73rd Annual Meeting

“Music, Mentorship & Motivation in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”

June 1 – 4, 2019
Edmonton Conference Centre /  Macdonald Hotel Edmonton, AB

Dr. Frederick K. Kozak, Vancouver, BC 

Scientific Program Chair
Dr. Vincent Lin, Toronto, ON

Local Arrangements Chair
Dr. Eddie Eksteen, Edmonton, AB

Guest of Honour
Dr. Juan Camilo Ospina, Bogata, Colombia (profile)

Scientific Program


“Music, Mentorship and Motivation in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”

– Dr. Charles Limb, University of California San Francisco  Profile
– Dr. Nadine Caron, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Profile 

– Mr. Jameel Janjua, Experimental Test Pilot, O.M.M., Palmdale, CA Profile

    • 2019 Scientific Program (Final)… Read More (.pdf)*

(09/19) *Please Note:  There has been an abstract revision to poster presentation G-01 “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Variance Amongst Otolaryngologists and Dermatologicl Surgeons When Operating on the External Ear” as it appears on the meeting app.   Read More

  • ALL podium and workshop presenters MUST include a disclosure slide in their presentation.  For a copy click here


A special code is required to log onto the meeting app. There is a unique code for each attendee. This code has been emailed to you.  It is also printed on the back of your name badge.   It is the same code you will require to print your Certificate of Attendance.

The iOS app (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) is available on iTunes – click here.

The Android app is available on Google Play – click here.

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved for 19 hours.  Both Section 2 and 3 credits will also be available.


(Online Evaluations)
To receive your Certificate of Attendance, you are required to complete the session specific evaluations. To access the electronic version, you will require your personalized code available on the back of your name badge insert. This code has also been emailed to you if you were pre-registered. Evaluations can be completed after each session, daily or at the end of the conference. Your selections will be saved. A certificate will automatically be generated once finished. Save and print as needed.  Click here for the online evaluations.

Online Evaluations Deadline to submit evaluations: August 15, 2019.


It is IMPORTANT for all those giving a workshop or podium presentation to read this information before attending the meeting:  audio/visual details.


This meeting provides learners in the specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (including general and subspecialty Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgeons as well as resident and medical student trainees) a significant opportunity to attend sessions of interest and acquire further understanding and knowledge in areas of perceived / unperceived weakness in the specialty. All branches of the specialty, including head & neck oncology, laryngology, rhinology, otology, neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, sleep disorders, and medical education, are part of the program.

We will run three concurrent sessions of workshops and podium presentations. This provides delegates with a great variety of learning opportunities. As always, there will be ample time allotted for enhanced dialogue and discussion with the various presenters. In keeping with the theme of this year’s meeting, guest speakers will present their areas of expertise through plenary talks and workshops. Increased numbers of workshops will give each learner practical and adoptable knowledge to use immediately in practice when they return home. We will also have a pre-convention course designed to give impactful hands-on experience to attendees.  This year’s program will include workshops and presentations for the community-based practitioners, continued information on technological advancements, and popular updates in a variety of topics. –>


Chair: Dr. Danielle MacNeil, London, ON

Monday, June 3, 2019
Hall C, Edmonton Conference Centre


Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 09:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 3, 2019 – 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 09:00 to 13:15

Exhibits Area, Hall B, Edmonton Conference Centre

The Society will award a $500 prize for the best scientific poster at the meeting. For more details on the competition’s rules click here

  • IMPORTANT CHANGE– Vertical poster dimensions can be a maximum size of 45 inches (wide) x 91 inches (high).
  • SET-UP – Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 06:00 to 09:00
  • DISMANTLE – Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – After 13:15
  • POSTER COMPETITION FINALISTS – Please make yourself available beside your poster during lunch on Monday, June 3, between 12:00-13:30 for judging.
  • IMPORTANT – You must REMOVE your poster at the appropriate time, otherwise we CANNOT guarantee its return.


Committee & Special Interest Meetings

REVISED 05/29/19 – Room changes; To view the schedule of 2019 special interest / committee meetings  CLICK HERE.

