2022 Erie ENT Alumni Day

Erie, PA US
July 30, 2022

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 July afternoon in Erie, PA. Join the UPMC Hamot ENT residents and attendings for golf at the Kahkwa Club (please RSVP by July 9 to kutza@upmc.edu for golf) 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:

• Define certain eponyms in ENT
• Discuss the history behind eponyms in ENT
• Develop differential diagnosis skills
• Define additional diagnostic tests that can be utilized in the care of patients
• Discuss the indications and develop a fluid workflow to establish good candidates for hypoglossal nerve stimulators
• Discuss surgical techniques and tips for successful implantation of a hypoglossal nerve stimulator
• Define the advantages of canal wall down (CWD) mastoidectomies
• Explain how to perform CWD mastoidectomies
• Recognize the joy of ear surgery
• Identify anatomy of the internal nasal valve
• Describe different approaches to correct nasal obstruction secondary to INV collapse
• Identify ultrasound characteristics that are more likely to represent malignant thyroid nodules in the pediatric population
• Discuss use of a PDF plate covered with TPF fascia graft for quick, easy, and highly successful repair of septal perforations
• Describe what a Crural J Flap is
• Discuss the design of the Crural J Flap
• Identify patients who may benefit from a Crural J flap procedure
• Describe process for educating athletes how to limit or avoid excessive noise exposure
• Discuss the initial diagnosis, work-up, and management of solitary fibrous tumors of the head and neck region
• Identify the histo- and clinico-pathologic features of solitary fibrous tumors
• Discuss the indications for sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral cavity cancer
• Discuss recent updates regarding the radiation and systemic therapy approach for common head and neck cancers, including roles for induction therapy, immunotherapy, and postoperative therapy
• Describe recent strategies to improve functional outcomes and quality of life through targeted therapeutic de-intensification in selected patients

Additional Information

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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: 
07/30/2022 - 6:00am EDT
Event ends: 
07/30/2022 - 6:00pm EDT

6:45 – 7:45

Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:50 – 8


Sean T. Carroll, DO, FOCOO

8 – 8:30

What 3 Years of Practice in Maine has

Taught Me about Medicine

Shane Griffith, DO, MS Ed.

8:30 – 9

Canal Wall Down Mastoidectomy with

Mastoid Obliteration

Sidney P. Lipman, MD, FACS

9 – 9:30

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator:

Tips & Tricks for Getting Rid of the Hose!

Jared Bunevich, DO, MS Ed.

9:30 – 10

Updates on Radiation and Systemic Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers

Benjamin Greenberger, MD

10 – 10:45

Oral Cavity Cancer:

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy & Beyond

Rizwan Aslam, DO, MS Ed, MBA, FACS

10:45 – 11


11 – 11:15

Eponyms in ENT

Ellen H. Ko-Keeney, DO

11:15 – 11:30

Pediatric Thyroid Nodules:

Ultrasound Characteristics as Predictors

of Malignancy

Brandon Fornwalt, DO

11:30 – 11:45

Noise Exposure in Sports and Exercise

Carter M. Denne, DO

11:45 – 12

Solitary Fibrous Tumors of the Nasal Ala:

A Case Report

Jay Homewood, DO

12 – 12:15

New Approach to Septal Perforation Repair

Robert Archbold, DO

12:15 – 12:30

Crural J Flaps

Sean T. Carroll, DO, FOCOO

12:30 – 12:45

Internal Nasal Valve: Retrospective Review

of Crural J Flap at Improving Nasal Obstruction

Manick Saran, DO

12:45 – 1:30


Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

1:30 – 2:15

Robotic Surgery Update

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD

2:15 – 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 group rate for ENT Alumni Room Block

Course Director

Sean T. Carroll, DO

ENT Associates

Erie, PA


Shane Griffith, DO, MS Ed.
Sidney P. Lipman, MD, FACS
Jared Bunevich, DO, MS Ed.
Benjamin Greenberger, MD
Rizwan Aslam, DO, MS Ed, MBA, FACS
Ellen H. Ko-Keeney, DO
Brandon Fornwalt, DO
Carter M. Denne, DO
Jay Homewood, DO
Robert Archbold, DO


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.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this conference for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

AOA Category 1-A Credit

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 four and one half hour of AOA Category 1-A Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Providers

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


Please login or register to take this course.

Registration includes educational conference, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and dinner.
Families welcome at dinner.

Please DO NOT use this comment box to RSVP for golf. Instead, email kutza@upmc.edu or text 814-335-4408.

Registrations will be fully refunded if notified by July 23, 2022. Please notify Annmarie Kutz of any cancel-lations via email kutza@upmc.edu or phone 814-877-4180.

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