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International Outreach

International outreach, worldwide partnerships, and the exchange of information and education are important aims of the Academy and its Foundation.

2020 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award Recipient: Marlinda Adham, MD, PhD

This year’s awardee is Marlinda Adham, MD, PhD. Dr. Adham's distinguished academic career includes important leadership positions such as the current General Secretary of the Indonesian Otorhinolaryngology –Head and Neck Society, Past-President of the Asian Society of Head and Neck Oncology, and Founder and Course Director of the Indonesian ORL-Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Training Program.

In 2006, Dr. Adham organized the annual Thyroid Mission in Southern Maluku. She chose this district because many of the local population have thyroid nodules thought to be caused by iodine deficiency. Most of the patients are poor, live far from the hospital, and have transportation difficulties.

The local hospital-Karel Sadsuitubun and the agency Empowerment of Family Health (PKK) informs the community and primary care physicians by radio to announce the arrival of the Thyroid Mission. The PKK assists in informing, collecting, and preparing the patients for surgery.

Composed of ENT Faculty and residents from various medical centers in Indonesia, the Thyroid Mission stays onsite for one week performing around 50 thyroid surgeries in five days. All specimens are examined by Pathologists in the RSCM Hospital in Jakarta. Patients who are found to have a malignant tumor are followed up with a total thyroidectomy. Dr. Adham’s work with the Thyroid Mission has shaped the spirit of cooperation and sharing to help the unfortunate patients.

A native of Indonesia, Dr. Adham received her medical degree from the University of Indonesia, followed by a residency in otorhinolaryngology. She received her PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) Hospital in Jakarta.

2020 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service Award Recipient: M. Shahed Quraishi, MD

This year’s awardee is M. Shahed Quraishi, MD. In 2005, Professor Quraishi founded the ENT Masterclass, a teaching platform for ENT surgeons and allied professionals, which provides ENT training and educational resources through his free multimedia training platform. ENT Masterclass reach spans 15 countries across four continents and is delivered by a volunteer faculty network of over 250 eminent professors/surgeons of ENT from all over the world.

Since 2008, ENT Masterclass has published a yearbook, a 150-page review journal; four annual courses webcast live all over the world; and the “Cyber Textbook of Surgery,” a selection of 450 ENT surgical/training videos from open-source access. His platform also provides an international traveling scholarship and an annual gold and silver medal for best research papers presented by trainees in ENT.

Professor Quraishi’s efforts also include the training and teaching of residents in the United Kingdom. He served as the program director for higher surgical training in South Yorkshire and is a member of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II presented Dr. Quraishi with the “Order of the British Empire” for his service to medical education and the National Health Service. His excellence in teaching was recognized by the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery with the Heinz Stammberger Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.

Professor Quraishi is currently an ENT surgeon in the United Kingdom where he has practiced as a consultant since 2004.

AAO-HNSF Board of Directors Selects Mark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD, as Board Coordinator-elect for International Affairs

Mark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD, is an associate professor of head and neck surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he also serves as section chief of head and neck endocrine surgery and associate medical director of the Endocrine Center. He has held many roles within the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation over the last 15 years, particularly within the international realm, and looks forward to serving the AAO-HNSF Board in collaborative leadership of the International Program. As Coordinator-elect, Dr. Zafereo will shadow the current Coordinator for International Affairs, J. Pablo Stolovitzky, MD. The Coordinator for International Affairs, which is a four-year term appointment, oversees implementation of the high-profile, important portfolio of AAO-HNSF’s global outreach and programs and ensures alignment with the strategic plan.

Announcing the International Advisory Board (IAB) Chair-elect

The AAO-HNSF call for nominees for Chair-elect of the International Advisory Board (IAB) was highly successful and resulted in the selection of Prof. Muaaz Tarabichi, MD. Dr. Tarabichi is a native of Syria where he grew up and started his medical education. He left Syria in 1980 and arrived in the United States as a political refugee. He then went to Montreal, Quebec, and did his residency at McGill University, during which he received the 1988 AAO-HNS Award for Excellence in Original Investigation for his study on application of finite element methods. He then returned to the Middle East and has been practicing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for 24 years.

