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Travelling Faculty

Jatin P. Shah, MD, PhD (Hon.), DSc (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Hon.), FDSRCS (Hon.), FRACS (Hon.), FRCSDS (Hon)

Professor Jatin Shah is an international leader who holds The Elliott W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Professor Shah has served as President of The New York Cancer Society, The New York Head and Neck Society, The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, The North American Skull Base Society, and the International Academy of Oral Oncology. He is Founder and CEO of The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS).

Professor Shah has been the recipient of numerous awards from all continents and is an honorary member of several head and neck societies in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. He serves on the Editorial and Review Boards of 18 scientific journals and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, 78 book chapters and 10 books. His textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology won First Prize from The British Medical Association and The Royal Society of Medicine, and was awarded the George Davey Howells Prize from the University of London for the best published book in otolaryngology in the preceding five years. He is a much sought-after speaker who has delivered 87 named lectures and keynote addresses and over 1,200 scientific presentations in 49 countries. In recognition of his outstanding contributions and world leadership in head and neck surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has established an endowed Chair in his name, the American Head and Neck Society has named an annual symposium in his honor, and the IFHNOS has established an eponymous lecture in his name at its World Congresses.


Ashok R. Shaha, MD, FACS

Professor Ashok Shaha is an Attending Surgeon on the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical College, and holds the Jatin Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery at MSKCC. Dr. Shaha completed his surgical training at M.S. University of Baroda and at The Tata Memorial Hospital in India. He completed his surgical training at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Memorial Hospital. He joined the Department of Surgery at Downstate Medical Center in 1982 as a Head and Neck Surgeon, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 1992. During this period, he was also Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at King’s County, Brooklyn VA Hospital and University Hospital. He joined the full time faculty of MSKCC in 1993.

Dr. Shaha has been awarded many honors throughout his career. He has served as President of the New York Head and Neck Society, the American Society for Surgeons of Indian Origin, the Brooklyn Surgical Society, the New York Cancer Society, the New York Surgical Society, the American Head and Neck Society, and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. His CV includes more than 500 publications. Dr. Shaha has dedicated his professional career to the training of medical students, residents and fellows. He is Chairman of the Advanced Training Council for Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Fellowships in the USA.


Carol Bradford, MD

Dr. Carol Bradford serves as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Charles J. Krause, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Otolaryngology. She is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of head and neck cancer.

Dr. Bradford specializes in head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction, as well as cutaneous oncology and sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her research focuses on identifying and evaluating biomarkers that can predict outcomes in head and neck cancer patients and developing therapies to combat certain types of head and neck cancer that are resistant to traditional forms of treatment. Bradford has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.

During her 16-year tenure as co-director of the Head and Neck Oncology Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, she helped to advance it from a small program with a few members to one with 30 members from 10 departments and five schools. She continues to play an active role within the program. Bradford is the honored recipient of several awards, including the Jeanne Cady Solis Award for American Medical Women’s Association Mentorship and the 2009 Physician of the Year Award from Castle Connolly. More recently, she was elected into the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Bradford has been an active member of the American Head and Neck Society since 1994. She served as President of this Society from 2011–2012. In addition, she has served as a Trustee of the American Head & Neck Society Foundation (2008–2012), Chair of the Finance Committee (2003–2004), member of the Advanced Training Council (2002–2008), council member (2002–2005) and member of the Finance Committee (2000–2004). She is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


Nancy Lee, MD

Dr. Nancy Lee is a member, and the Vice Chair of department of radiation Oncology, experimental therapeutics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she leads the Selective Mechanistic Augmentation of Radiation Therapy (SMART) Group. Dr. Lee also serves as the Medical director and President of the New York Proton Consortium in New Jersey. Dr. Lee received her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. She completed her residency in 2000 at the department of Radiation oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In 2003, Dr. Lee joined faculty at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is currently the chief of head and neck cancer at the department of radiation oncology of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Lee has been a lead principle investigator for several national RTOG protocols and a recipient of many awards throughout her career. She has many peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and books.


Claudio R. Cernea, MD, PhD, FBCS

Professor Claudio R. Cernea is Professor of Surgery of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is also and Attending Surgeon of Hospital Das Clínicas of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Professor Cernea has served as President of the Brazilian Society of Head and Neck Surgery, as well as a member of its Executive Council. In addition, he also served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Head and Neck Society, and he served as a member of the Executive Council of IFHNOS, where he is presently Treasurer.

Professor Cernea has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers, 42 book chapters and 4 books. Some of his most important publications are related to the surgical classification of the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve, as well as a surgical maneuver to detect chyle leak during neck dissections. He was the Chief Editor of the book “Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery”, which offers several practical surgical tips in Head and Neck Surgery and was published in English, Portuguese and Mandarin. He received several scientifical awards. He also acted as Visiting Professor in some of the most prestigious Institutions of the world; for example: Harvard Medical School, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical School, University of Hong Kong, Albert Einstein College of Medicin, Baylor College at Dallas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Göttingen, Free University at Amsterdam, Universitá Católica di Roma and University of Pittsburgh, among many others. He has delivered several key note lectures and conferences in meetings around the world, as well as over 400 scientific presentations in national and international meetings.


Lisa Licitra, MD

Lisa Licitra is Board-certified in medical oncology, with special expertise in the treatment of head and neck cancers. She is currently assistant physician in charge of the Head and Neck Cancer Medical Oncology Unit at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, Italy.

Dr. Licitra is Free-contract Professor at State University of Milan, a member of the Clinical Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Editor of START – State-of-the-Art Oncology in Europe ( a project of Alleanza Contro il Cancro – Ministry of Health – Italy, a reviewer of the PDQ Summaries on head and neck cancers, a Board Member of EORTC and European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer and Elected Chair of Head and Neck Cancer Cooperative Group of EORTC, co-founder and member of IGEO – Italian Group for the Evaluation of Outcomes in Oncology, Member of The Educational Committee of ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology), Chair of the Head and Neck Faculty of ESMO, Co-founder and member, as medical oncologist, for the European Head and Neck Cancer Society, a member of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a member of the Italian Association for Medical Oncology (AIOM) and honorary member of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO). Recently Awarded with the “Guido Venosta” Prize of the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research.

Her main fields of interest are head and neck neoplasms, evidence-based medicine, clinical methodology in oncology, and quality of life. Dr Licitra has written five book chapters and approximately 70 scientific articles.


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