Dear Colleagues,

The 58th Annual Conference went off very well. A report with pictures follows shortly.

Nash Patil
IOS Southern Secretary
Tuesday 17th October

Dear Faculty and Trainees,

Now that the Hallowe'en season is upon us, it can only mean one thing....Christmas in 7 weeks and the Winter RAMI in a month! As always, I welcome your submissions to the penultimate meeting that I will be hosting before handing off at Spring RAMI next year. As the IOS is only recently concluded, no one wants to think about further abstract entries, but with the closing date scheduled for 17th November, I would urge you to submit early and preferably with gusto! I would encourage as many trainees to present, including those on the training scheme. Over the years, we have seen a drop-off in SpRs presenting, with an influx of CST and medical students taking over their roles. Although admirable, may I gently remind SpRs that presenting at these meetings should be embraced as part of your learning a defensive mechanism against the O'Driscoll-Khoo grilling!

Happy Hallowe'en!

With kind regards,

Guan Khoo
Secretary, RAMI (ORL-HNS Section)
13 November 2017

Closing date for abstracts Friday 17th November 2017
RAMI Section of OtoRhinoLaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ORL HNS), Registrar's Prize Meeting, Fri 8th Dec 2017

Limit your abstract to 200 words please. The format is as usual, with interesting care presentations, and there will be an opening for Innovations In Surgical Practice / How I Do It section, if any of you would care to share your surgical techniques. As well as that, I will also accept submissions for your albatross cases which can be discussed by the audience during your talk.

Closing date for abstracts Friday 17th November 2017. Submit here

If you are selected to present you must be a member of RAMI, join online at Membership Application

All those attending must register for event. Receipts will be issued. Register to attend

The meeting will take place at 7:00pm. Further details will be emailed to all closer to the date regarding timings.

Please note the meeting starts at 7:00pm and there will be light refreshments available at 6:00pm prior to the introduction to meeting at 6:55pm.

CPD credits are emailed to all RAMI members. The registration fee of €20 for non-RAMI covers a CPD cert.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Dr. S Guan Khoo,
Section Secretary
RAMI Section of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ORL HNS)

IOS 2017 Photos

Wilde Discourser 2017 - Prof Valerie Lund (CBE)

The Wilde Discourser for 2017 will be Prof Valerie Lund (CBE). 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.

She deals with all nose and sinus conditions with a particular interest in sinonasal tumours and has been involved in endoscopic sinus surgery and its extended applications since the early 1980’s. She has contributed extensively to the literature with 30 books and monographs, 79 chapters and over 250 peer-reviewed papers.

She holds a number of national and international administrative posts including the Chief Editor of ‘Rhinology’ , is Co-Chairman of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Taskforce on Rhinosinusitis (EP3OS) and became General Secretary of the European Rhinologic Society in 2008.

She was an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1995 to 2006, was Chairman of the Intercollegiate Examination Board in Otolaryngology until 2007 and previously chaired the organisation, Women in Surgical Training (WIST) for the UK. In 2008 she was awarded a CBE for services to medicine and in 2009 was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Guest Faculty

Mr J Elgan Davies Consultant ENT Surgeon MB, BCh, FRCS

Elgan Davies teaches on endoscopic sinus surgery courses in the UK and overseas. Developed technique and service for endoscopic pituitary surgery with colleagues in West Midlands. He is an acting committee member of BAOHNS. His clinical interests include Ear, nose and throat, Paediatric otolaryngology, Hearing loss, Head and neck surgery, Balance disorders, Sinus disease Ostosclerosis / stapes surgery Salivary tumours Balloon Sinuplasty. His professional memberships include British Association Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and European Rhinological Society. He currently works for the NHS as Consultant ENT Surgeon, Macclesfield District Hospital & Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

Professor Stephen Lane PhD, FRCPI, FRCP (London), FCCP

Stephen Lane is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Tallaght Hospital & Peamount Healthcare and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. His major interests include the airway diseases asthma and COPD. Professor Lane is the author of many peer review original papers relating to asthma and COPD. He maintains an active clinical research program. He is a member of College of Physicians Ireland and London; Association of Physicians; Association of Clinical Professors of Medicine; Irish Thoracic Society; British Thoracic Society; British Society Allergy Clinical Immunology; TUE Committee of the Irish Sports Council; Board member Meath Foundation & Chair Research Committee. He has acted in the role of Chair, Clinical Advisory group, National Asthma Program 2010; Chair, Clinical Advisory Group, National COPD Program 2013, and is a Member, Medical Advisory Board, Asthma Society of Ireland and is Regional Lead Dublin Mid/Leinster National Asthma Program.

Prof. Dr Prepageran Narayanan

Professor Narayanan started his career with MBBS University Malaya in 1993. His area of expertise includes Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants. He worked abroad in UK under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. (Certificate of Completion of Training) in 98-99 and Clinical Fellowship in Neurotology & Advanced Otology, Skull Base Surgery (Nov 2002–Nov 2003) in Toronto General Hospital. He is currently Professor and Head of Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya and Chairman of the National Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Specialty Training Board. He is currently the visiting professor of Chiang Mai University and is the mentor of the Skull Base Fellowship program in University Malaya which receives fellows and surgeons from all over the worlds for attachment and training. He is a member of numerous national and international organizations including the International Consensus of Nasal Polyps Working Group, Asean Rhinology Society, Academy of Medicine: Malaysia, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Asean Academy of Neurotology and Otology, and International Federation of Skull Base Surgery. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow.

Prof. Ray Sacks (Sydney, Australia)

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 . He 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.

Ray is an associate editor and sits on the Editorial Boards of both the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the British Journal of Laryngology and Otology. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and 13 book chapters.

He was recently awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery Medal for 2015 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” and was awarded the International Rhinology Society medal for “Distinguished service to the International Rhinologic Community” in Brazil in May this year.


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

Thank You!

The IOS is indebted to Maureen Brooks and Samantha Marshall for their impeccable management of the registration process!


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

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Notes for poster presenters

Posters should be of A0 size in a portrait format.

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland
  • Alk Abello
  • Armstrong Medical
  • Audico
  • Beacon Audiology
  • Cochlear Europe Ltd
  • CryoLife
  • Gemini Surgical
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Guymark
  • Interacoustics UK
  • Irish Hospital Supplies Ltd.
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • MEDA Pharmaceuticals
  • Medserv
  • Medtronic Limited
  • Meril Life Sciences India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Merz Pharma UK Limited
  • Murray Surgical Ltd
  • Nasal Medical
  • Northern Hospital Supplies
  • Olympus Ireland
  • Single Use Surgical Ltd
  • Sisk Healthcare T/A Tekno Surgical
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Ulster Bank


The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, has granted the event 10 CPD points