Dr Ricardo Carrau
Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - H&N Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre, USA
Dr Carrau is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - H&N Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical center and also serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program.
Dr Carrau is a recognized world expert in skull base surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic skull base surgery. He has been instrumental in developing techniques, defining the indications, and solving many of the challenges presented by patients with pathologies in this complex area. In addition, he has contributed multiple seminal publications addressing the use of perioperative antibiotics, reconstructive surgeries of the airways and surgeries of the salivary glands and sialendoscopy.
Prof Rakesh Chandra
Professor and Division Chief for Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at Vanderbilt University (USA)
Rakesh (Rick) Chandra is Professor and Division Chief for Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at Vanderbilt University (USA). He has served as Course Director for multiple CME conferences including the ARS Summer Sinus Symposium, the North American Rhinology & Allergy Conference, and Rhinoworld Chicago 2019. Dr. Chandra has served on the board of the ARS, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and multiple peer reviewed publication including as Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. Currently, Dr. Chandra is holder of the Endowed Directorship in Otolaryngology Leadership and Educational Development at Vanderbilt. Recently he completed a Masters in Business in the healthcare management program at Owen Graduate School of Management. Dr. Chandra has previously served on faculty at both the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.
Prof Claire Hopkins
Consultant ENT Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Hospital in London, and Professor of Rhinology at King's College London, UK
Claire Hopkins is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Hospital in London, and Professor of Rhinology at King's College London. She qualified from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Physiology, Distinctions in Medicine and a 'Full-Blue' for rugby. She completed a Fellowship at Guy's and a Doctorate at Oxford and the Royal College of Surgeons before taking up her consultant post.
Her research includes work developing and utilising patient rated outcome measures, including the SNOT-22 to improve patient care, with particular interest in chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps and their treatment. She is the lead investigator of a £3million research project aimed to improve the care of patients with rhinosinusitis, and runs a number of trials looking at novel treatment options for rhinological conditions. Shehas published extensively in the field of rhinology.
Claire is the President of the British Rhinological Society and the Treasurer for the European Rhinologic Society.
Dr Zara Patel
Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University.
Dr. Zara M. Patel is the Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. She completed her MD at Oregon Health Sciences University, completed her residency training in otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and completed her fellowship in Rhinology at Stanford University in California.
Dr. Patel is an expert in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She treats patients with a wide variety of rhinologic complaints, including those with chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal and skull base tumors, and olfactory disorders. She is immediate past-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and is now a member of the ARS Board of Directors.
Dr. Patel has published on topics such as precision medicine in chronic rhinosinusitis, new devices and techniques for endoscopic skull base surgery, predictive criteria for behavior in sinonasal tumors, and olfactory loss.