Dr. Jatin P. Shah, of New York, conceived the establishment of an international body bringing together all specialists involved in the care of patients with Head and Neck Cancer. He presented this thought to the Executive Council of the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, (SHNS) at its Retreat in Princeton, NJ, USA, in the summer of 1985. The proposal was enthusiastically received by the SHNS, and he was encouraged to proceed. By August of 1986, leaders of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies worldwide were contacted to explore the feasibility of establishment of an International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies with the purpose of “establishing channels of communication to enhance exchange of information and improving knowledge as well as exploring new directions in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with head and neck cancer”. This proposal was enthusiastically received by leaders in the field from various parts of the world, culminating in the formation of a steering committee which met on May 1, 1987, at the Grosvenor House, in London. Representatives of sixteen Head and Neck Organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia were present. The steering committee drafted the constitution and bylaws of the Federation which was subsequently ratified by the Governing Council which consisted of one member from each member organization in the Federation. Dr. Jatin Shah was elected Secretary General by unanimous vote of the Governing Council.

    Initial programs of the Federation consisted of expanding the membership of the Federation with compilation of a newsletter, development of an international directory of members of component member societies and organization of World Congresses. Over the years the Federation has grown with a membership of 53 Head and Neck oncologic organizations, representing 65 countries, from every part of the world. Annual Newsletters were published initially, and these were eventually transitioned into an active and current Web site. (www.ifhnos.net). The Federation is able to reach over 40,000 specialists, located in nearly every corner of the world, providing care to patients with head and neck cancer through membership of its component societies. The Federation has successfully attained its initial goal and mission of establishing channels of communication to foster camaraderie amongst professionals involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer.

    World Congress

    1. Quadrennial World Congresses of the Federation have been held since 1998, starting with the first World Congress in Mumbai, India in December 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Ashok Mehta.
    2. The second World Congress was held in December 2002 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil under the leadership of Dr. Geraldo Matos D’Sa.
    3. The third World Congress was held in Prague, Czech Republic in June 2006 with Dr. Jan Betka as Congress President.
    4. The fourth World Congress was held in Seoul, Korea with Dr. Kwang Hyun Kim serving as President.
    5. The fifth World Congress celebrating the Centennial of the Head and Neck Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was held in New York in July of 2014 with a record breaking attendance of over 3,200 attendees..
    6. Future congresses of the IFHNOS are planned for Buenos Aires in 2018, and Rome in 2022.

    World Tour

    An innovative Global Continuing Medical Education program, “The IFHNOS World Tour”, was introduced in 2008, offering a two and half day conference conducted by World leaders in the Head and Neck specialties, over 4-5 weeks. This program has been offered in 34 locations around the world, including, in London, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Warsaw, Moscow, Mumbai, Beijing, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Bogota, (2010); St. Petersburg, Frankfurt, Antalya, Bangalore, Manila, Shanghai, Mexico city, (2012); Kiev, Amsterdam, Cairo, Ahmedabad, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Brisbane, Sao Paulo, (2016); Moscow, Prague, Riyadh, Delhi, Seoul, HongKong, Auckland, and Rio de Janeiro. In future, this program will be offered every year for two weeks in four locations, in the month of October, at different destinations worldwide.

    Global On Line Fellowship (GOLF)

    A new program of the Federation, "Global On Line Fellowship" was introduced in 2014 with the goal of standardization of training of specialists in the field of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. This very successful program currently has over 300 candidates from 48 countries, pursuing the Fellowship. It is anticipated that the graduates of this fellowship program will be Head and Neck surgeons with an improved knowledge base, judgment, and a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment for their patients.

    World Head and Neck Cancer day (WHNCD)

    At the 5th world congress of IFHNOS, July 27th was pronounced as the "World Head and Neck Cancer Day". This annual event will be observed around the world to increase awareness about head and neck cancer amongst specialists, physicians, trainees, public at large and government officials. Over 53 countries have participated in this event, whereupon campaigns of awareness, risk factors, free screening clinics, CME programs, public rallies, and media interviews and newspaper advertisements are displayed about head and neck cancer.

