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St. Anthony’s to Host Major International Medical Educational Conference

Sinus & Nasal Surgery Pioneers Will Share New Treatments and Technologies in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (September 10, 2012) – On November 1-3, St. Anthony’s Hospital will host a prestigious international gathering of university professors and innovators in sinus and nasal health for its second symposium and hands-on lab to educate ears, nose, throat specialists on new technology and advanced treatment techniques.

“Many of our guest speakers are internationally recognized in the development of minimally invasive (endoscopic) sinus surgery treatments, as well as in innovations in surgical technology,” said Donald C. Lanza, MD, MS, board-certified otolaryngologist and course director for the symposium. “Many of our speakers have literally changed the way diseases of the nose and sinuses, including tumors are treated,” said Dr. Lanza.

In addition to ears, nose, throat surgeons registering from across Florida and more than 20 states, there are physicians from Austria, Finland, Norway, Canada, Taiwan, India and Saudi Arabia who are registered to attend.  Hospitals and universities represented at the symposium will include Johns Hopkins University, University of Graz, Austria, Yale University, Boys Town Ear Nose and Throat Institute, Omaha, Neb., University of Texas, Houston and University of Pennsylvania.

Titled Advanced Techniques in Endoscopic Management of Sinonasal Disorder, the symposium will offer a special focus on nasal and sinus diseases and conditions affecting children. The symposium will be held at the Marriott Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club and University of South Florida (USF)-St. Petersburg. Lectures will include a hands-on lab at USF-St. Petersburg.

Special guest speakers will include: David W. Kennedy, MD, professor, University of Pennsylvania; Heinz Stammberger, MD, professor, University of Graz, Austria; Rodney P. Lusk, MD, pediatric oncology, Boys Town Ear Nose and Throat Institute, Omaha, NE; and S. James Zinreich, MD, professor, neuroradiology, Johns Hopkins University.

“It’s an honor and a privilege for St. Petersburg to host this illustrious group of physicians and to be able to present a major medical symposium of this caliber,” noted Dr. Lanza. Focusing on comprehensive evaluation and care of diseases involving the nose and sinuses, the symposium will include such topics as nasal and sinus anatomy, physiology and imaging technologies. The management of sinus complications including pediatric sinusitis, chronic nosebleeds, sinus tumors and cancers, troublesome sinusitis, headache and head pain also will be discussed. During the lab sessions, physicians will be able to evaluate technologies such as surgical navigation, powered instrumentation, balloon technology and hand instruments for endoscopic surgical dissection.

“Educating and bringing new treatments for sinus and nasal problems including tumors is extremely significant. Sinus and nasal health can play a large role in a patient’s overall wellness and ability to function. Approximately 35 million Americans or about 14 percent of the population experience symptoms of sinusitis every day,” said Dr. Lanza.

Dr. Lanza is the director of the Sinus and Nasal Institute of Florida, St. Petersburg and co-director of St. Anthony’s Minimally Invasive Skull Base Center. He has directed more than 30 Continuing Medical Education programs and was a host for two international meetings on nasal and sinus disorders.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System
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BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

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