Keynote 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 on 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.