Happy Holidays

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! On behalf of the American Rhinologic Society Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and administrative staff, I would like to thank you for making 2015 a banner year for the American Rhinologic Society. This past year, the Society enjoyed some of its most well-attended and successful conferences to date. The Spring Meeting in Boston highlighted the cutting edge of rhinologic research, while the 4th annual Summer Sinus Symposium in Chicago bolstered its reputation for offering the premier clinical course in rhinology for the practicing otolaryngologist. For the first time, registration for this year’s SSS was free for ARS members, an exciting new benefit for ARS members that will also be offered in 2016.

The Annual Fall Meeting in Dallas this past September was also notable for the debut of several new features. The successful expansion of the meeting format from a single day to 1 ½ days was a manifestation of the tremendous growth we have witnessed in our rapidly evolving field of rhinology. As our dynamic membership has been advancing the field of rhinology, the enlarging body of outstanding educational and research content had outgrown the limits of a single day conference. Thus, it was extremely gratifying to see how the expanded meeting format created wonderful new opportunities to feature more invited guest speakers, panels, and research presentations at our signature academic event of the year.

The Fall Meeting was also remarkable for our inaugural live-streamed global webcast to over twenty countries around the world. With generous co-sponsorship by the Pan-American Association of Otolaryngology (special thanks to Dr. Pablo Stolovitzky), the ARS welcomed colleagues online from Latin American, Asia, Europe, Australasia & the Middle East. On-site in Dallas, we were also delighted to welcome delegates from our guest countries China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. I am personally thrilled to see the growth in the global outreach of the ARS and look forward to further engagement of the ARS with our international colleagues.

Lastly, as we look ahead to the new year, the ARS leadership and I that hope you will consider how the ARS can better serve your needs and how you might become more involved with the Society in 2016. As an almost exclusively volunteer society, we depend on you, our membership, for the energy and creativity to drive the Society’s programming and agenda. Exciting new initiatives like Women in Rhinology and the Mentorship Program have emerged from grass roots initiatives. If you have ideas for new programs, please contact me and I would be delighted to discuss your ideas with you. There are also opportunities to serve through the ARS committee structure as either a committee chair or member; online applications will be open in the next few months. To all of you who have already been hard at work on behalf of the Society, thank you so much for your dedication to the Society. We truly could not exist without your diligent efforts. And for those of you who are contemplating joining the ARS, please consider the many benefits of Society membership and join today!

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays,

Peter H. Hwang, MD, FARS
President, ARS