Invited Speakers 

Prof. Jatin P. Shah 

Prof. Jatin Shah is Leader of the Head and Neck Program, and holds The Elliott W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

Prof. Shah has served as President of The New York Cancer Society, The New York Head and Neck Society, The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, The North American Skull Base Society, and the International Academy of Oral Oncology. 

He is Founder and CEO of The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies. Prof. Shah has been the recipient of numerous awards from all continents and is an honorary member of several head and neck societies in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

He serves on the Editorial and Review Boards of 18 scientific journals and has more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, 65 book chapters and 8 books. His textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology won First Prize from The British Medical Association and The Royal Society of Medicine, and was  awarded the George Davey Howells Prize from the University of London for the best published  book in otolaryngology in the preceding five years.

He is a much sought-after speaker who has delivered 60 named lectures and keynote addresses and over 1,000 scientific presentations in 49 countries. In recognition of his outstanding contributions and world leadership in head and neck surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has established an endowed Chair in his name, the American Head and Neck Society has named an annual symposium in his honor, and the IFHNOS has established an eponymous lecture at its World Congresses.

Prof. Shah attended the annual meeting of the Israeli Society of Otolaryngology in the past and we are thrilled to have him as our distinguished guest of honor this year.

 Prof. Louis B. Harrison

Physician-in-Chief, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York; Chairman and Gerald J. Friedman Chair of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals; Professor of Radiation Oncology and Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Prof. Harrison is an internationally recognized and extensively published expert in the areas of head and neck cancer, sarcomas and intraoperative brachytherapy. He has been a leader in the development of multidisciplinary management strategies which prioritize cancer cure with organ and function preservation. 

He is Co-Editor of the textbook "Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach", published by Lippincott-Raven in October 1998; and "Intraoperative Irradiation: Techniques and Results", published by Humana Press in 1999. Before joining Beth Israel Medical Center in 1997, Dr. Harrison was Chief of the Brachytherapy Service and Leader of the Head and Neck Cancer Disease Management Team at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

He is active in a variety of medical committees and professional organizations including the American Board of Radiology, the American Brachytherapy Society and the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. He is a past-president of the American Brachytherapy Society and iscurrently the Vice Chairman of the Refresher Course Program for the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. He is the recent recipient of the Boyer Young Investigator Award for Biomedical Research.

Prof. Harrison is frequently named to the list of top doctors, and most recently appeared in the Castle Connolly 2011 edition of “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area,” “America’s Top Doctors” and “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.” Dr. Harrison is among New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" as listed in the June 2011 edition of the magazine. The New York Magazine is excerpted from Castle Connolly's annual guidebook, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area."

 Prof. Jesus E. Medina 

Prof. Jesus E. Medina, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Peru where he attended medical school. Following training in otorhinolaryngology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he did a fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. In 1981, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at M.D. Anderson.     In 1984 he accepted a position as an Associate Professor and Director of the Head and Neck Cancer   Pro-gram in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Oklahoma.

He became Chairman of the Department in 1991 and he currently holds the Paul & Ruth Jonas Chair in Cancer Treatment and Research.

Prof. Medina has devoted his career to the care of patients with head and neck cancer and has authored numerous scientific publications, textbooks and book chapters on a variety of topics in head and neck oncology. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Prof. Medina serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology and is the current President of the Board. He was selected to be a candidate for President-Elect of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2002.

 Prof. Medina served as Vice-President for the Middle Section Triological Society in 2002.

He was Vice-President of the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons and became the second President of the American Head and Neck Society in 2000. Prof. Medina has received numerous awards including the Honor Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology; an American Cancer Society Professor of Clinical Oncology Award and two Presidential Citations from the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery.

Prof. Medina attended the annual meeting of our society in 2007 and we are honored to have him again as our distinguished guest of honor.

 Prof. Ashok R. Shaha

Prof. Shaha is an Attending Surgeon on the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Jatin P. Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery, and  Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College, New York.  Prof. Shaha  completed his surgical training at M.S. University of Baroda, India and worked as a House Surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, where he developed an interest in head and neck surgical oncology. After his arrival at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer  Center in 1975, Prof. Shaha did a surgical oncology fellowship and subsequently completed his surgical training at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Prof. Shaha returned to Memorial Hospital in 1981 as a Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery.

