Mark your calendars for the 2009 Advanced Rhinology Concepts (ARC) CME event, scheduled for November 6-8, 2009, at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The continuing medical education course will focus on the comprehensive medical and surgical management of diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

Specific topics to be discussed at the event include the diagnosis, pathophysiology and medical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal polyposis, and allergic rhinitis. The course will feature sessions on contemporary frontal sinus surgical techniques and the latest advances in treating fungal rhinosinusitis. Postoperative care and management strategies for the general otolaryngologist will be discussed, and advanced technology, including image-guided surgery and innovative techniques in management of sinonasal neoplasia, will also be featured. A hands-on laboratory session — featuring endoscopic surgical and video equipment, image-guidance technology, powered instrumentation, and cadaveric specimens — will be available.

The guest of honor at the event will be David W. Kennedy, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, who is considered a father of modern rhinology in the United States. Dinner keynote speaker will be Daniel L. Hamilos, M.D., chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Other faculty include Seth Kanowitz, M.D., Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey; Stilanos Kountakis, M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Department of Otolaryngology, Augusta, Georgia; and Jin Keat Siow, M.D., Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.

“A CME course dedicated to rhinology and sinus surgery for practicing physicians has not previously been offered in Texas,” says Martin J. Citardi, M.D., chief of otorhinolaryngology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and chair of otorhinolaryngology at the UT Medical School. “We believe that 2009 ARC represents a great educational opportunity for practicing otolaryngologists to improve the care that they offer their patients. We anticipate that our attendance will include physicians from across Texas and the entire country, as well as a few international guests.”

Dr. Citardi, along with Samer Fakhri, M.D., and Amber Luong, M.D., Ph.D., both of whom are full-time faculty at the UT Medical School and rhinologic surgeons at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, are serving as directors for 2009 ARC. “We’ve assembled an impressive faculty for the CME event, which will be the first sinus course of this magnitude in this region of the United States,” says Dr. Fakhri. “We hope to present an evidence-based approach for common diseases of the paranasal sinuses,” says Dr. Luong. “Our goal is to link scientific information with the practical provision of care.”

For more information about 2009 Advanced Rhinology Concepts, call 713.500.5410 or visit www.sinuscourse.com.