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James C. Denneny III, MD, addresses topics and issues of concern to our members and specialty.


James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO

The last several years I have tried to preserve some time on the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience program to address topics and issues of concern to our members and specialty, which have tended to fall outside the normal education experience provided by our named lecturers and comprehensive scientific program developed by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC). Last year we included programming on the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on testing, transmission, and immunity; wellbeing; a view from the lens of the AAO-HNS Future of Otolaryngology Task Force with a look at the future of otolaryngology practice; the future of telemedicine; and scientific breaking news that informed otolaryngology practice.

2021 EVP/CEO Spotlight Sessions

For this year’s meeting in Los Angeles, California, the following features are in development:

  • Exploration of the topic of wellness and resiliency as it relates to diversity and inclusion issues with a panel led by Jo A. Schapiro, MD, and David J. Brown, MD
  • In-depth preview and discussion of the pros and cons of various types of physician employment models led by Robert O. Brown III, MD
  • Analysis of the changes to day-to-day practice models resulting from the COVID-19 virus, including which of those practices will endure after the virus subsides with a session led by Gavin Setzen, MD, Past President and Chair of the AAO-HNS Future of Otolaryngology Task Force
  • Review of scientific and research updates on potentially game-changing, new, and innovative technologies in otolaryngology. 

These topics, which are reflective of areas of focus by the Academy leadership historically but with greater emphasis this year, will continue into the future addressing the key areas of Wellness and Resiliency; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Business of Medicine. The times and complete descriptions for these presentations will be forthcoming shortly.

Additionally, we will also be introducing new initiatives and programs for patient-facing education, specialty promotion, Academy participation, and leadership in July and August. They will also be featured at the upcoming meeting in Los Angeles. 

The above-mentioned additional programming will augment this year’s innovative schedule of education opportunities provided by the AMPC. I encourage you all to take part in these supplemental activities either live in Los Angeles or through our virtual platform at home. 

Attend the General Assemblies All locations are at the Los Angeles Convention Center unless otherwise noted, and all times are Pacific Time.

Board of Governors Saturday, October 2, 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Held at Headquarter Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

International Advisory Board Monday, October 4, 7:00 – 8:00 am

Women in Otolaryngology Section Monday, October 4, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm 

Young Physicians Section Monday, October 4, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training Tuesday, October 5, 8:45 - 9:45 am