International Programs

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

Global Ground Rounds

The AAO-HNSF Global Grand Rounds series is an initiative of the Academy’s International Advisory Board (IAB) to improve care of patients and physician education around the globe. It is a virtual event, held quarterly, that is open to all otolaryngologists around the world. Moderated by IAB leaders, each session includes world thought leaders and expert panel presentations followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

International Grants and Scholarships

The AAO-HNSF offers a variety of grants and scholarships to aid and encourage those who further the mission of otolaryngologists on an international scale including International Visiting Scholarships (IVS), AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Awards, and International Travel Grants.

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International Advisory Board (IAB)

The International Advisory Board (IAB) is made up of global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery societies from the Academy’s International Corresponding Societies (ICS) affiliated network, which has over 75 global ENT societies.

International Corresponding Societies (ICS)

International Corresponding Societies affiliate with the Academy on a peer-to-peer level. ICS leaders meet informally with Academy leaders for discussions on issues of mutual interest. Starting with the Spanish Society of ORL-HNS in 1997, the number of societies has grown to 75.

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2020 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award Recipient: Marlinda Adham, MD, PhD

This year’s awardee is Marlinda Adham, MD, PhD. Dr. Adham’s distinguished academic career includes important leadership positions such as the current General Secretary of the Indonesian Otorhinolaryngology –Head and Neck Society, Past-President of the Asian Society of Head and Neck Oncology, and Founder and Course Director of the Indonesian ORL-Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Training Program.

In 2006, Dr. Adham organized the annual Thyroid Mission in Southern Maluku. She chose this district because many of the local population have thyroid nodules thought to be caused by iodine deficiency. Most of the patients are poor, live far from the hospital, and have transportation difficulties.

The local hospital-Karel Sadsuitubun and the agency Empowerment of Family Health (PKK) informs the community and primary care physicians by radio to announce the arrival of the Thyroid Mission. The PKK assists in informing, collecting, and preparing the patients for surgery.

Composed of ENT Faculty and residents from various medical centers in Indonesia, the Thyroid Mission stays onsite for one week performing around 50 thyroid surgeries in five days. All specimens are examined by Pathologists in the RSCM Hospital in Jakarta. Patients who are found to have a malignant tumor are followed up with a total thyroidectomy. Dr. Adham’s work with the Thyroid Mission has shaped the spirit of cooperation and sharing to help the unfortunate patients.

A native of Indonesia, Dr. Adham received her medical degree from the University of Indonesia, followed by a residency in otorhinolaryngology. She received her PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) Hospital in Jakarta.

2020 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service Award Recipient: M. Shahed Quraishi, MD

This year’s awardee is M. Shahed Quraishi, MD. In 2005, Professor Quraishi founded the ENT Masterclass, a teaching platform for ENT surgeons and allied professionals, which provides ENT training and educational resources through his free multimedia training platform. ENT Masterclass reach spans 15 countries across four continents and is delivered by a volunteer faculty network of over 250 eminent professors/surgeons of ENT from all over the world.

Since 2008, ENT Masterclass has published a yearbook, a 150-page review journal; four annual courses webcast live all over the world; and the “Cyber Textbook of Surgery,” a selection of 450 ENT surgical/training videos from open-source access. His platform also provides an international traveling scholarship and an annual gold and silver medal for best research papers presented by trainees in ENT.

Professor Quraishi’s efforts also include the training and teaching of residents in the United Kingdom. He served as the program director for higher surgical training in South Yorkshire and is a member of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II presented Dr. Quraishi with the “Order of the British Empire” for his service to medical education and the National Health Service. His excellence in teaching was recognized by the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery with the Heinz Stammberger Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.

Professor Quraishi is currently an ENT surgeon in the United Kingdom where he has practiced as a consultant since 2004.


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. Learn more.

Joint Meeting Volunteer Faculty

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

One important means of building global relationships is through Joint Meetings, i.e., conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by the AAO-HNSF and a counterpart otolaryngology entity.

We are accepting applications for volunteer faculty to present at AAO-HNSF International Joint Meetings in 2021. For more information, contact [email protected].

Below is a listing of U.S. otolaryngology organizations or departments that offer international observerships. International observerships allow eligible international physicians the ability to shadow U.S. physicians and learn more about the specialty of their choice. Please note, each institution has different eligibility requirements. For further information regarding individual international observerships, please contact each institution directly according to their below information.

If you have any questions about the database or would like your U.S. otolaryngology institution to be added to our directory, please contact [email protected].

Boston University School of Medicine
Program Contact: Gregory A. Grillone [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Laryngology. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Cooper University Hospital
Program Coordinator: Nadir Ahmad
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: Contact Eileen Baptiste [email protected] for information. She will provide details of requirements. No deadline for applications. Available year round. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Program Contact: Joseph K. Han [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Allergy and Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Emory University
Program Contact: Please see website for information.
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Otology Audiology, Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Rhinology
Program Requirements: During COVID-19 pandemic times, Emory Otolaryngology cannot accept outside observers. We will update this site with requirements once new observer policies are available.

Emory University – Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship
Program Contact: Barbara Powley [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: The application process is not open at this time. Once the application process opens, it will be announced here.

Johns Hopkins
Program Contact: Jon Russell [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery
Program Requirements: Minimal requirements for an observership of less than two weeks. May be constrained due to COVID or high volume of observers.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Program Contact: Daniel Faden [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Head Neck Surgery

Rush University Medical Center: Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Program Contact: Sofia Gardanova [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Neurotology, Otology Audiology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Rhinology, and Sleep Medicine. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.
Program Requirements:

  1. Education: MD or equivalent
  2. Training: Completed a Residency in ENT
  3. Two letters of reference of mentors
  4. Fluent in English
  5. Willingness to lead/contribute to a clinic research project if present in the department for time period of two months or more

Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington
Program Contact: Breanne Buckley, [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Pediatric Otolaryngology
Program Requirements: Full breadth pediatric otolaryngology experience: Cleft/Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies, Microtia, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency, Voice, Airway, Aerodigestive, Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), Complex Sleep, Thyroid, Pediatric Head and Neck, Sinus and Cranial Base Surgery. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  3. A current photograph
  4. Letter of recommendation
  5. Copy of the information page of their current Passport

Southern Illinois University
Program Contact: Denean Vreeland [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Program Requirements: SIU Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery gladly welcomes international observers. Requests are taken on a rolling basis with no application deadline. We request that you submit your CV along with an email requesting an observership. Further institutional requirements will follow. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

University of Virginia
Program Contact: Jose Mattos [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

West Virginia University
Program Contact: Hassan H. Ramadan [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology
Program Requirements: Deadline for applications are four months ahead of start date. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium is an Annual Meeting forum designed to showcase cutting-edge content presented by international physicians.

Providing a global perspective of popular topics in otolaryngology, this CME program will enlighten the entire community and offer high visibility to international presenters. As an additional component of the Annual Meeting program, the AAO-HNSF International Symposium is promoted in conjunction with regular programming and as part of an International scheduling track. It will not preclude attendees from participating in the other program sessions and activities, and previously planned sessions in Spanish will continue.

Please join us for the International Symposium to be held during the AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Los Angeles, California, USA, October 3-6.

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