13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology



ESPO2016 was granted 15 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). 

The 13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net.

Expert Opinion - reasons to come

  • Dr. Hugo Rodríguez Dr. Hugo Rodríguez
    Chief Department of Respiratory
    Endoscopy. Hospital Nacional de Pediatría
    Juan P. Garrahan. Buenos Aires-Argentina
    Past-President Asociación Argentina de
    Otorrinolaringología y Fonoaudiologia Pediátrica
    Board of Directors. Interamericam Association
    of Pediatric Otorhinolarygology

    Dear colleagues and friends,

    The ESPO has called us together again and I hope you will join us in Lisbon.
    Ten reasons not to stop going to ESPO 16:
    1. Update of the hot topics of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
    2. Update on the latest technological and scientific advances.
    3. Highest professional level ever.
    4. 240 teachers confirmed.
    5. Speakers from 34 countries worldwide.
    6. Being able to work in Simulation Stations.
    7. Lovely wines and excellent food.
    8. The magic of a magical city.
    9. Seeing and meeting dear (and future) friends.
    10. Surely you also have this last reason.
    I look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

  • Peter J. Koltai MD, FACS Peter J. Koltai MD, FACS
    Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology Service,
    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
    Professor of Otolaryngology-Head
    & Neck Surgery and Pediatrics,
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Past-President of ASPO (2010-2011)

    My Reason for Coming to ESPO

    I enjoy coming to ESPO for several reasons. Most notably, is seeing and hearing many of the leading Pediatric Otolaryngologists describing their recent work. The last meeting of ESPO in Dublin was perhaps the best Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting I have ever attended consequent to the presence on the program of so many talented and insightful surgeons addressing the difficult problems we routinely face. Based on the excellent Program put together by Jorge and Luisa for Lisbon this year, I’m optimistic that the meeting will have the same gravitas. Obviously, I also enjoy meeting my many international friends who I’ve gotten to know during my attendance at this meeting in the past. Finally, it is always wonderful to see the great countries, cultures and cities of Europe, before or after the meeting.

  • Gábor Katona PhD Gábor Katona PhD
    Member of ESPO Board
    President of Pediatric Section
    of Hungarian ENT Society
    Head of ENT Dept.
    Director of Research and Development
    Heim Pál
    Children's Hospital

    ESPO Congress? Lisbon? To go or not to go? It is not even a question!!!

    Naturally a big Yes! for going.


    ESPO is a growing and vivid society! This will be an opportunity to listen to cutting edge knowledge in the field of paediatric otorhinolaryngology. Keynote lectures will cover the most important issues. Active disputes about hot topics will be expected in round tables. ESPO Congress is the name of a European meeting, but in reality it is a World Congress. It is a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. The Belém Congress Centre is a perfect place for such a meeting.

    Portugal is a beautiful country with hospitable and warm -hearted people. Portuguese cuisine is excellent and wines (not only portwines!) are very delicious. Last, but not least, the organizers, Luisa and Jorge are very nice and committed colleagues, who do a wonderful job.

  • Yukiko Iino, MD、PhD Yukiko Iino, MD、PhD
    President of the Japan Society
    for Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Visiting professor of Jichi
    Medical University
    Chairman of the department of ORL,
    Tokyo Kita Medical Center

    Dear Colleagues and friends,

    On behalf of everyone from the Japan Society for Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, I’d like to thank all the members of ESPO for your kind invitation and warm hospitality at every ESPO meeting.

    Our Japan Society for Pediatric ORL was established in 1979. So we have a relatively long history and now have one thousand members including, not only pediatric and ENT doctors but also speech therapists. I first attended the ESPO meeting held in Eger, Hungary. After that, I went to so many places, such as Sirmione, Rotterdam, Athens, Budapest, Pamplona, Dublin, etc. to attend ESPO meetings.

    My Japanese colleagues and I always enjoy the academic programs and the atmosphere of the congress, as well as being able to meet many friends from all over the world. ESPO is always full of brand new and important ORL information and topics.

    We know we will enjoy the up-coming ESPO meeting in Lisbon, and also enjoy sightseeing in beautiful Portugal and tasting the Portuguese food!

