Dr. Albert Merati to Speak at ORL Frontiers 2023

April 4, 2023

Otorhinolaryngology Frontiers on a dark blue background Albert Merati, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, will be the guest of honor at this year’s ORL Frontiers, to be held June 23, 2023, at the Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine at UTHealth Houston.

Dr. Merati received his medical degree at the University of Washington with honors and completed otolaryngology residency training at the University of California, San Diego. He went on to complete a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice with Robert Ossoff, MD, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the premier training institution for academic laryngologists. At Vanderbilt, he also worked with Jim Netterville, MD, on laryngeal framework surgery. Following several very productive years at Kansas University and at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he returned to his native Seattle in 2007 to head the laryngology program at the University of Washington. The program is now widely recognized among the leaders in clinical care, scholarship, and training in the nation.

Dr. Merati has served as senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and as vice president of the Triological Society. He has earned two Distinguished Service Awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is past-president of the AAOHNS and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. He is one of only a few people who have held both posts.

After a five-year term as service chief for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center – Montlake, Dr. Merati is now associate medical director for perioperative quality and safety for the UW Medical Centers. He is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and also is the lead editor for the Textbook of Laryngology. He specializes in voice and swallowing, head and neck surgery, and laryngeal cancer.

The Otorhinolaryngology Frontiers medical education meeting highlights research endeavors and emerging technology in the diagnosis and management of common otolaryngologic clinical problems. Attendees learn about technological advances and their applications in clinical practice and evaluate patient safety and quality improvement practices.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • “What have I learned in the last 25 years of managing vocal fold paralysis?” by Dr. Albert Merati
  • “Thinking Outside the Box: Pushing Boundaries in Laryngology” by Andrew Tritter, MD
  • “Comprehensive Approaches to Chronic Cough,” a panel discussion with Dr. Merati; Amber Luong, MD, PhD; and Andrew Tritter, MD, moderated by Karim Asi, MD
  • “Practice Patterns in the Use of Superior Laryngeal Nerve Blocks,” a resident research presentation by Dr. Karim Asi
  • “A Systematic Review of the Use of Silastic versus Gore-Tex for Type I Thyroplasty,” a resident research presentation by Dylan Vance, MD
  • “Tackling the Difficult Airway,” a panel discussion with Dr. Merati; Ron Karni, MD; and Ibrahim Alava III, MD, moderated by Dr. Tritter
  • “Aim True: Perspectives on Careers, Leadership and Wellness” by Dr. Merati

A Q&A session and closing remarks will be presented by course co-directors Dr. Andrew Tritter, assistant professor and director of the Texas Voice Performance Institute, and Dr. Amber Luong, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

The Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine is located at 1825 Pressler Street, Houston, Texas 77030. For more information, visit www.orlfrontiers.org.

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