Nov 08 - Nov 10
Thu - Sat

Stanford Otology Update

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Department of Otolaryngolory - Head Neck Surgery; Division of Otology/Neurotology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Statement of Need

This CME conference aims to increase knowledge surrounding the effective diagnosis and management of common, clinically relevant otologic disorders.  Furthermore, the course content is designed to enhance clinical practice of medical providers caring for patients with otologic disorders.  This course will cover topics involving all aspects of diagnosis, medical management, surgical intervention, as well as applying risk reduction techniques, ordering and interpreting imaging, and evaluating evidenced-based data.  The course will consist of didactic lectures, panel/ case discussions, and interactive breakout sessions with the faculty utilizing learner engagement technology.


Target Audience

  • This international program is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, allied health professionals, and audiologists specializing in family practice, primary care, internal medicine, otology, and otolaryngology.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Diagnose hearing loss and balance disorders based on specific patient characteristic and practice setting.
  • Evaluate the available management options in hearing loss and balance disorders based on specific patient characteristics and the practice setting.
  • Apply risk reduction techniques in otologic surgery to reduce clinical errors.
  • Identify the circumstances that may lead to iatrogenic injury or suboptimal outcomes.
  • Assess evidence-based approaches to prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing loss in infants and children.
  • Recommend timely referrals of deaf children for cochlear implants.
  • Recognize the broad range of etiologies of vertigo and tinnitus.
  • Discuss criteria used to prevent and diagnose vertigo and tinnitus.
  • Evaluate the current options available to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage vertigo and tinnitus.
  • Interpret preoperative imaging and electrophysiologic studies.
  • Utilize intraoperative monitoring to improve quality of care.
  • Analyze risk and benefits of cartilage tympanoplasty.
  • Discuss clinical guidelines on managing chronic otitis.
  • Describe current state of genetics and gene therapy in otology.
  • Discuss treatment opportunities resulting from genetic testing in otology.
  • Demonstrate techniques in otologic endoscopy and OCR surgery.
  • Review challenges in otosclerosis.
  • Summarize issues in cochlear synaptopathy.
  • Analyze recent advances in intratympanic therapy and inner ear pharmacotherapy.
  • Evaluate latest indications for cochlear implantation.
  • Assess vestibular physiology, testing and surgery.
  • Explain symptoms of Meniere disease.
  • Describe current techniques of bone cement in otology.

Course Directors

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

Course Director
Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor
Chief, Division of Otology/ Neurotology
Medical Director, Stanford Cochlear Implant Center
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD 

Co-Course Director
Assistant Professor - Med Center Line, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery



Robert K. Jackler, MD

Co-Course Director 
Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor and Chair in Otorhinolaryngology and Professor, By Courtesy, of Neurosurgery and of Surgery


Peter Santa Maria, MD, PhD 

Co-Course Director
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otology and Neurotology)


A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of the Otology/Neurotology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Yolanda Cervantes
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-9549

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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