Paediatric Otolaryngology Track

Key Topics:

  • Paediatric hearing loss 
  • Cochlear implants in meningitis patients
  • Unilateral hearing loss
  • Airway management
  • General Paediatric Otolaryngology


Conference Chair:
Dr Mohamad Bitar, Consultant & Head of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, Dubai, UAE


Benefits of attending:

  • Apply novel tools and techniques to improve the overall health and quality of life for people treated by Otolaryngologists
  • Improve the standard of care in by gaining a critical toolkit of current research and advances in otolaryngology
  • Achieve competence in performing diagnostics and treatment measures to deliver better quality service to otolaryngology patients
  • Review current indications of newly developed products and devices and integrate these advances correctly to clinical practice
  • Access research backed medical practices that will shorten the patient’s hospital stay, recovery time and associated costs


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DAY 1: Sunday, 1 April 2018


09:00 -- Opening remarks -- Mohamad Bitar
 09:10 -- Key note lecture: Very early intervention strategies for children with sensorineural
hearing loss -- Teresa Ching
Mini-seminar: Cochlear implantation team
Moderator: Mohamad Bitar, Mondy Hammad
09:25 -- Team work importance in cochlear implantation -- Mohamed Bitar
09:35 -- Importance of adopting appropriate protocols to image potential CI patients -- Munire Gundogan
09:45 -- The role of psychological assessment of patients requiring CI -- Habib Abdullah
09:55 -- Neurodevelopmental assessment of patients requiring CI -- Zeinab Alloub  
10:05 -- Work-up / Checklist of potential cochlear implant patients -- Justin Golub
10:15 -- Paediatric cochlear implantation in day-case surgery: 1-year experience -- Amal Hajjij, Khalid Snoussi
10:30 -- Q&A

10:35 -- Coffee Break

Keynote Lecture

11:00 --  Cochlear nerve dysplasia and cochlear implant outcomes -- Catherine Birman

Mini-seminar: Special considerations in cochlear implantation
Moderator: Faheem Tadros, Mohamed Bitar
12:00 -- Large vestibular aqueduct syndrome, should we provide a cochlear implantation earlier? -- Catherine Birman
12:15 -- CI topic by -- Ralf Siegert
12:30 -- Early Paediatric CI: Bilateral simultaneous and sequential outcomes -- Catherine Birman
12:45 -- Tips in CI in children -- Justin Golub
12:55 -- Q&A
13:00 -- Lunch Break

14:00 --  Panel discussion: Case-based discussion on meningitis / SSD / others
Moderator: Mohamad Bitar, Mondy Hamad

Panelists: Catherine Birman, Faheem Tadros, Justin Golub, Ralf Siegert

15:30 -- Coffee Break

Mini-seminar: Paediatric implantable hearing devices
Moderator: Mondy Hammad, Mohamad Bitar

16:30 -- Sophono -- Ralph Siegert
16:45 -- External auditory canal atresia and implantable devices -- Catherine Birman
17:00 -- Bone conduction implants -- Justin Golub
17:15 -- CI for Pre-lingual adolescents -- Faheem Tadros
17:30 -- Changing indications for Paediatric cochlear implant surgery -- Catherine Birman

17:45 -- End of Day






DAY 2: Monday, 2 April 2018


09:00 -- Opening remarks -- Mohamad Bitar

Mini-seminar: Paediatric airway
Moderators: Talal Al Khatib, Ahmed Al Ammar
09:05 -- Basic assessment of a child with noisy breathing -- Randa Barazi
09:20 -- Balloon dilatation -- Hani Rifai
09:35 – Congenital laryngeal malformations up date -- Ahmed Alwaa
09:50 -- Laryngeal cleft and low inter-arytenoid height -- Talal Al Khatib 

10:05 -- Q & A

10:30 -- Coffee Break

Keynote lecture

11:00 -- Current strategies in paediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction -- George Zalzal

Panel Discussion

11:45 -- Panel discussion: Complex airway cases from the ICU
Moderators: Talal Al Khatib, Fahad Al Saab

Panelists: George Zalzal, Ahmed Al Ammar, Hani Rifai, Randa Barazi, Mohamad Bitar

13:00 -- Lunch Break

Mini-seminar: Airway reconstruction
Moderator: Faruque Riffat, Randa Barazi
14:30 -- Endoscopic airway surgeries -- Ahmed Al Ammar
14:50 -- Laryngotracheoplasty with endoscopic rib graft augmentation -- Talal Al Khatib
15:05 -- Paediatric glottis and subglottic stenosis – What should be done? -- Salma Al Sheibani
15:25 -- Congenital anterior glottis web: When and how to operate -- Fahad Al Saab
15:40 -- Tracheal resection and end to end anastomosis: indications and surgical tips -- Husein Etwadi
15:55 -- Q&A
16:00 -- Coffee Break

Panel discussion
16:30 -- Panel discussion: Airway reconstruction
Moderators: Ahmed Al Ammar, Salma Al Sheibani

Panelists: George Zalzal, Talal Al Khatib, Fahad Al Saab, Hani Rifai, Mohamed Bitar


DAY 3: Tuesday, 3 April 2018


09:00 -- Opening remarks -- Mohamad Bitar
Mini-seminar: Paediatric otology
Moderators: Randa Barazi, FaheemTadros 