COHNS Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 07:45 to 08:30
Hall C, Edmonton Convention Centre

Women-in-Otolaryngology Business Meeting

Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 15:00 to 16:00
Salon 15/16, Edmonton Convention Centre

Women-in-Otolaryngology Breakfast

Monday, June 3, 2019 – 07:00 to 08:00
Room Change – Salon 3, Edmonton Convention Centre

Speaker:  Dr. Nadine Caron, Vancouver, BC

Please confirm your attendance by contacting us at [email protected]

Interactive Workshops

Interactive Workshops (Section 3)

Pre-convention Workshop:  “Reducing the Risk of Surgical Error:  Lessons Learned from the CMPA Files” 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 14:00-17:00
Salon 9/10, Edmonton Convention Centre

This popular interactive workshop is for any surgeon interested in improving the care that they provide for patients and in preventing surgical error in their practice. Facilitated by experts from the CMPA and informed by data from CMPA files, the workshop will examine risks in both office-based and operative (pre-operative, intra-operative, and post- operative) care.  Participants in this workshop can earn credits in both MOC Section 2 and 3 (pending approval).

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify at-risk behaviours in surgical practice that expose surgeons to medico-legal liability.
  2. Analyze the impact of at-risk behaviour on patient care.
  3. Develop strategies to address at-risk behaviours in surgical practice and improve patient care.

There is NO extra charge to attend this workshop but you MUST let us know by contacting us at [email protected] with your name.

Workshop maximum:  40 participants  CLOSED

Instructional Workshop:  “Patient-Specific Virtual Reality Temporal Bone Stimulation”

Part 1   DIDACTIC PRESENTATION – Sunday, June 2 @ 1330, Hall C, Edmonton Convention Centre

Part 2    HANDS-ON SESSION (Simulator 30-minutes) – Monday, June 3 & Tuesday June 4, Salon 7, Edmonton Convention Centre

This workshop will introduce attendees to the world of temporal bone surgical simulation. This technology will become an important part of surgical training and will also be beneficial to practicing surgeons who want to plan or rehearse surgical procedures. Participants will learn about the benefits of surgical simulation and get to perform a virtual temporal bone dissection.

There is NO extra charge to attend but you MUST register for Part 2 simulation session – click here.

    NEW: Pre-Convention Workshops

    Special Workshop

    “The Importance of Olfaction and Degustatory Senses in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as it Related to Scottish Heritage”

    Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 16:00 – 17:30, Edmonton Convention Centre, Room TBA

    Dr. Dale Brown, Head & Neck Surgeon, University of Toronto 
    Dr. Andrew Thamboo, Rhinologist, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Frederick Kozak, President, CSOHNS 

     Join us for an academic endeavour related to the finest liquid known to all and tickle your senses at the same time as absorbing educational information related to smell and taste from experienced specialists in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

    Dr. Thamboo will review the anatomy, physiology and pathology related to taste and smell.  Dr. Brown will take us through the experience of utilizing our olfactory bulbs, sulci and cortex as well as your taste receptors with 3 single malts (one Lowland , one Highland , and one Islay).

    This promises to be one of the best interactive workshops you could hope for at a national meeting!

    Application for Section 1 Royal College credit hours for the academic portion of this workshop has been made.

    What Do You Get?

    • An educational update on olfaction and taste from a fellowship trained rhinologist and skull base surgeon and potential Section 1 MOC credits.
    • An educational session on single malt scotch whiskey by an expert
    • A CSOHNS engraved tulip tasting glass
    • Appetizer between tastings
    • Networking
    • Fun!

    Tickets are limited so get yours before they sell out!
    Cost: $60.00 per person

    To Register –

    PayPal FAX or Phone  click & download   

    “Current Concepts in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery”

    Hosted by the Canadian Association of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

    May 31 – June 1, 2019, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB
    Course Director: Dr. Dan O’Connell, University of Alberta

    1.5 days of intensive instructional course for residents, fellows and active surgeons.

