GCIAN STEERING COMMITEE

Fatthi Ahmed Abdel Baki

President of GCIAN and Chair of the 5th World Congress on CI in Emerging Countries, 10th-12th of October 2019, in Cairo, Egypt.

Professor Abdel Baki is Emeritus professor of Otolaryngology at Alexandria University. He is the chairman of the Egyptian Society of Cochlear Implant. Professor Abdel Baki  has authored more than 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and is recognized world wide for his expertise and contribution to the field. He will be chairing and organizing the upcoming 5th World congress on CI in Emerging countries in Cairo.

Sunil Narayan Dutt

Founder Secretary of the GCIAN, Professor, Senior Consultant and Clinical Services Coordinator in ENT at Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Chairman and CEO, Ashadee ENT Centre, Bangalore and the President of a registered charity service for the hearing impaired, Vani Pradan Kendra, India.

Sunil Narayan Dutt is the secretary of the Society to Aid the Hearing Impaired (SAHI), Bangalore. Professor, Senior Consultant, Clinical Director, Head Implant Program, Apollo Group KARNATAKA, Department of ENT and Head Neck Surgery, Apollo International Hospitals. Senior Consultant and Cochlear Implant Surgeon in Bangalore, is a world renowned Otolaryngologist with over two decades of experience in ENT. He has performed more than 300 cochlear implants at Apollo Hospitals Bangalore and is a leading Hearing Implants Mentor in South Asia. Dr Dutt founded the Cochlear Implant Group of India (CIGI) in 2003 and was the Founder Secretary and more recently as treasurer.

James Loock

Head of Otolaryngology, University of Stellenbosch/Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, Surgical head of the Tygerberg Hospital / University of Stellenbosch Cochlear Implant Programme. Otologist with a special interest in middle ear surgery, cholesteatoma, and cochlear implantation.

Has facilitated the rollout of cochlear implantation to financially less privileged patients South Africa – his unit was the first to introduce this initiative in South Africa. Has a particular interest in the training of surgeons in ear surgery – his Cape Temporal Bone course runs annually and is not in its 16th year.

Mohan Kameswaran

Prof. Mohan Kameswaran, MS, FRCS, FAMS, DSc is an Indian otorhinolaryngologist, Senior Consultant and Managing Director of Madras ENT Research Foundation, medical academic and the founder of MERF Institute of Speech and Hearing, a Chennai-based institution providing advanced training in audiology and speech-language pathology.

He is one of the pioneers of cochlear implant surgery in India and a visiting professor at Rajah Muthiah Medical College of the Annamalai University, EDGE HILL University,U.K., Otology, Royal Society of Medicine, London, and Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai. He has many firsts to his credit such as the performance of the first auditory brain stem implantation surgery in South and South East Asia, the first pediatric brain stem implantation surgery in Asia, the first totally implantable hearing device surgery in Asia Pacific region, and the first to introduce KTP/532 laser-assisted ENT surgery in India. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2006 for his contributions to Indian medicine.

Charles Andrew Van Hasselt

Professor of Surgery (Otol), Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese university of Hong Kong.

Andrew received his medical training at The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1985 he was responsible for establishing the Division of Otorhinolaryngology in the Department of Surgery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, stationed in the University’s teaching hospital, the Prince of Wales Hospital in the New Territories of Hong Kong. The Division has evolved into an independent academic Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Andrew has devoted himself to research, integrating academic and clinical experience, while promoting academic exchange and contributing to the regional and international arenas. He is an advocate in MIS techniques in ENT, particularly in endoscopic sinus surgery and lasers in the airway. Andrew is an Otologist of international acclaim with an abiding interest in hearing restoration. He has played a vital leadership role in disseminating surgical expertise in otology. He is passionate about the integration of academic and clinical experience and is widely recognized for innovation in his field. Andrew has delivered numerous invited lectures in Otology and has published the two editions of the definitive work on “Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma", reflecting his board interest across the field of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Ahmad Daneshi

“Central and south western Asia co-ordinator" Professor and chairman of ENT & Head and Neck Surgery Department at Iran Medical Sciences University.

Ahmad Daneshi has been involved in the field of Cochlear Implants in Iran for over 25 years. So far, he and his team have performed more than 3,200 cochlear implant surgeries and have also started bilateral endoscopic cochlear implant surgeries. He is a pioneer of endoscopic ear surgery in Iran and has published many articles on cochlear implantation and endoscopic ear surgery. He received the Ingeborg and Ervin Hochmair Award for Service to the Deaf in 2006 (Dubai).

Susan B. Waltzman

Susan B. Waltzman PhD is the Marica F. Vilcek Professor of Otolaryngology and Co-Director of the NYU Cochlear Implant Center at NYU Langone Medical Center/NYU School of Medicine

Her research focuses on two main areas: outcomes with cochlear and brainstem implants and isolating the variables which affect performance, including the impact of new technology on outcomes in children, adolescents, older adults and special populations. She has been the PI on numerous device-related clinical trials over the past 20 years and is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and in 2014, the third edition of a textbook with Dr. J. Thomas Roland – Cochlear Implants.

M. V. Kirtane

Prof. Emeritus Seth G. S. Medical College & Hon. Surgeon at KEM Hospital, Hon. Consulting ENT Surgeon at P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Saifee Hospital, Prince Ali Khan Hospital, Hon. ENT consultant to His Excellency The Governor of Maharashtra.

