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International Outreach

International outreach, worldwide partnerships, and the exchange of information and education are important aims of the Academy and its Foundation.


International Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB is made up of global otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from the Academy's International Corresponding Societies (ICS) affiliated network.

The IAB was established in 2016 as an international member network within the AAO-HNS Foundation. The IAB is made up of otolaryngologists around the world who belong to the ICS affiliated network, and serves as an important avenue of communication with the Board of Directors to help improve the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS/F. This new governance structure "gives a voice" to the Academy's global community of otolaryngologists - head and neck surgeons with the goal of fostering a global otolaryngology community to promote the highest standards in clinical care through collaboration to advance education, research, and communication.

About the IAB

Fostering a global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community is an important aim of the AAO-HNSF. In this spirit, the International Advisory Board (IAB) was established as a new representative body designed to provide international members with an unprecedented platform to interact with the Academy.

What purpose does the IAB serve?

The IAB serves as a "voice" of international otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, comprising an Executive Committee and General Assembly.

What is the role of the IAB?

The IAB counsels Academy leadership on AAO-HNSF engagement with the global community of otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons, opening up new opportunities for international communication and collaborative work.

Structure of the IAB: Officers, IAB Executive Committee, IAB General Assembly, and Staff

The IAB has two organs over which the Chair presides (in descending hierarchical order): The IAB Executive Committee and the General Assembly.

2016-2018 IAB Officers

Chair: Johan Fagan, MD, Cape Town, South Africa
Vice Chair: Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, Porto Alegre, Brazil 

IAB Executive Committee (EC)

The Executive Committee (EC) is the administrative arm of the IAB and serves the Chair primarily in an advisory capacity

General Assembly

The primary organ of the IAB is the General Assembly. Its membership is divided into two categories:

  1. Delegates representing International Corresponding Societies (ICS)
    ICS are otolaryngology organizations around the world that have entered into an informal corresponding relationship with the Academy.
  2. 10 individual international members who serve as At-large Representatives for countries and/or regions not already robustly represented by ICS.

IAB Staff

Johnnie White, MBA, CMP 
Senior Director Global Education, Meetings, and Strategic Partnerships

Rebecca Dobbins, MA 
Senior Manager, Global Affairs

Bylaws of the International Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)

At AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, IAB Delegates to the General Assembly voted to approve the IAB Bylaws, which were subsequently approved by the AAO-HNSF Board of Directors.

2018-2019 Joint Meetings

Since its inception, the AAO-HNSF has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world. AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships, which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone. 

The following 2018-19 Joint Meetings are conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by AAO-HNSF:

International Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

The AAO-HNSF offers a variety of grants and scholarships to aid and encourage those who further the mission of otolaryngology on an international scale. 

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AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience℠

International Guests of Honor

We are pleased to announce that the International Guests of Honor for the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience℠ in Atlanta, GA, U.S.A are Colombia, Japan, Portugal and South Africa.

AAO-HNSF International Symposium

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium is a new Annual Meeting forum designed to showcase cutting-edge content, including Instruction Courses and Miniseminars, presented by international physicians. Click here to learn more.

International Corresponding Societies (ICS)

Past Coordinator for International Affairs, Eugene N. Myers, MD, developed a unique program of International Corresponding Societies which affiliate with the Academy on a peer-to-peer level. ICS leaders meet informally with Academy leaders for discussions on issues of mutual interest. The Academy Board of Governors is proactively exploring ways to assist ICS participants with their socioeconomic issues such as managed care, reimbursement, and defending their scope of practice.

Starting with the Spanish Society of ORL-HNS in 1997, the number of societies has grown to 68:

  1. Africa - College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA)
  2. Africa - African Head and Neck Society (AfHNS) (No Website)
  3. Americas - Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngoogy (IAPO)
  4. Americas - Panamerican Association of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  5. Arabian Gulf - Gulf Cooperation Council of Otorhinolaryngological, Head and Neck Society
  6. Argentina - Federation of Argentinean Societies of Otolaryngology (F.A.S.O.)
  7. Asia-Oceania Association of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies
  8. Asian Society of Head & Neck Oncology
  9. Australia - Australian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS)
  10. Bolivia - Bolivian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  11. Brazil - Brazilian Association of Otorhinolaryngology
  12. Brazil - Brazilian Society of Head and Neck
  13. Caribbean - Caribbean Association of Otolaryngology
  14. Chile - Chilean Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  15. China - Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists
  16. China - Chinese Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Society (No Website)
  17. Colombia - Colombian Association of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck, Maxillofacial and Esthetic Facial Surgery
  18. Czech Republic - Czech Society of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
  19. Dominican Republic - Dominican Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  20. Ecuador - Ecuadorian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  21. Egypt - Egyptian Society of Ear Nose and Throat and Allied Sciences (ESENTAS)
  22. Egypt - Egyptian Otorhinolaryngological Society
  23. El Salvador - El Salvador Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  24. France - French Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  25. Germany - German Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  26. Germany - German Association of Ear-Nose and Throat Surgeons
  27. Ghana - Otorhinolaryngology Society of Ghana (No Website)
  28. Greece - Panhellenic Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  29. Honduras - Honduras Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  30. Hungary - Hungarian Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society
  31. India - Association of Otolaryngologists of India
  32. India - India Academy of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  33. Iraq - Iraqi Kurdistan Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  34. Iraq - Iraqi Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  35. Israel - Israeli Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  36. Japan - Japanese Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  37. Jordan - Jordanian Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  38. Kenya - Kenya Ear Nose and Throat Society (KENTS)
  39. Lebanon - Lebanese Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head and Neck
  40. Malaysia - Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  41. Mexico - Federation of Otolaryngological Colleges and Societies of the Mexican Republic (FESORMEX)
  42. Mexico - Mexican Society of Otorhinolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
  43. New Zealand - New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology
  44. Nicaragua - Nicaraguan Association of Otolaryngology
  45. Nigerian - Nigerian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  46. Pakistan - Pakistani Society of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck
  47. Panama - Panamanian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  48. Paraguay - Paraguayan Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 
  49. Peru - Peruvian Society of Otolaryngology and Facial Surgery
  50. Philippines - Philippine Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  51. Portugal - Portuguese Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  52. Rwanda - Rwanda Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Society (ROHNSS) (No Website)
  53. Saudi Arabia - Saudi Otolaryngology Society - (No Website)
  54. Serbia - Serbian Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  55. Singapore - Singapore Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  56. Slovakia - Slovak Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  57. South Korea - Korean Society of Otolaryngology
  58. South Africa - South African Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  59. Spain - Spanish Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  60. Taiwan - Taiwan Head and Neck Society
  61. Taiwan - Taiwan Society of Otolaryngology
  62. Tanzania - Tanzania ENG Society (TENT) 
  63. Turkey - Turkish Otorhinolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery Society
  64. Turkey - Turkish Voice, Speech, Swallowing Society
  65. Uruguay - Uruguayan Society of ORL
  66. Venezuela - Venezuelan Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  67. Vietnam - Vietnamese Society of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
  68. Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

To apply for International Corresponding Society (ICS) status, please contact Rebecca Dobbins in the International Affairs Department at