Greetings, Colleagues and Friends

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Antigua, historically significant as the venue of the first planned meeting of the CAO in 1992. This year’s conference will have a reflective tenor, with an eye nevertheless on the future.

Under the theme ‘Legends of Otolaryngology” we will be specially honouring three semi-retired Otolaryngologists, Prof. Eugene Myers, Prof Harold Pillsbury, and Prof. Halda Shaw, who have all been deeply influential in the development and progress of the Association for more than two decades. They will be delivering keynote presentations on topics related to their special interest areas. Academics of legendary status, including Prof. Ignazio Tasca of Italy, Michael Teixido and Greg Postma of the USA will be also covering topics primarily related to Head and Neck Surgery, Otology, and Nasal Reconstruction. There will also be time set apart for Resident’s presentations, continuing the tradition of outstanding academic work by trainees in otolaryngology in our region.

As usual, in our strong CAO family tradition, we will be having an outstanding social program, both for the delegates and for accompanying persons when academic sessions are in progress. The meeting will be held at the family-friendly Jolly Beach Resort, situated on one of the safest and finest of Antigua’s 365 beaches. With registration, activities included will be a welcome reception, Governor General’s Reception at Government House, awards banquet, spouse’s land tours, and a sunset catamaran cruise. Additionally, there will be an optional (no, we couldn’t include that as well in the standard package!) day trip to neighbouring Barbuda on May 7thto explore the pink sand beaches, bird sanctuary and the ‘back in time’ atmosphere which Princess Di and her sons regularly enjoyed in the past.

This program promises to be the perfect blend of academic excellence and warm social contact. We look forward to hosting you here in Antigua where the beach is just the beginning.

George M. Roberts M.B., FRCS, D.M. (ORL)
Vice President, CAO
Conference Organizer