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NYEE Otolaryngology Chair Completes International Surgical Education Program

Dr. Schaefer with medical staff from Shanghai Eye and Ear HospitalNEW YORK, NY (September 2009) -- Steven Schaefer, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, delivered lectures and performed surgery over a period of 20 days in Europe and Asia.

Photo: Dr. Schaefer with Otolaryngology Faculty of the Shanghai Eye and Ear Hospital

Dr. Schaefer is an internationally known expert in endoscopic sinus surgery and skull base surgery, having written six books and more than 200 related articles on these subjects.

In Ghent, Belgium, Dr. Schaefer was a featured speaker and a founding faculty member of the 20-year international Belgium-German sinus surgery course. In Chengdu, China, he joined an international faculty to lecture on advances in sinus and skull base surgery at a conference sponsored by West China Hospital, Sichuan University, and attended by approximately 500 Chinese physicians. He also initiated clinical research trials in inflammatory sinusitis, particularly nasal polyps, with Belgium and Chinese colleagues.

Shanghai Eye and Ear HospitalPhoto: Shanghai Eye and Ear Hospital

Following five days in Chengdu, Dr. Schaefer met with the medical staff of the Shanghai Eye and Ear Hospital, which is organized along the same best practices model as American hospitals. It is exceptionally busy given its service area of more than 50 million patients. As The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is the first eye and ear hospital in the world, and the Shanghai Eye and Ear Hospital is the only such hospital in China, the departments of Otolaryngology began plans to create visiting resident and faculty training programs to jointly build upon the unique experience of both institutions.

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