He joined the Department of Surgery at Downstate Medical Center in 1982 as  a Head and Neck Surgeon, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 1992. During this period, he was also Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at King’s County, Brooklyn VA Hospital and University Hospital.  From 1987 to 1989, Prof. Shaha spent two years as Acting Chief of Surgery at Brooklyn VA Medical Center.

In August of 1993, Prof. Shaha moved to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as an Attending Surgeon on the Head and Neck Service.

During his post-graduate training, Prof. Shaha secured several gold medals and was given the Golden Apple Teaching Award at Downstate Medical Center.  Other awards Prof. Shaha received include: Faculty Member of the AOA Honor Medical Society, the Outstanding Teacher Award at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1996, the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and he was named Visiting Professor of the Society of Head and Neck  Surgeons in 1997 and 1998. 

He has been honored by visiting professorships at University of Santa Tomas, Manila, and Sun Yat-Sen University Guang Zhou, China. Prof. Shaha has been actively involved in local and national head and neck societies,   as well as having been President of the New York Head and Neck Society, the  American Society for Surgeons of Indian Origin, and the Brooklyn Surgical Society.   He was Co-President of the American Head and Neck Society, 1998-1999, and was President of the New York Cancer Society, 1999-2000 and President of the New York Surgical Society, 2004-2005.  He is a member of many scientific organizations and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Oncology, Head and Neck, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Brazilian Journal of Surgery, and Journal of Clinical Oncology.  He is an honorary member of the Brazilian College of Surgeons, the Cuban Surgical Society, Association of Surgeons of India, the Korean Head and Neck Society, Latin Head and Neck Society, Panamanian Society of Oncology, Chilean College of Surgeons, and Costa Rican Endocrine Society. 

He has been a visiting professor at many universities throughout the United States, as well as a guest speaker in many South American, Asian and European countries.  He was the Program Chairman for the Fifth International Head and Neck Oncology Meeting in San Francisco (2000) and served as the Conference Chairman for the Sixth International Head and Neck Meeting in 2004.

Recently Prof. Shaha was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of  Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; he was recently   nominated as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Recently he was elected to the American Surgical Association.

Prof. Shaha has been academically active at national and international meetings, with approximately 585 papers, 435 of which are peer-reviewed (Pubmed and Scopus).

His Curriculum Vitae includes 140 published abstracts, 63 posters and 45 scientific exhibits presented.  His research interests include tracheal  reconstruction and an experimental model of tracheomalacia and thyroid cancer. Prof. Shaha has dedicated his professional career to the training of medical  students and residents and has developed a preceptorship program at Cornell University Medical College in head and neck training for medical students. He is Chairman of the Advanced Training Council for Head and Neck Oncology Fellowships in the USA.

Prof.  Kowalski Luiz

Director, Head and Neck Surgery and Otorhinolaryngology Department 

Hospital A C Camargo, Brazil

Luiz Paulo Kowalski, M.D., PhD earned his medical degree from the Medical School of the UFPR (1979). After a 3-year medical residency in Surgical Oncology at Hospital A C Camargo, he undertook a one-year Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at Hospital Heliópolis. He obtained a MS degree (1986) and PhD degree (1989) in Otorhinolaryngology from UNIFESP. 

He also completed a 6-months observership in Head and Neck Surgery at MSKCC (1988).

On 1996 He obtained the academic title of Free-Professor of Oncology at FMUSP. On 1990, joined the faculty of Hospital A C Camargo and since then he has been serving as Director of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Otorhinolaryngology. He is also Professor of the Postgraduation Courses of Oncology. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Academy of Oral Oncology, American Head and Neck Society, Brazilian Head and Neck Surgery Society, Brazilian Society of Otolaryngology and Brazilian College of Surgeons. 

He served as President of the IV Brazilian Oral Cancer Congress, President of the 8th International Congress on Oral Cancer, and President of the Brazilian Head and Neck Surgery Society (2005-2007). Prof. Kowalski has authored or co-authored more than 450 peer reviewed articles (305 in international peer reviewed journals), written 3 Thesis and 100 book chapters, and edited 9 books. Prof. Kowalski´s basic science and clinical interests are epidemiology, prognostic factors, oral and oropharyngeal cancer, thyroid cancer salvage surgery, management of the neck and biomarkers. 

