Boston, MA The 2010 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the largest meeting of ear, nose, and throat doctors in the world, will convene September 26-29, 2010, in Boston, MA.

Featuring more than 305 scientific research sessions, 594 posters, and several hundred instruction course hours for attendees, the annual meeting is a unique opportunity for journalists from around the world to cover breaking science and medical news. Reporters will have access to the latest research and clinical advances in the field of otolaryngology head and neck surgery.

Information for the Media

The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Newsroom will be located in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 052. Hours of operation: Saturday, September 25, 12 pm to 5 pm; Sunday-Tuesday, September 26 28, 7:30 am to 5 pm; and Wednesday, September 29, 7:30 am to 2 pm. The newsroom serves as a work space for credentialed members of the news media. The newsroom is managed and staffed by the AAO-HNS Communications Unit. Please see the AAO-HNS website for media credentialing requirements for the event. To register and view advance press releases, log onto the AAO-HNS website at

Impact of Allergic Disease in Management of Rhinosinusitis

Presenters: Joseph Han, MD (moderator); Richard Haydon, MD; Bradley Marple, MD; Matthew Ryan, MD

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Room 258

Boston, MA Research has shown that patients who suffer from allergies and rhinosinusitis must understand how these diseases interrelate.

In a paper presented at the 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSFF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Boston, authors said there has been increasing evidence that inflammatory diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract have a connection. They also point out that the disease in one part of the tract can impact the other.

Literature addressing the united airway, and implications for rhinosinusitis diagnosis and management were presented at the meeting. The ultimate goal for the seminar was to equip attendees to provide improved care for rhinosinusitis and allergy patients.

Robotic Thyroidectomy: Why, How, When?

Presenters: Ronald Kuppersmith, MD, MBA (moderator); David Terris, MD; Simon Wright, MD; F Christopher Holsinger, MD

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Room 210B

Boston, MA Minimally invasive approaches to surgery of the thyroid have been demonstrated to be feasible and safe and are becoming more widely adopted.

In a presentation at the 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Boston, a researcher revealed the da Vinci Surgical System for thyroid surgery (pioneered in Korea) has been approved by the FDA, and is gaining acceptance in the United States.

The seminar discussed the potential advantages and disadvantages of applying robotic technology to thyroid surgery, and described the surgical technique. Additionally, they discussed how to determine which patients would be appropriate for this technique, and the future of robotic technology.