Professor Robert Hart
Dr Robert Hart was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. His undergraduate education was at the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He went on to do both his medical school training and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University. He then attended the University of Alberta for a fellowship in advanced head and neck cancer/microvascular reconstruction and surgical endocrinology. He was on staff at Dalhousie University (2006-2018), and was the divisional research director and head and neck fellowship director. He now practices at the University of Calgary Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. His clinical practice centers on advanced head and neck cancer resection and reconstruction but he also has a significant interest in endocrine surgery including all aspects of thyroid and parathyroid pathology. His research interests focus on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma treatment, reconstruction and oncogenesis. He also has a research stream looking at biomarkers and treatment of well differentiated thyroid cancer. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and has been the author of two books. He is heavily involved in resident education at the localand national level.
Associate Professor Thomas Somers
Thomas Somers is a Belgian medical specialist in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology with special interests in Otology, Ear-reconstructive surgery, Neuro-Otology, Skull-Base Surgery. He is working at the European Institute for ORL in Antwerp (Head of Skull Base unit, ENT), and is associate professor at the University of Brussels (UCL), Belgium. After medical graduation in Leuven, he did one-year research on multichannel cochlear implantation at the Antwerp University Ear Lab. He followed a residency training (1984-1989) in Antwerp, Liverpool and additional training in London and Vancouver. He wrote a PhD thesis on tympanic wound-healing in 1997. He is Board member of the Belgian ENT association, Founding member and Treasurer of the European Academy of Otology-Neurotology and member of many international societies (Politzer, UEMS, SFORL, ESBS, AAORL.). He has contributedto more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He’s a regular teacher in many post-graduate courses (yearly teacher in Antwerp, Nijmegen, Louvain, Paris, Bangkok). In Bangkok he is co-director of the annual course in temporal bone/ear surgery since 20 years. He’s is happily married, has 4 children and enjoys travelling, golf and art.
Professor Erin Wright
Dr Wright holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta and is the director of the Alberta Sinus Centre. He has been a fellowship director since 2007 has trained 11 fellows in Rhinology/Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery. His current leadership roles include facility Chief of Surgery at the University of
Alberta Hospital and Immediate-Past President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Dr Wright is a fellow of the American Rhinologic Society and an active fellow of the Triological Society from whom he received the prestigious Harris P. Mosher Award in 2007 for outstanding clinical research. He served as Co-Editor-
in-Chief of the Journal of Otolaryngology-HNS from 2007-2017 and continues to serve on the editorial board of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology as well as American Journal of Rhinology. Dr Wright has published with over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters. His research interests include: outcomes research in rhinosinusitis, endoscopic management of sinonasal tumours and the study of underlying mechanisms of chronic rhinosinusitis. He was awarded a Fellowship Ad Hominem from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2018. He also has a significant interest in Medical Education, having obtained his Masters (MEd) from the University of Toronto in 2002. He is the Director for Postgraduate Surgical Education in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta (2011-present) and has served as residency program director at both University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta. He also currently serves as the Region 1 representative to the RCPSC Specialty Committee for Otolaryngology-HNS and has played a leading role in the development and implem ntation of the Competence by Design (CBD) paradigm ofthe RCPSC.