Meeting Overview


The 118th Annual Meeting of the ORL Society of Japan


May 17 (Wed.) - 20 (Sat.), 2017


International Conference Center Hiroshima

1-5, Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811, Japan
TEL : +81-82-242-7777 / FAX : +81-82-242-8010


7-20, Nakamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0037, Japan
TEL : +81-82-241-1111 / FAX : +81-82-241-9123


Katsuhiro Hirakawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hiroshima University


Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hiroshima University
1-2-3, Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551, Japan
TEL : +81-82-257-5252 / FAX : +81-82-257-5254
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Congress Venue

Welcome to Hiroshima

With six beautiful rivers flowing through it, Hiroshima is called the City of Water. The origins of the City date back to 1589 when Mori Terumoto, a feudal lord, built Hiroshima Castle (also referred to as Rijo, or Carp Castle) at the large delta of the Ota-gawa River. (The current castle was reconstructed after the original was destroyed by an atomic bomb during the war.)

Because the delta resembled a large island, the area was called "Hiroshima," or 'wide island' in Japanese. The town was the seat of the Mori and Fukushima families, and later of the Asano, who laid the foundations of Hiroshima's further development as the most lively castle town in western Japan.

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb in history was dropped on Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people. Since then, however, the City has achieved a remarkable recovery from that devastation and has pursued everlasting peace for mankind.

Some 1.2 million people visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum annually; there is also an endless flow of people who come to offer a silent prayer and flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, and to the many other peace monuments in Peace Memorial Park. In 1996, the Atomic Bomb Dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It reminds visitors from all over the world of the preciousness of peace.

The city of Hiroshima, now the largest city in the Chugoku Shikoku region, is also referred to as the "City of Water." River cruise boats in and open-air cafes alongside the six rivers offer relaxing moments for tourists.
Come and see Hiroshima, the "City of Water."

Access to Hiroshima

Invited Special Lecture

"Educating future skull base surgeons: Simulation and competency."

Dr. Ian Witterick
Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
University of Toronto

Dr. Witterick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. His clinical interests are rhinology, skull base surgery and head and neck oncology. At the University of Toronto he chaired the Education Committee and is now Deputy Speaker for Faculty Council. At the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he has been the Chief Examiner for otolaryngology-head & neck surgery, a member of the accreditation committee and now sits on the international accreditation committee.

Dr. Witterick is a highly regarded teacher, having received numerous teaching awards at the University of Toronto including the Postgraduate Medical Education Program Development and Innovation Award, the Charles Mickle Fellowship Award and the Colin R. Woolf Award for Long-Term Contributions in Continuing Education. In 2013 he received the Educational Excellence Award from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Witterick is actively involved with national and international organizations related to otolaryngology and is currently President-Elect of the North American Skull Base Society and 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He is a member of the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum and an associate editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. He is a frequently invited speaker nationally and internationally and has published widely in the fields of head & neck oncology, rhinology, and skull base surgery.

"An improved classification of sensorineural hearing loss"

Dr. Robert V. Harrison
Professor, and Vice-Chair (research)
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Toronto.


  • 2014: Vice Chair- Research, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto.
  • 1989: Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto.
  • 1989: Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto.
  • 2014: American Physiological Society, 10 year Membership Award
  • 2012: Elected Member of the International Academy of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • 2006: Scientific Director, The Hearing Foundation of Canada, 2006-present
  • 2006: Chair of Advisory Council for National Centre for Audiology (NCA), UWO, 2006 - present
  • 1991: Elected to Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS).

Supervised Post-Doctoral Fellows from Japan:

  • Dr. Ujimoto Konomi 2011 – 2012. Visiting (1 year) Research fellow, University of Tokyo medical school, Japan.
  • Dr. Naoki Mori: 1997-1999. Department Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Dr. Shoichi Sawada: 1997- 1999. Department Otolaryngology, University of Kochi, Japan.
  • Dr. Haruo Hirakawa: 1994-1996, Department Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Dr. Akinobu Kakigi: 1994 - 1997, Department Otolaryngology, University of Kochi, Japan.
  • Dr. S. Takeno: 1992 - 1994. Department of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Dr. A. Nagasawa: 1990 - 1992. Department of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Dr. N. Fukushima: 1987 - 1989. Department of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Dr. M. Shirane: 1985 -1987. Department of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Dr. K. Hirakawa: 1984 - 1985. (with Dr. I. Hunter-Duvar) Dept. of Otolaryngology, Hiroshima, Japan


  • HARRISON, R.V. (1988): The Biology of Hearing and Deafness. Charles C. Thomas, Illinois, (16 chapters; 432 pages).
  • HARRISON RV (2007) "Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory Periphery" In: Auditory Evoked Potentials. R. Burkard; JJ Eggermont eds. Chapter 7 140-158 (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins) (IBSN -13: 978-0-7817-5756-0)
  • HARRISON RV (2012) "The Anatomy and Function of the Cochlea" In Translational Perspectives in Hearing Science. Burkard and Tremblay eds. Plural publishing. (ISBN-13: 978-1597564694)
  • HARRISON RV (2014) "Neural Plasticity in Otology". Chapter 132 in: Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, edition 6. Cummings et al. eds. Mosby/Elsevier Sciences. ISBN: 978-0-323-05283-2
  • HARRISON R.V. (2015) co-author of: Council of Canadian Academies (2015): Understanding the Evidence: Wind Turbine Noise. Ottawa: The Expert Panel on Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health, Council of Canadian Academies. ISBN 978-1-926522-07-4