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Global Rhinology on the Web: Updates and Controversies in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

Aired on 11.14.2014
Global Rhinology on the Web: Updates and Controversies in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery
This event is the first of its kind in Rhinology: An interactive, web–based symposium featuring many of the world’s leading endoscopic sinus and skull base surgeons representing Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and South America. This will be an on–line, interactive format of short lectures, case presentations, surgical videos and expert opinions on the current state and controversies in rhinology and skull base surgery.


Host and Symposium Director:
​Alexander G. Chiu, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Arizona.

Rick Chandra, M.D. – Nashville, TN
Noam Cohen, M.D. – Philadelphia, PA
James Palmer – Philadelphia, PA
Raj Sindwani – Cleveland, OH

Distinguished International Faculty to include:
Eugene Chang, M.D. – Tucson, AZ
David Conley, M.D. – Chicago, IL
Martin Desrosiers, M.D. – Montreal, Canada
Richard Harvey, M.D. – Sydney, Australia
David Kennedy, M.D. – Philadelphia, PA
Valerie Lund, M.D. – London, UK
Richard Orlandi, M.D. – Salt Lake City, UT
Brent Senior, M.D. – Chapel Hill, NC
Daniel Simmen, M.D. – Zurich, Switzerland
Heinz Stammberger, M.D. – Graz, Austria

Directors & Faculty


Alexander Chiu, MD

Dr. Alexander G. Chiu, M.D. is the Russell E. Bridwell, M.D. Endowed Chairman and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS. Previous to his appointment, he served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona and started his career on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held multiple leadership roles, including co-Chair of Banner-UA Academic Management Council, Interim Chair of the UA Department of Surgery, UA Otolaryngology Residency Program Director and the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Director at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Arizona.

Rick Chandra, Chief of Rhinology

Dr. Chandra is Chief, Rhinology, Sinus & Skull Base Surgery, Vanderbilt University Department of Otolaryngology

Noam Cohen, Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology

Dr. Cohen is Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. Director, Rhinology Research, at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Chair of the Otorhinolaryngology Resident Research Committee, University of Pennsylvania Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James Palmer, Director, Division of Rhinology

Dr. James Palmer is Director, Division of Rhinology Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Raj Sindwani, Head of Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery

Dr Sindwani is the Section Head of Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and also serves as the Quality Improvement Officer for the Head and Neck Institute. Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional Faculty

Ray Sacks, MD, PhD

Ray Sacks is Professor and Head of Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Macquarie University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Clinical Professor at Sydney University and is the Academic Head of the Department of ENT Surgery at Concord Hospital in Sydney. Professor Sacks was the Chief Examiner in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2012-2014 and was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society from 2008-2013. He is a Past President of the NSW branch of the ASOHNS Society and has convened multiple conferences, Endoscopic Sinus Surgical courses and workshops throughout Australia, Asia and North and South America.

James Stankiewicz, MD

Dr. James Stankiewicz, chair of Loyola's Department of Otolaryngology.  Professor and Department Chairperson, Otolaryngology, Medical Director, Audiology, Medical Director, Otolaryngology

Jivianne Lee, MD, FARS

Dr. Lee is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA. She received her medical degree followed by an Otolaryngology Residency at UCLA.  She completed her Rhinology Fellowship with Dr. David Kennedy at The University of Pennsylvania.  She is the founder and Co-Director of the Orange County Sinus Institute in Irvine, CA.

Andrew Goldberg, MD, M.S.C.E., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Andrew N. Goldberg serves as director of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery for the sinus and related conditions. He is an expert in the treatment of sinus infection, nasal polyps, inverted papilloma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak and thyroid eye disease. He also performs surgery to treat sleep apnea. Goldberg is board certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, as well as Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His research includes the study of sinus infection, microbial ecology of the sinuses and the microbiome, disease burden measurement, sleep apnea and quality of life.

Nithin Adappa, MD

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Heinz Stammberger, M.D., Hon. FRCS (Ed.) Hon. FRCS (Engl.) Hon. FACS

Professor Heinz Stammberger, M.D. is Emeritus Professor and Head of the Department of General ORL, H&NS; of the Medical University at Graz/Austria. It was here where in the late 1960s and 70s his teacher, Prof. Walter Messerklinger, started what would become a revolution in diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinuses diseases: Rigid endoscopy, FESS being the best known off-spring of this development. Prof. Stammberger today, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. He has helped through numerous publications, books as well as lectures and teaching courses on all continents, to spread the knowledge and expertise and push the surgical frontiers.In the late 1990s, he and his ENT-team have started close co-operation with their neurosurgical partners, establishing the „Interdisciplinary Skull Base Unit“ of the Medical University Graz. Their transnasal concept of “Endoscopic Rhino-NeuroSurgery” has made the Graz Skull Base Group a leader in the field and a national and international excellence and referral centre.

