Save the date! The 26th Annual Alumni Symposium will take place on June 22, 2018 at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. 


About the Course

This conference is designed to highlight both clinical and research activities of the faculty, residents, fellows and alumni of the Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University. 

It features the Saunders Lecturer, named in honor of William H. Saunders, MD, in recognition and gratitude of his numerous contributions to the discipline of otolaryngology and the department. The William H. Saunders Lectureship Award recipients are internationally renowned for their accomplishments in patient care, research and education in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

William Saunders MDWilliam H. Saunders, MD, Professor, has been a member of the Department of Otolaryngology since 1954. He was acting chairman from 1961-1963, and chairman from 1963-1984.

Dr. Saunders holds society memberships in The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society and the American Laryngological Society, among others. He has served as president of the American Board of Triological Society, and past vice president of the American Board of Otolaryngology and American Laryngological Association.

Dr. Saunders has authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has authored or edited five medical textbooks.

26th Annual Alumni Symposium

June 22, 2018

Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Pl,
Columbus, OH 43210

Event Registration: $300/person
Includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch.

Graduation Banquet: $100/person
The banquet Friday evening will be held at the Ohio Union in the Performance Hall located on the first floor,
1739 North High St., Columbus.

Golf Outing: $125/person
Saturday’s golf outing is at the Golf Club of Dublin. Price includes green fees, golf cart, lunch and prizes.

Please contact Niki Corrigan at with questions.

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Past OSU 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

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

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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