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Michael Kuo, PhD, FRCS, DCH,
Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon,
Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK;
Scientific Chair, CEORL-HNS Dublin 2024.


June next year will see the 7th Congress of European ORL-HNS, held in Dublin. This has been, with the exception of the Milan congress delayed due to Covid, a biennial meeting of the entire breadth of otolaryngology. It has been a meeting which brings together not only our many subspecialties but specialists from all European countries.

Through international collaborations with the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the Canadian Society and the Korean Society among others, the faculty and the programme extends beyond Europe. What delegates can expect from the conference is well articulated in the interview by Declan Costello with the president of the congress, Professor John Russell.

Every subspecialty is represented in the programme spanning three and a half days. The programme also extends beyond the strictly academic elements of our specialty. Surgery is a physical as well as an intellectual pursuit. Surgeons are no good to their patients if they do not look after themselves physically, and Professor Raewyn Campbell teases us with what she will be addressing in her keynote lecture on the ergonomics of surgery. Professor Jane Lea has had a dual career in professional sport and in otology. We are increasingly recognising that there is much for surgeons to learn from professional sports and professional music in terms of performance enhancement. Professor Lea will be chairing an instructional session addressing this.

The Confederation of European Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has grown enormously since its inception in 2009. The current president, Per Cayé-Thomasen, articulates the many areas in which the Confederation offers support to individual members and member societies. One of the most exciting developments has been the establishment of a ‘Young CEORL-HNS’, addressing the more specific needs of the younger European specialists. The YCEORL-HNS has already prepared an educational track programme in the congress but, in addition to that, plays a big role in education throughout the year which the current president, Giuditta Mannelli, expands upon.

We hope this set of articles reinforces what the Confederation offers to our specialty and puts a spotlight on the congress in Dublin in June 2024. Submit your abstracts, submit your study leave applications and register for the academic event of the year!





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Michael Kuo

PhD FRCS DCH, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK; President, British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology.

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