2024 Midwinter Ski Meeting Program

​Addressing the needs of hearing health professionals, the Ultimate Colorado Midwinter Meeting offers two concurrent tracks. Attendees are encouraged to attend the sessions of their choice.

Otology-Audiology Track

1:00-5:00pm: Registration


Sunday AM - 1/28TopicSpeaker
 "Otology Broad Implications"Sam Gubbels Moderating 
7:00 - 7:15Health Equity Initiatives in ENTMatthew Bush
7:15 - 7:30Hearing and cognitive decline: results from the ACHIEVE randomized trialFrank Lin
7:30 - 7:45Impact of Comorbidities and social determinants of health on cochlear implant performanceMatthew Shew
7:45 - 8:00Environmental Toxins and Hearing: What we can learn from global communitiesJames Saunders
8:00 - 9:00 Otology Broad Implications 

Moderator - Yuri Agrawal

Panel - Frank Lin, Matthew Bush, James Saunders, Matthew Shew

Sunday PM  
4:00 - 4:20Characterizing Human Vestibular Sensory Epithelia from Vestibular Schwannoma SurgeriesAnna Dondzillo
4:20 - 4:40Chirp stimuli evoke larger amplitude binaural interaction components of the auditory brainstem responseDan Tollin
4:40 - 5:00Bone conduction hearing and auditory brainstem responses to BC stimuli Nate Greene
5:00 - 5:20Mechanisms of age related central hearing loss and towards the development of treatments Achim Klug
5:20 - 5:40Interferon signaling enhances bacterial invasion of the middle ear Sarah Clark
5:40 - 6:00DiscussionKatie Rennie - Moderator
6:00 - 8:00Welcome ReceptionConference Exhibit Area



Monday AM  1/29  
7:00 - 7:15Does viral infection of the olfactory epithelium accelerate Alzheimer’s Disease?Diego Restrepo
7:15 - 7:30Microbiome as a disease modifier in chronic rhinosinusitisVijay Ramakrishnan
7:30 - 7:45Taste dysfunction in Covid-19 Tom Finger
7:45 - 8:00The role of Kit signaling in taste bud regeneration Linda Barlow
8:00 - 8:15Salivary gland radioprotection through regulation and DNA repair Mary Reyland
8:15 - 8:30Liquid biopsy for head and neck cancer Jose Zevallos
8:30 - 8:45Liquid Biopsy Cell-Free DNA in Head & Neck Cancer and Beyond Aadel Chaudhuri
8:45 - 9:00DiscussionSue Kinnamon - Moderator
Monday PM  
 "Management of Temporal Bone Disease"  Matt Bush - Moderator
4:00 - 4:15 M and MO Meatoplasties in the Treatment of Otitis ExternaAndrzej Zarowski
4:15 - 4:30Contemporary Management of End Stage Chronic Ear Disease.....The Case For Subtotal Petrosectomy combined with BCD's/Cochlear ImplantationJacques Herzog
4:30 - 4:45Otosclerosis versus Superior Semicircular Canal DehiscenceStephen Cass
4:45 - 5:00Contemporary management of otitis externaJoni Doherty
5:00 - 5:15Hearing results after transcanal exostosis removal, large series with various techniquesJack Shohet
5:15 - 5:30Extending the Boundaries of Transcanal Tympanoplasty: A Microscopic ApproachJames Saunders
5:30 - 5:45Current Management of CSF OtorrheaMattthew Bush
5:45 - 6:00Management of HyperacusisJack Wazen
6:00 - 8:00Alumni Social HourThe Hythe - Dining Room #1


