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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Steven Marc Zeitels is the Eugene B. Casey Professor of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation.  In 2004, the first endowed Chair in Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School was created for him while he re-established a Harvard Laryngeal Surgery service at the MGH, which had not been present since Harris Mosher in the 1920s. Zeitels’ contributions to voice and laryngeal surgery are highly recognized in the USA and throughout the world.  He has received more than 75 awards and honored lectureships for his achievements including the Casselberry Award, DeRoaldes Medal, and the Newcomb Award from the American Laryngological Association (founded 1879).  Zeitels was the 4th surgeon in the organization’s history to win all three awards and it has been over 40 years since this was last achieved. He has also received the Chevalier Jackson Award and the Broyles Maloney Award (3 times) from the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (founded 1917), as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Boston University (BU) School of Medicine.

Zeitels is widely regarded as a prolific surgical innovator having designed numerous new voice restoration procedures (phonosurgery) and instruments, holding 6 patents for these innovations.  He is acknowledged for pioneering novel laser applications to treat precancerous dysplasia and cancer as well as laryngeal papillomatosis, polyps, nodules and is also well known for perfecting office-based laryngeal laser surgery.  Most notable, was his introduction of angiolytic laser treatment of vocal cord cancer, which was a substantial achievement evolving from Judah Folkman’s concepts of tumor angiogenesis and Rox Anderson’s theory of selective photothermolysis.  Zeitels has also designed unique procedures to restore the voice of those who have had vocal paresis and paralysis.  His techniques were featured in a National Geographic Channel documentary, “The Incredible Human Machine”, which highlighted Zeitels’ microsurgery on Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.  In addition, his novel surgical treatment of Roger Daltrey (The Who) just prior to his halftime performance in the 2010 Super Bowl was discussed extensively on CBS news.  In 2012, there was broad international coverage of Dr. Zeitels’ unique microsurgery that restored Adele’s voice who thanked him in the acceptance of the first of her 6 Grammy Awards. 

In 2013, Zeitels’ career and a number of his innovations were highlighted in a long-form biographical profile in the New Yorker Magazine: ‘A Surgeon Pioneers Methods to Help Singers Sing’.  In 2012, Zeitels was listed 13 in Rolling Stone’s ‘25 Best Things in Rock Right Now’, 14 in Fast Company’s ‘100 most Creative People’, and Bilboard’s Top Throat Doctor.

His work has been discussed extensively in print media, radio, and television both nationally and internationally [i.e. Good Morning America, Today Show, Wall Street Journal, NY and LA Times, London Sunday Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Vogue, Boston Globe & Herald, Bloomberg News, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic, Nightline, Boston – New York – LA television news (CBS. NBC, ABC, FOX)].  He has done career-saving surgery on hundreds of American and international performers. Media venues have discussed the surgical and medical care of a number of Zeitels’ celebrity patients including Adele, Julie Andrews, Steven Tyler, Bono Cher, Sam Smith, Roger Daltrey (The Who), Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, James & Livingston Taylor, Tommy Tune, Frederica van Stade, Denyce Graves, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Jimmy Westbrook (Little Big Town), Nikki Glaser, Christina Perri, Donny Osmond, Melissa Errico, Joe Buck, and Dick Vitale.  He has done voice restoration microsurgery on an unprecedented 19 Grammy-Award winning performers, who have garnered 85 awards from >250 nominations.  

A group of Dr. Zeitels’ dedicated patients created the nonprofit Voice Health Institute (VHI) in 2003 and this alliance has led to a variety of key advances in laryngeal surgery.  Key scientific initiatives that arose from the collaboration include the development of a vocal biomaterials program with the Langer Laboratories at MIT for which the group received the 2010 Broyles Maloney Award.  He has received substantial support from Larry Page, Google’s founder and CEO, to pioneer future innovations in laryngeal surgery.

Zeitels has also been the honored guest of many international organizations including the American Society of Pharmaceutical Scientists, British Voice Assn., Japan Laryngological Assn., European Medical Laser Assn., Pan-European Voice Conference, Collegium Medicorum Theatri, Australian Voice Assn., Spanish Head and Neck Society, Brazilian Society of Laryngology and Voice, New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Chilean Head & Neck Society, Mexican Society of Otolaryngology, and the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology. He has also been a visiting professor at many departments, universities, and hospitals including, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Univ., Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of California (San Diego & Irvine), Univ. of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Texas (Dallas and Houston), Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Cincinnati, Univ. of Utah, Vanderbilt Univ., Univ. of Alabama, Univ. of Connecticut, University of West Virginia, University of Minnesota, Royal Nose & Throat Hospital (London), University of Navarra - Pamplona, Spain, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Aukland University, New Zealand, Kumamoto University, Japan, McGill & Dalhousie Universities, Canada, and The Juilliard School.

Zeitels has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and videos in larynx and pharynx surgery as well as presenting over 300 papers and lectures. His Atlas of Phonomicrosurgery is one of the leading textbooks in microsurgery of the larynx. He serves or has served on the editorial board of 5 national and international journals.  Zeitels has been the visiting professor at >35 departments, universities, & hospitals.  He was a member of the 1st class of Boston University Trustee Scholars, attended the BU 6-year medical program, and graduated from the BU School of Medicine in 1982. He completed the BU - Tufts combined Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Program in 1987 as well as a Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship at BU and the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1988.

