2024 Erie ENT Alumni Day

Erie, PA US
August 17, 2024

This conference provides attendees with updated scientific knowledge and practice guidelines in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, including subspecialty areas such as upper airway, head and neck, sleep, sinus, oncology, and otology. Participants will learn relevant and timely information on hypoglossal nerve stimulators, Crural j flaps, head and neck cancer therapy, medical management of ENT patients, and surgical techniques for a variety of procedures.  


There are many recreational options to enjoy on a August afternoon in Erie, PA. Join the UPMC Hamot ENT residents and attendings for golf at the Kahkwa Club or enjoy a different activity of your choosing. Some ideas are below:
Port Erie Sports:
Rent jet skis, boats, and kayaks
Discover Presque Isle:
Annual event at Presque Isle State Park offering guided hikes, archery, live music, sand sculptures, and giant bonfires.
Lake Erie Wine County:
Wine tasting along Erie’s lake shore. More than 20 wineries!

For more ideas, see Visit Erie.

Target Audience

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery physicians, residents, and medical students are the primary audience for this conference. Nurses, advanced practice providers, and other clinical staff who currently work in an ENT setting or who would like to expand their ENT knowledge may also benefit from attending.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review recent updates regarding the radiation and systemic therapy approach for common head and neck cancers
  • Review recent strategies to improve functional outcomes and quality of life through therapeutic de-intensification in select patients
  • Discuss when to use open and external approaches in sinus surgery, including Caldwell-Luc, lateral rhinotomy, and ethmoid and frontal sinus approaches, and compare them to endoscopic methods.
  • Describe the specific techniques and landmarks for each external approaches.
  • Recognize potential complications of open and external sinus surgery, such as pain, nerve injury, and bleeding, as well as discover ways to minimize risks through careful technique and patient selection.
  • Recognize the causes and mechanisms of methemoglobinemia, distinguishing between congenital and acquired forms, with a focus on triggers like benzocaine and nitrates.
  • Identify the clinical signs of methemoglobinemia, particularly in surgical contexts, and understand the importance of prompt diagnosis through clinical and laboratory testing.
  • Evaluate treatment options for methemoglobinemia, including methylene blue, considering patient-specific factors, and potential complications to improve management in clinical practice.
  • Explore options of dosing for RAI
  • Describe who are the proper candidates for RAI
  • List potential complications of using Radioactive Iodine
  • Identified differential diagnosis for eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Discuss the treatment options for eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Discuss currently available training methods for cochlear implantation
  • Discuss the novel 3D printed cochlea to help train otolaryngologist in proficient cochlear implantation


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/17/2024 - 6:00am EDT
Event ends: 
08/17/2024 - 6:00pm EDT

6:45 – 7:45

Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:50 – 8


Sean T. Carroll, DO, FOCOO

8 – 8:30

Pulsatile Tinnitus

Sidney P. Lipman, MD, FACS

8:30 – 9

Updates in Head and Neck Radiation Therapy

Benjamin Greenberger, MD

9 – 9:15

Septal Perforation

Manick Saran, DO

9:15 – 9:35

Virtual Scribe Options

Ruthann Lipman, DO

9:35 – 10:05

Open Approach for Sinus Surgery

Stephen Schell, DO, Andrew Steehler, MD

10:05 – 10:20

 3D Cochlear Model for Improved Training of Otolaryngologist

Avi Shaw, DO

10:20 – 10:35


10:35 – 11:05

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Carter Denne, DO

11:05 – 11:35

Balloon Sinuplasty Pitfalls and Successes

Jared Bunevich, DO

11:35 – 11:50

Atypical Juridical Presentation of Basaloid Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Sydney Spencer, DO

11:50 – 12:05


 Kristina Kazimir, DO, Andrew Steehler, MD

12:05 – 12:35

RAI ENT Perspective: Thyroid Cancer

Kirk Steehler, DO, FOCOO

12:35 – 1

 Blepharoplasty: Tips and Pearls

Ajaipal Kang, MD

 1 – 1:30


Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

1:30 – 6:30

Recreation/Physician Well-Being Activity

6:30 – 7:30

Happy Hour

Pier 6


Dinner & Closing Remarks

Bay House

Significant others and children welcome

Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 W Bay Drive
Erie, PA 16507
United States
+1 (814) 454-2005

The conference is located in the Harlequin Room at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.


Attire for the seminar is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the conference.

Special Needs

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs (i.e. gluten free or vegan meal, private room for nursing mothers, handicap accessibility) will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by e-mail kutza@upmc.edu or phone 814-877-4180.


If you are staying overnight in Erie, use the link below to book your hotel room at a discounted rate.


 Book your corporate rate for  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Course Director

Sean T. Carroll, DO

UPMC Bayfront Ear, Nose & Throat

Erie, PA


Ajaipal Kang, MD

Andrew Steehler, MD

Avi Shaw, DO

Benjamin Greenberger, MD

Carter Denne, DO

Jared Bunevich, DO

Kirk Steehler, DO, FOCOO

 Kristina Kazimir, DO

Manick Saran, DO

Ruthann Lipman, DO

Sidney P. Lipman, MD, FACS

Stephen Schell, DO

Sydney Spencer, DO


Disclosure Statement: No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.



In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.


The University of Pittsburgh designates this conference for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine designates this conference for a maximum of five and one quarter hour of AOA Category 1-A Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Other health professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.

Available Credit

  • 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.50 Attendance

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please reach out to Haylee Esposito at espositoh@upmc.edu or 814-877-5691.


Please login or register to take this course.

Registration includes educational conference, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and dinner.
Families are welcome at dinner. Each additional adult will be charged $25.

If you are interested in playing golf during the recreation/physician well-being portion, it will be a charge of $75. 

If you are having any registration issues, please reach out to the Hamot CME Department at 814-877-5691, or espositoh@upmc.edu