President’s letter

Antwerp, December 19th, 2022

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Despite the improving landscape of the pandemic, 2022 still has had numerous challenges including global political and economic instability. With war continuing on the European continent, ESHNR remains in support of ESR’s statement concerning the conflict particularly calling for respect of medical neutrality and human rights. Let us hope that this conflicts soon finds a resolution.

At the end of last year, I expressed my hope that ESHNR would continue on its path of innovation for head and neck radiology as well as building a future for our society. I am more than convinced that we succeeded in doing so during 2022.

Our series of monthly ESHNR webinars on dedicated head and neck radiology topics has continued throughout 2022 with a consistent high number of attendees. This will continue throughout 2023 with a comprehensive program of various topics by esteemed head and neck radiologists from all over the globe.

The joint ASHNR – ESHNR webinars continued with some modifications from the preceding year. The now quarterly webinars comprised of increased case-based discussions with panel experts from both sides of the Atlantic. This series will continue next year and will also evolve with further modifications, more information to follow in due course. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to our American – European duo Amy Juliano and Salman Qureshi for their tremendous efforts in the organisation of these webinars. My thanks also go to all speakers, moderators and experts participating in these webinars. Keep on doing the good work!

Both the ESHNR and joint ASHNR – ESHNR webinars are open to all and are accredited with CME points when attended live. ESHNR members can also revisit any of these at any point thereafter via our website. This collection of webinars since 2018 has grown to a treasure trove of about 60 in number.

I am particularly proud to be able to announce a new subtype of webinars that will be launched in the beginning of next year. A monthly case-based webinar to which ESHNR members can submit cases that which will be analysed and discussed by experts. The goal of this webinar is not to come to a final diagnosis but to teach how such cases can be approached to come to a diagnosis. Special thanks for the organisation of these webinar goes to Soraya Robinson from the executive committee.

Due to the uncertain geopolitical and financial situation in Europe, the difficult decision was taken during summer to change the 2022 ESHNR annual meeting from an onsite conference to an online meeting. My sincerest thanks go to our 2022 Congress President Riste Saat for her tremendous work to make these last minute changes to the programme and the congress organisation. Her efforts resulted in a very attractive online meeting attended by almost 400 participants.

Hopefully, we will be able to have an onsite meeting in Malta in 2023, from October 5-7, mark your calendar already! Needless to say that Malta has an average of 9 hours of sunshine every day at the beginning of October! Our 2023 Congress President Edith Vassallo is in full preparation for an excellent and comprehensive programme. For the first time, this will incorporate the joint ASHNR – ESHNR sessions. We are also looking forward to inviting faculty from every continent on the globe. Indeed we sincerely hope this will continue to foster greater international collaboration of the head and neck radiology community.

ESHNR representation will also be present at the ASHNR Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida taking place September 20-24. I would like to thank Congress President Kris Mosier for the invitations and organising the joint ASHNR- ESHNR sessions in North America.

Following a successful Masterclass organised in 2021 on skull base and temporal bone, a follow up was organised earlier this month covering soft tissues of the neck and upper aerodigestive tract. This remained online and the course was restricted to 72 delegates in order to allow a small workshop environment. These places were filled few months in advance with a waiting list operating thereafter. Faculty was drawn from expert head and neck radiologists from all over the world. In total, the faculty and delegates came from 30 different countries! The course turned out to be an enormous success with interesting lectures and vivid workshops as well as discussion with the experts.

Masterclass I and II will be repeated in 2023 and 2024 in live versions, stay tuned and keep an eye on the website for further information. Specials thanks go to course director Salman Qureshi and the co-organisers, Tim Beale and Heidi Eggesbo as well as the entire faculty.

It is with great pleasure that I have noticed a growing interest in head and neck radiology the past few years. By organising the Masterclasses and the webinars, ESHNR has broadened its mind and view towards all directions of the globe, with contacts now all over the world. Head and neck radiology not only has created new bonds but has also started warm friendships all over the world.

ESHNR organised the ESR endorsed diploma in head and neck radiology exam twice this year in an online version. I would like to warmly congratulate the 10 new fellows in the society. It will be organised again twice next year, information on the diploma and its requirements to participate can be found again on the ESHNR website. I would especially like to thank Steve Connor, head of the ESHNR Education Committee for his efforts in the setup and organisation of the diploma and for all his commitments in the Education Committee. Education is one of the cornerstones of our society. In view of this, it is with pleasure that I can announce that ESHNR will also continue to invest in the ESOR fellowship programme of ESR.

Many thanks also to my colleagues from the social media committee, Yeliz Pekçevik, Jussi Hirvonnen, Phil Touska and Anne Perporte. They continue to put ESHNR on the global social media map.

My thanks also go to our staff in the office in Vienna and especially to Ricarda Posch for her continuous effort and support to our society.

As the term of my presidency will end at the end of our 2023 annual meeting, this is my last President’s letter. I would like to thank you all for the faith that you have put in me as President of ESHNR, the past 3 years. I would like to sincerely thank all my colleagues and friends at the ESHNR executive committee. Without their commitment and help, this would never have been possible, and we never would have been able to grow as a society like we did the past few years. We ended 2022 with more than 750 members. Application for the 2023 ESHNR membership has started already, so renew your application or become member today! Stay or become a member of the most pleasant and vivid subspeciality society in Europe!

Long live head and neck radiology!

To end with, I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and fruitful 2023. Stay safe and see you in Vienna and in Malta.

Bert De Foer
MD PhD
Antwerp, Belgium