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Introduction to IAB Chair-Elect Candidates

The AAO-HNS call for nominees for Chair-Elect of the International Advisory Board (IAB) was highly successful and resulted in the submission of several highly qualified candidates for the position. The IAB Executive Committee selected Sheng-Po Hao, MD, Taipei, Taiwan, and Karl Hoermann, MD, Mannheim, Germany, as the candidates for Chair-Elect. The election will be held at the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I am Dr. Sheng-Po Hao, an otolaryngologist, practicing in Taiwan, with a special focus on head and neck and skull base surgery. Through the years, I made it my personal mission to strengthen head and neck cancer care in Asia and have committed myself to encouraging colleagues to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the field of otolaryngology.

Once again, I am given the opportunity to be of service. Involvement in the AAO-HNSF International Advisory Board will allow me to act as spokesperson for the international community so we can all move forward together and in synchrony. I will strive to look into the specific needs of each country and arrive at a consensus among the corresponding societies while taking into account the cultural and societal characteristics of each nation.

By standing on this global platform provided by the AAO-HNSF, I aspire to uphold a culture of learning where we all strive to teach and learn from one another. My goals are to sustain a delightful community where a mutual exchange of knowledge is always welcomed, to engage everyone to openly participate in sharing their experiences so we continue to gain insight into new and different perspectives in the field of otolaryngology, and to strengthen the involvement and commitment of members toward this collaborative effort. Through this move toward global otolaryngology, I envision a community where we can all participate in raising awareness and promoting excellence in our respective fields with the common goal of delivering the best standard of care to our patients.

Since 2017 I have been Chief Medical Consultant of the International Patient Office (IPO) at the University Hospital in Mannheim, Germany. From 1993 to 2017 I served as Head and Chairman of the Department of ORLHNS and Sleep Center at the same hospital.

I have had the privilege of being a fellow of the American Head and Neck Society as well as an active member of many societies such as the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, honorary member of national ORL societies throughout Europe, and the Japanese Broncho-Esophageal Society. It has also been my honor to be invited as the presenter of the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in San Francisco and as the JLO Visiting Professor of the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

One of my special interests is in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders where I have been fortunate enough to gain extensive experience in a wide variety of advanced sleep surgeries.

Two decades of serving as a member / fellow / president in various national and international ORL / HNS societies have shown me how effective the exchange of experiences and mutual support can be in promoting the excellence of professional standards and of education and training as well as in ensuring a strong and unified voice for medical specialists.

With its outstanding reputation and unparalleled scope of influence, the AAO-HNS is the ideal institution to contribute decisively toward the consolidation and expansion of global relations.