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The ARS Summer Sinus Symposium in Washington, DC promises to be an exciting, highly educational program that brings together interested otolaryngologists in one forum to discuss all aspects of rhinology and the impact these issues have on patient care in your practice. National leaders in rhinology will lead discussions of pertinent clinical issues that affect all otolaryngologists practicing rhinology. 

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Friday, July 14, 2017 - Regency Ballroom






7:30-8:15 AM

Non-CME Breakfast Symposium


8:15-8:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction

John DelGaudio, MDARS President


8:30-9:00 AM

Keynote Address
"Health Care Reform in Congress: Where we've been and where we are going"

Congressman Phillip Roe, MD


9:00-10:00 AM

Getting It Right the First Time!  Primary Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

·       To identify critical embryology and anatomy to optimize technical aspects of surgery

·       To identify the proper person for first time procedures

·       To discuss post-operative medication regimens to optimize outcomes

Brent Senior, MD

Roy Casiano
Greg Davis
David Kennedy
Ralph Metson
Ameet Singh
Eugenia Vining


10:00-10:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors


10:30-11:30 AM

Primary Frontal Sinus Surgery: To Do, Or Not To Do?

·       Review the relevant anatomy of the frontal sinus outflow tract

·       Discuss the indications and contraindications for primary frontal sinus surgery

·       Consider available technologies and their impact on operative techniques for the frontal sinus

Michael Sillers, MD

Pete Batra
Marc Dubin
Donald Lanza
Jivianne Lee
Michael Stewart
Kevin Welch


11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Second Chances: Finding Success in Revision Sinus Surgery

·       Describe common causes of suboptimal outcomes in endoscopic sinus surgery

·       Discuss the role of medical therapies and devices in management of surgical failures

·       Compare the indications for various extended sinus procedures in the treatment of surgical failures

Peter Hwang, MD

Charles Ebert
Eric Holbrook
Robert Kern
Devyani Lal
Douglas Reh
Brad Woodworth


12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall


1:30-2:30 PM

Cadaver Dissection #1: Pearls in Primary Sinus Surgery: Improving Technique From Office to OR

·       Demonstrate key maneuvers in primary sinus surgery to optimize surgical outcomes

·       Discuss specific strategies to improve outcomes and avoid complications during primary sinus surgery.

·       Understand novel options for in-office rhinology procedures.

Jivianne Lee, MD

Richard Orlandi


2:30-3:30 PM

Would You Do This in Your Office?

·       Understand the socioeconomic  impact of office surgery.

·       To understand appropriate patient and pathology selection for office surgery

·       Demonstrate the types of procedures that can be safely performed in the office setting.

John DelGaudio, MD

Michael Armstrong
Martin Citardi
Boris Karanfilov
Spencer Payne
Michael Setzen


3:30-4:00 PM

Break with Exhibitors


4:00-5:00 PM

Complications of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Managing the Worst-Case Scenario

·       Understand various complications of sinus surgery

·       Recognize important treatment modalities in complications

·       Discuss appropriate referral and consultation in patients suffering complications

Timothy Smith, MD

Yvonne Chan
John DelGaudio
Stacey Gray
David Kennedy
James Palmer
James Stankiewicz




6:30-8:30 PM

Cocktail Reception - Empire Terrace, Omni Shoreham Hotel


Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Regency Ballroom






7:30-8:15 AM

Non-CME Breakfast Symposium


8:30-9:15 AM

Medical Management in 2017: Are We Any More Effective?

·       Understand the current evidence & guidelines for the initial medical management of the patient with sinus disease

·       Discuss the current role of cultures ad anti-microbial therapy in the management of CRS

·       Review new therapeutic options and strategies for the patient with recalcitrant sinus complaints

Todd Kingdom, MD

Noam Cohen
James Hadley
Amber Luong
Zara Patel



9:15-10:00 AM

Post-Operative Steps to Improve Outcomes

·       Highlight intraoperative techniques that facilitate post-op care of the sinus surgery patient

·       Consider the effect of postoperative medical therapy on endoscopic sinus surgery outcomes

·       Examine the timing, extent, and utility of postoperative debridement on endoscopic surgery outcomes

Sara Wise, MD

Peter Manes
Christopher Melroy
Erin O'Brien
Raj Sindwani
Michael Stewart




10:00-10:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors


10:30-11:30 AM

Novel Technology

·       Describe new tools for office-based treatments

·       Review new clinical evidence supporting the benefits of steroid eluting implants

·       Discuss the impact, incidence and treatment options for eustachian tube disease

