President’s Letter 2017

May 29, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

This is the 40th anniversary of Eastern Canada Otolaryngology Society (ECOS). The meeting will again be held in Halifax, Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 at the Lord Nelson Hotel. Reservations can be made directly with the hotel at
1-800-565-2020, or online at Please ask for the ECOS group rate. This year, we will have the ballroom adjacent to the conference room for the exhibitors – allowing for better interaction.

Our Skills Lab course on Friday, September 22, 2017 will precede the official opening of ECOS. This year, the focus will be on airway management & phonosurgery. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Kost, eminent Laryngologist from McGill University, will be our guest speaker. She is an expert in laryngeal disorders and will be teaching a full-day course along with Dr. Liane Johnson and Dr. Tim Brown. This will be both a demonstration and hands-on cadaver lab. Space is limited so please contact Charlene Keats, (902) 473-2670, directly to register. Friday’s reception will include 3 talks – one of which will be showcasing Nova Scotia’s wine industry with sommelier Alanna McIntyre from Bishop’s Cellar. Spouses are invited!

The remainder of the meeting’s topics will be formed around general otolaryngology. Dr. Kost will present the precarious airway with other laryngology topics of interest. A panel session of quick snappers, pediatric, and head and neck – allergy for the otolaryngologist – and overview of Smoking Cessation the Ottawa model. Also included will be “How I Do It” sessions. We will also highlight the Resident’s Day winners.

Saturday evening’s private dinner will be held in the atrium at the restaurant Lot 6 – learn how to shuck oysters and join us for a toast with the special ECOS 40th cocktail. The evening will be highlighted by our guest, the Maritimes funniest Cardiac Surgeon, the indomitable Dr. Ansar Hassan.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September. Please join us!
Andrea Garland
President, ECOS 2017