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The 27th Annual Alumni Symposium will take place Friday, June 21, 2019. Details to come!

About the Symposium

The Alumni Symposium is designed to highlight both clinical and research activities of the faculty, residents, fellows and alumni of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University. This program is directed to practicing otolaryngologists, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, audiologists, speech pathologists and nurses.

The symposium agenda always includes three distinct lectureships: 

William H. Saunders Lectureship Award
The William H. Saunders Lectureship Award is named in honor of William H. Saunders, MD, to recognize his numerous contributions to the discipline of otolaryngology and the Ohio State Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Department. Chosen award recipients are internationally renowned for their accomplishments in patient care, research and education in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics
The David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer is named in honor of the late David R. Kelly, MD, a former physician and vice chair of the Ohio State Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Department who had a keen sense of the financial aspect of healthcare. Lecturers are chosen based on their accomplishments in medical economics.

Special Guest Speaker
The Special Guest Speaker was added to the symposium in 2014 in celebration of the Ohio State Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Department’s 100th anniversary. The special guest speaker is chosen based on the impact they’ve had in the community, locally or nationally, throughout their life and career. 


2018 Alumni Symposium Speakers and Awardees

William H. Saunders Lectureship Award

Patrick ByrneThe Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to welcome Patrick Byrne, MD, FACS, MBA, as the 26th William H. Saunders Lecturer.

Dr. Patrick Byrne is a professor and the director of The Johns Hopkins Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also the director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Byrne focuses exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. His true passion is clinical care, including surgery. His robust clinical practice has a specific focus on aesthetic surgery, with a vast experience in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and face lifting. 

Dr. Byrne is one of the world’s leading experts in facial reanimation, the surgical field that deals with the treatment of facial paralysis. Patients with facial paralysis routinely travel across the country, and from around the world, to seek his help. 

Byrne's research interests dovetail his clinical practice, and include the best techniques and effects of cosmetic surgery, the treatment of facial paralysis and the reconstruction of deformities due to cancer. He has worked extensively with faculty in the Johns Hopkins School of Bioengineering on translational research efforts. He is the author or co-author of well over 100 publications on topics related to facial plastic surgery. 

Dr. Byrne and his colleagues in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are very committed to education. He is routinely invited to lecture across the US and abroad, and he and his colleagues accept physicians from around the world for focused learning experiences in the field. The fellowship program he directs is amongst the most popular and competitive in the United States, typically drawing well over 50 applicants for the single position annually. The graduates from the program he directs now serve as full time faculty, many of them as division directors, at top academic institutions across the United States.

Dr. Byrne has served as a co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Facial Transplantation team since 2012. He is also the co-medical director of the Greater Baltimore Cleft Lip and Palate Team. This multidisciplinary team, approved by the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, provides multidisciplinary expert care to children born with facial deformities. Dr. Byrne is also deeply committed to international volunteerism. Each year, Dr. Byrne also takes a team of volunteers from Johns Hopkins and other area hospitals to developing countries to perform free surgery on underprivileged children.

Dr. Byrne is double board certified, by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He holds appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and Dermatology. In 2015 he became the first Facial Plastic Surgeon in the history of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to be awarded the rank of Full Professor. In addition, he was amongst the initial co-hort of surgeons from his Department to be inducted into the Johns Hopkins Miller Coulson Society of Clinical Excellence. He served for over a decade as a Medical Director for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. In this capacity, he assisted medical centers in Panama, and Tokyo, to achieve accreditation by the Joint Commission International. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (class of 2015). Dr. Byrne has served on the Editorial Board for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

David R. Kelly, MD Lecturer in Medical Economics

Bill WulfThe Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to welcome J. William Wulf, MD, as the 14th David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics. 

Dr. Bill Wulf is the first physician Chief Executive Officer of Central Ohio Primary Care, assuming this position in 2013. Prior to this role, he served as the Corporate Medical Director of COPC for seven years. With more than 30 years of medical and leadership experience, he was a leader among the founding physicians that helped establish COPC, Inc. in 1996. COPC has grown to 380 physicians in 64 locations in central Ohio.

Dr. Wulf previously operated a private practice in Columbus and continues to serve as the COPC Laboratory Medical Director.

Dr. Wulf is a member of the COPC Executive Committee. He is also on the board of directors for The Health Collaborative of Central Ohio, The Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, agilon Health, The Ohio Health Information Partnership and CAPG.

As an internist, he received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.

Special Guest Speaker

Douglas SmithThe Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to welcome Douglas A. Smith as the fifth special guest speaker.  

Smith, a former business leader, is relishing the second half of his life as a speaker, teacher, writer and business co-founder as he benefits from the experiences of others and learns from his own foibles. In his previous life, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods Canada, Chairman/CEO of Borden Foods Corporation and Chairman/CEO of Best Brands Corporation.

His specific areas of interest are leadership and organizational effectiveness, happiness and well-being, and the skill of dealing with setbacks in life. He works with organizations and individuals, focusing on emerging companies, and with CEO’s who are eager to learn and enhance their leadership skills and live with greater joy and abundance.