·       Describe the impact, incidence and treatment options for soft tissue nasal obstruction

Winston Vaughan, MD

Ashutosh Kacker
Dennis Poe
Roheen Raithatha




11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Cadaver Dissection #2: Advanced Surgery Techniques for the Practicing Rhinologist

Amber Luong, MD

Kevin Welch


DCR, Draf III, SPA Ligation, Endoscopic Approach to the Pituitary

·       To understand techniques and steps for endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

·       Understand key anatomic landmarks and common anatomical variations important in performing SPA ligation

·       Understand key steps and key anatomic landmarks in providing optimal exposure for endoscopic hypophysectomy


12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall


1:30-6:30 PM

Non-CME Ancillary Sessions


Sunday, July 16, 2017 - Breakout Session A - Ameet Singh, MD, FARS - Regency Ballroom






7:30-8:15 AM

ARS Sponsored Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:30-9:15 AM

Personalized Surgical Decision Making for Chronic Rhinosinusitis

·       Define concepts for personalized medicine and apply them to CRS diagnosis and management

·       Recognize CRS subtypes in which tissue-sparing (i.e., balloon-catheter dilatation with or without more limited endoscopic sinus surgery) are more appropriate

·       Recognize CRS subtypes in which more extensive tissue removal (more extensive surgery, including mega-antrostomy, pan-sinus surgery and turbinate resection) are more appropriate

Martin Citardi, MD

John Clinger
Adam Folbe
Peter Hwang
Michael Sillers
Alla Solyar




9:15-10:00 AM

Nasal Obstruction: Getting it Right the First Time

·       Understand the common diagnostic considerations in evaluating nasal obstruction.

·       Learn to recognize the common mistakes to avoid in assessing nasal obstruction and nasal valve collapse

·       Learn both standard and new approaches for correction of nasal obstruction and valve collapse

David Conley, MD

Jay Dutton
Ira Papel
Madeleine Schaberg
Michael Setzen





Break with Exhibitors



Office Based Procedure Setup and Logistics 101

·       Understand local anesthetic techniques and protocols for in office procedures

·       Describe equipment and staffing needs to initiate an office based practice

·       Describe office workflow considerations for in-office procedures

Boris Karanfilov, MD

Naveen Bhandarkar
Rohit Garg
Ashutosh Kacker
William D. Leight














11:30 AM-12:00 PM

International Consensus Statement on Rhinology – Why? How? What?

·       Understand principles of evidence-based medicine and apply them to clinical practice

·       Distinguish how the "International Consensus Statement on Rhinology and Allergy: Rhinosinusitis" can benefit his/her patient care

·       Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of current evidence in rhinosinusitis diagnosis and management

Richard Orlandi, MD


12:00-12:30 PM

What Every Rhinologist Needs to Know About Coding, Quality Measures and the Financial Impact of CRS and What is Coming Down the Road…

·       Understand the impact of the 2016 survey on endoscopic sinus surgery codes, MIPS and MACRA

·       Understand how a rhinologist can prepare for the necessary quality measure needed in 2017

·       Recognize the Financial Impact of CRS on Society and how the Rhinologist can lessen the burden

Michael Setzen, MD


Meeting Adjourns


Sunday, July 16, 2017 - Breakout Session B - Charles Ebert,MD Empire Room






7:30-8:15 AM

ARS Sponsored Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:30-9:15 AM

Asthma Update

Christian Merlot, MD


What every ENT should know about state of the art Asthma Treatment

·       Understand the relationship between asthma and CRS

·       Discuss evaluation of CRS related asthma from a pulmonologist's perspective

·       Explain medical treatment of CRS related asthma from a pulmonologist's perspective





When It's SNOT Chronic Rhinosinusitis:  Assessing for Other Conditions That Can Mimic CRS

·       Recognize uncommon conditions that can mimic CRS (such as cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiency and rheumatologic disorders)

·       Understand when to perform ancillary testing (such as genetic profiling) for patients presenting with CRS symptoms

·       Learn the appropriate ancillary testing for uncommon conditions that can mimic CRS

Stacey Gray, MD

Seth Brown
Subinoy Das
John Schneider
Justin Turner



10:00-10:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors


10:30-11:30 AM

“What is ‘Appropriate Medical Therapy'?"