    General / Registration Information
    Course Outline


      Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposia

      Stryker’s Mobile Lab

      Saturday, June 1, 2019  
      08:00 – 12:00     “Key Surgical Moves to be Successful in FESS Dissection”
      12:00 – 16:00      “Advanced Surgical FESS Procedures”

      Maximum Attendance:  16 RESIDENTS (pgy 3 – 5 only).

      For more information contact [email protected].

      Bristol Myers Squibb

      “Head & Neck Cancer: Treatment Continuum and the Role of Surgeons in the Era of Immuno-Oncology”

      Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00 to 13:00, Salon 8, Edmonton Convention Centre

      Come join our experts and examine the latest advancements in immuno-oncology – its role in the treatment of head and neck cancer and its impact on post-surgical decisions. With their expertise, learn how to integrate recent evidence into routine practice in order to provide your patients with the best short- and long-term outcomes.

             For those who missed the session click here for the video.  



      Registration is Closed.

      Social Program

      Welcoming Reception

      Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 18:30
      Empire Room, Hotel MacDonald

      Please join us at the historic Fairmont Hotel MacDonald for a delightful evening of family-friendly entertainment. The evening will begin in the iconic Empire Ballroom where you’ll be treated to a stunning showcase of some of Edmonton’s most well-renowned festivals and delightful local cuisine. Step outside onto the best patio in the city to take in the stunning view of the North Saskatchewan river valley and lush gardens as you sip your drink and enjoy the atmospheric sounds of a jazz trio.

      President’s Banquet

      Monday, June 3, 2019 – 19:15
      Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D 

      You are cordially invited to join Drs. Kozak and Hruby for cocktails and dinner on Monday evening in the Edmonton Conference Center, Hall D.  Starting at 7:15 p.m., you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and a casual stroll through the Walk of Presidents, featuring pictures of Presidents from the past 73 years. A wonderful dinner will be served alongside an enchanting performance by Opera Nuovo. Dress is formal, black tie is optional.

      Should there be a need, babysitting will be provided for children ages 3 – 12 years.

      Women-in-Otolaryngology Breakfast

      Monday, June 3, 2019 – 07:00 to 08:00
      Salon 7, Edmonton Convention Centre

      Speaker:  Dr. Nadine Caron, Vancouver, BC

      Please confirm your attendance by contacting us at [email protected]

      River Valley Run – 5 km

      Monday, June 3 & Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 06:00
      Meet in the lobby of Hotel MacDonald Foyer

      With more than 160 km of weaving trails and multi-use pathways, Edmonton’s river valley is one of our finest natural resources. Join Dr. Eksteen on Monday, June 3ndand Heather Kucyk on Tuesday, June 4rd at 6:00 a.m., for a guided run through this picturesque area.


      Edmonton Brewery Tour

      Monday, June 3, 2019 – 10:00 to 13:30
      Meet in the lobby of the Hotel MacDonald

      Everyone is welcome to add a little hoppy, frothy goodness to your stay. Edmonton Brewery Tours will take you on a journey through Edmonton’s thriving craft beer scene. Discover how passionate tap pullers and a thirst for good beer quickly evolved into a local liquid obsession. As we take you through a journey of two local craft breweries, you will sample a variety of custom beers, each with their own unique, local story. Have lunch at the Brewery before we head home.  Bottoms up!

      Meet in the lobby of the Macdonald Hotel @ 09:30.  The  bus will pick you up at the front doors at 09:45 and  return at 13:30.  Cost:  $50/person

      Companion Hospitality Breakfast

      Sunday, June 2 – Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 08:00 to 10:00
      Harvest Room and Confederation Lounge, Hotel MacDonald

      Make the most of your morning by joining us for a delicious continental style breakfast where you can relax and catch up with longtime friends and new acquaintances. Visit the Harvest Room to pick up your breakfast, then join us in the Confederation Lounge, to enjoy your meal with coffee and tea service.   Our local delegates will be there to welcome you.

        Things To Do

        Things to do in Edmonton & area.