Smith’s interest in positive psychology led him to author a best-selling book entitled Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy (released January 2014). He teaches an undergraduate course at DePauw University and leads sessions at Canyon Ranch on “The Science & Skill of Happiness.” Smith speaks on both leadership and happiness at conferences and organizations across the country and consults with numerous CEO’s. He is also a popular speaker at business meetings and conventions. He donates 100 percent of his speaking fees and 100 percent of his book profits to charitable organizations involved in cancer research, the environment or education. To date, his work and writing has raised over $1.5 million for these causes. Most recently he is a co-founder of Positive Foundry, LLC, an organization dedicated to enabling individuals and their organizations to flourish.

Smith has a BA and an honorary doctorate from DePauw University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He and his wife Phyllis have two grown sons and live happily in Columbus, Ohio. He can be contacted at

CME Information

The Ohio State University Center for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Ohio State University Center for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Past Ohio State Otolaryngology Alumni Symposiums

Dr Courey - Saunders Lecturer


Alumni Symposium

Mark S. Courey, MD
Saunders Lectureship Award Recipient

Dr. Courey is a professor at Mount Sinai who serves as division chief of Laryngology, vice chair of Quality and director of the Grabscheid Voice Center.

Scott Daly - Guest Speaker

Scott Daly

Special Guest Speaker

As a U.S. Navy SEALs veteran, Mr. Daly uses his experience both in the military and professionally as a member of the group Focus 3 to share his approach on leadership, culture and behavior.

Drs Carrau and Teknos w McNeil - DK Lecturer

Robert McNeil, PhD

David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics

Dr. McNeil is the founder and managing director of Sanderling Ventures. 


From left to right: Ricardo Carrau, MD; Robert McNeil, PhD; Ted Teknos, MD


General ENT Panel

General ENT Panel

Dr. Schofield leads a multi-specialty panel in a discussion on the role of a general ENT in an ever-changing world of healthcare.

Panelists from left to right: Charles Elmaraghy, MD; Eugene Chio, MD; Brad Otto, MD; Ed Dodson, MD; moderator Minka Schofield, MD

Allergy Panel powerpoint presentation

Allergy Panel

Dr. Teknos introduces Dr. Ogbogu and the first ever allergy panel, as they prepare to discuss allergic rhinosinusitis and allergen immunotherapy.

Panelists from left to right: David Stukus, MD; Amber Patterson, MD; Charity Fox, MD; Moderator Princess Ogbogu, MD; former chair Ted Teknos, MD

Dr Brad Otto

Bradley Otto, MD

Dr. Otto presents his groundbreaking research on the use of neuromodulation in cluster headache. 


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Dr Dan Merfeld

Daniel Merfeld, PhD

As one of the newest faculty members, Dr. Merfeld presents his groundbreaking research on vestibular function.

Dr Garth Essig

Garth Essig, MD

Dr. Essig presents information on the tele-otolaryngology program he is building at OSU and the importance and influence of such programs in the future of medicine.


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Dr Irina Castellanos

Irina Castellanos, PhD

Dr. Castellanos presents her research on neurocognitive functioning in children with cochlear implants.


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Dr Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan, MD

Dr. Ryan presents on post-operative hypothyroidism and hypocalcemia from an endocrinologist’s perspective.


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Dr Leslie Kim

Leslie Kim, MD

Dr. Kim presents the ins and outs of facial reanimation, a program she is passionate about building at Ohio State.


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Dr Meredith Lind

Meredith Lind, MD, FAAP, FACS

Dr. Lind presents the evaluation and management of swallowing disorders in infants and children.


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Past Symposium Agendas

Past Symposium Agendas

2018 Alumni Symposium

Saunders Lectureship Award Recipient: Patrick Byrne, MD, FACS, MBA

Special Guest Speaker: Douglas A. Smith

2017 David R. Kelly, MD Lecturer in Medical Economics: J. William Wulf, MD

Download the full 2018 Symposium Program

2017 Alumni Symposium

Saunders Lectureship Award Recipient: Mark S. Courey, MD

Special Guest Speaker: Scott Daly

2017 David R. Kelly, MD Lecturer in Medical Economics: Robert McNeil, PhD

Download the full 2017 Symposium Program

2016 Alumni Symposium

Saunders Lectureship Award Recipient: Lawrence R. Lustig, MD

Special Guest Speaker: Kenneth R. Yeager, PhD, LISW, LICDC

2016 David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics:  John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA

Download the full 2016 Symposium Program

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2015 Alumni Symposium

Saunders Lectureship Award Recipient: Michael M.E. Johns, MD

Special Guest Speaker: Chris Spielman

2015 David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics: L. Arick Forrest, MD

Download the full 2015 Symposium Program

2014 Alumni Symposium

Special Guest Speaker: Thad Matta

2014 David R. Kelly, MD, Lecturer in Medical Economics: E. Gordon Gee

Download the full 2014 Symposium Program

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