Daniel Simmen, Professor

Dr. Simmen is a Professor at Head and Neck Surgery at the Hirslanden Clinic and Centre for Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Zürich Switzerland.

Rodney Schlosser

Dr. Schlosser is a professor in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Charleston, South Carolina.

Brent Senior, Professor and 
Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs

Dr. Senior is a Professor, Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Chief, Division of Rhinology, Allergy, and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Richard R. Orlandi, MD, FARS, ARS President-Elect

Dr. Orlandi is a tenured professor and Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Health at the University of Utah. He directs the University of Utah Rhinology and Skull Base Program and co-directs its fellowship. He is the lead author on the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Rhinosinusitis, published in the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology.

Valerie Lund, Professor of Rhinology

Valerie Lund is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute, University College London and is an Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (Royal Free Trust), Moorfields Eye Hospital, University College Hospital and Imperial College. London, England.

David Kennedy, Professor of Rhinology

Dr. David W. Kennedy, M.D. is a Rhinology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Active Staff at Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Active Staff at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kennedy has also served as Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Vice Dean for Professional Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Richard Harvey, Associate Professor

Dr. Harvey is an Associate Professor at Sydney Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. Sydney, Australia.

Martin Desrosiers

Dr. Desrosiers is a Otolaryngology, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal Hospital, Otolaryngology, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University. Montreal, Canada.

David Conley, MD, FACS

Dr. David Conley is Associate Professor in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. 

Eugene Chang, Associate Professor of Rhinology and Skull Base Su

Dr. Chang  is Associate Professor of Rhinology and skull base surgery, Dept of Otolaryngology, University of Arizona


7:30 am - 7:40 am
7:40 am - 7:55 am
Etiology of CRS
What is the current thinking?
7:55 am - 8:10 am
Genomics in CRS
8:10 am - 8:25 am
Bitter Taste Receptors in CRS

8:25 am - 8:40 am
Role of CFTR in CRS

8:40 am - 8:55 am
Microbiome in CRS
8:55 am - 9:25 am
Panel Discussion
Genetics vs. Environment: Are we any closer to solving the riddle on sinusitis? (Adappa, Cohen, Desrosiers, Goldberg, Chang)

9:25 am - 9:40 am
Evidence for Topical Therapies in CRS
9:40 am - 9:55 am
In-office procedures for the treatment of CRS
9:55 am - 10:25 am
Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
10:25 am - 10:40 am
10:25 am - 10:45 am
Break with Storz Exhibitors
10:45 am - 10:55 am
Frontal Sinus Surgery-Where are we Today?
Overview of Frontal sinus Surgery
10:55 am - 11:10 am
Frontal Sinus Surgery – Where are we today?
Indications and techniques for endoscopic frontal sinus surgery, including balloon technology
11:10 am - 11:20 am
Frontal Sinus Surgery – Where are we today?
Endoscopic surgery for frontal sinus mucoceles
11:20 am - 11:30 am
Frontal Sinus Surgery – Where are we today?
Endoscopic Draf III procedure
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Questions from the audience
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Frontal Sinus Case Potpourri
Dr. Jim Palmer will moderate this session.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Debate: Do We Ever Resect the Middle Turbinate?

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
What is the optimal intraoperative packing/stenting material?
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
What is the optimal post-op routine?
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Questions and comments from the audience
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Break with Storz
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Video presentation of Frontal Sinus Tumor Resections
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Video presentation of Endoscopic Craniofacial Resection
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Video presentation of tumors of the maxillary sinus, Pterygopalatine fossa and sphenoid sinus
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Video presentation of Skull Base Reconstruction Techniques
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Video presentation of Endoscopic Vidian Neurectomy
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Expert Panel on Controversies in Sinonasal tumor and skull base surgical surgery with audience participation
Optimal Surgical Margins for Sinonasal Tumor Resections Surveillance Periods for Inverted Papilloma and other Sinonasal Tumors How Aggressive Do We Need to Resect Frontal Sinus Osteomas? Endoscopic Management of Sinonasal Tumors with Intracranial Extension Use of Nasoseptal Flap for skull base reconstruction: Overused? Or Underutilized? When do we need an open approach?

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Questions and Wrap-Up

Topics Covered

Global Sinus Skull Base Surgery


  • Discuss surgical techniques to perform safe sinus skull base pathology even during difficult cases
  • Describe tips and tricks to manage difficult intra operative situations and avoid complications
  • Identify intraoperative and post operative management related to sinus skull base surgery