Prof. Anil D'Cruz

Director and also Chief, Department of Head & Neck Surgery 

at the Tata Memorial Hospital, India.

Prof. Anil D’Cruz is the director at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India. In addition, he is professor and chief, department of head and neck surgery at the hospital. The head and neck services at the Tata Memorial Hospital are one of the busiest in the world registering over 7000 new cases and performing over 2000 major surgeries every year.

He teaches for the Mch Specialty Training Programme in surgical oncology and is actively involved in teaching post graduates in Otorhinolaryngology, head neck surgery, general surgery and surgical oncology. He is also an examiner at various Universities across the country.           Prof. D’Cruz is a member of numerous professional bodies in India and abroad and has just completed his tenure as president of foundation of head and neck oncology (2008-2010), India as well as secretary for the Action Council for Tobacco Control (2007-2009). He has also served as a member of the task force for chronic diseases at the department of biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India.

He is currently the president of the Asian Society of Head Neck Oncology.

He is actively involved in research in head and neck cancers and plays a pivotal role in numerous trials.

He has been Global Principal Investigator as well as part of the steering committee of a number of multicentric, multinational trials. Some of these include a Phase1 trial to evaluate the role of interstitial PDT in the treatment of Head & Neck cancers, as well as targeted therapy in the concurrent, adjuvant and palliative settings. His major areas of interest in clinical research are management of neck metastasis, conservative laryngeal and laser surgery, cancers of the oral cavity and thyroid as well as quality of life issues. He is currently running a large prospective, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the role of elective neck dissection in the management of early oral cancers. He is pioneering research in the use of curcumin in head and neck cancer patients for which he receives funding from the government of India’s Ministry of Science and Technology department of biotechnology. He is a part of a project to develop and validate Molecular Cytogenetic Studies/Proteomics in oral cancers. Results of this work have been filed for a patent.

Prof. D’Cruz has more than 125 peer-reviewed publications and chapters to his name and is also an editor for a two volume text book on head and neck Surgery. He has delivered more than 250 invited lectures and orations both nationally and internationally including the prestigious Eugene Myers International Lecture in Head and Neck cancers at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery.

He is a member of the editorial board of Head and Neck, Oral Oncology associate editor of Head and Neck Oncology and a reviewer for several scientific journals both national and international.

Prof. Soo Khee Chee

Director of National Cancer Centre of Singapore

Prof. Soo graduated from medical school at the University of Singapore with a distinction in biochemistry in 1975. He moved to Australia where he was trained as a Surgical Resident at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Bankstown Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW. Surgical Registrar positions in a number of Surgery departments in Australian hospitals between 1979 and 1983 led to the position of Senior Surgical Registrar/Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London from 1983 to '85. Specialising in Head and Neck surgery Prof. Soo spent a further year at the Royal Marsden before continuing his training at the Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

As the Director of the National Cancer Centre, Prof. Soo provides strategic leadership to over 500 staff engaged in clinical care and research. His distinguished career also includes his professorship at the National University of Singapore. He is on the board of examiners for the final MBBS exams. In addition, Prof. Soo holds the position of Director, Research Council, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and Member of the National Medical Research Council.

He has trained international surgeons and has been well consulted as Visiting Professor in the University of Toronto , Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang as well as Stanford University Medical Center, USA. To honour his commitment to training, he has been conferred the Outstanding Teachers’ Award in 1996 and Best Teacher (Undergraduate) Award in 2001.

Prof. Soo has wide ranging research interests but has gained a particular reputation in the conduct of clinical trials for new cancer treatments and in the field of biophotonics and its role as a new imaging modality for the early detection of cancer.

In 2003, Prof. Soo was awarded the National Day Award, Public Admin Medal (Gold) for his contribution to the country. 

 Prof. Pankaj Chaturvedi 

 Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi  MBBS,MS,FAIS,FICS,FACS,MNAMS  is Professor and Head and Neck cancer Surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Chaturvedi did his medical schooling and post graduation in General Surgery at Banaras Hindu University. He was adjudged the best Intern and the best post graduate during his tenure in Banaras Hindu University. Later,  he decided to work in field of surgical oncology and received his formal training at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He has been invited as visiting faculty in 22 institutions in 18 countries. 

He is member   of several prestigious national and international organizations and he is reviewer of several leading journals and he is the editor of the Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery.         

