AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

In a statement from Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, AAO-HNS/F President, and James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO, issued on August 12, 2021, it was announced that, “The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) are implementing a policy that will require full COVID-19 vaccination of all participants of the 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Los Angeles, California. Safety is our first priority for the individuals and their families connected to the production of and participation in the Annual Meeting. Current thinking identifies fully vaccinated individuals wearing properly positioned masks as the most effective protection from all COVID-19 variants when in public indoor situations. Our mandatory vaccine policy, in addition to the current mask mandate in Los Angeles County will maximize the highest level of safety measures available for all who participate in-person for the Academy’s 125th anniversary celebration.”

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We Are Going Live in LA!

But You Can Also Access #OTOMTG21 Virtually!


Under the leadership of our President, Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, the AAO-HNSF has been committed to holding an in-person Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Los Angeles to celebrate our 125th anniversary. Annual Meeting Program Coordinator, Daniel C. Chelius, Jr., MD, and the Annual Meeting Program Committee have done a fabulous job preparing the hybrid meeting, with a live education program and content available via a virtual platform, that will include a number of innovative features this year. We received official notification from the authorities in California and Los Angeles that large-scale medical meetings will be open for full attendance this fall. This includes both domestic and international attendees. To ensure the best safety possible for our attendees, staff, and local personnel, we will be employing the services of CLEAR to manage COVID-19 precautions, documentation, and testing issues. Our whole team is very excited to forward this welcome news as we emerge from the pandemic in what will be the first specialty-wide in-person meeting over the last two years. Please join us for a state-of-the art scientific program and the camaraderie and fellowship with your colleagues.

James C. Denneny III, MD
AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President & CEO

Join Us in Celebrating 125 Years!

The Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is designed for practicing otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeons and associates, researchers in otolaryngology, senior academic professors and department chairs, international societies, fellows-in-training, and residents from around the world to gather together each year to advance the specialty through education, networking, exhibitor interaction, and more.

Speakers Resources

The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience annually features the foremost leaders in Otolaryngology thought leadership. We thank each of our expert presenters for their commitment to the specialty as we enter our 125th Anniversary!

OTO Experience (Exhibit Hall)

The OTO Experience features the most comprehensive display of the latest products and services available for advancing the specialty of ear, nose and throat care.

With over 250 exhibitors in the OTO Experience, attendees are able to participate in hands-on demonstrations and Q&A about innovative, new products and technology that can help improve your practice and enhance patient care.

The Annual Meeting is always the highlight of our year, but with this year’s event being the 125th Anniversary, we have a some very special activities planned, making this a must attend meeting.

Daniel C. Chelius Jr., MD

By The Numbers

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We Love LA!

The Academy is thrilled to celebrate our 125th anniversary in the special destination of Los Angeles, California! LA has much to offer with so many entertainment, dining, sightseeing, and shopping destinations. Click below to plan your trip and learn more about all the exciting opportunities available.

We engage our members and help them achieve excellence and provide high-quality, evidence-informed, and equitable ear, nose, and throat care through professional and public education, research, and health policy advocacy.

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A Year-Round Approach

  • Connect 365 – Exposure throughout the year, through multiple channels including live events, publications, ad-retargeting, digital communications, partnerships and other sponsorship opportunities
  • Target Your Audience – The AAO-HNS members and Annual Meeting & OTO Experience attendees provide the best opportunity to reach the audience you seek
  • Premier Event – The year-round OTO Experience culminates at the Annual Meeting October 3-6, 2021 with an experiential learning journey offering a glimpse at cutting-edge products and new treatment options for the specialty to produce better patient outcomes

While our Annual Meeting attracts an average of over 5,000 surgeons, physicians and other medical professionals, the AAO-HNS/F also offers many opportunities and resources to network with our more than 12,000 members year-round. The OTO Experience is now 365, allowing you to reach out to the otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon community via multiple channels all year long.

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