COSM 2024

Join ABEA at this year’s COSM in Chicago, IL!

COSM is a major national meeting for Otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons. At COSM, each member society presents an educational scientific program, which features prominent speakers in their respective specialty. These sessions are attended by the key practitioners within their field, as well as by otolaryngology residents, medical students, and allied health.

COSM 2024, May 15 – May 19, in Chicago, Illinois, will offer a range of educational opportunities including oral presentations, panels, fireside chats, keynote lectures, product demos, and posters. COSM Societies offer publishing opportunities in addition to awards and scholarships.

Featured Speakers

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

Moises is an author and science journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic monthly, Scientific American, Mother Jones, and other publications. His piece “The Mystery of My Burning Esophagus” was published in the New York Times Magazine in the fall of 2023. His first book An Epidemic of Absence investigates the rise of allergic and autoimmune disease. He holds a master of arts from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Rebecca German, PhD

Dr. German is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01-funded researcher with more than 30 years of research and academic leadership experience. Since 2013, she has served as a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at NEOMED. Dr. German studies swallowing dysfunction (dysphagia) and the protection of respiratory airways in pre-term and other medically compromised infants. Her research with the youngest population has potential applications for older adults, who often develop swallowing problems along with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.

In August 2022, Dr. German was appointed interim vice president for research. In that role, she led the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to provide research and research development as well as support for innovation. She also provided oversight of compliance related to grants accounting, environmental health and safety, as well as the University’s Institutional Review Board. Recognizing the University’s growth trajectory in discovery and innovation resulting from its Strategic Plan, Dr. German quickly convened leaders throughout the University to create the University Research Council (URC). The URC will provide oversight of NEOMED’s discovery efforts related to high impact research that will improve health outcomes locally, nationally and globally. Dr. German has been instrumental to the success of the Strategic Plan’s Discovery Pillar, leading several initiatives with University Hospitals and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Throughout her career, Dr. German she has trained and mentored many students, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviewed over a dozen journals and participated in multiple NIH study sections and National Science Foundation (NSF) Review Panels.

2024 Presidential Lecture – Michael Pitman, MD

Michael J. Pitman MD is the Lawrence Savetsky Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, where he is the Chief of the Division of Laryngology and the Director of The Center For Voice And Swallowing.

Dr. Pitman is an internationally recognized expert in voice restoration, conservation and care of the professional voice as well as in the care of swallowing and airway disorders. Dr. Pitman is also a biomedical developer and NIH funded clinician scientist. He has numerous publications, grants, and patents for pioneering research in the field of Laryngology. His contributions have significantly impacted the care provided to laryngology patients. Dr. Pitman lectures extensively both nationally and internationally. He has served as President of the New York Laryngological Society, Secretary of the American Broncho-Esophagological Society and Chair of the Airway and Swallowing Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Pitman received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his otolaryngology residency at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and was a fellow in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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