He is the Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Head and Neck surgery. He has authored 6 book chapters and 70 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is Principal investigator of several clinical trials and his main area of interest is early detection of oral cancer. He is the recipient of the Robert Maxwell Byers award of the American Head and Neck society in year 2010. He was nominated  as Council Member of the prestigious International Academy of Oral Oncology. He is one of the founding members of South Asian Federation of Oncology and in the steering committee of the Eurasian Head and Neck Oncology Society. He is the founder and treasurer of the Head Neck Cooperative Oncology Group.

Dr. Chaturvedi has tremendous interest in Public Health issue especially related to Tobacco control. He was the coordinator of the Smoke free Mumbai –                campaign. He started the famous Voice of Tobacco Victims Campaign ( ) which has allowed the cancer victims to voice their opinion on the issue of tobacco control. 

This campaign was instrumental in ban on Gutka all over India and also increase in Tobacco Taxes. 

He received WHO Director General’s award in 2010 for this campaign. He represented India as Global Cancer Ambassador to New York to lobby with UN representatives for the special UN summit on Non Communicable diseases. He was awarded Outstanding Young Indian award for his public health initiatives. He was selected as a speaker on behalf of the Civil Society in UN Summit on Non Communicable diseases in New York on 19thSeptember, 2011. He is also the recipient of the Judy Wilkenfield Award for excellence in Tobacco Control by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Washington, USA.

 Prof. Prathamesh S. Pai


He is currently Professor and MCh (Head Neck Surgical Oncology) Teacher in the Department of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology at the Tata Memorial Hospital. 

After having graduated from Grant Medical College, Mumbai and completing his post graduation in Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery from Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, he trained in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology at Tata Memorial for 3 years under tutelage of Prof. Sultan Pradhan. Thereafter in 2002 he received the prestigious UICC International Fellowship for training in Endoscopic Approaches to Sinonasal and Skull Base tumours, under Professor Dr. Wolfgang Draf, Fulda, Germany.  

He also received the Hargobind Medical Fellowship in 2007 for training in Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery of the Skull Base and Pituitary at the University of Pittsburgh, USA with Professors Amin Kassam, Ricardo Carrou and Carl Synderman.

His areas of special interests are Transoral Laser Microsurgery, Voice Conservative Laryngeal surgery, Skull Base surgery and Endoscopic Sinonasal & Anterior Skull Base tumour surgery.         He is convener of the Multidisciplinary Skull Base Clinic at the Tata Memorial Hospital. He also is on the Tata Memorial Centre, Institutional Review Board and is a reviewer for several national and international journals. 

He has published articles on Near-Total Laryngectomy, Transoral Laser Surgery                           for Early Glottic Cancers, Endoscopic Sinonasal surgery amongst 48 indexed publications.

Dr. Sharad Desai

Graduation - MBBS, Karnatak Medical College, Hubli 1990

Post Grad -MS (Gen Surgery), Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 1994

Specialisation - MCh (Surgical Oncology), Gujarat university,  Ahmedabad,  1997

Chief Dept of Surgical Oncology, SSG Cancer Hospital, Miraj, 1998-2000

Chief Dept Surgical Oncology,  Sushrut Hospital,  Miraj, 2000-2004

Chief Surgeon and Director, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital,  Miraj,  2004 --present

Field of interest - Head and Neck Oncology, Esophageal Cancers

Presentations in numerous National and Regional conferences and meetings.

Organising secretary- National Conference of the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology, 2012

Secretary - Gokarma Oncology Association

Chairman -Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Charitable Trust,

Member - Association of Surgeons of India,

Member - Indian Association of Surgical Oncology,

Member - Federation of Head and Neck Organisations,  India. 

Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital is a semi rural speciality hospital in the town of Miraj.
The hospital is a high volume center for Cancer treatment and teaching. 
The aim of the hospital is to achieve high survivorship at low cost.

Prof. Patrick Aïdan

American Hospital of Paris, France

Head of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Department. American Hospital of Paris. France. 

Course Director of Robotic Thyroid Surgery program at European School of Surgery in Paris. France. 

Scientific Director of Masterclass of Robotic Thyroid Surgery. American Hospital of Paris. France. 

Instructor of Robotic Thyroid Surgery program at the Rabin Medical Center. Pr R. Feinmesser. Israel.