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CSO-HNS Collaborative Research Committee

We Are Seeking a Co-Lead


Since 2017, the Collaborative Research Initiative (CRI) has been catalyzing multispecialty research across Canada.  The core multi-specialty group and a separate head and neck oncology group each meet once a month. This initiative has led a large number of multi-centre prospective and retrospective studies, clinical trials and basic science projects.

The CRI is currently led by Dr. Tony Eskander, who also coordinates and leads the monthly Head and Neck Oncology call.

We welcome applications for a Co-Lead to coordinate the multi-specialty core call and facilitate project development.  An ideal applicant is a CSO-HNS member who is a research intensive clinician that is able to dedicate 3-5 hours per month to the initiative, and has experience with database development, statistics, data sharing agreements and multi-site ethics applications.  However, the most important qualification is a strong desire to bring subspecialties together through multi-centre collaboration.

Interested parties need to send a CV and a half page statement of interest to: [email protected]




Dr. Elena O’Connell Memorial Award                                                                                           

A Fund for Education and Outreach


2022 Applications Deadline – March 1st

The Dr. Elena M. O’Connell Memorial Outreach Fund was founded in 2021 in the memory of Dr. Elena M. O’Connell who passed away in 2014 after a long career in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  Click here for all the details including how to apply for the award.



COHNS Fund Board Positions Available

The Canadian Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Fund is seeking volunteers to fill two positions on the Board of Directors.

The Fund was created on May 22, 1992 and held its first meeting at the CSOHNS’ 47th AGM. It is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to:

  • promote, organize and support educational activities, studies and research in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • promote otolaryngology-head and neck surgery health care across Canada
  • cooperate with universities and other educational institutions in sponsoring and establishing a stimulating environment for those who wish to further their knowledge of the specialty
  • carry on or support medical research in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • solicit, receive or collect funds to further the objectives mentioned herein.

Interest individuals should send their CV and contact information to CSOHNS office at [email protected].




2022 IFOS World Congress

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the Vancouver IFOS Congress scheduled for June.  Read More.



2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual)

The Recorded Sessions are Now Available

The video recordings of the 2021 Annual Meeting can now be viewed on the meeting portal.  In order to access them you must have been a registered meeting delegate. They will be available for approximately 6 months.

Log into the portal as you would have for the live sessions by using the credentials provided during the annual meeting, or from the email sent to you on September 28. Watching the recorded sessions can earn you Section 2 MOC credits.


Available Society Committee Chair Positions

The CSOHNS is seeking volunteers to fill the following Committee Chair positions immediately:

  • Representative to the CMA
  • E-Communications
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Physician Resources

Those interested please send us your CV along with a letter explaining why you would be right for the job.  Email, fax or mail to: Dr. Ian Witterick, Nominating Committee Chair, c/o CSOHNS, 68 Gilkison Street, ELORA, ON N0B 1S0  Fax – (519) 846-0630, Email – [email protected] .




Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Please check our overview of upcoming events:

All Events  Events Split Per Region*

*Events per region: Canada, United States and International

To post announcements for upcoming meetings, courses or workshops contact us [email protected] .


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Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Highlights

Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

For detailed information about the Journal please click here.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s 2-year Impact Factor of 2.441 (IF 2019 1.852).  Our new ranking puts us just a hair behind some of the major journals!

Much of the credit for this increase must go to our Associate Editors for their efforts in working with reviewers to accept only higher quality scientific submissions to be published. Even thought we’ve published more than ever before (145 pubs in 2020 vs 75 in 2018), we’ve also been cited far more.  By setting a higher bar, the Journal continues to have strong science as its trademark.  Sincere thanks the the Associate Editors for their diligent and thoughtful work.

Dr. Doug Chepeha & Dr. Brian Rotenberg


Important Message from the Editors


Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the CSO has made changes to the coverage of the article publication charge (APC) for the Journal.   Members will now be responsible for covering 50% of the APC on original research articles and reviews.  The corresponding author will be billed $772 USD by the Society only after the article has been published. This amount takes advantage of the publisher’s 30% discount to the Journal.  There will be no subsidy provided for any other type of article published in the Journal.  (e.g. case reports)

Changing the coverage of the APC has been taken as a precautionary measure to preserve the remainder of the Journal’s budget for the original research articles and reviews submitted by CSO members.