·       Define appropriate medical therapy

·       Discuss the differences between appropriate medical therapy and maximal medical therapy

·       Provide case examples of appropriate medical therapy

David Poetker, MD

Andrew Lane


11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Controversies in Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy: Challenging Traditional Practice

Nkiruka Erekosima, MD

Christopher McMains
Jayant Pinto





12:00-12:30 PM


·       Determine the appropriate method of testing and immunotherapy for the allergic rhinitis patient based on current evidence

·       Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of allergy testing

·       Formulate the best treatment plan for the patient who is considering subcutaneous vs. sublingual immunotherapy

Stella Lee, MD

Elina Toskala


Meeting Adjourns


Sunday, July 16, 2017 - Breakout Session C - Erin O'Brien, MD Hampton Room






7:30-8:15 AM

ARS Sponsored Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:30-8:55 AM

My Cough is From My Post-Nasal Drainage...Can't You See It Back There Doc?

Alexander Hilliel, MD

Karen Bednarski



Murugappan Ramanathan, MD

Jean Kim


Understand the common etiologies of chronic cough and postnasal drip from a rhinology and laryngology perspective


Matthew Ryan


Understand the rhinologist's role in the workup and treatment of chronic cough and when to refer to other specialists


Bruce Tan


Learn treatment options for chronic cough and postnasal drip


9:15-10:00 AM

Management of Epistaxis: From Office to OR

Pete Batra, MD

Naveen Bhandarkar


Understand the clinic options for management of epistaxis


Christopher Church


Review management options of posterior epistaxis


Janalee Stokken


Discuss tips and tricks for SPA ligation


Brian Thorp


Marilene Wang


10:00-10:30  AM

Break with Exhibitors



I Don’t Have Migraines, Doc, I Have "Sinus Headaches"

David Newman-Toker, MD

Holly Boyer

11:00-11:30 AM


To differentiate migraine from "sinus headaches" and other types headaches, highlighting known diagnostic pitfalls

To discuss medical and surgical treatment options for patients with sinusitis and comorbid migraine headaches

To determine the indications, contraindications and outcomes of sinus surgery in patients with sinusitis and comorbid migraine headaches

Jamie Litvack, MD

Thomas Higgins
Mark Mehle
Alla Solyar


11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Runny Noses: A Comprehensive Approach to the Medical and Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Sinusitis

·       Discuss the current approaches for diagnostic evaluation for sinusitis in children

·       Review the evidence-based medical and surgical management of sinusitis in children

·       Understand the current surgical options in pediatric sinus surgery, including traditional FESS, balloons, and new advances

Sandra Lin, MD

David Gudis
Ayesha Khalid
Mark Rizzi
Jonathan Walsh


Meeting Adjourns


Sunday, July 16, 2017 - Breakout Session D - Abtin Tabaee
Executive Room






7:30-8:15 AM

ARS Sponsored Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:30-9:15 AM

Endoscopic Tumor Surgery:  All the Right Moves – Work Up, Resection, and Follow Up

Be able to discuss appropriate work-up and referral for several types of sinonasal tumor presentations

Become familiar with the challenges of endoscopic resection and repair in sinonasal tumors

Discuss and delineate appropriate follow-up schema for patients after primary treatment of sinonasal tumors.

James Palmer, MD

Nithin Adappa
Benjamin Bleier
Eric Wang
Adam Zanation


9:15-10:10 AM

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Ask the Experts: What To Do When All Else Fails

Presenters:  David Jang, MD, Joshua Levy, MD, Michael Marino, MD, Kenneth Rodriguez, MD

·       Discuss the evaluation and management of chronic rhinosinusitis refractory to maximal medical therapy and endoscopic sinus surgery.

·       Learn advanced surgical techniques and procedures to improve outcomes after functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

·       Explore the role of novel and emerging medical therapies for recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis.

Jeffrey Suh, MD

Peter Hwang
Jordan Pritikin
Joey Raviv
Paul Russell
Michael Stewart


10:10-10:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors


10:30-11:30 AM

Frontiers, Challenges and Controversy in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Presenters: Brian D'Anza, MD, Angela Donaldson, MD, Arjun Parasher, MD, Mindy Rabinowitz, MD, Bobby Tajudeen, MD

·       Review a practical approach to diagnostic testing and pre-treatment evaluation of a patient with a unilateral sinonasal mass.

·       Present the surgical principles of the different options for reconstructing the skull base and closing cerebrospinal fluid leaks. 

·       Discuss controversies in the management of sinonasal malignancies including adjuvant therapy, orbital resection, open versus endoscopic surgery. 

·       Discuss the indications and limitations of endoscopic approaches to skull base neoplasms.

Gurston G. Nyquist, MD

Pete Batra
Roy Casiano
Edward McCoul
Belachew Tessema
Adam Zanation


Meeting Adjourns



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