Welcome from the Committee

The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery is excited and proud to be hosting the 15th Asia-Oceania ORL-HNS Congress at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in March 2023 in conjunction with the Asia-Oceania Association of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies.

With this congress being the next iteration of the quadrennial Asia-Oceania Association Congress after Hyderabad in 2019, in conjunction with the Australian Society’s 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting, we are expecting a fantastic confluence of national and international attendees, and a truly regional congress experience in terms of both the education and collegial networking.

The 15th Asia-Oceania ORL-HNS Congress 2023 theme is “Reaching Out – Maximising regional cooperation and resources to advance patient care”, and with expectations of 1,200 attendees, we hope that this congress will creating a lasting legacy for excellence in surgery and collaboration in the field of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery for the region.

The scientific committee will incorporate key educational and scientific content across topics such as Rhinology, Paediatrics, Otology, Head & Neck, sleep/sleep disordered breathing, laryngology, skull base, thyroid/parathyroid, facial plastics, salivary gland, vestibular/neurology, ENT physician, translational research and Indigenous health. The emphasis will be on maximizing regional cooperation to advance healthcare in the region.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 15th Asia Oceania Association of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Congress in Brisbane, Australia from 8 – 12 March, 2023.

Associate Professor Bernard Lyons,
AO ORL-HNS 2023 Congress Chair
Professor Ben Panizza,
AO ORL-HNS 2023 Scientific Chair

Welcome from the President

In the year 2023, we have the 15th Asia Oceania ORL- HNS Congress in the land of slender architecture Brisbane. Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is known for its vibrant urban precincts, outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals.

I am very much pleased and extend a warm thanks from the bottom of my heart to the elite board members of Asia Oceania ORL-HNS Association for supporting and standing with us in this long duration of highs and lows. It is due to your efforts and being so assiduous in the work that we have marked ourselves in the world map. You all are the most shiniest of stars of this big galaxy. With your presence the words like professionalism and camaraderie have got a new meaning which strengthen our bonds and makes our organization special and stand out.

I am more than happy to thank and give all the well deserved credit to our diligent organizers under leadership of Prof Bernard Lyons, who have not only worked whole heartedly years together but also provided us with the best venue for most educational, intellectual and fruitful event and social programmes. It is your effortless work that has left no stones unturned and have always opened up so many new doors to the world of novelty.

We hope that despite the intense working schedule, you will be able to attend this one of a kind international congress in Brisbane. We anticipate that this  mega event will provide a great opportunity to meet experts from around the world and we are pleased to have you with us. I am excited to see many old friends in Brisbane and to welcome the newer ones to the happy family.

We also hope that along with the rich strata of our events you will be able to get the glimpses of city lights and enjoy the conference by interacting with your colleagues, which will stimulate a creative exchange of ideas and will be personally rewarding.

Join us in Brisbane, Australia. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Sudhakar Vaidya President Asia Oceania Association of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Societies
Dr. Sudhakar Vaidya
President Asia Oceania Association of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Societies

Dr Seiji Kakehata

Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine

Seiji Kakehata, M.D., Ph.D.is best known for his work in pioneering endoscopic ear surgery in his home country of Japan and around the world. He servesas Professor and Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Headand Neck Surgery at Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine. He is the Chair of Board of Directors, Japan Otological Society (JOS). In addition, he is a founding board member of the International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery(IWGEES) and its presidentelectas well as the president of the Pan-Asia Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery (PAWGEES).

Dr. Kakehata’s clinical interests includeminimally invasive endoscopicear surgery, conductive and sensorineural hearing loss,and facial nervepalsy.Dr. Kakehata’s research has focused on cochlear hair cell physiology and hearing regeneration. His funded research includes the study of outer hair cell motility, effects of cholesterol alterationson outer hair cells, regenerationof the facial nerve, and regeneration of auditory nerve fiber growth and synapse formation after ear injury.

Dr. Kakehata organized and held the first courses in endoscopic earsurgery in Asia and has held anannual hands-on course since 2012. He has presented at numerous regionaland national meetings in Japan as well as international meetings and courses especially on the subject of endoscopic ear surgery. He has published approximately 150 articles and book chapters.

Dr Dana Thompson

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Dr. Thompson is the Lauren D. Holinger Professor Chair of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has held faculty positions as premier institutions including the Mayo Clinic and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In 2011 she achieved the academic rank of Professor, making her the first African American woman professor in the specialty of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in the United States. She brings 23 years of experience as an internationally recognized airway surgeon and leader in aerodigestive medicine. The collective research contributions in laryngomalacia have influenced the surgical and medical management of the disease and she is considered one of the world’s authorities on the topic. She received the prestigious Mosher Award from the Triological Society for excellence in clinical research for her seminal work elucidating the etiology of Laryngomalacia.

Prof Sarah Wise

Emory University School of Medicine

Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Emory Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Rhinology Fellowship Director, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wise completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency at Emory University and rhinology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wise has served on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She will become President of the American Rhinologic Society in September 2022, serving as the Society’s first female president. Her clinical interests include inflammatory rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, relationship of allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Wise lectures nationally and internationally. Her most notable publication is the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis, where she served as first author/primary editor.



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Prof Robert Ferris

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD is Hillman Professor of Oncology and Director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. He is Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research, and Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh. As a head and neck surgical oncologist and translational tumor immunologist, his lab is uniquely positioned to investigate mechanisms of anti-tumor immunity in the tumor microenvironment (TME), as well as tumor cell
escape. Dr. Ferris’s NIH-funded laboratory is focused on reversal of immune escape and immunotherapy using monoclonal antibodies and vaccines, leading to the first positive randomized phase III trial of head and cancer immunotherapy. He is Principal Investigator of the Pitt Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for translational head and neck research and has been continuously NIH R01 funded for >15 years.

Dr. Ferris has an h-index of 96 and his >420 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical publications have garnered >36,000 citations. Dr. Ferris currently serves on the Editorial Boards of JNCI, JCO, Clinical Cancer Research, and Cancer Immunology Research. He is Editor in Chief of Oral Oncology. He is lead investigator of several practice-changing, prospective randomized trials, including Checkmate-141 published in NEJM, which led to the FDA approval of Nivolumab for head and neck cancer, ECOG 3311 (published in JCO in late 2021), testing radiation dose-deintensification after transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for HPV+ oropharynx cancer, as well as ECOG ACRIN 3132, using p53 mutational testing in HPVnegative cancer, to predict response to radiation versus chemoradiation. He recently completed a 6-year term co-chairing  the NCI Steering Committee for Head and Neck Cancer and is currently Vice President of the American Head and Neck Society.

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