Much of Dr. Tarabichi’s professional life has been centered on innovating, advocating, and teaching endoscopy ear surgery (EES), being widely referred to as the “Father of EES.” He struck a long-lasting friendship with the late Heinz Stammberger, MD FRCS Ed(Hon), during years of travel teaching endoscopic techniques in ear and sinus surgery. This relationship was the seed for their mutual project– TSESI: Tarabichi - Stammberger Ear & Sinus Institute in Dubai ( The facility includes a wet lab and state of art broadcasting and video production facilities and offers scholarships including travel and boarding for younger otolaryngologists from around the world.

Dr. Tarabichi’s term as Chair-elect will start at the conclusion of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, September 13-16, in Boston, Massachusetts, when current Chair-elect Karl Hoermann, MD, PhD, assumes the IAB Chair position.

2019-2020 IAB Chair-Elect Announced: Karl Hoermann, MD

At the IAB General Assembly Meeting on September 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Karl Hoermann (Germany) was  elected Chair-Elect of the International Advisory Board (IAB). Dr. Hoermann will serve a one-year term as Chair-Elect and immediately following the conclusion of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Boston, Massachusetts, he will then become IAB Chair and serve a one-year term.

Call for Volunteer Faculty for 2021 International and Joint Meetings

Since its inception, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world.  The AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships ,which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone.

One important means of building global relationships is through Joint Meetings, i.e., conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by the AAO-HNSF and a counterpart otolaryngology entity.

We are accepting applications for volunteer faculty to present at AAO-HNSF International Joint Meetings in 2021.  Linked HERE is the AAO-HNSF Volunteer Faculty Application.

For more information, contact


International Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB is made up of global otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from the Academy's International Corresponding Societies (ICS) affiliated network.

The IAB was established in 2016 as an international member network within the AAO-HNS Foundation. The IAB is made up of otolaryngologists around the world who belong to the ICS affiliated network, and serves as an important avenue of communication with the Board of Directors to help improve the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS/F. This new governance structure "gives a voice" to the Academy's global community of otolaryngologists - head and neck surgeons with the goal of fostering a global otolaryngology community to promote the highest standards in clinical care through collaboration to advance education, research, and communication.

About the IAB

Fostering a global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community is an important aim of the AAO-HNSF. In this spirit, the International Advisory Board (IAB) was established as a new representative body designed to provide international members with an unprecedented platform to interact with the Academy.

What purpose does the IAB serve?

The IAB serves as a "voice" of international otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, comprising an Executive Committee and General Assembly.

What is the role of the IAB?

The IAB counsels Academy leadership on AAO-HNSF engagement with the global community of otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons, opening up new opportunities for international communication and collaborative work.

Structure of the IAB: Officers, IAB Executive Committee, IAB General Assembly, and Staff

The IAB has two organs over which the Chair presides (in descending hierarchical order): The IAB Executive Committee and the General Assembly.


2019 -2020 IAB Officers

Chair: Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Chair-Elect: Karl Hoermann, MD, Mannheim, Germany

IAB Executive Committee (EC)

The Executive Committee (EC) is the administrative arm of the IAB and serves the Chair primarily in an advisory capacity

  • IAB Chair: Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • IAB Chair-Elect: Karl Hoermann, MD, Mannheim, Germany

  • Immediate Past Chair: Johan Fagan, MD

  • AAO-HNS/F Immediate Past President: Albert L. Merati, MD

  • AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO: James Denneny III, MD

  • AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs: Pablo Stolovitzky, MD

General Assembly

The primary organ of the IAB is the General Assembly. Its membership is divided into two categories:

  1. Delegates representing International Corresponding Societies (ICS)
    ICS are otolaryngology organizations around the world that have entered into an informal corresponding relationship with the Academy.
  2. 10 individual international members who serve as At-large Representatives for countries and/or regions not already robustly represented by ICS.

