Toronto Sheraton

2023 Annual Meeting

September 9 & 10, 2023
The Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Convention Centre


“Bridging the Gap in the 6 – Reinvigorating Friendships & Maintaining Eudaemonia”


Dr. Hadi Seikaly, Edmonton, AB

Scientific Program Chair & Local Arrangements Chair
Dr. Yvonne Chan, Toronto, ON

CPD Chair
Dr. Alex Mlynarek, Montreal, QC


Dr. Hadi Seikaly, Edmonton, AB – PRESIDENT Dr. Yvonne Chan, Toronto, ON – SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM CHAIR Dr. Alex Mlynarek, Montreal, QC – CPD/CME CHAIR Mr. Neil Pasriche, Toronto, ON –  KEY NOTE SPEAKER BIO
Dr. Erin Wright, Edmonton, AB – GUEST OF HONOUR Dr. Brian Blakley, Winnipeg, ON – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER Dr. Hamdy El Hakim, Edmonton, Alberta – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER    




2023 Annual Meeting

Bridging the Gap in the 6 – Reinvigorating Friendships & Maintaining Eudaemonia”

Sc Program 2023 Toronto Website1H – sept 8 12pm




This meeting will provide participants 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 needs in the specialty. All subspecialties of Otolaryngology, including head & neck oncology, laryngology, rhinology, otology, neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, sleep disorders, and medical education, will be well represented in the program.

We will run three concurrent sessions of workshops and podium presentations along with several special sessions for medical students and residents over two days. This will provide 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. All sessions will give learners practical and adoptable knowledge to use immediately in practice when they return home. This year’s program will include workshops and presentations for the community-based practitioners, continued information on technological advancements, and popular updates on a variety of topics such as the use of biologics in the management of nasal polyps, use of artificial intelligence in head and neck oncology, and popular tips, tricks and updates on a variety of related topics.


2023 Podium Paper Presentations / Poliquin Presentations


The deadline for submitting your slides presentation is September 5th 

Submit Presentation Files Here

If you have any questions please contact Samantha at [email protected]


2023 e-Posters

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS (e-Poster Competition & general viewing)


Authors must submit their work electronically as a PDF (vertical orientation only) to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Danielle MacNeil c/o [email protected] (NEW EMAIL) in its final format, by the extended deadline date of August 4, 2023.

Please label your posters in the following format: “[full title]-[first name][last name][subspecialty]CSOHNS2023-eposter”

They will be displayed on the CSO-HNS Annual Meeting website and available for viewing on the meeting app.

IMPORTANT  All accepted e-poster submissions qualify for the 2023 Poster Competition unless you inform us otherwise.   Only those posters submitted by the deadline date will have the opportunity to be reviewed and short-listed by the selection committee. The top ten (10) posters will be judged and a winner selected. The announcement will be made at the Toronto meeting.

For more information with respect to judging click here.


Dear Colleagues, 

I am writing to remind and invite you to attend the 2023 Meeting of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on September 9th and 10th, 2023.

This abbreviated meeting will help span the hiatus to the 2024 meeting in Montreal with a theme of “Bridging the Gap in the 6 – Reinvigorating Friendships & Maintaining Eudaemonia”. The meeting will bring together experts, researchers, clinicians, and trainees from across the country and beyond to share the latest advances and innovations in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.  

 We have planned a very exciting meeting that will feature keynote lectures from Dr. Emad Kandil (CAHNSO speaker), and Mr. Neil Pasricha. We will have two premeeting course on Friday the 8th of September, 2023 that are the CSOHNS frontal sinus master class and the CAHNSO Ultrasound /RFA of thyroid nodules.  The two Satellite symposia are supported by Medtronic and smith&nephew. Moreover, the meeting will feature the latest innovations and developments in the field through workshops, podium presentations, and poster sessions. There will be limited social events allowing attendees to enjoy the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto and provide ample opportunities for networking, collaboration, and mentorship. The guest of honor will be Dr. Erin Wright. Drs Hamdy El Hakim and Brian Blakley will be receiving a much deserved lifetime achievement award.  

Eudaemonia is a Greek word that translates to “happiness” or “welfare” In Aristotelian ethics, it refers to the state of human flourishing or living well. It is not a state of mind or a feeling, but rather a condition of being that is achieved through actions and habits. We are very fortunate to have a world expert on this topic join us for a keynote presentation. Mr. Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas and simple tools that skyrocket happiness and engagement. Mr. Pasricha has written 10 books including The Happiness Equation, a science-backed, habit-filled guidebook to living a happy life; Two-Minute Mornings, his simple daily practice to “win your morning”; and The Book of Awesome. Mr. Pasricha’s books have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists and have sold over two million copies across dozens of languages. 