    International Observership Program (IOP)

    An International "Observership Program" is offered by IFHNOS through the generosity of a charitable Family Foundation, to support observership to young surgeons from resource challenged regions of the world to travel to North America to spend up to two months at major centers of excellence in Head and neck surgery.

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      Jatin Shah (USA)

      1996 - 2006

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      Jean Louis LeFebvre (France)

      2006 - 2010

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      William Wei (Hong Kong)

      2010 - 2014

    • Dr. Ashok Shaha
      Ashok Shaha (USA)

      2014 – 2018

    • Dr. Claudio Roberto Cernea
      Claudio Roberto Cernea (Brasil )

      2018 – 2022


    Founder & CEO
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      Jatin P. Shah

      MSKCC, 1275 York Avenue
      New York NY 10065
      Phone: 212 639 7233
      Fax: 212 717 3302
      Email: shahj@mskcc.org
      Head and Neck Service,
      Memorial Sloan-Kettering
      Cancer Center

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      Claudio Roberto Cernea

      Avenida Dr. Arnaldo,
      455 Cerqueira César 01246903 - Sao Paulo, SP - Brasil
      Phone: 30696425
      Email: cerneamd@uol.com
      Hospital/ Organization Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina da
      Universidade de
      São Paulo, Departamento de Cirurgia

    Secretary General
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      Pankaj Chaturvedi

      Professor, Head and
      Neck Surgeon
      Tata Memorial Hospital,
      Parel, Mumbai INDIA
      Phone: +91 22 24177189
      Fax: +91 22 2414 6937
      Email: chaturvedi.pankaj@gmail.com
      Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India

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      James Paul O’Neill

      Professor, Department of
      Head and Neck Surgery,
      Beaumont Hospital &
      The Royal College of Surgeons
      Phone: 35318093738
      Email: joneill@rcsi.ie
      Ireland Beaumont Rd,
      Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland

    Chair Of The Council
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      Ashok R. Shaha

      MSKCC, 1275 York Avenue
      New York NY 10065
      Phone: 212 639 7649
      Fax: 212 717 3302
      Email: shahaa@mskcc.org
      Head and Neck Service,
      Memorial Sloan-Kettering
      Cancer Center

    Executive Committee

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      Dauren Adilbay

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      Dan Fliss

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      Ehab Hanna

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      Sefik Hosal

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      Hesham Negm

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      Ken Ichi Nibu

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      Benedict Panizza

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      Sandro Porceddu

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      Snehal Patel

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      Giuseppe Spriano

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      Zhenkun Yu

  • Governing Council

    Dr. Jorge A. Ciechomski

    Christopher Perry

    Prof. Julia Maclean

    Belayant Hossain Siddiquee

    Ihor Belatsarkouski

    Guy Andry

    Prof. Clement

    Antonio J. Goncalves

    Aline Lauda Freitas Chaves

    Dr. Frederick K. Kozak

    Dr. Arturo Madrid M.

