International guest faculty

DB Chepeha

Douglas B. Chepeha, MD, MSPH, FACS, FRCS(C) is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan.  He is part of a rich multidisciplinary environment that is directed toward solving questions though the conduct of innovative clinical trials relating to bioselection and individualized care. He helped pioneer efforts in sentinel node, selective neck dissection, microsurgical reconstruction and IMRT to improve swallowing outcomes.  

He has a particular interest in teaching surgical dissection.  He is on the Head and Neck Surgical Subcommittee for the NRG and has served on committees in SWOG, ACOSOG, AAO-HNS, AHNS and COS-HNS.  He is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery the official publication of the Canadian Society.  His research interests relate to clinical and translational questions in head and neck oncology. He has particular interest in clinical trials, neck dissection, tumor response, molecular epidemiology, and reconstructive surgery.  His clinical expertise is in the care of complex cancer patients.

KA Hutcheson

Dr. Kate Hutcheson is a Professor and Deputy Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery with dual appointment in the Division of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She serves as Section Chief and Research Director for the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Dr. Hutcheson is a certified speech-language pathologist, a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and holds a Doctorate Degree in Epidemiology. She maintains an active clinical practice and research program.

She has authored over 120 journal articles with funding support from the National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the MD Anderson Institutional Research Grant Award program, and the CPRIT UT Health Innovation Training Program. She is an accomplished clinician and educator who lectures nationally and internationally on radiation associated dysphagia and head and neck cancer rehabilitation.

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KJ Lorenz

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Kai J. Lorenz, born 1966. Colonel Medical Corps

Studied medicine at Heidelberg University 1986-1993. Resident at Heidelberg University ENT clinic 1993-1996. ENT clinic at the German Armed Forces Hospital Ulm since 1996. 1998 Specialist in ENT medicine. 2001 Additional qualification in plastic surgery. 2005 Additional qualification in Head and neck surgery. 2016 Additional qualification in allergology.

Since 2003 senior physician, since 2015 deputy medical director and senior physician ENT clinic at the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Ulm.

Since June 2020 Director of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Disorders at the Bundeswehr Hospital Koblenz.

Chairman of the Head Centre at the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Koblenz. Main areas of specialisation: Tumour surgery, NNH and skull base surgery, rehabilitation after laryngectomy, photodynamic laser therapy, plastic aesthetic surgery, reflux-associated diseases in the field.

RK Moore

Prof. Moore ( has over 40 years’ experience in Speech Technology R&D and, although an engineer by training, much of his research has been based on insights from human speech perception and production.  As Head of the UK Government’s Speech Research Unit from 1985 to 1999, he was responsible for the development of the Aurix range of speech technology products and the subsequent formation of 20/20 Speech Ltd.  Since 2004 he has been Professor of Spoken Language Processing at the University of Sheffield, and also holds Visiting Chairs at Bristol Robotics Laboratory and University College London Psychology & Language Sciences. 

He was President of the European/International Speech Communication Association from 1997 to 2001, General Chair for INTERSPEECH-2009 and ISCA Distinguished Lecturer during 2014-15.  In 2017 he organised the first international workshop on ‘Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots (VIHAR)’.  Prof. Moore is the current Editor-in-Chief of Computer Speech & Language.  In 2016 he was awarded the LREC Antonio Zampoli Prize for “Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Language Resources & Language Technology Evaluation within Human Language Technologies“, and in 2020 he was given the International Speech Communication Association Special Service Medal for “Service in the establishment, leadership and international growth of ISCA“.

C Parrilla

Dr Claudio Parrilla, MD, PhD is a Head and Neck Surgeon at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Tertial referral center for Head and Neck cancer in Rome, Italy. Graduated at Catholic university of Sacred Heart in Rome.
Residentship at Gemelli Hospital with partnership at CHU in Nantes, France.
PhD at Catholic University of Sacred Heart, in Rome, focused on “Ex vivo gene Therapy for mandibular bone regeneration”.
Post-doc Fellowship at Medizinesche Hochschule Hannover.
Since 2012 he is the scientific coordinator of the annual international course on Voice prosthesis rehabilitation in Rome, in the international Global Post-Laryngectomy Rehabilitation Academy (GPRA) Program.
He has published more than 70 papers focused predominantly on Head and Neck cancer, including 15 papers on the field of voice prosthesis rehabilitation in laryngectomized patients.

M Quer

Born in Banyoles (Spain), February 10, 1956. He studied Medicine in Barcelona University. 

His current position is Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Specially dedicated to Head and Neck Cancer and Laryngology for the last 40 years.

He has been Chief-Editor of Otorrinolaringológica Española (2001- 2006) and since 2002 is a member of Editorial Board of European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology.

Former President of the ELS (European Laryngology Society), he has organised the ELS Congress in 2008. Elected member of the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (since 2008).
Former Medical Director of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (2008-2010). Barcelona.
Former President of the Catalan Society of Otolaryngology (2012-2014).
Former President of the Spanish Otorhinolaryngology Society (2015-2018).
Prof. Oscar Kleinsasser Award of  European Laryngological Society  in 2018.
Elected Member of “Reial Acadèmia de Medicina i Cirurgia de Catalunya” in 2023.
More than 200 publications on Head and Neck Cancer and Laryngology in indexed journals. Author-co-author of 7 books and 26 book chapters.

G Succo

Otorhinolaryngologist and Surgical Oncologist.

Chair Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Unit – San Giovanni Bosco Hospital – Turin.

President of European Head and Neck Society Author of 124 peer reviewed papers, mainly focused on partial laryngectomies and, the last ones, on mini-invasive 3D Robotic like surgery.

G Van Nuffelen

EC Ward

Prof Ward is the Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research within Queensland Health (, and a Conjoint Professor with the University of Queensland, Australia. Liz is an international leader in the field of speech pathology with over 400 refereed publications to date. Improving the management, care and supports for people with head and neck cancer (HNC) through embedded, health services and implementation research methodologies is a key area of Prof Wards research activity. Her work has supported the implementation of multiple new models of care in the field of speech pathology and she is co-author of the leading textbook for speech pathologists and allied health supporting HNC care. Prof Ward has had invited presentations at conferences in over 20 countries, and in 2014 she was awarded “Fellow” of Speech Pathology Australia for her outstanding contributions to the profession.

National guest faculty

  • BAC van Dijk, Department of Research and Development, Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL), Utrecht
  • FJP Hoebers, Department of Radiation Oncology (MAASTRO) and Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht
  • F Jansen, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Faculty The Netherlands Cancer Institute

Department of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery

  • AJM Balm
  • MWM van den Brekel
  • R Dirven
  • MB Karakullukcu
  • L van der Molen
  • KE van Sluis
  • MM Stuiver
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