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Dear Fellow Alumni,

Let me take this opportunity to send warmest greetings to all of our alumni. The holiday season has come and gone and I hope that you and your families are well and enjoyed the season peace and tranquility.

The McGill Alumni met at the American Academy in September in Washington. A dinner was arranged by our local alumnus Lynn and Nader Sadeghi. It was an excellent meal with good conversation and warm renewal of old acquaintances. Thirty people came including several of our residents who had presented at the dinner. We discussed making this alumni dinner an annual event, which could be marked with a dinner, and we resolved to do so at our subsequent meetings, especially at the Academy in Chicago in 2008.

The department was well represented. A total of four papers were presented in addition to the courses given by our faculty members Dr. Kost and Dr. Desrosiers.

Other newsy items that I would like to report include the forthcoming annual ski meeting in March of 2008 at Mont Tremblant. We would certainly welcome all of our alumni to join us for an exciting and fun-filled ski weekend. For more details and registration please click here. As everyone knows, during the past year Saul Frenkiel was President of the Canadian Society. We enjoyed a successful record-breaking attendance meeting in Montreal. Many of our alumni were there and we certainly look forward to the next meeting of the CSO, which will be in May/June of 2008 in Jasper, Alberta.

Alex Mlynarek, who was one of our senior residents last year, is doing a fellowship in advanced head and neck oncology and reconstruction in Edmonton, followed by a fellowship in head and neck oncology in New Zealand. We currently have a head and neck fellow, Dr. Limor Kalmovich, who is from Israel and is with the department for one year. The Province of Quebec is undergoing a reorganization of cancer care and we are actively lobbying the government to designate a McGill program in head and neck as a supra-regional center.

Colin Frank Mongiardo has been appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. Dr. Danny Enepekides has returned from UC Davis to join the faculty at the University of Toronto at Sunnybrook. Naznin Karsan is in practice doing facial plastics and otolaryngology in Dallas. Kristina Zakhary is in Calgary also doing facial plastic and otolaryngology. Michael Haben at the University of Rochester is heading up the laryngology program there and Cal Chowdhury continues to have an active otolaryngology and business practice in Denver, Colorado. A special congratulations goes out to Dr. Vijay Dayal, who has recently become the recipient of the "Gold Key Award" for outstanding and loyal service to the Division of Biological Sciences and to the University of Chicago.

Once again, our greetings and good wishes to you and your families. We hope to establish an Alumni Fund and we would appreciate your financial support. Of course we will issue a receipt for donations to the Alumni Fund of the University and the Department of Otolaryngology. We would be able to subsidize these alumni events, as we did this year and for the future.

Martin J. Black, MD FRCSC
Chair, Alumni Committee,
Department of Otolaryngology/McGill University

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