    Dr. Ming Gao

    Gabriel Sanchez

    Josias H. Juanta

    Drago Prgomet

    Jan Betka

    Christian Godballe

    Ossama Hamid

    Mahmoud Bassiouny

    Ken Byrd

    Prof. Dr. med. Barbara Wollenberg

    Athanassios Argiris

    Prof. Laszlo rovo

    Sonar Soni Panigoro

    Dr. Kaustubh Patel

    Mr. N. Patil

    Aharon Popovtser

    Piero Nicolai

    Ettore Cassandro

    Ken-ichi Nibu

    Galim B. Adilbaev

    Choi Eun Chang

    Dr. Kong Min Han

    Dr. Samuel Rivera Rivera

    Martin Grandos Garcia

    Gheorghe Tsibirna

    Prof. Gheorghe Țîbîrnă

    G. Purevdorj

    Prof. Dr. M. A. W. Merkx

    Patrick Dawes

    Dr. Wahid Ali Al Kharusi

    Arif Jamshed

    Dr. Pavel Pino Godoy

    Dr. Agnes T. Remulla

    Rodney B. Dofitas

    Wojciech Golusiński

    Ana Castro

    Igor Reshetov

    Adj Asst Prof Lee Tee Sin

    Prof. Chris Joseph

    Jose Luis López-Cedrún Cembranos

    Pr Gerhard F. Huber

    Pen-Yuan Chu

    Dr. Pornake Apipan

    Mustafa Cengiz

    Prof. Hisham Mehanna

    Ehab Hanna

    Dmitro Zabolotniy

    Dr. Hussain Mohammad Alrand

    Dr. Jose Francisco Mata

  • NEWS

    Report on 4th IFHNOS World Congress, Seoul: June, 2010
    The 4th World Congress for IFHNOS was held in Seoul, 15-18 June 2010, and was a resounding success. The meeting was well attended and superbly organized. The program was simply outstanding. Pictures and a report of the meeting are available.

    5th IFHNOS World Congress
    The 5th World Congress of IFHNOS was held in New York 26-30 July 2015, jointly with the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) and coincided with the Centenary of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

    2012 IFHNOS World Tour Amsterdam
    The AMSTERDAM leg of the 2012 World Tour was held on 4-6 October 2012, in conjunction with The Netherlands Cancer Institute.

    In loving memory of Kie Kian Ang, MD, PhD
    June 19, 2013

    IFHNOS Sponsored Symposium
    May 18, 2013

    IFHNOS Council Meeting
    May 15, 2013

    IFHNOS World Tour Faculty Dinner
    May 16, 2013

    IFHNOS Council Meeting
    July 26, 2014

    IFHNOS Exhibit during 9th AHNS International Conference in Seattle
    July 16-20, 2016, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

  • Events

    Upcoming Events Past Events

    0 The BAHNO Challenge
    During the COVID pandemic an international research collaboration (CovidSurg Cancer) was set up to evaluate the 30-day COVID infection rates in elective cancer.

    0 8th World Congress of the International Academy of Oral Oncology Date: 23-26 June, 2022 Venue: Chicago, USA Website: www.iaoo2022.com

    0 15thAnnual Meeting of the Korean Society of Medical Oncology & 2022 International Conference Date:1-2 September, 2022 Venue: Lotte Hotel Seoul, Seoul, Korea Website: www.ksmoconference.org


    Head & Neck

    The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies has an official journal “Head and Neck”, published by Wiley InterScience. This is the only, peer reviewed International leading journal, which exclusively publishes articles in “the sciences and specialties of the head and neck”. The journal enjoys a high impact factor. The Editorial Board of the journal is composed of leaders in the specialty of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, from the United States and from all parts of the world in it’s International Editorial Board. The IFHNOS has two representatives on the editorial board of the journal. News and activities of the IFHNOS are regularly published in each issue of the journal. Previously published articles in “Head and Neck” are available online here.

    Editorial Board

    Ehab Y. Hanna, MD
    The University of Texas
    M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Mariann Crapanzano
    The University of Texas
    M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas


    Athanassios Argiris, MD
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Neal D. Futran, MD
    Seattle, Washington

    Adam Garden, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Lawrence E. Ginsberg, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Dennis H. Kraus, MD
    New York, New York

    Stephen Y. Lai, MD PhD
    Houston, Texas

    William M. Mendenhall, MD
    Gainesville, Florida

    Eben L. Rosenthal, MD
    Birmingham, Alabama

    Allan C. Sherman, PhD
    Houston, Texas

    Rusell B.. Smith, MD
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH
    Houston, Texas

    David Terris, MD
    Augusta, Georiga

    Mark K. Wax, MD
    Portland, Oregon

    Peirong Yu, MD
    Houston, Texas


    Claudio Cernea, MD
    São Paulo, Brazil

    Hisham Mehanna. BMedSc
    (Hons), MBChB (Hons),
    Coventry, England

    William I. Wei, MD
    Hong Kong, China


    Claudio Cernea, MD
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Pankaj Chaturvedi, MD
    Mumbai, India


    Abstracts Editor
    Lanny Garth Close, MD
    New York, New York

    Basic Science Reviews Editor
    Jeffrey N. Myers, MD, PhD
    Houston, Texas

    Clinical Reviews Editor
    David W. Eisele, MD
    San Francisco, California

    Case Reports Editors
    Peter Andersen, MD
    Portland, Oregan
    Amy Chen, MD
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Jonathan Irish, MD, FRCSC
    Toronto, Canada

