Dear Members,

I am deeply sorry to inform you that our colleague Kevin Manning passed away peacefully today.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Yours sincerely,
Nash Patil


To Members IOSHNS

Dear Colleagues

It is with sadness we report the death of Professor Michael Cinnamond, retired Paediatric Otolaryngologist and former Professor of the Department of ENT, Belfast.

He is fondly remembered as an inspiring trainer who developed paediatric airway surgery in Northern Ireland and encouraged his trainees to look beyond these islands to fellowships in USA and Canada.
He supported trainees of all backgrounds before equality and diversity became fashionable. His dedication and commitment to his patients knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed by his former colleagues and trainees.

Cate Scally MD FRCS(ORL)
President IOHNS

The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is holding a scientific meeting for health professionals on 9 July 2018 focused on HPV prevention and the latest research on HPV associated cancers.

The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers takes place in RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 9 July 2018 at 09:30 and is approved for 6 CPD credits. All healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.
Professor Ian Frazer, the Australian immunologist who co-invented the HPV vaccine Gardasil, is among those speaking at this event. He predicts that cervical cancer can be eliminated over a 20-year period if a comprehensive vaccination programme is implemented.

GPs are on the frontline of HPV vaccination and we are pleased to welcome Dr Deirdre Lundy, GP and coordinator for sexual and reproductive education, ICGP, as one of our guest speakers for this event.

We will hear the facts about HPV and head and neck cancers from Prof James Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI.

We will also hear from patients who have been directly affected by HPV, including Emily Hourican, a journalist and best-selling author who was diagnosed with mouth cancer, caused by the HPV virus, in 2015.

Topics to be discussed on the day include

  • The burden of HPV related cancer in Ireland
  • Screening – the benefits and limitations
  • Improving HPV vaccine uptake - how can GPs help?
  • HPV and Head and Neck Cancer
  • A case for gender neutral HPV vaccination
  • Developing a therapeutic mucosal-targeted HPV vaccine
View the full programme for this event (PDF)

We hope you can join us on 9 July to hear the latest scientific updates on a vaccine that promises to save tens of millions of lives over the coming decades.

To read more or book online go to www.rcpi.ie/store/2017-the-opportunity-to-eliminate-hpv-cancers

Minister for Health Simon Harris will be in attendance on the day.

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society will be held in the unique setting of the Galgorm resort in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, thirty minutes north of Belfast.

We are delighted to welcome the 2018 Wilde discourser Blake Papsin from Canada, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto and the Otolaryngologist-in- Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children where he has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and led the Cochlear Implant Program. Dr Papsin has published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, 47 book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss.

The IOS annual meeting is a forum for specialist registrar presentations, consultant round table discussions and invited speakers, which this year includes Ben Hartley, Otolaryngologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Abstract submissions and meeting registration are encouraged through the IOS webpage link below which includes details of a social programme with optional tour of the North Antrim coast on Friday for significant others. The black tie gala dinner on Friday night will be located in the Great Hall at Galgorm immediately after the Wilde discourse and is a ticketed event only. We are hoping to take credit card payments on arrival for conference fees and dinner tickets.

Please buy your dinner ticket with your conference registration. Hotel room reservations at conference rate are encouraged through the www.galgorm.com webpage. Cottages and cabins are held on our behalf and may be of interest to groups of trainees; the agreed prices are listed below:

  • 3 x Fisherman Cottages @ £140.00 per cottage per night (sleeps 2 per cottage – can be set up either as twin room or double). Link
  • 2 x Riverside Log Cabins @ £360.00 per cabin per night (sleeps either 4 or 8 guests – can be 4 double beds for single occupancy or 4 double beds for shared occupancy. Please note these beds cannot be made into twins) Link
A warm Northern Irish welcome is extended to all, from your President Ms. Cate Scally FRCS.


By Car

From Belfast (30-40 Minutes) Take M2. Take the turnoff for A26 to Ballymena. Travel along the A26 for approximately 5 miles. Take turnoff on the left sign posted for County Hall. Continue straight ahead at the 3 mini roundabouts. At the end of the road, just past the County Hall keep left at the 2 mini roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the third off (Fenaghy Road) Galgorm Resort & Spa is approximately 2 miles along the left.

By train

There are two train stations nearby; Ballymena/Cullybackey.
Cullybackey station is 3-minute car journey away.
Ballymena station is an 11-minute car journey

Dear colleagues,

The Spring RAMI is due in a month's time. An informal dinner has been organised for Saturday night, with our international guest, Prof Bernard Lyons from Australia. As many who have attended previously have attested to, this is an informal gathering in which trainees and consultant trainers mingle over sumptuous fare on joint tables, which has the ability to break out into song, should Mr. Considine care to bring his guitar with him. Mr. Walshe has regaled us with his rendition of classic rock, and Naisrin, Eadoin, and Ms. Lang have immersed us in their hauntingly beautiful tunes of Irish folklore. Mr. Khoo has attempted "Mary from Dungloe" whilst reading the lyrics from his mobile phone. John Rutka has educated us on ENT affectations of classical music moguls, and Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen has given us a virtual tour of his home city of Valencia. Prof Lyons will bring his love of all things Aussie sport to life during this upcoming trip. We have been treated to Mr. Garda Colreavy's walk, Prof JP O'Neill's dance routines, and Mr. Conlon's Fiat adventures previously, in a "How Well do you know your consultants" quiz, in addition to Ms. Lang's Anuna connections and the power marriage of Mr. Choo and Ms. Bresnihan.

