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International Outreach

International outreach, worldwide partnerships, and the exchange of information and education are important aims of the Academy and its Foundation.


International Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB is made up of global otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from the Academy's International Corresponding Societies (ICS) affiliated network.

The IAB was established in 2016 as an international member network within the AAO-HNS Foundation. The IAB is made up of otolaryngologists around the world who belong to the ICS affiliated network, and serves as an important avenue of communication with the Board of Directors to help improve the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS/F. This new governance structure "gives a voice" to the Academy's global community of otolaryngologists - head and neck surgeons with the goal of fostering a global otolaryngology community to promote the highest standards in clinical care through collaboration to advance education, research, and communication.

About the IAB

Fostering a global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community is an important aim of the AAO-HNSF. In this spirit, the International Advisory Board (IAB) was established as a new representative body designed to provide international members with an unprecedented platform to interact with the Academy.

What purpose does the IAB serve?

The IAB serves as a "voice" of international otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, comprising an Executive Committee and General Assembly.

What is the role of the IAB?

The IAB counsels Academy leadership on AAO-HNSF engagement with the global community of otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons, opening up new opportunities for international communication and collaborative work.

Structure of the IAB: Officers, IAB Executive Committee, IAB General Assembly, and Staff

The IAB has two organs over which the Chair presides (in descending hierarchical order): The IAB Executive Committee and the General Assembly.


















2018 -2019 IAB Officers

Chair: Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Vice Chair: Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MD, Ibadan Nigeria

IAB Executive Committee (EC)

The Executive Committee (EC) is the administrative arm of the IAB and serves the Chair primarily in an advisory capacity

  • IAB Chair: Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • IAB Vice Chair: Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MD, Ibadan Nigeria

  • Immediate Past Chair: Johan Fagan, MD

  • AAO-HNS/F Immediate Past President: Gavin Setzen, MD

  • AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO: James Denneny III, MD

  • AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs: Pablo Stolovitzky, MD

General Assembly

The primary organ of the IAB is the General Assembly. Its membership is divided into two categories:

  1. Delegates representing International Corresponding Societies (ICS)
    ICS are otolaryngology organizations around the world that have entered into an informal corresponding relationship with the Academy.
  2. 10 individual international members who serve as At-large Representatives for countries and/or regions not already robustly represented by ICS.

IAB Staff

Rebecca Dobbins, MA 

Director, Global Affairs

Regulations of the International Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)

At AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, IAB Delegates to the General Assembly voted to approve the IAB Regulations, which were subsequently approved by the AAO-HNSF Board of Directors.

2019-2020 Joint Meetings

Since its inception, the AAO-HNSF has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world. AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships, which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone. 

The following 2019-20 Joint Meetings are conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by AAO-HNSF:

International Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

The AAO-HNSF offers a variety of grants and scholarships to aid and encourage those who further the mission of otolaryngology on an international scale. 

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AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

International Guests of Honor

We are pleased to announce that the International Guests of Honor for the 2019 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in New Orleans, LA, U.S.A are Philippines, Peru, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

Bulletin articles from the 2018 Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series

South Africa




Bulletin articles from the 2017 Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series

Republic of Korea

People's Republic of China

French Republic

United Mexican States

AAO-HNSF International Symposium

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium is a new Annual Meeting forum designed to showcase cutting-edge content, including Instruction Courses and Miniseminars, presented by international physicians. Click here to learn more.