St. Joseph's/Candler Center for Oto-Neurology to sponsor 39th annual Neuro-Audiology Seminar

The Center for Oto-Neurology at St. Joseph’s/Candler is proud to sponsor the 39th annual Neuro-Audiology Seminar April 6-7 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Ga. These meetings continue to grow in popularity because not only do we emphasize practical clinical knowledge and feature a nationally recognized speaker, but we also incorporate the “Charm of Savannah” into our planned activities.

The Center for Oto-Neurology was established in 1977 and includes audiology, speech/language pathology, EEG, vestibular/balance rehabilitation and our Movement Disorders Program. We provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapy for patients with ear, hearing, balance, speech/language and central nervous system disorders. Learn more about our services here

Course objectives

This year’s seminar is designed for physicians and audiologists with a goal to improve skills in Vestibular Diagnostics and Management. At the completion of the seminar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe how VNG, VHIT, VEMP and Posturography contribute individually and collectively in the evaluation of patients with vestibular disorders.
  2. Discuss physiological explanations for atypical symptom sets in vestibular disorders in patients with visually induced dizziness.
  3. Summarize the development and use of malingering criteria in posturography assessment of the medical legal patient.

Seminar faculty

Art Mallinson, Ph.D. is a clinical assistant professor, division of otolaryngology, department of surgery, faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia and neurophysiologist, Neuro-Otology Unit at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Mallinson received his Ph.D. in health, medicine and life sciences at Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands. He has more than 30 years of experience teaching vestibular physiology and clinical assessment. He is widely published in the area of vestibular diagnostics, actively involved in ongoing research, member of the Barany Society and the International Society of Posture and Gait Research.

Michael Zoller, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Otology Medical Director of the Center for Oto-Neurology at St. Joseph’s/Candler. He received his M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine, trained in surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and completed his ENT residency at Harvard Medical School. He is also clinical professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and clinical professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine.

Seminar Schedule

Friday, April 6, 2018
Speaker: Art Mallinson, Ph.D.

8 a.m.: Bus leaves Staybridge Suites for St. Joseph’s Hospital

8:30: Registration

8:40: Welcome

8:45-10:45: Don’t be biased: How to find out what is wrong with the vestibular patient

  • Effective history taking
  • Improving test technique/diagnostic capabilities when using VNG, VHIT, VEMP, Posturogrpahy

10:45-11: BREAK

11-12:30: Atypical symptom sets in Vestibular Disorders

  • Visual vestibular mismatch, visually induced dizziness, 3PD
  • Physiological explanations
  • Current research

12:30-1:15: LUNCH (provided)

1:15-3:30 – Posturogrpahy

  • Posturography in the clinical setting
  • Utility for the medical/legal patient
  • Development of malingering criteria

3:30-3:45: BREAK

3:45-4:45: The Chronic Vestibular Patient

  • Why some patients do not get better or respond to vestibular rehab
  • Diagnostic and management strategies

5:00: Bus leaves St. Joseph’s Hospital to return to hotel

6:30: Meet in the lobby of Staybridge Suites for tour and dinner

Saturday, April 7, 2018

8:00 a.m.: Bus leaves Staybridge Suites for St. Joseph’s Hospital

8:45-9:15: Updated Beers criteria and falls in the elderly – Dr. Michael Zoller

(Remaining lectures by Dr. Mallinson)

9:15-10:30: Monitoring program for inpatients and outpatients on vestibulotoxic medications

  • Utilization of illegible “E” test, VHIT and VNG in ototoxicity
  • Practical methods for measuring vestibular function in children

10:30-10:45: BREAK

10:45-12:15: Diagnostic dilemmas & case presentations

  • Case discussions – TBI, Migraine and Whiplash
  • Unusual case presentations – bring your cases to present

12:15-12:30: Course Evaluation and Post Test

12:45: Bus leaves for Staybridge Suites


Evening Enjoyment

Friday evening, meet our guides in the lobby of the Staybridge Suites at 6:30 p.m. We will then walk to the garden of the Davenport House for a glass of Madeira. This historic Federal style house will be opened exclusively for our group to experience the lifestyle of a family living in the early 1820s. After our tour, we will proceed to the East Bay Inn which was built in 1852 and have dinner at Skylar’s Restaurant. What a great way to spend the evening after a day of learning.


St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. St. Joseph’s/Candler designated this live educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.

St. Joseph’s/Candler is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.0 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.


The cost of seminar is $375. Registration is limited to 50 participants so please register early. Registration includes continental breakfasts, lunch/snack on Friday/Saturday, bus transportation to and from St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as Friday evening tour and dinner.

Click here for the registration form. Send forms and payment to:

Center for Oto-Neurology
St. Joseph’s Hospital
11705 Mercy Boulevard
Savannah, Ga. 31419

Please make checks payable to Center for Oto-Neurology. A 10 percent discount is available for GSHA members. For questions, call us at 912-819-2479.

Cancellations received by March 28 will receive a full refund. Cancellation notifications postmarked after March 28 are refunded at 50 percent.

A block of rooms has been reserved at Staybridge Suites Historic District, 301 E. Bay Street, Savannah, Ga. Cutoff date for room availability is March 5, 2018. Ask for St. Joseph’s/Candler Oto-Neurology Conference when making your reservation. Please contact hotel for availability before registering for the seminar as rooms are limited and may sell out. Staybridge Suites rates are $199 plus tax. The hotel can be reached at 912-721-9000.

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  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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