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Scientific Schedule Agenda

7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome   Neil Brown, MD

8:10 Legislative Update    Chad Fahning

8:30 Innovations in Laryngeal Surgery    Steven Zeitels, MD, FACS

9:30 Care for the Professional Voice Panel Discussion

Steven Zeitels, MD, FACS

Allison Ackmann, MS, CCC-SLP

Sami Bayan, MD
Diana Orbelo, PhD, CCC-SLP

10:00 Break and Visit Exhibitors

10:30 Management of Subglottic Stenosis    Andrew Bowen, MD

11:00  Diagnosis and Medical Management of Chronic Cough    Kaiser Lim, MD

11:30  New Horizons: Selected Research Developments in Chronic Cough    Stephanie Misono, MD MPH FACS 

12:00 Lunch / Business Meeting / Awards / Visit Exhibitors

1:15 ENT Rapid Resident Talks -  Mitch Hagen, MD & Cheyanne Silver, MD - Moderators

  • “Comparing Open Versus Rigid Endoscopic and Flexible Endoscopic Techniques for    the Treatment of Zenker’s Diverticulum”  presented by Kate Wallerius, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • “HPV vaccination in otolaryngology clinics: a study of feasibility, potential impact, and provider sentiment” presented by Dante Merlino, MD, PhD, Resident Physician, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • “Visual Perception of Scarring by Facial Subunits Across Children of Different Ethnicities:  An Eye Tracking Study” presented by  Rachel McCabe, MD Resident Physician, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota
2:00 Dysphagia: Applications in the Clinic and the Operating Room   Raluca Gray, MD 


2:30 Complex Aerodigestive Problems: A multidisciplinary Approach 

Daniela Zgherea, MD

Kaitlin McDaniel SLP 

Tiffany Woods CNP

3:00 Evaluation and Management of the Newborn with Noisy Breathing   Josh Wiedermann, MD, FACS

3:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

3:45 Evidenced-based Approach to Tongue Tie   Alex Coyne, PA-C

4:15 Case Studies of Hot Topics/Controversies in ENT  Moderators:  Ian Lalich, MD and Mitch Hagen, MD

4:45  Physician Burnout   TBA

5:00 Poster Session and Reception 

5:30 Ancillary Events (invitation only)

Industry partners have the opportunity to offer a separate event/hands-on training/meetings at the conclusion of the MAO Annual Meeting.  All attendees MUST be registered for the MAO Annual Meeting to attend these events.  Invitations will be only sent out to those registered for MAO Annual Meeting in a couple of weeks.  So, DON’T DELAY REGISTERING to avoid missing these opportunities.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Following this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze research-based information and updates on practical applications affecting operative procedures, drugs, and medical devices.

  • Apply knowledge of current issues affecting the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of otolaryngologic and related disorders.

  • Utilize improved practice management techniques to facilitate physician performance improvement.

  • Translate into practice a broader understanding of the commonly-accepted approaches used in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.


It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored educational activities. All participating faculty, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. Specific disclosure information for each course faculty will be shared with the audience prior to the faculty’s presentation.



MAO Active Member: $0
MAO Retired Member: $0
Resident/Fellow: $0

Student: $0
Non-Member Physician: $400
Non-Member/NonPhysician (PAs, NPs): $250

NEW! Become a New Member (MD): $600
-includes 17 months membership (Jan 21, 2023 – May 31, 2024)
-complimentary registration for the 2023 and 2024 annual conference
NEW! Become a New Member (non MD): $450
-includes 17 months membership (Jan 21, 2023 – May 31, 2024)
-complimentary registration  for the 2023 and 2024 annual conference
Member: $0 | Non Member: $200

Exhibitor Opportunities

The Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology is excited to invite you to exhibit at the 2023 Annual Meeting!  The meeting will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

We have so many opportunities for the 2023 MAO Annual Meeting.

Platinum Exhibitor - $2,000

  • Recognized as Platinum Exhibitor on all promotion and onsite materials
  • Primary table location -  1-6’ table for display
  • Recognized on website and email invitation blasts
  • Up to 4 complimentary company representative registrations (only valid for exhibitors and not physicians or other providers).
  • Extra registration passes can be purchased at $400 per exhibitor

Gold Exhibitor - $1,500
  • Recognized as Gold Exhibitor on all promotion and onsite materials
  • Primary table location
  • 1-6’ table for display
  • Up to 2 complimentary company representative registrations (only valid for exhibitors and not physicians or other providers)
  • Extra registration passes can be purchased at $400 per exhibitor 


  • Create your own dinner or short program in conjunction with the MAO Annual Meeting!
  • Ancillary event would be required to occur after the close of the MAO Annual Meeting.
  • MAO would send out your promotional invitations to prospective audience due to data privacy concerns; Company would be responsible for registration and all costs associated with the program at the hotel or offsite.  Once confirmed, MAO will connect you to the appropriate hotel person to make the plans necessary for your event.
  • Includes all aspects of the Platinum Exhibitor (see above)

Conference Location & Hotel Accommodations

The Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology is excited to invite you to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting!  This will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

  • Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis provides travelers with a quiet setting in an unbeatable location next to the Mall of America.
  • Rooms are available at a group rate of $99 plus tax for single/double rooms for Friday and Saturday nights, January 20th and 21st. Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. To make a reservation, please call (952) 922-1234 and identify yourself as an MAO meeting participant to access the group rate or reserve online now.

We encourage you to share the news of the meeting with fellow physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners that may be interested. Please refer them to the MAO website for registration and meeting details at:  2023 MAO Annual Meeting