From an academic perspective, the Journal is healthy due to the quality of academic work and the support of Canadian Otolaryngologists. We continue to rely and benefit from the support of our community. Submissions are projected to exceed 400, up about 10 percent year over year. The Journal is now in the 2nd quartile ranking, with the 5-year Impact Factor of 2.338. The open access format of the Journal has also enabled Canadian authors to showcase their work easily and widely to readers and colleagues around the globe, which in turn has increased citations. This dissemination is also supported by the expansion of different knowledge translation formats such as visual abstracts and increased leveraging of social media.

The CSO appreciates your support and the Editors are available to address any questions.


Past Annual Meetings

Past Annual Meetings

To review details from past annual meetings please click here.



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In Memorium

Dr. David R. Goldfarb 1960 – 2021

It is with great regret that we inform you of the passing of Dr. David R. Goldfarb, peacefully at home on June 25, 2021, at the age of 61.

David graduated from medical school in 1985 and completed residency in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery at the University of Toronto in 1991.  Shortly after completing his residency, he served as Chief of Otolaryngology at Doctors Hospital from 1994 to 1998.  He joined the medical staff at North York General Hospital in 1999 and served as Chief of Otolaryngology for 10 years.  During this time, David was very involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He was a valued member of our community academic faculty. In recognition of his standing in our department, he was recently presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, for exceptional commitment and dedication to the practice and teaching of otolaryngology and for professional ethical standards of the highest order.

David’s passions outside of medicine included a love of acting and theatre. He was well known in the local theatre circles for his bravado and falsetto on stage.  He will be forever remembered by his patients, colleagues and friends for his kindness, sense of humor and passion for life.

David is survived by his wife Dr. Cindy Goldfarb and their four children, Robbie (Nikki), Jonathan (Leslie), Rachel and Laura.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. David, rest in peace.


Everton A. Gooden, MD, FRCSC                                 Ian J. Witterick MD, MSc, FRCSC
Division Head, Otolaryngology-HNS                            Professor and Chair
North York General Hospital                                         Department of Otolaryngology–HNS
Assistant Professor, TFoM, University of Toronto     TFoM, University of Toronto



Dr. Simon J. McGrail 1931 – 2021                                                             

Simon was a University of Toronto faculty member at Wellesley Hospital for years and will be remembered by a generation of residents as a gentleman, raconteur and a person of many talents and interests. He was born in Yorkshire England and practiced in England, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Monserrat, Michigan, small towns of Northern Ontario, Toronto and most recently Nova Scotia. His eclectic career included otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, but he had many other “careers” in his journey including soccer, tennis and race car driving. He had a variety of interests in our specialty including head & neck oncology and care of the professional voice. All who worked with him I am sure have a fond “Simon McGrail” story.



Dr. T. David R. Briant, Toronto, ON 1930 2021

It is with sadness that I let you know that Dr. David Briant, age 90, died after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Briant was a “surgeon’s surgeon” with vast experience in head & neck oncologic, endocrine, sinonasal, skull base and reconstructive procedures. He helped pioneer many approaches and techniques that we use today.

Dr. Briant graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school and then did postgraduate training in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery (OHNS). He practiced at several Toronto hospitals before becoming Chief of OHNS at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1972. He was a full professor at the University of Toronto and held senior leadership roles in our department, St. Michael’s Hospital, international head & neck societies and the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery where he was President in 1985.

Dr. Briant will be fondly remembered as a brilliant mentor, skilled surgeon and a wonderful colleague.


Other Information

Bethune Round Table 2022

Decolonizing Global Surgery

This event will be held in June 2022 in Vancouver.   It is an annual interdisciplinary meeting aimed at addressing the challenges of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings.  By bringing health professionals across a variety of disciplines together, we are able to share strategies and create solutions for improving surgical care to these under-serviced regions.

Questions and inquires can be directed to [email protected] .