    We are really looking forward to seeing you all in June.

  • Michael J. Rutter, FRACS Michael J. Rutter, FRACS
    Professor Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Aerodigestive & Esophageal Center
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Head and Neck Surgery

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    While Pediatric Otolaryngology offers many opportunities to attend meetings around the world each year, the biannual ESPO meeting remains the best of the larger meetings to attend.

    The quality of the scientific contributions, and expert panels is outstanding, with much to offer delegates across the range of experience. And equally as important the collegiality found at this meeting is outstanding.

    On a more personal note, ESPO is an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues from across the globe, not only to interact socially, but also to network and interact in an extremely intellectually stimulating environment.

    ESPO remains one of the highest priorities on my academic calendar, and the meeting this year in Lisbon promises to be outstanding.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Manuel Manrique, MD, PhD Manuel Manrique, MD, PhD
    ESPO 2010 Congress Chair, Spain
    ENT Department Chair. Clínica
    Universidad de Navarra, Spain
    Professor of Otolaryngology. School
    of Medicine, University of Navarra, Spain
    Director of the Cochlear Implant Programme.
    Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Spain
    Scientific Coordinator of CBIO-Bioengineering
    Centre University of Navarra, Spain

    Dear colleagues,

    ESPO 2016 will take place in a few months and I would like you to consider attending to this event. Nowadays, ESPO 2016 is the most relevant scientific meeting in Pediatric Otolaryngology.

    This area of knowledge is an important part of our daily clinical practice and at the ESPO 2016 you will find a great opportunity to exchange information and increase your knowledge in a forum with numerous and renowned specialists coming from all over the world.

    This meeting has a well accredited scientific reputation which ensures the achievement of your expectations considered in advance.

    It should be noted that the good work of the organizers will assure that this objective is achieved and in addition, I am sure they will transmit the warmth of Portuguese people making our stay in this country memorable.

    I hope to see you in Lisbon from June 18th to 21st, 2016.

    Warmest regards

  • Margaretha Casselbrant, MD Margaretha Casselbrant, MD
    Professor Emerita Otolaryngology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The ESPO meeting is an unique opportunity to experience the charm, beauty and heritage of Lisbon and at the same time immerse yourself in the outstanding state-of-the-art scientific program that covers all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology.

    There will also be plenty of time for you to meet and interact with the world-renowned faculty as well as friends and colleagues from all over the world.

    Come and join us at the ESPO meeting in Lisbon you will have a wonderful time

  • Ron B. Mitchell, MD Ron B. Mitchell, MD
    Professor and Vice Chairman,
    Department of Otolaryngology,
    Head and Neck Surgery
    William Beckner Distinguished
    Chair in Otolaryngology
    Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    UT Southwestern and Children's
    Medical Center Dallas

    I would like to welcome you to ESPO in Lisbon in June 2016. The 13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology promises to be an outstanding meeting in a great location. This is an opportunity to visit a great city and enjoy the company of your colleagues. ESPO is one of the best venues to make new friends and colleagues from all over the world. The meeting also has a scientific program that is both comprehensive and up to date.

    I look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!!

  • Carlos Ribeiro, MD Carlos Ribeiro, MD
    President of the Portuguese
    Society of ORL-HNS
    Co-President of ESPCI 2017

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    I hope to see you all soon in the next ESPO meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

    It will be a great opportunity to learn the latest advances in Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

    Luisa Monteiro and Jorge Spratley have been working hard to make this ESPO2016 Congress an unforgettable experience.

    I am sure you will enjoy the scientific programme as much as your stay in Lisbon: warm weather, delicious food and friendly people.

    Do not miss the ESPO2016 Congress in June.

    Bem vindos a Lisboa!

  • Jean Michel TRIGLIA Jean Michel Triglia
    Professor and Chairman
    Department of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Head and Neck Surgery
    La Timone Children’s Hospital
    Aix Marseille University
    Marseille, France

    Dear Colleagues, Dears Friends,

    We, as Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologists, coming from every part of the world, are here speaking one language and having only one purpose : to improve the quality of our work which is in children‘s favor. To reach this goal, international cooperation, common projects and personal contacts are in academic life and research.

