Shikani International Rhinology Award

The ARS is excited to announce the creation of the Shikani International Rhinology Award! This generous gift from long time ARS Fellow, Dr. Alan Shikani creates an annual award will be granted to a clinician or scientist located outside the United States who has made a significant, creative and/or transformative contribution to Rhinology.

Dr. Shikani is a fellow of the American Rhinologic Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the Triologic Society. He earned the Maurice H. Cottle Award for Clinical and Basic Research in Rhinology in 2003. He has been a “Top Doc” in Maryland for numerous years. He is the founder and director of the Maryland Ear, Nose and Throat Center.

The Shikani awardee will be selected from the accepted international submissions for oral presentation at the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Rhinologic Society. The applicant must submit a manuscript and application three months prior to the meeting. The awardee will be notified one month ahead of the meeting.

Priority will be given to a researcher who has not attended the Annual Meeting in the past. Selection will be made by the ARS Awards Committee. In an effort to increase diversity, priority will also be given to a researcher from a country who has not been granted this award in the past five years.

The awardee will be given $2000, complimentary registration to the ARS Annual Meeting, and a 1-year membership to the ARS.

Why did I establish the Shikani International Rhinology Award?

I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon where I completed my primary and secondary education, and received my medical degree from the American university of Beirut. In 1984, I was privileged to be admitted to the department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins, one of the top-rated Otolaryngology programs in the US, where I completed 6 years of outstanding clinical residency training and a year of otolaryngology fellowship, under the mentorship of some of the country's leading otolaryngologists. Johns Hopkins has a rich history in diversity, inclusion, and philanthropy. It taught me excellence in ENT research and clinical care and provided me with inspiration and direction. It also opened my eyes on how difficult it was for a foreign medical graduate to get accepted into a surgical training program in America. True this tradition, I was committed to do my best to give back and help foreign physicians, like me, who were eager to prove themselves in the US and contribute to the field of Otolaryngology and especially Rhinology.

The Maryland Nose and Sinus Center Fellowship Program was hence established in Baltimore in 2006 and opened to both US and international applicants, aiming to cultivate a generation of rhinology leaders with a focus on emerging countries. And so it was that various otolaryngology fellows have come from different countries to train in rhinology every year since 2006, including Lebanon, Jordan, Syria Greece, Ireland, Israel, Switzerland, India, Germany, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Some have of our graduates have decided to stay in the US, while others have returned home to establish their own rhinology teaching programs. As an educator, I feel that I am the one who has gotten the best out of the experience. I have cherished the daily companionship of these smart and sophisticated individuals. Not only were they all eager to learn, but they also shared common rhinology interests and daily they enriched my life through lively interactions and worldly discussions. I have valued teaching each one of them and treasured being able to make a lasting impact in their lives.

Today, by funding a permanent endowment to establish the Shikani International Rhinology Award, my goal is to encourage international otolaryngologists to excel in rhinology and to and support their research so that they come to the US and present their work at the American Rhinologic Society meetings. My hope is this award will inspire a new generation of researchers and advance the field of rhinology all over the world.

I am thankful the ARS for the opportunity to establish this award and honored to be able to make a difference. It was said that “the important things are the lives we touch; the people we help get better”. Being able to influence the future of talented and promising rhinologists from all over the world is one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.

Alan H. Shikani MD, FACS, FARS