M.V Kirtane has performed more than 1700 operations, of which almost 1200 have been made through donations. He initiated & mentored 40 surgeons from all over the country to start a CI program including KEM Nair & Sion Hospitals & both Railway Hospitals in Mumbai. He established Cochlear Implant Centres (30 in total) in different parts of the country, including Delhi, Jaipur, Nagpur, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kolkata and several others. He trained a no. of ENT surgeons in Cochlear Implant surgery so that they can set up centres of their own and has trained more than a thousand ENT surgeons in the last 16 years by way of training workshops on Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. The workshops are attended by delegates from Europe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as well as China, Eastern European countries and now also UK, and South Africa. He has conducted Ear Surgery Teaching Workshops since 1976 where more than a thousand otologists have been trained and has conducted similar workshops in the UAE, Africa, UK, Hungary and Germany and in SAARC countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

GOH Bee See

M.D (UKM), M.S (ORL-HNS)(UKM), AM (Malaysia) Director of Institute of Ear, Hearing and Speech, and Professor of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr Goh is a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine UKM since 2003, where she obtained her Medical Degree in 1996 and completed her Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency in May 2003 (receiving the Marhakim Award for Best Candidate). In 2007, she further trained in paediatric ENT at Cincinnati Children Medical Centre, Ohio, USA and in 2012 in clinical attachment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Her clinical practice has centered on the management of paediatric ENT and hearing loss. She is a board member of the Asian Pediatric Otolaryngology Group and treasurer for the ASEAN Academy of Neurotology and Audiology. She currently serves as the President Elect for 2015/2016 for the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngogists

Arthur Menino Castilho

M.D. PhD, University of São Paulo. Coordinator of Otology and Neurotology – University of Campinas (UNICAMP) – Brazilian Ministry of Health Advisor for ENT and Audiology.

Arthur Menino Casthilho is a Clinical Hospital Medical Assistant in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UNICAMP, he has the title of specialist in otolaryngology by the Brazilian Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Neck and Facial Surgery, with a concentration in the operating area of hearing rehabilitation. He acts as a surgeon in the Albert Einstein Hospital, USP Clinical Hospital and Sarah Network. Running a private CI center, he and his team completed 1,000 CI surgeries during 2015, and as a public center, he is about to start bone anchored hearing devices (BAHA, PONTO and BBI). He participated as a consultant for the Ministry of Health in Brazil to formulate a new regulation that included the bilateral CI and bone anchored hearing devices (for the public system).

Laila Telmesani

Professor/ Consultant otolaryngology-Head and neck Surgery Chairperson, ORL-HN Department, University of Dammam Program Director, Saudi Board for ORL-HNS Al-Khobar, Eastern province, KSA.

Dr. Laila Telmesani completed her MBBS on 1984, from King Faisal University, KFUF in ORL on 1990, FRCS Ed on 1993, Otology neurotology fellowship on 2010, Bern University Hospital, Switzerland. Was the head of the ENT department at King Fahd University Hospital from 2006-2014 then assigned the head of the cochlear implant center to date. Occupy the position of the Program Director of the Saudi Board of ORL&HN in Eastern Province from 2008 to date and a member of the scientific committee of the ORL of the Saudi Commission of Health specialties from 2006 to date. Established the first cochlear implant center in Eastern Provence, at KFUH on April 2009.

Tashneem Harris

MB.ChB, FCORL(SA), MMed(Otol)

Tashneem Harris currently works as an otologist at the Department of Otolaryngology Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, where she also completed her residency training in 2011. In 2011 she did an otology and neurotology fellowship in Lucerne, Switzerland under the auspices of Prof Thomas Linder. She does mainly chronic middle ear surgery, has an interest in lateral skull base surgery and is in the process of starting a cochlear implant programme at Groote Schuur Hospital.

John H. Greinwald, Jr.

MM.D., FAAP, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ENT), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, USA

Dr. John Greinwald is a tenured professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati with over 20 years of experience with a focus on the genetic causes and treatment of deafness. Dr. Greinwald founded the Genetic Testing for Hearing Loss Team and co-founded the Ear and Hearing Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has pioneered the establishment of diagnostic evaluation algorithms for children with sensorineural hearing loss and developed a next generation sequencing platform to determine the genetic causes of hearing loss in children. He has published on the application of minimal access techniques in cochlear implant surgery in children.

Osama Tarabichi, MD

GCIAN Administrative Secretary


Osama Tarabichi, MD, received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain. He developed an interest in hearing sciences early on in his medical school career and spent his summers at the Auditory Research Laboratory at St. Louis University studying oxidative stress signalling in the lateral wall of the cochlea. After graduating medical school, he decided to pursue a research fellowship at the ABI lab at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. His research at Dr. Daniel Lee’s Lab is focused on developing a chronic mouse model of the auditory brainstem implant

Mustafa Kapadia, MS (ENT), DNB

Mustafa Kapadia is currently working as ENT specialist at Department of ENT, American Hospital Dubai. He completed his residency from LTMGH, Mumbai in 2012. After completing residency he also worked as consultant in Abuja, Nigeria for 1 year.  His main area of interest is Endoscopic Ear Surgery and currently doing training under the auspices of Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi.