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2017 Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, SK

Another successful annual meeting! Our sincerest thanks to Dr. Mark Taylor, conference President, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Deidra Spafford, Local Arrangements Chairs, Dr. Brian Rotenberg, Scientific Program Chair, Dr. Gigi Osler, CPD Chair, all the guests, presenters, participants and company exhibitors and sponsors. Wrap-up and pictures will be posted shortly.

Dr. Jonathan Irish Elected to American Head and Neck Society Presidency

The American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) has elected Dr. Jonathan Irish to serve as its President during the 2017-2018 year.  Dr. Irish is currently the Provincial Head in the Surgical Oncology Program at the Cancer Care Ontario, the Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto and Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto.   Dr Irish was the Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre from 2001-2016.

The AHNS is the single largest organization in North America for the advancement of research and education in head and neck oncology.  “I am honored to lead this incredible society,” said Dr. Irish. “The AHNS is the foremost society in head and neck cancer research and I look forward to continuing to advance our mission, centered around what matters most, quality patient care.”

Dr. Irish has served the AHNS for years in a variety of positions.  In addition to serving on the Executive Committee as Vice President and President-Elect, he has served as 2016 Conference Chair for the AHNS 9th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, “Technology Transforming Head and Neck Cancer”, and the 2012 Program Chair for the AHNS 8th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, “Bridging the Gap: Caring for the Head and Neck Cancer Patient.” He was a Fellow-at-Large on the AHNS Council from 2008-2011, and he served on the program, prevention and early detection, finance, publications, and CME measurement committees.  Dr. Irish’s term as president will conclude at the 2018 AHNS Annual Meeting, which will take place during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) on April 18-22, 2018 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.


Dr. Françoise P. Chagnon of Montreal QC
President, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The Society is very pleased to announce that Dr. Chagnon, is the new President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2017–2019).

She has already earned a long list of accomplishments from her career: voice specialist to professional artists, businesswoman for an international family business and hosting presentations at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Now she has another position to add to her resume: 44th President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Effective today, the McGill educated otolaryngologist heads an organization that represents over 48,000 medical specialists in Canada. Her focus during her two-year mandate is promoting engagement between Fellows and the Royal College.

“I want to grow this profession through mentorship, ensuring all specialists have our support at every stage in their career,” she said. “By bettering ourselves, we’re giving our patients the best care every day.”

Dr. Chagnon holds appointments at the McGill University Health Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, and l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.  She is the founding director of the Montreal General Hospital Voice Clinic and is currently the director of two organizations: l’Assurance d’Hospitalisation Canassurance and Lallemand Inc.

She succeeds Past President Dr. Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC, a Toronto hematologist and award-winning educator.

Dr. Chagnon has been involved with the Royal College for many years before her appointment as President, managing the Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee, where she introduced best practices for Fellows on billing and financial ethics. Dr. Chagnon’s full biography can be found online here.

Congratulations to Dr. F. Gigi Osler, the 2017 CMA President-elect Nominee

The Society would like to extend its congratulations Dr. Gigi Osler on her selection by the members of Doctors Manitoba to be the nominee as president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Voting took place from February 1 to 22.  Pending confirmation of the nomination by General Council in August, Dr. Osler will serve as president-elect until August 2018, where she will then become CMA President.

“Now more than ever, we need a healthy and unified voice for Canadian doctors,” explains Dr. Osler in one of her videos. “Think of it this way – what do you need and want from the CMA? And, more importantly, how can we better engage with you?”

To add to the honours, Dr. Osler is the recipient of this year’s Health or Safety Promotion Award from Doctors Manitoba.  This is an award given to an individual for their contribution toward improving and promoting the health or safety of Manitobans specifically or humanity in general.

A graduate from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Osler has been practicing in Winnipeg since 1998. She is currently Head of the Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Osler’s work is not limited to Canada; she has spent time educating physicians and nurses in Vietnam as part of the Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam initiative, and has also volunteered in Africa to help train other surgeons.

Throughout her campaign, Dr. Osler promised to address physician health, ensure work-life balance and promote leadership development for all physicians. Excellence in medicine runs throughout her family, as Dr. Osler is the great-great-great niece in law of Sir William Osler, one of Canada’s most famous physicians and former CMA President.

Order of Ontario Awarded to Dr. A. Peter Adamson

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Adamson who has been named to the Order of Ontario.  He is being recognized for his work in leading teams of plastic surgeons on medical missions through his Face the Future Foundation.

The Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will present the honour during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park in June 2017.

Former Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander established the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour, in 1986. Over the past 29 years the Order of Ontario has recognized individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or abroad.

COHNS Fund Lab Coats

Once again we are taking orders for personalized lab coats. These white, Canadian-made coats include the Society logo with the words “Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery” OR “ORL – Chirurgie cervico-faciale” embroidered over the left pocket. They can be personalized with your name and subspecialty title.

For every coat sold the COHNS Fund makes approximately $25.00. All NET proceeds will go to the Canadian Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Fund.

To order please click here.