09:05 -- Progressive paediatric sensorineural hearing loss - Catherine Birman

09:20 -- Workup of babies failing hearing screening - Mondy Hammad

09:35 -- Transcanal endoscopic ear surgery in children - Justin Golub

09:50 -- Paediatric tympano-mastoidectomy - Soekirman Soekin

10:05 – Overlay technique for tympanoplasty -- Faheem Tadros 

10:20 -- Q&A 

10:30 -- Coffee Break

Instructional course
11:00 -- Auricular reconstruction – Ralf Siegert

Mini-seminar: Paediatric airway II
Moderators: Hani Rifai, Ahmed Alwaa
12:00 -- Congenital laryngotracheal anomalies: Diagnosis and
state of the art treatment -- George Zalzal
12:30 -- Management options for
Juvenile Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis -- Ahmed Al Ammar
12:45 -- A five-year review of endoscopic management of high-grade subglottic stenosis in a tertiary care hospital -- Afnan
12:55 -- Q&A

13:00 -- Lunch Break

Panel Discussion

14:30 -- Panel discussion: Choanal atresia
Moderator: Ahmed Al Ammar, Fahad Al Saab
Panelists: George Zalzal, Mohamad Bitar, Hamdoon Al Naamani, Randa Barazi, Hani Rifai

Mini-seminar: Paediatric head and neck
Moderator: Talal Al Khatib, Fahad Al Saab, Faruque Riffat
15:30 – Neck Masses in children -- Faruque Riffat
15:45 -- Paediatric thyroid diseases -- Hanaa Zidan
15:55 -- Paediatric sialendoscopy: Indications and
technique -- Salma Al Sheibani
16:05 -- Lymphangiomas of the head and neck: What
are the options? -- Randa Barazi

16:15 -- Coffee Break

Abstract Session
Moderator: Salma Al Sheibani, Mohamad Bitar
16:40 -- How I do it: Bilateral cleft lip repair -- Ahmad Alawaa
17:00 -- Bead: A difficult tracheobronchial foreign body to retrieve; Bronchoscopist perspective -- Adnan Khan
17:10 -- When snoring children fail T&A -- Randa Barazi
17:20 -- Effect of T&A on quality of life of children -- Hani Rifai
17:30 -- An eight-year case control study identifying predictors of adenoid recurrence - Afnan Bukhari
17:40 – Closing remarks – Mohamad Bitar

18:00 -- End of Conference


  • Dr Afnan Bukhari, ENT Resident, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Riyadh, KSA
  • Prof Dr Ahmed Abdel Azim El Tantawy, Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Dr Ahmad Munzer Alwaa MD, MSc, FRCS ED, FRCS (ORL-HNS), Senior Consultant ENT Head& Neck Surgeon, Head of ENT Department, University Hospital Sharjah, Clinical, Assistant Professor College of Medicine, University Of Sharjah, UAE
  • Prof Ahmed Al Ammar, Consultant, Department of ORL-HNS, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Riyadh, KSA
  • Dr Amal Hajjij, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Cheikh Khalifa International University Hospital and Mohammed 6 University of Health Sciences, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Prof Dr Catherine Birman, Clinical Medical Director, Cochlear Implant Centre- Children's Hospital, Westmead, Staff Specialist, Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Fahad Al Saab, Consultant Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Board Examiner, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS), Riyadh, KSA
  • Dr Faheem Tadros, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Medeor 24 7 Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Faruque Riffat, Consultant Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Westmead Hospitals, Macquarie University Hospital, Lifehouse RPA Hospital, University of Sydney and Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Faisel Al Kalbani, Specialist, Otolaryglogy, Al Nahdha Hospital, Muscat, Oman
  • George H. Zalzal, MD. FACS, FAAP, Chief Division of Otolaryngology, Children's National Medical Center, Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, George Washington University, Washington, District of Colombia, USA
  • Dr Habib Abdullah, Paediatric Psychologist, Psychology Department, Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Hamdoon Al Naamani, ENT Consultant, Al Nahdha Hospital, Muscat, Oman
  • Dr Hanaa Zidan, Paediatric Endocrinologist, American Hospital Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Hani Rifai, Specialist, Otolaryngology, Paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat, Health Plus Medical Center, UAE
  • Prof Dr Hassan Wahba, Professor of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dr Husein Etwadi, Consultant of Paediatric Otolaryngology, Abha Maternity and Children Hospital, Abha, KSA
  • Dr Justin S. Golub, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  • Dr Khalid Snoussi, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Cheikh Khalifa International University Hospital and Mohammed 6 University of Health Sciences, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Dr Mondy Hammad, Head of ENT Department, Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr Munire Gundogan, Consultant Pediatric Radiologist, Acting Head of Diagnostic Imaging Department, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Randa Barazi, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Paediatric Otolaryngology-HNS, AUBMC, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr Zeinab Alloub, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  • Dr Salma Al Sheibani, Senior Consultant, Head of ENT Department, Al Nahdha Hospital, Muscat, Oman
  • Prof Dr Soekirman Soekin, Chairman, Proklamasi ENT-HNS Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Dr Talal Al-Khatib, MBBS(Hons), MSc, MHPEd, FRCSC, Vice Dean of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA
  • Dr Teresa Ching, Senior Research Scientist, National Acoustic Laboratories, New South Wales, Australia