    We are indebted that Luisa Monteiro and Jorge Spratley worked hard with the international and local executive committees. I am so grateful to Luisa and Jorge for providing us, without any doubt, a memorable conference in such a historic and beautiful place.

    Dear Colleagues, enjoy your visit in Lisbon attending this 13th ESPO, and let yourself follow the “leitmotiv”, the atmosphere that Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology will offer us from 18 to 21 June 2016.

  • Sergio Bottero, MD Sergio Bottero, MD
    Director of the Airway Surgery Unit
    Department Pediatric Surgery
    LaryngoTracheal Team Coordinator
    "Bambino Gesù" Pediatric Hospital
    Rome, Italy

    Dear Colleagues,

    ESPO meeting is so far the best pediatric ENT appointment in the World.

    Head & Neck, Otology, Cochlear Implants, Rhinology, Airway Surgery and other important topics on General Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology are discussed at the top level with experts from all the five Continents.

    Lisbon is a wonderful and welcoming City and it’s waiting for you.

  • Martin Bailey Martin Bailey
    Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist
    London, UK

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    ESPO 2016 in Lisbon is now only a few months away! Jorge Spratley and Luisa Monteiro have been working tirelessly to prepare for it.

    From its beginnings in Sirmione in 1968, ESPO has grown and flourished and its biennial Congress has become the premier international conference for paediatric otolaryngology. The programme for Lisbon maintains the tradition of providing practical instruction and updates across the whole subspecialty, with contributions from a top international faculty in five parallel sessions. There will be a mix of panel presentations, workshops, round tables, invited and free paper sessions; together with breakfast seminars, simulation skills stations, posters and of course a large trade exhibition. I have helped to put together an exciting Airway programme.

    One of the characteristics of the ESPO Congress is its informal atmosphere, with opportunities to meet and talk to acknowledged experts from around the world, and ESPO 2016 will be no exception.

    I look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!

  • Reza Rahbar, DMD, MD Reza Rahbar, DMD, MD
    Associate Otolaryngologist-in-Chief
    McGill Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Boston Children's Hospital
    Harvard Medical School

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    I hope to see you all this coming June at the next widely anticipated ESPO meeting. I truly encourage you to take advantage of this magnificent opportunity to visit beautiful Lisbon and immerse yourself in this comprehensive forum for all specialized areas in pediatric otolaryngology.

    As a U.S. liaison member, I know ESPO to have the highest reputation with regard to the excellence of invited speakers, lectures, poster sessions, and learning opportunities. I would like to personally thank Professor Jorge Spratley and all participating members of the Organizing Committee for ensuring that the ESPO conference continues to be a successful and rewarding experience.

    It will be a pleasure to see you all at this wonderful meeting.


    Reza Rahbar

  • Blake C. Papsin Blake C. Papsin
    Otolaryngologist-in-Chief and Professor
    Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
    Surgery Hospital for Sick Children, University
    of Toronto

    ESPO has provided a great educational conference which has brought together Pediatric otolaryngologists from Europe and the rest of the world. The venue has always been perfect with parallel sessions and provision of ample opportunity to catch up with colleagues from around the globe with common interests. For me, I have always found the meeting highly valuable from both an academic and collegial perspective.

  • Prof. Dr. An Boudewyns Prof. Dr. An Boudewyns
    Senior staflid

    The ESPO meeting offers an unique opportunity to meet with other professionals involved in pediatric otorhinolaryngology ranging from world-opinion leaders and experts to trainees, from surgeons to researchers, from audiologist to speech-language therapist etc. This 2 –years meeting is much appreciated for providing a high level of scientific evidence in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Over recent years, the approach to pediatric sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) has changed tremendously: from the single one best approach of “adenotonsillectomy for all” to an individually tailored approach. Management of pediatric SDB requires the recognition of limitations in diagnostics, an insight in the risk for long-term neurocognitive and cardiovascular consequences and the impact on quality of life for the child and his family. Moreover, the management of SDB in children with complex needs such as obesity, down syndrome, craniofacial abnormalities requires a multidisciplinary approach involving both surgical and non-surgical treatment. We kindly invite you to join us at ESPO to learn more about the management of pediatric SDB and boost your personal experience with this of your colleagues and experts in the field.

