

ENT National Clinical Programme wins Best Educational Project in Primary Care at recent Irish Healthcare Awards

The National Clinical Programme for ENT Education in Primary Care was awarded the Best Educational Project for 2018 in Primary Care, at the recent Irish Healthcare Awards in October. Ms Camilla Carroll, the National Clinical Lead, in collaboration with Professor Nash Patil at Sligo University Hospital and Mr Martin Donnelly at Waterford University Hospital trained 60 primary care healthcare professionals in the technique of ear suctioning.

The aim of this integrated care programme is to develop a national network of credentialed primary care practicitoners, empowered to deliver an adult ear - suction service for common ear conditions in a primary care setting. The patient maintains their connection with their primary care provider and this re-directed delivery of care would have a significant impact on reducing the demand for ENT OPD services, freeing-up the hospital based ENT surgeon to see, treat and manage patients with more complex conditions.

The pilot programme was funded by the HSE, through the National Clinical Programme in Surgery. It is envisaged that 1,200 patients will have been treated in the primary care setting, upon completion of this pilot programme, by March 2019. These patients would previously have had to attend a hospital based ENT Surgeon for delivery of care.

This is estimated to be in the region of 32,000 patients per annum.


Professor John Fenton has recently been appointed President of the Board of the UEMS ORL Section.

He takes over from Professor Ulrik Pedersen (Denmark).

We wish him all the very best in his new position!

Yours sincerely,

Nash Patil