I look forward to seeing you in Toronto for an exciting, educational, and inspirational meeting. 


Hadi Seikaly,

President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 

E - POSTERS 2023

Thank you to all who submitted their e-posters for this year’s poster competition. View Posters



Friday, September 8, 2023

CSO-HNS Mini Frontal Sinus Surgery Master Class


Location:  KARL STORZ Laboratory – 7171 Millcreek Drive, MISSISSAUGA, ON L5N 3R3


Course Directors

  • Dr. Yvonne Chan, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
  • Dr. Andrew Thamboo, Univerity of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC







Course Faculty

  • Dr. Marc Tewfik, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
  • Dr. Sarah Khalife, MacMaster University, HAMILTON, ON
  • Dr. John Scott, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Dr. Arif Janjua, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


Schedule:  2 Time Slots

  • Team A:  LECTURES 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m  / DISSECTION 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Box lunch provided at 1:00 p.m.) OR
  • Team B:  LECTURES 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Boxed lunch provided at 11:00 a.m.) / DISSECTION 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Max Number of Participants

  • 12 people per team with a total of 24 participants.


  • Using 3D models
  • Each participant will use 2 inserts

Academic Topics Covered & Learning Objectives

  1. Best use of instruments and angles scopes to do frontal sinus surgery
  2. Review of IFAC classification
  3. How to analyze the CT scan to determine plan of attack to frontal sinus
  4. Plan approach and review videos of how approach was done in real life

RCPSC MOC Section 3 – 5 hours  



Registration Fees*

  • Consultant – $450 + $58.50 HST =  $508.50
  • Resident / Fellow – $350 + $45.50 HST = $395.50

*Preference will be given to practicing ENT.


Methods of Payment

1)  For those who wish to use phone, fax or mail please download a registration form and follow instructions.

2)  INTERAC e-TRANSFERDo an e-transfer through your online banking institute. Return a copy of the registration form to the office indicating Interac e-Transfer. Issue payment to: [email protected]. IMPORTANT  In the message section include your name and that payment is for the 2023 Mini Frontal Sinus Course. The CSO is registered for auto-deposit. NO question/answer is required.


Registration fees go to the CSO-HNS.






Friday, September 8, 2023 @ 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CAHNSO Course:  Ultrasound / RFA of Thyroid Nodules 


Location  Collingwood Room, Sheraton Toronto Aiport Hotel & Conference Centre, TORONTO


Course Director

  • Dr. Kevin Higgins, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON







Course Faculty

  • Dr. Dan O’Connell, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
  • Dr. Rick Payne, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
  • Dr. John de Almeida University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
  • Dr. Tony Eskander, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Dr. D. O’Connell   Dr. R. Payne    Dr. J. de Almeida    Dr. T. Eskander




CAHNSO Invited Speaker

Dr. Emad Kandil, MD, MBA, FACS, FACE 

Professor of Surgery, the Elias Hanna Chair in Surgery, and Chief of General, Endocrine and Oncological Surgery Division, Tulane University Medical School, NEW ORLEANS, LA

Dr. Kandil completed his training with a clinical fellowship in endocrine surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.  He has written over 400 original articles, invited reviews and book chapters and has served on numerous editorial boards.  Dr. Kandil has the largest experience in the country in radiofrequency ablation for thyroid nodules, similar to robotic thyroid surgery.  His research interests have focused on clinical outcome research related to the treatment of thyroid cancer.  His laboratory research focuses on the identification of novel genetic markers and examining the anti-tumor efficacy of multiple pathways targeting thyroid cancer.


Max Number of Participants

  • 24 participants

Course Set-up

  • Didactic / Hands-on
  • 6 ultrasound stations with 1-2 instructor each
  • Live patient ultrasound scanning demonstration
  • Opportunity for hands-on practice as well as phantom training for ultrasound-guided procedures including RFA

Academic Topics Covered

  • Overview of radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid / Neck Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound basics
  • Interventional procedures including short and long axis biopsy, core needle as well as ethanol sclerotherapy and RFA

Learning Objectives

CUMC: An Overview of Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules

  • Understand the principles of radiofrequency ablation and its application in the treatment of thyroid nodules: (1) Identify the indications for differing ablation techniques;  (2) Describe general techniques involved in performing ablation techniques.
  • Knowledge of the patient-specific indications and contraindications of radiofrequency ablation in thyroid nodules.
  • Knowledge of the potential complications and adverse effects associated with radiofrequency ablation.
  • Awareness of the clinical outcomes and effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation in treating thyroid nodules: (1) Including terms of safety and efficacy.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental techniques necessary to perform radiofrequency ablation.