Choosing Wisely Canada – Pediatric Otolaryngology

NEW:  Nine Things Clinicians & Patients Should Question in PEDIATRIC Otolaryngology     English PDF     En français PDF



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Masters of Global Surgical Care & Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC)

These courses offer benefit to surgical care professionals by improving their knowledge and understanding in the emerging field of global surgical care.  Courses are completely online and allow flexibility to pursue studies while completing other studies or while employed.  The curriculum is innovative and covers relevant, timely topics that are beneficial for surgical care professionals across many disciplines including:  1) surgical care in rural and remote indigenous communities;  2) global disabilities;  3)  program planning and evaluation;  4) clinical research methods in surgical care;  5)  surgical care in humanitarian disaster response.  Students have the opporunity to participate with one another within a unique online learning community and to engage with our instructors who are highly qualified and highly regarded experts in their fields.


Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC)

  • 30 credits / 2-year program
  • Field practicum in a low resource setting
  • For clinicians, trainees and allied health professionals
  • Optional specialized Canadian low resources setting stream
  • Deadline for January 2022 intake:  October 15, 2021
  • For more information:  Branch for International Surgical Care, University of British Columbia  Tel:  604-875-4111 ex. 23110 / Email:  [email protected] 


Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) 

  • 12 credits / 1-year program
  • Graduate certificate intended for clinicians, trainees and allied health professionals
  • Deadline for January 2022 intake:  October 15, 2021
  • Learn more at  




World Health Organization
World Report on Hearing


The World Report on Hearing envisions a world in which no individual experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes, and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through rehabilitation, education and empowerment.”





74th Annual Meeting

A Virtual CPD Event
September 26 to November 14, 2020



“Quality and Excellence in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”



The live portion of the Society’s first virtual Annual Meeting has now come to a close.  We are happy to report that feedback has been very positive!  We are grateful to the team of people responsible for the success of this event starting with our President Dr. Ian Witterick.  Ian dedicated an extraordinary amount of his time and effort to ensure the success of the conference.  We thank him for his leadership and vision during these unusal times.

A big thank-you to Drs. Vincent Lin and Yvonne Chan.  Vincent was responsible for the creation of the scientific program as well as sharing monitor duties with Ian.  Yvonne, besides functioning as the CPD Chair for the meeting, worked with Dr. Marc Tewfik from McGill University to help organize the Frontal Sinus Masterclass.  She also partnered with Dr. Paolo Campisi from the University of Toronto to help host the Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy course.   Thank-you to Marc and Paolo for their work and to Drs. Jeremy Freeman, University of Toronto and Dan O’Connell, University Alberta for organizing the Thyroid Cancer Update .  Attendance at all three courses was excellent.

Mr. Brien Wong, Ms. Andrea Barkley and their team in the Continuing Professional Development Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto were responsible for the production and registration of the conference.  They did an outstanding job managing over 50 sessions, 125+ speakers and 16 sponsored webinars and videos.  They did all of this in a most calm and professional manner.  Thank-you for making the meeting such a success!

We must acknowledge our industry sponsors.  They chose to support the Canadian Society’s annual meeting despite the unfamilar circumstances.  We appreciate their dedication to Canadian otolaryngology and hope that they found the experience a positive and worthwhile one.

Last but definately not least, our thanks goes out to all the guests speakers, guest of honour and presenters.  Without their participation there would not have been a national conference this year.

For those who are registered for the meeting but were not able to attend all the session, you can still access the meeting portal and take advantage of all the recordings in the usual manner.

Annual Meeting Page



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Application Process for ABOHNS Eligibility

Please find attached a slightly revised ABOHNS policy regarding Canadian applicants to the ABOHNS examination. The changes clarify the requirement for applicants to be compliant with the Royal College MOCOMP program.    PDF Document



What is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery?

Dear Colleagues,

The name of our specialty is challenging to repeat and the breadth of our practice is underestimated. We’ve created a patient education video entitled “What is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” – a short, light-hearted animated video that captures the multi-faceted nature of our specialty. We are hoping to showcase this to patients, medical students, family, friends and anyone else who may not truly understand what we do every day.

Feel free to share this on your respective websites, social media or beyond. Please feel free to contact us if you have any feedback!

Thank you to the Harry Barberian Scholarship Fund for supporting this project.

Drs. Josie Xu, Neil Arnstead and Justin Cottrell,
University of Toronto Resident Physicians

Video link

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