Tuesday AM - 1/30  
 "Implantable Hearing Devices" Nate Cass, MD - Moderator
7:00 - 7:15Comparisons of Intraoperative Transimpedance Matrix Recordings vs Intraoperative X-Rays for Confirmation of Cochlear Implant Electrode PositionDavid Kelsall, MD
7:15 - 7:30Implantable hearing devices in the Medicare population Jeffrey Vrabec
7:30 - 7:45CI vs. Stapedotomy in Advanced OtosclerosisNeil Sperling, MD
7:45 - 8:00Intraoperative measurements during cochlear implantation(ECoG and Impedances)Alex Huber
8:00 - 8:15Biomarkers for fibrosis derived from transimpedance measurements in a longitudinal studyAndrzej Zarowski
8:15 - 8:30Speech perception abilities of adult cochlear implant listeners with single-sided deafness versus bilateral hearing lossDaniel Zeitler
8:30 - 8:45Panel Discussion - "Considerations in Cochlear Implantation in Patients with Vestibular Schwannoma"

Moderator - Jay Gantz

Panelists - Dan Zeitler, Joni Doherty, Anderez Zarowski

Tuesday PM  
 "Cochlear Implants" Bruce Gantz Moderator
4:00 - 4:15 Depression and cochlear implantationNate Cass, MD
4:15 - 4:30Cortical changes by deafness and their restoration by hearing rehabilitation using CIPark Hong Ju
4:30 - 4:45First Results with a 34 milliliter Cochlear Implant ElectrodeWolf-dieter Baumgartner
4:45 - 5:00Intra-scalar electrode position can predict CI hearing preservationNedim Durakovic
5:00 - 5:15Individualized cochlear implantationThomas Lenarz
5:15 - 5:30Hearing Preservation - Manual vs Robotic ImplantationBruce Gantz, MD
5:30 - 5:45Cochlear implantation for the treatment of single-sided deafness: a Bibliometric analysisDaniel Zeitler
5:45 - 6:00Challenges of Practical Use of Localization Testing as a Marker of Binaural BenefitRenee Banakis Hartl



Wednesday AM - 1/31  
 "Vestibular Disorders" Steve Cass moderator 
7:00 - 7:15Algorithm for Vestibular Migraine diagnosis and ManagementJoni Doherty
7:15 - 7:30IIH and vestibular migraineBulent Mamikoglu
7:30 - 7:45Vestibular Loss and AgingYuri Agrawal
7:45 - 8:00CGRP for Vestibular Migraine: Results from the INVESTMENT trialJeffrey Sharon, MD
8:00 - 8:15Clinical manifestations of acute low-tone sensorineural hearing loss: Its relevance to Meniere's diseaseWon-Ho Chung
8:15 - 8:30Differential diagnosis of SNHL with vertigo: What we learned from MRI studyJa Won KOO
8:30 - 8:45Vestibular Disorders Panel

Moderator Steve Cass

Panelists -Yuri Agrawal, Jeff Sharon, Bulent Mamikoglu


Wednesday PM   
 "Skull Base Surgery" Ashley Nassiri Moderator
4:00 - 4:15 Pre-operative vestibular assessment helps guide decision making with CPA tumorNedim Durakovic
4:15 - 4:30Acoustic Neuroma surgery without ICU admissionBrian Perry
4:30 - 4:45

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Artifact Associated with Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Implants: Cholesteatoma and Vestibular Schwannoma Surveillance

Ashley Nassiri
4:45 - 5:00Surgery versus SRS for Temporal Bone ParagangliomaOlivia Kalmanson
5:00 - 5:15Prognosis of Facial Palsy in Skull Base Osteomyelitis according to Treatment MethodsMyungHoon Yoo
5:15 - 5:303D Exoscope in otology and skull base surgery: opportunities and challengesJoseph Chen
5:30 - 5:45Bilateral SSCDSeth Schwartz
5:45 - 6:00Factors affecting Speech Discrimination after Vestibular Schwannoma ResectionOlivia Kalmanson

