About this event

  • Date and time Fri 6 Nov 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:25pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology

This webinar will feature two distinguished international speakers discussing new concepts in laryngeal disease. The key topics covered will be as follows: 

  • Modern concepts and diagnostic tools to distinguish the various conditions that can be classed under the title of the irritable larynx
  • Different management strategies to treat these conditions
  • An update on the latest clinical research in laryngeal cancer

Professor Blake Simpson will discuss the modern diagnosis and management options of the "irritable larynx", a common and often dreaded presentation in the laryngology clinic. Professor Johan Fagan will deliver the memorial Semon Lecture discussing clinical research in laryngeal cancers and their impact on patients' outcomes. 

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

*The Laryngology & Rhinology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd and Medtronic for their valued support of the 2020-2021 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsor DP Medical for their support of this webinar.

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of the meetings.

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*Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  



Key speakers

Prof Johan Fagan

Leon Goldman Professor and Chair of the Division of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Speaker's biography

Following senior fellowship training at The Royal Marsden, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh he was appointed consultant ENT surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.  

His major interest has been to advance head and neck surgery and in particular surgical training in this field in Africa and the Developing World. He maintains an educational website for ENT surgeons in the Developing World (http://www.entdev.uct.ac.za/), and self-publishes two free, open access textbooks, The Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery and the Open Access Guide to Audiology and Hearing Aids, chapters of which have been downloaded over one million times (http://www.entdev.uct.ac.za/guides/).  

The Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery received the 2017 Open Book Award. 

He has also authored over 200 book chapters and peer reviewed papers and given many keynote and eponymous lectures around the world.  

He is an IFOS executive committee member as well as committee member of the Pan African federation of Otolaryngologic Societies, the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) and the founder of the African Head and Neck Society.  

He has recently been honoured by the AAO-HNSF acknowledging his contribution to the field of ear, nose and throat (ENT) services in developing nations.

Prof Blake Simpson 

President for the American Laryngological Association

Speaker's biography

Prof Blake Simpson specializes exclusively in the treatment of patients with voice and upper airway disorders and has published extensively in the area of laryngology and airway disease, co-authoring the definitive textbook on the surgical treatment of laryngotracheal disorders, Operative Techniques in Laryngology , which has subsequently been translated into Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Simpson has developed several innovative techniques that have been adopted widely within the field of Laryngology, including Botox injections into the false vocal cords for Spasmodic Dysphonia/Vocal Tremor, and the Superior Laryngeal Nerve Block, a new treatment for chronic cough. 

He is a founding member of the Laryngeal Education Foundation and is the past president for the American Laryngological Association. He has been nationally selected by his peers as a “Best Doctor” for the past 15 years and is in the “Super Doctors Hall of Fame” 


View the programme

Welcome and introduction and handover of presidency to Guri Sandhu

Professor Tim Woolford, Immediate Past President, Laryngology and Rhinology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The irritable larynx: Modern concepts in diagnosis and treatment

Professor Blake Simpson, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director, UAB Voice Center, The University of Alabama, Birmingham 

Question and answer session
Comfort break and sponsored industry presentations

Karl Storz Product Launch; New Telepack+ and HD Flexible Videonasolaryngoscope– given by Ben Pattinson

Semon lecture: Clinical research in laryngeal cancer

Professor Johan Fagan, Professor and Chairman, Division of Otolaryngology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Vote of thanks

Mr Peter Clarke, Chairman, Semon Committee

Question and answer session
Closing remarks