Dinner has oft been poorly attended by the trainees, and I would urge you you attend on this occasion. There is nothing more cordial than dining with your trainers in an informal atmosphere, during which the formal gap of work-life can be placed firmly behind us. For those nearing the end of your training, these dinners give you the opportunity to meet immense personalities from Australia, Europe and North America, all of whom have the clout and ability to offer you clinical fellowships in outstanding institutions of learning. For those thinking of Australia as a fellowship destination, there is no better person to speak to than Prof Lyons.

Mount Wolseley have asked for numbers for dinner in advance, and I would be grateful if you could kindly email me if you intend to attend, and any spouse or partner you may wish to bring along.

On behalf of President Kieran O'Driscoll and I, it has been a wonderful 3 year tenure which is sadly coming to an end this Spring. We intend to go out with a bang.

With kindest regards,
Mr. S.Guan Khoo
Consultant Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon, St. Vincent's University Hospital.

Only one week left to submit your abstract and until early bird registration deadline

Abstract submission deadline is 15th February 2018.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to present your research.
Submit your abstract through this link

Professor Jatin Shah of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, receiving an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin (seen here with Professor James Paul O'Neill)

Dear Colleagues,

The 58 th annual conference of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology Society was held in Knockranny House Hotel in the picturesque town of Westport, Co. Mayo on the 13 th and 14 th of October 2017.

The meeting was well attended by trainees, consultants, and distinguished speakers travelling from departments in all four provinces in Ireland and further afield.

The morning started with an exciting panel discussion on Frontiers in Rhinology which was chaired by Professor Valerie Lund (London) and Professor Ray Sacks (Sydney) with contributions from Mr Mohammad Amin, Mr Peter Lacy, Ms Mona Thornton, Mr Elgan Davies (UK), Dr Brendan Hanna and Professor Prepageran Narayanan (Malaysia).
Professor Sacks and Narayanan completed this session with fascinating talks on advances in skull base surgery. In particular the remarkable work they both presented on improving endoscopic approaches to both the sinuses and more advanced work was of use to all present.

The afternoon session in Paediatrics, Rhinology and Head and Neck Surgery saw presentations from north and south of the border. It was also encouraging to note both in this session (and throughout the conference) that presentations were of a uniformly high standard and from all grades of trainee from intern to fellow.

We had the privilege this year of welcoming Professor Valerie Lund CBE as this year’s Wilde discourser. Valerie Lund is a Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute University College London, and is a world renowned expert in endoscopic sinus surgery with a particular interest in sinonasal tumours. Professor Lund delivered a witty and informative exposition on the forgotten sense - olfaction ! The discourse flowed seamlessly from the basic mammalian and human science of olfaction to the expansion and horizon of research in the area, touching on the social implications of sense of smell along the way. This was followed by a Gala dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and provided an opportunity for the fellowship that is such a key part of the annual meeting.

Day two began with guest lectures from Professor Stephen Lane, Professor Prepageran Narayanan and Mr Elgan Davies, covering a variety of topics including frontal sinus surgery, immunotherapy and rhinoplasty. Following this there was another free paper session in Otology where trainees had the opportunity to present their exciting research and cases.

The weekend concluded with best poster, best presentation and best research prizes being presented to Ross O Shea, Bronagh Lang, Robbie Woods and Fatemeh Keshtkar.

In addition we saw the election of Ms Cate Scally as the incoming President of the IOS. We look forward to seeing everyone in Ballymena next year!

Bronagh Lang ST3 ENT
Colin Leonard ST6 ENT
Professor Nash Patil

IOS 2017 Photos

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Meeting

RCSI is delighted to host the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) for the inaugural Women in Surgery meeting in Dublin.
This unique event is the first Association of Women Surgeons meeting to take place in Ireland and seeks to celebrate the work of women surgeons from around the world. The event will focus on the experience and evolution of gender equality in surgery in the United States and Ireland.

Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Location: College Hall, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

This Year's Meeting

11-13 October 2018


Congratulations to Prof M Shahed Quraishi, OBE, FRCS, FRCS (ORL, H&N) on his recent OBE.


Best paper prizes were awarded to Bronagh Lang and Ross O’Shea and the judges on this occasion were Professor Rory McConn Walsh and Rosie Stewart.

Association of Cytokeratin 7 and Cytokeratin 19 with HPV in Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
RSR Woods, H Jawad, E O’Regan, CV Timon, L Feeley, P Sheanan
Best Scientific Poster

Improving management of patients with epistaxis in the Emergency Department: An e-learning experience.
Dr Fatemeh keshtkar, Mr Warren Bennett, Mr Michael Rice, Dr Rob Stacey, Mr Robin Youngs
Best Clinical Poster

Prize Judges

Tom Moran and

Cathy Smith


Professor John Fenton has recently been appointed President of the Board of the UEMS ORL Section.

He takes over from Professor Ulrik Pedersen (Denmark).

We wish him all the very best in his new position!

Yours sincerely,

Nash Patil