Thyroid Ultrasound

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the thyroid gland and its surrounding structures.
  • Understand the significance of different ultrasound patterns of lymph node involvement in relation to the prognosis and management of thyroid cancer.
  • Identify lymph node ultrasound malignancy criteria
  • Understand how to perform ultrasound examinations of the neck to assess lymph node involvement in thyroid cancer.
  • Understand the sonographic criteria used to differentiate between benign and malignant lymph nodes.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate use of Doppler ultrasound in assessing lymph nodes for thyroid cancer.
  • Understand the role of ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in evaluating suspicious lymph nodes.
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to integrating ultrasound findings with clinical and histopathological data for accurate staging and management decisions in thyroid cancer.
  • Identify the eligibility and considerations for ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of ultrasound imaging in evaluating lymph nodes for thyroid cancer.

Ultrasound Basics

  • Understand the underlying principles of ultrasound imaging.
  • Understand the basic differences between fundamental concepts such as: (1) Sound frequency and wavelength. (2) Properties of waves: cycle, amplitude, etc. (3) How to convert c/s to frequency measurements. (4) Infrasound vs ultrasound.  (5) Ratios for degrees of reflection for different tissues.
  • Understand the structure of a transducer and its characteristics.
  • Understand how to optimize ultrasound settings such as gain, depth, frequency, and time-gain compensation for optimal image quality.
  • Understand the basic principles of ultrasound beam formation and resolution: (1) Understand what resolution is and why it is used. (2) Differentiate between axial/longitudinal resolution and lateral resolution in relation to ultrasound beams.
  • Differentiate between hyperechoic, isoechoic, and hypoechoic structures on ultrasound images.


RCPSC MOC Section 3 hours pending.


Registration is closed.  This course is full.










Saturday, September 9, 2023 – Algonquin Room, @ 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

“Exploring the Role and Evolution of Nerve Monitoring in Head & Neck Procedures:  Is it Standard of Care?”

SPEAKER:  Dr. Ian Witterick, Toronto, ON (bio)






Sunday, September 10, 2023 – Algonquin Room @ 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  

“Head & Neck Cancers – A Comprehensive Approach, From HPV Vaccination to Immune Therapy”


SPEAKERS:  Dr Nancy Durand, Toronto, ON (bio) /  Dr Antoine Eskander, Toronto, ON (bio)


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer landscape in Canada
  • Describe the burden of HPV-H&N related disease in men
  • Review evidence and guidelines for currently approved treatments for the management of oropharynx cancers
  • Review the patient journey from screening and diagnosis to treatment and management







Sunday, September 10, 2023 – Algonquin Room @ 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

“Progressive Techniques in Paediatric Tonsillectomy:  A Focus on COBLATION Intracapsular Tonsillectomy”


For more information please CLICK HERE







Sunday, September 10 – Algonquin Room @ 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Elevating Treatment Outcomes in CRSwNP with Biologics”


Speakers:  Dr. Yvonne Chan, University of Toronto, ON (bio) / Dr. Martin Desrosiers, McGill University, Montreal, QC (bio)


Leaarning Objectives:

  • Identify what “optimal” treatment outcomes could look like for patients with CRSwNP
  • Establish a plan to monitor CRSwNP patients on biologic therapy, and know how to manage issues and failures


Pre-registration is now closed.  You will be able to register on site in Toronto.



  • Friday, September 8th – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9th – 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 10th – 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Conference Hotel: The Sheraton Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
Start Date:  Saturday, September 9, 2023
End Date: Sunday, September 10, 2023







Muskoka Foyer
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
Contact:  Mr. Giuseppe Secchiano  email:  [email protected] 


Saturday, September 9 – 07:15 to 17:00
Sunday, September 10 – 07:15 to 14:00 (following lunch)


Friday, September 8 – 17:00 to 19:00 & Saturday, September 9 – 06:00 to 07:00


Sunday, September 10 – 14:00  (after lunch). Everything must be moved out by 16:00.


Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be served in the Muskoka Foyer each day.

Click the following link for complete information – Exhibitors’ Information & Contract / Floor Plan

For any questions or concerns please contact Donna Humphrey at [email protected]



We would sincerely like to convey our appreciation to all those companies who have so generously supported the 2023 Annual Meeting in Toronto.





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