Thursday AM - 2/1  
 "Otology Updates and Innovations"  Samuel Gubbels, MD moderator
7:00 - 7:15Cochlear Implantation and Perioperative Management in Autoimmune Inner Ear DiseaseMichael Hoa, MD
7:15 - 7:30Otoplan Planning Software in clinical useWolf Dieter Baumgartner
7:30 - 7:45Contemporary Management of Hearing Instability DisordersMichael Hoa, MD
7:45 - 8:00Pathogenesis of Patulous Eustachian TubeJeffrey Vrabec, MD
8:00 - 8:20Minimally invasive treatment of superior canal dehiscenceJack Wazen
8:20 - 8:40Translation of a new auditory nerve implant: Pre-clinical and first in-human results
Hubert Lim
8:40 - 9:00
Process Improvement in Newborn Hearing Screening: A year of programmatic revision. 
Stacy Stiell




General Otolaryngology Track

1:00-5:00pm Registration
Sunday AMTopicSpeaker
7:00 - 7:05Introductions and WelcomeTodd Kingdom, MD
7:05 - 7:25COVID-mediated Smell Loss Nyssa Farrell, MD
7:25 - 7:45Update on Biologics in RhinologySarah Wise, MD & Dan Beswick, MD
7:45 - 8:05Update in HHT & Epistaxis Management Ashoke Khanwalkar, MD
8:05 - 8:20New Approaches in Managing “Post Nasal DripHenry Barham, MD
8:20 - 8:50Panel Discussion: Central Compartment SyndromeJohn Delgaudio, MD (moderator) Rich Orlandi, MD,  Stacey Gray, MD, Anne Getz, MD
8:50 - 9:00Questions, Discussion, and Wrap-up 
Sunday PMTopicSpeaker
4:00 - 4:05Introductions & Welcome Anne Getz, MD
4:05 - 4:20Billing & Coding in Rhinology Henry Barham, MD
4:20 - 4:35CSF Leak Work-up & Management Emily Barrow, MD
4:35 - 4:50Quality of Life Outcomes in Sinonasal Cancer Dan Beswick, MD
4:50 - 5:05In-Office Procedures Ashoke Khanwalkar, MD
5:05 - 5:20Rhinology and Chronic Cough Anne Getz, MD
5:20 - 5:55Panel Discussion: Difficult CasesTodd Kingdom (moderator), Emily Barrow, Richard Orlandi, Stacey Gray, Nyssa Farrell
5:55 - 6:00Questions, Discussion, & Wrap-up 
6:00 - 8:00 Welcome ReceptionConference Exhibit Area


Monday AMTopicSpeaker
Laryngology Moderator:  Matthew Clary
7:00 - 7:25Update on Current Management of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Laura Matrka, MD 
7:25 - 7:50Treatment of Early Laryngeal Cancer Andrew McWhorter MD
7:50 - 8:15Neurological Disorders of the Larynx Daniel Fink, MD
8:15 - 8:40Unusual Causes of Dysphagia Justin Ross, DO
8:40 - 9:00Airway Surgery for the Non-Airway Practice Emily Ambrose, MD



Monday PMTopicSpeaker
3:30 - 4:00Indications and Outcomes for Pediatric Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation – Non CME creditChris Schutt, MD
4:00 - 4:30Break with exhibitors 
4:30 - 5:00So your patient wants a hypoglossal nerve stimulator? Analysis of Sleep Study Reports for the OtolaryngologistAmy Schell, MD
5:00 - 5:30Perioperative management of the chronic marijuana user Aaron Persinger, MD
5:30 - 6:00Entering the Unknown: A Shift in ORL CareKristi Saunders, MD
6:00 - 8:00Alumni Social HourThe Hythe - Dining Room #1