  • George H. Zalzal M.D. FACS. FAAP. Alan TL Cheng, MB, ChB, FRACS
    Clinical Associate Professor,
    Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health,
    University of Sydney, Australia
    Chairman, Pediatric Otolaryngology Section,
    IFOS – International Federation of
    ORL Societies Public Officer,
    ANZSPO - Australian New Zealand Society of
    Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Pediatric Airway Surgeon,
    Pediatric Head and Neck Surgeon,
    Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Australia

    Dear Friends and Colleagues

    I would like to warmly welcome you all to the Lisbon ESPO in June 2016. I have attended the last three ESPO meetings, and what brings me back is the collegiality of this group of paediatric specialists who are interested in making a real difference to the vulnerable group of patients we treat on a daily basis. This meeting is truly a world congress, bringing together scientific brains from all around the globe, discussing the practical issues that each of us face regularly. The meeting also introduces the most advanced technology we currently have available, the newest and most innovative manoeuvres to make our jobs simpler and the guidelines for the overall management of the multitude of problems specific to our specialty.

    But what I find most satisfying are the many friendships I have made over the last ESPOs in Dublin, Amsterdam and Pamplona which have continued to flourish. Paediatric otolaryngology is a caring specialty, performed by an extraordinary group of clinicians and allied health whose primary agenda is the ongoing wellbeing of the child and family. Lisbon is the ideal place to carry on these discussions – it is an historic city at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean where the Portuguese are known for their laid-back Mediterranean hospitality.

    For those who come, you will be well rewarded and energised in terms of education and inspiration. But check out the programme and I guarantee there will be lots to learn.

    Look forward to seeing you all and catching up! Ola and Bem Vindo!!

  • George H. Zalzal M.D. FACS. FAAP. George H. Zalzal M.D. FACS. FAAP
    Chief Division of Otolaryngology
    Children's National Medical Center
    Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics
    George Washington University
    Past president of ASPO 2003-2004

    Dear colleagues, dear friends,

    You will like ESPO in Lisbon.

    What's not to like? Lisbon? Airway?

    And even if you don't care for airway (I'm sure you will like Lisbon) then simultaneous scientific sessions will provide you with alternatives.

    I went to my first meeting in Ghent in 1990, was quite impressed and since then every meeting has offered a great educational opportunity. Espo is always held in a most beautiful geographic location. The conference facilities are technologically advanced. The scientific presentations are of excellent quality and offer the opportunity to learn new and different viewpoints from experts around the world. Last but not least we meet old friends, catch up and then meet new ones.

    I hope you will show up and I look forward to seeing you.

  • Tania Sih, MD, PhD Tania Sih, MD, PhD
    Secretary General, IAPO - Interamerican
    Association of Pediatric ORL
    President, ISOM - International Society
    of Otitis Media
    Presidente of the Pediatrics Committee, IFOS -
    International Federation of ORL Societies

    Dear colleagues, dear friends,

    I enjoy attending the ESPO's meetings so much!

    Over the last 25 years, I've had an opportunity to hug old friends from all over the world.

    I have meet new faces and new young talents while learning the latest news on PED ENT and while broadening our network!

    However, what I enjoy the most is to witness the cultural diversity that this unique meeting offers.

    I cannot wait to be in Lisbon at this time of the year, with the nicest Portuguese people, warm weather, rich Portuguese cuisine, great wines, and listen to the fado music that deeply touches our hearts!

    I can hardly wait until June! Too much anticipation! Looking forward to see you all in Lisbon!

  • Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH
    Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology,
    SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY
    Sr. Advisor for Guidelines and Quality,
    AAO-HNS Foundation
    Past-President ASPO and the International
    Society for Otitis Media

    Dear colleagues, dear friends,

    ESPO is a wonderful venue to see old friends, meet new ones, and learn cutting-edge management strategies that can take your clinical practice to the next level. I love the camaraderie and low-key atmosphere that allows you to rub shoulders and learn first-hand from worldwide leaders and innovators. ESPO gets better every time, so don’t miss this meeting or you will have to wait two years for the next. I look forward to meeting you in Lisbon!