IAB Staff

Rebecca Dobbins, MA 

Director, Global Affairs

Regulations of the International Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)

At AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, IAB Delegates to the General Assembly voted to approve the IAB Regulations, which were subsequently approved by the AAO-HNSF Board of Directors.

2020-2021 Joint Meetings

Since its inception, the AAO-HNSF has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world. AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships, which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone. 

The following 2020-21 Joint Meetings are conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by AAO-HNSF:

International Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

The AAO-HNSF offers a variety of grants and scholarships to aid and encourage those who further the mission of otolaryngology on an international scale. 

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International Observership Directory

Below is a listing of U.S. otolaryngology organizations or departments that offer international observerships. International observerships allow eligible international physicians the ability to shadow U.S. physicians and learn more about the specialty of their choice. Please note, each institution has different eligibility requirements. For further information regarding individual international observerships, please contact each institution directly according to their below information.
If you have any questions about the database or would like your U.S. otolaryngology institution to be added to our directory, please contact

Boston University School of Medicine
Program Contact: Gregory A. Grillone
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Laryngology

Cooper University Hospital
Program Coordinator: Nadir Ahmad
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: Contact Eileen Baptiste for information. She will provide details of requirements. No deadline for applications. Available year round.

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Program Contact: Joseph K. Han
Subspecialty Offered: Allergy and Rhinology

Emory University
Program Contact: Please see website for information.
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Otology Audiology, Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Rhinology
Program Requirements: During COVID-19 pandemic times, Emory Otolaryngology cannot accept outside observers. We will update this site with requirements once new observer policies are available.

Emory University - Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship
Program Contact: Barbara Powley
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: The application process is not open at this time. Once the application process opens, it will be announced here.

Johns Hopkins
Program Contact: Jon Russell
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery
Program Requirements: Minimal requirements for an observership of less than two weeks. May be constrained due to COVID or high volume of observers.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Program Contact: Daniel Faden
Subspecialty Offered: Head Neck Surgery

Rush University Medical Center: Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Program Contact: Sofia Gardanova
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Neurotology, Otology Audiology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Rhinology, and Sleep Medicine
Program Requirements:

  1. Education: MD or equivalent
  2. Training: Completed a Residency in ENT
  3. Two letters of reference of mentors
  4. Fluent in English
  5. Willingness to lead/contribute to a clinic research project if present in the department for time period of two months or more

Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington
Program Contact: Breanne Buckley,
Subspecialty Offered: Pediatric Otolaryngology
Program Requirements: Full breadth pediatric otolaryngology experience: Cleft/Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies, Microtia, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency, Voice, Airway, Aerodigestive, Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), Complex Sleep, Thyroid, Pediatric Head and Neck, Sinus and Cranial Base Surgery.
- Application form
- Curriculum Vitae (CV),
- A current photograph
- Letter of recommendation
- Copy of the information page of their current Passport

Southern Illinois University
Program Contact: Denean Vreeland
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Program Requirements: SIU Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery gladly welcomes international observers. Requests are taken on a rolling basis with no application deadline. We request that you submit your CV along with an email requesting an observership. Further institutional requirements will follow.

University of Virginia
Program Contact: Jose Mattos
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology

West Virginia University
Program Contact: Hassan H. Ramadan
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology
Program Requirements: Deadline for applications are four months ahead of start date

AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

International Guests of Honor

We are pleased to announce that the International Guests of Honor for the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience are the Caribbean, Egypt, Germany, and Taiwan.

Bulletin articles from the 2019 Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series




United Kingdom

Bulletin articles from the 2018 Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series

South Africa




Bulletin articles from the 2017 Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series

Republic of Korea

People's Republic of China

French Republic

United Mexican States

AAO-HNSF International Symposium

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium is a new Annual Meeting forum designed to showcase cutting-edge content, including Instruction Courses and Miniseminars, presented by international physicians. Click here to learn more.