        Visit https://exploreedmonton.com/  for a complete listing of things to do in Edmonton.  Highlights include:

        EDMONTON ART GALLERY – www.youraga.ca 

        Exhibits at this architecturally outstanding gallery includee Marigold Santos’ “Surface Tether”, “Another Landscape Show”, a collection of permanent landscape work and many more.  Enjoy lunch at Zinc restaurant.   10 minute walk from the Hotel MacDonald 

         ROYAL ALBERT MUSEUM – https://royalalbertamuseum.ca/

        The largest museum in Western Canada opened its doors in its new location on October 3, 2018.  The travelling exhibits in June include “Vikings Beyond the Legend” and “Remebering the First World War” as well as displays of human history, natural history and the children’s gallery.     10-15 minute walk from Hotel Macdonald

        WEST EDMONTON MALL – http://www.wem.ca/  

        North Americas largest indoor shopping center and amusement center has over 800 shops, entertainment, and services. Within its 48 city blocks is the World waterpark, Galaxyland, the Ice Palace, Bourban Street, the Underground Aquariam, plus multiple upscale boutiques.  Transportation required.  25 minute ride

        MUTTART CONSERVATORY – www.muttartconservatory.ca  

        Muttart is a horticultural attraction featuring 4 pyramids filled with thousand of species of plants from different biomes of the world.  Transportation required.  10 minute ride from Hotel MacDonald

        FORT EDMONTON PARK – https://www.fortedmontonpark.ca 

        Located on 158 acres nestled in Edmonton’s river valley this attraction depicts the city’s early years.  Step back in history and visit the 1846 Hudsons Bay Fort, streets in 1885, 1905, and 1920 complete with costumed interpreters depicting life in those times.  Transportation required.   15-20 minutes from Hotel MacDonald


        UKRAINIAN CULTURAL CENTER – https://ukrainianvillage.ca/

        This village is an open air museum that uses costumed historical interpreters to recreate pioneer settlers lives from 1899-1930.  Transportation required.  50 km east of Edmonton

        ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM – http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/ 

        This museum is a center for palaeontological research with more than 130,000 fossils and the world’s largest collection of dinosaur bones.  Don’t miss Dinosaur Hall with 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, or the Science Hall with interactive stations. You can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibit.   Transportation required.  285 km from Edmonton

        DINOSAUR PROVINIAL PARK – https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/south/dinosaur-pp/

        This UNESCO World Heritage Site was a subtropical paradise 75 million years ago and it gives us the most complete record of the late Cretaceous Period.  Walk in the land that the dinosaurs roamed long ago.  Transportation required.  170 km southeast of Royal Tyrell Museum


          Convention Hotels

          Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
          10065 – 100 Street
          Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6
          Tel: (780) 424-5181

          IMPORTANT: The Fairmont Macdonald Hotel convention rates and room block is NOW CLOSED.

          Courtyard Marriott
          1 Thornton Court NW
          Edmonton, AB T5J 2E7
          Tel: (780) 423-9999

          IMPORTANT: The Courtyard Marriott convention rates and room block is NOW CLOSED.


          Edmonton Conference Centre
          9797 Jasper Avenue
          Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

          It is a short 3 minute walk from the Hotel Macdonald / Courtyard Marriott to the Shaw Conference Centre.




            Hall B, Level 3
            Edmonton Conference Centre
            9797 Jasper Avenue
            Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9
            Tel: 780-421-9797

            VIEWING TIMES

            Sunday, June 2 – 09:00 to 17:00
            Monday, June 3 – 09:00 to 16:00 (following afternoon coffee break)


            Saturday, June 1 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 2 – 06:00 to 09:00


            Monday, June 3 – after 16:00. Everything must be moved out by 18:00.

            Buffet lunches and coffee breaks will be served in the exhibits area each day.

            Click on one of these PDF links for … (Booth space is sold out)


              Company Sponsors

              The Society would like to sincerely thank all the sponsors for their support of Canadian otolaryngology.


              Bristol Myers Squibb
              Medtronic ENT
              Oticon  Medical

              GOLD SUPPORTER

              Karl Storz Endoscopy
              Olympus Canada
              Pentax Canada
              Takeda Canada

              SILVER SUPPORTER

              Advanced Bionics
              Cochlear Canada
              Covis Pharma
              Med-El Canada
              Mylan Pharmaceuticals
              T.B. Clift
              Zeiss Canada