Tuesday AMTopicSpeaker
Head & Neck  
7:00 - 7:30Updates in the Management of the Unknown PrimaryMohammad Hararah, MD, MPH
7:30 - 8:00Counseling Patients about HPVMichelle Mierzwa, MD and Elizabeth Campbell, MD
8:00 - 8:30Screening and Biomarkers for Oral Premalignant LesionsCarissa Thomas, MD, PhD
8:30 - 9:00Contemporary Issues in Head and Neck Cancer survivorshipFarshad Chowdhury, MD
Tuesday PMTopicSpeaker
4:00 - 4:30Artificial Intelligence and Head and Neck CancerSteven Chinn, MD, MPH
4:30 - 5:00When Patients Say No - Innovative Treatment Offerings for Advanced Mucosal CancersKeith Casper, MD
5:00 - 5:30Surgery for advanced thyroid carcinomaBrian Cervenka, MD
5:30 - 6:00The supraclavicular artery island flapNathan Grohmann, MD


Wednesday AMTopicSpeaker
Facial Plastics  
7:00 - 7:30A Review of 100 Consecutive Septal Perforation Repair SurgeriesAndrew Winkler, MD
7:30 - 8:00
My Approach to Hump Reduction - Conventional vs PreservationJeff Moyer, MD
8:00 - 8:20My Approach to Nasal Injury in Professional AthletesGeoffrey Ferril, MD
8:20 - 8:40An Evidence-based Examination of Clinic-based Nasal Valve SolutionsAdam Terella, MD
8:40 - 9:00My Story of Rhinoplasty: What I’ve learned over 30 Years of Practice
Tom Wang, MD
Wednesday PMTopicSpeaker
4:00 - 4:30Clinical Pearls for Pediatric Head & Neck and PlasticsModerator: Greg Allen, MD
 'Mastering Thyroglossal Duct Surgery'Jeffrey Koempel MD 
 Helpful Hints for in-clinic procedures on childrenMarci Lesperance MD     
 Management of newborn with cleft/craniofacial anomaly: tips for   general otolaryngologist”     Bry Roby, MD
4:30 - 5:10Helpful Insights for your Pediatric PracticeModerator: Greg Allen, MD
 Needle biopsy and salivary botulinum toxin in the outpatient clinic. How I do itScott Manning MD
 Keys to Connections in the Outpatient ClinicGreg Allen  MD
 Is Posterior Tongue-Tie Real: what is it anywayPeggy Kelley, MD
 If You Don’t Look, You Don’t Know: Owning the Airway Through History, Physical and Endoscopy”Matt Brigger, MD
5:10 - 6:00Sylvan Stool Memorial Lecture: Unintended Consequences of Early Antibiotic ExposureKenny Chan, MD

Thursday AM  
7:00 - 7:45Clinical Pearls Related to the EarModerator: Norman Friedman, MD
 Choosing the "best" first in-office ear tube patientGene Liu, MD
 Simplifying Bone Conduction implantsDavid Chi, MD
 The Ear Hater's Guide to Peadiatric Hearing LossPatricia Yoon, MD
7:45 - 8:15Obstructive SDBModerator: Norman Friedman, MD
 Beyond the AHINorman Friedman, MD
 Management of Mild OSA - Results of the PATS StudyRon Mitchell, MD
 Turbinate Reduction - Techniques and OutcomesMelissa Scholes, MD
8:15 - 8:45Innovation in Peds OTOModerator: Norman Friedman, MD
 From Microscope to Bronchoscope: Tracheal Stem Cells and the Pediaatric AirwayTendy Chiang, MD
 Advances and Challenges in the Treatment of Vascular Anomalies“Carol MacArthur, MD
8:45 - 9:00DiscussionModerator: Norman Friedman, MD

Learning Objectives

By the end of this conference, the attendees will be able to complete the following learning objectives:

To list the pros and cons of a variety of wound healing products.
To formulate a management plan for common pediatric otolaryngology disorders.
To describe current assessment and management techniques for common voice disorders. 
To efficiently analyze sleep study results.
To summarize the evolving and novel indications for cochlear implantation in adults and children.


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

This course offers up to 1.8 ASHA CEUs.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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