Travel Grants

In Memory of Dr. Chris O’Brien,
The Chris O’Brien International Lecture and Traveling Scholar Award

In 2008 the American Head and Neck Society and the Australia/New Zealand Head and Neck Society established the Chris O’Brien Fund in a joint effort in order to honor Dr. Chris O’Brien.  Dr. O’Brien, founder of the Sydney (Australia) Head and Neck Cancer Institute and active member of both societies, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2007.  After a valiant battle against the cancer, Dr. O’Brien passed away in early June 2009. He did, however, live to see the first recipient of the Chris O’Brien International Lecture and Traveling Scholar Award named.

The Chris O’Brien Fund will support a lecture in memory of Dr. O’Brien at the International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer held every four years and additionally will support the Chris O’Brien Traveling Scholar Award which allows for a young head and neck surgeon to visit the United States or Australia/New Zealand in order to further their education.  The first Chris O’Brien International Lecture and Traveling Scholar Award recipient, Dr. Carsten Palme of Australia, received the award at the AHNS 2009 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

To make a contribution to the Chris O’Brien fund in memory of Dr. O’Brien, please click here.