    Book Reviews Editor
    Karen T. Pitman, MD
    Jackson, Mississippi

    Controversy Editor
    Pierre Lavertu, MD
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Clinical Trials Update Editor
    Marshall R. Posner, MD
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Cooperative Groups Update Editor
    J. Andrew Ridge, MD
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Operative Techniques Editor
    F. Christopher Holsinger, MD
    Houston, Texas


    Jonathan J. Beitler, MD, MBA
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Carol R. Bradford, MD
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Brian Burkey, MD
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Ricardo L. Carrau, MD
    Columbus, Ohio

    Bruce H. Campbell, MD
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Mark S. Chambers, DMD, MS
    Houston, Texas

    Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Terry Day, MD
    Charleston, South Carolina

    Franco DeMonte, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
    Houston, Texas

    Daniel Deschler, MD
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Adel K. El-Naggar, MD, PhD
    Houston, Texas

    Franco DeMonte, MD, FRCS(C),FACS
    Houston, Texas

    Maura L. Gillison, MD
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Patrick Ha, MD
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Gady Har-El, MD
    New York, New York

    Jonas T. Johnson, MD
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Merrill S. Kies, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Seungwon Kim, PhD
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Jan S. Lewin, PhD
    Houston, Texas

    Scott Lippman, PhD
    Houston, Texas

    Virginia A. LiVolsi, MD
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Laurie Loevner, MD
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Thom Loree, MD
    Buffalo, New York

    Mitchell Machtay, MD
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Jesus E. Medina, MD
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Brian A. Moore, MD
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Eugene N. Myers, MD
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Kepal Patel, MD
    New York, New York

    Snehal Patel, MD, FRCS
    New York, New York

    Guy Petruzzelli, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
    Chicago, Illinois

    Kristen B. Pytynia, MD, MPH
    Chicago, Illinois

    David Raben, MD
    Denver, Colorado

    Gregory W. Randolph, MD
    Boston, Massachusetts

    James Rocco, MD
    Boston, Massachusetts

    David Rosenthal, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Jatin P. Shah, MD, MS
    New York, New York

    Ashok R. Shaha, MD
    New York, New York

    Dong Moon Shin, MD
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Maisie Shindo, MD
    Stony Brook, New York

    Alfred A. Simental, MD
    Loma Linda, California

    Brendan C. Stack, Jr., MD
    Little Rock, Arkansas

    Kerstin Stenson, MD
    Chicago, Illinois

    James Y. Suen, MD
    Little Rock, Arkansas

    Ralph P. Tufano, MD
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Emre Vural, MD
    Little Rock, Arkansas

    Carter Van Waes, MD, PhD
    Bethesda, Maryland

    Randal S. Weber, MD
    Houston, Texas

    Gregory Weinstein, MD
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Jane Weissman, MD
    Portland, Oregon

    Wendell Yarbrough, MD
    Nashville, Tennessee


    Petra Ambrosch, MD
    Kiel, Germany

    Jacques Bernier, MD, PhD
    Genolier, Switzerland

    Patrick J. Bradley, FRCS, MBA
    Nottingham, England

    June Corry, MD
    Victoria, Australia

    Anil K. D'Cruz, MD
    Mumbia, India

    Hector de la Garza Hesles, MD
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Patrick J. Gullane, MD, FRCS, FACS
    Toronto, Canada

    Raphael Feinemesser, MD
    Peta Tiqva, Israel

    Dan M. Fliss, MD
    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Jeremy L. Freeman, MD, FRCSC
    Toronto, Canada

    Ralph W. Gilbert, MD
    Toronto, Canada

    Luis P. Kowalski, MD, PhD
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Ollivier Laccourreye, MD
    Paris, France

    C. René Leemans, MD
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Jean-Louis Lefebvre, MD
    Lille, France

    Valerie Lund, MS, FRCS, FRCSEd
    London, England

    Randall P. Morton, FRACS
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Piero Nicolai, MD
    Brescia, Italy

    Benedict Panizza, MBA, FRACS
    Brisbane, Australia

    Alexander Rapidis, DDS, MD, PhD
    Athens, Greece


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