Meetings & Events




Please know that the ALA continues to be committed to the health and welfare of our members and attendees.  The ALA Council in conjunction with our sister societies, the ALA Virtual 2021 Meeting is being held April 7-8, 2021.   We encourage you to view the COSM website, for additional information and to register at, for the opportunities to attend several society meetings at a reduced registration fee.  COSM 2021 Virtual will offer up to 118.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditswith the ALA offering up to 8.75 CME credits.

This year’s president, Dr. Paul Flint, along with the 2021 Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Peter Belafsky with committee members, Drs. Thomas Carroll, Stacey Halum, Alexander Hillel, and Tanya Meyer, have selected scientific presentations for the two half-day sessions.  Dr. Charles Cummings will be honored at Dr. Flint’s Guest of Honor. Dr. Flint will introduce five individuals (Drs. David Brown, Gaelyn Garrett, Jo Shapiro and Susan Thibeault) with Presidential Citations for outstanding achievements in our specialty. The Daniel Baker MD Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Maise Shindo on the first day. Dr. Mark Courey, as the State of the Art Lecturer, will delivered a topic that is a cutting edge on Gender Diversity. Awards will also be presented recipients of the Resident Research, Young Faculty/Practitioner and Casselberry awards.  Again, this year, we are honored to present grants for presentations on the topic of spasmodic dysphagia and sponsored by the National Spasmodic Dysphagia Association.

This year, our presenters are represented by an increased number  of medical students and residents. We are grateful for your work and look forward to both podium and poster presentation during a time when you have worked hard in caring for an increased number of patients.

We continue to receive a large number of quality manuscripts that are submitted for publication in The Laryngoscope, the official journal of the ALA.  Additionally, the abstracts are published in the historical Transactions that provide a printed glimpse into the program.

We look forward to your participation during the ALA Annual Meeting that promises to be informative. On behalf of the ALA Council, we wish you good health and to please stay safe.

Click here for 2021 Scientific Session and Posters links.