2017 Membership Dues

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3rd World Head & Neck Cancer Day

Dear Collegue,

We are nearly 3 months away from the 3rd WHNCD  on 27th July 2017. Let us make 3rd WHNCD on 27th July a resounding success. After 2 successive successful commemorations, we have 133 events conducted in 36 countries in last 2 years. These events aimed to disseminate knowledge related to prevention, early detection, affordable care, evidence based management, rehabilitation etc. This was achieved through a variety of programs such as Press conference, CMEs, rallies, street shows, awareness program, screening sessions etc. News Media showed tremendous response by giving impressive coverage and it consisted of TV shows, Radio interviews, newspaper prints etc. Social media was abuzz with WHNCD news, events, public response and WHNCD was getting more than 2 million hits on Google search. Several pharmaceutical companies came out in support of theWHNCD. This mammoth accomplishment was made possible because of the support from each one of you.

The 3rd WHNCD events can be hosted by government organizations, non-government of organizations, civil societies, medical societies, patient support groups, and medical care facilities, hospitals, medical schools, and cancer centers etc. It is preferable to involve newspaper and television media, NGOs and Government representatives in your programs. These are some of the options that can be taken up as part of your CME –

  1. Educating the physicians on early diagnosis and current treatment paradigms,
    b. Awareness programs for the general public.
    c. Free screening for Head & Neck cancers.
    d. Interaction with cancer survivors and their families.
  2. Interaction with government and policy makers.

Lets join hands to save millions of people globally who suffer from delayed diagnosis, inadequate treatment, inappropriate rehabilitation and palliation

If you have any query please visit – .

Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Pankaj Chaturvedi, Global coordinator  for any assistance –

To download WHNCD flyer –  and promotional video –

Top 10 Reasons to be a Member of the Society

  • It is the right thing to do!
  • Attend the Annual Scientific Meeting at a reduced rate.
  • Waive the publication fee for accepted articles to the Journal of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (worth $1750 USD).
  • Access on-line resources including CPD online courses with credit – COMING SOON.
  • Advocate for your patients as part of a national body in your scope of practice.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues from coast to coast to coast.
  • Enhance your credibility by belonging to your National Society.
  • Socialize with your peers in all disciplines of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Access or assist in developing professional standards and guidelines for our profession.

IFOS World Congress Bid

Check out our new video clip

The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has submitted a bid for IFOS to come to Vancouver in 2021. Other bid submissions were received from Argentina, Morocco, Japan and Dubai.

I was hoping you would help lobby the national societies who are members of IFOS to vote for Vancouver at IFOS Paris in 2017. Each member society in good standing gets one vote. The member societies can be found at IFOS member countries .

If you are giving talks at OHNS meetings, attached is a slide  that can be added to your presentation to promote our bid. Additionally, I hope you will reach out to colleagues and former fellows in member countries to help lobby for us.

If successful, we promise to make it an exceptional experience both educationally and socially.

Brian D. Westerberg, MD
Head, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, PHC Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC Otology & Neurotology B.C. Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. CANADA V6Z 1Y6
Phone: 604-806-8540; Fax: 604-806-8777

Global Health Committee

CHAIR – Dr. Gigi Osler, Winnipeg, MB
Review the latest reports from the Uganda and Canada-Guyana missions.

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Employment Opportunities


The Department of Otolaryngology is seeking applications for a Geographic Full Time (GFT) position in academic Otolaryngology with an emphasis on head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction.  Read More


Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Max Rady College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Science, University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Surgery Program invites applications for a full-time academic Rhinologist-Endoscopic Skull-based Surgeon, commencing as soon as possible.  Read More


Kamloops BC are looking for a locum to fill in for a few weeks this summer.  This is a general otolaryngology locum that would include OR time and on-call duties.  Please email Dr. Dave Kramer at if you are interested.


Timmins and District Hospital is recruiting for a permanent otolaryngologist.  Read More


Timmins and District Hospital is recruiting for a permanent otolaryngologist.  Read More


This is to announce the availability of an ENT Fellowship position (1-year) in Dunedin, New Zealand starting July, 2018.  Read More


The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is seeking a permanent full-time Otolaryngologist. Read More

The Brockville General Hospital is looking for an otolaryngologist to replace me as I am retiring June 30, 2017. Applicants will require a licence to practice in Ontario. There is a very experienced secretary, audio tech and a fully equipped office with patients waiting to be seen from day one. Read More


Full time general ENT practice, 6-month locum position available in Barrie, ON, start date mid-August 2017. 1.5 days a week of audiometry testing available. Admitting, OR and ambulatory care privileges at Royal Victoria Hospital. Group practice of 5 ENT in same office. 1 in 7 regional on call. Please contact Adrienne Wong at with letter of interest and CV.


Full time locum ENT position available in Barrie, ON, 45-minutes from Toronto. OR and ambulatory care privileges. Group practice of 5 ENT’s in same office. 1 in 7 regional on call. 1-year term – renewable. Start date July 2017. Send letter of interest and CV to Rob Hekkenberg.


The Toronto Head and Neck Clinic is seeking both full-time and part-time otolaryngologists to work at this busy practice.  Read More


The Division of Oto-rhino-laryngology is looking for an academic otologist/neurotologist.  Read More


Locum position for a general otolaryngologist at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody, BC, includes admitting / operating privileges and OR time. Read More


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