  • Professor Iain Bruce Professor Iain Bruce
    Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist
    Manchester, UK

    Dear colleagues, dear friends,

    With an ever increasing number of medical conferences on offer and a seemingly endless stream of circular emails advertising individual meetings, how do you choose which conference to attend?

    Personally, I look for a conference with: a proven track record of excellence; a prodigious faculty; evidence of an exciting series of sessions and lectures; the opportunity of interfacing with leaders in each field and an overall feeling of a well organised event.

    ESPO 2016 exceeds all of these criteria and also benefits from the beautiful surroundings of Lisbon. If you are attending one conference in 2016 I would make it ESPO 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

    We’d also be delighted to see you at the Simulation Skills Stations at ESPO 2016. Once again we have a distinguished international faculty of Paediatric ENT Surgeons and Paediatric Anaesthetists, all of whom are experienced and enthusiastic simulation educators. Topics on offer will include resuscitation in haemorrhagic shock, management of tracheostomy blockage, acute airway obstruction and ventilating bronchoscopy.

    See you in Lisbon!

  • Noel Garabedian
    Noel Garabedian
    Professor and Chairman
    Dept. Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Head and Neck Surgery
    Hopital Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris

    Dear colleagues, dear friends,

    I hope that you will join us in Lisbon for our great upcoming ESPO meeting next June 2016, and this not only because Lisbon is a wonderful European capital, but also because this meeting will show all the advances we have made in Pediatric Otolaryngology.

    The quality of speakers and chairmen from all around the world will ensure that the presentations are very instructive and diverse. ESPO has become over the past years a key worldwide congress in Pediatric ENT.

    The venue in Lisbon, the facilities for oral and poster sessions, and the technical support will all be of the best quality. What's more, the scientific program has been planned to achieve an optimal balance between the different types of sessions, and the best quality in lectures, round tables and free papers.

    Many thanks to Luisa Monteiro and Jorge Spratley for organizing the ESPO meeting and doing such a great job. I truly appreciate all the work you have done for quite some time now to make this congress the success it is going to be and as such for your contribution to the vitality of our European society.

    All the best

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Welcome Reception

Saturday, June 18 – 19:00 - 20:30 at the Congress Center Terrace


The Welcome Reception will be held in the CCB’s Main Terrace, following the Opening Ceremony (18:00-19:00hrs in the Main Auditorium). 

With a breathtaking view over the Tagus river and surrounding monuments it will be an unforgettable opportunity for delegates to meet old and new colleagues, relax and prepare for the energy and excitement of the upcoming days! 

Do not miss the beautiful sunset view from the Terrace balcony. 

Dress code: business casual 

Transportation by coach from Campo Pequeno Square to CCB (Congress Center ) will be provided. 

Departure time : 16:00hrs 

Transportation by coach from Marquês de Pombal Square to CCB (Congress Center ) will be provided. 

Departure times : 16:00 and 16:30hrs 

Return transportation by coach will also be provided 

Departure time : 21:00hrs 

Paper-Free Event

The ESPO2016 Congress is following the trend of paper-free events. As such, the Congress Programme will be provided in a digital format only and no printed final programme on the Congress bag will be available on site. 

We have provided the following options for you to access the Programme: Congress App, Official Website www.espo2016.com and a 8GB USB pen with the e-Programme distributed to all delegates. 

The number of digital platforms now available enables you with a diverse range of options such as to browse the sessions and speakers, build your own personal agenda and download the abstracts of your interest. Additionally, the move to a digital-only format will help us to reduce the amount of printed material to ensure ecological compliance. 

The free congress app will be available soon for download. Do not miss it as it will be a helpful tool to use during the Congress. 

Use the 'Programme at a Glance' which will be given to you with your Congress name badge and badge holder onsite, providing you with a brief, printed overview of the sessions


31 May 2016
Online Registration Closes
18-21 June 2016
Congress Dates