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I am proud to welcome you to the website of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

The new Department is built on the firm foundation laid by the dedicated clinicians, teachers and researchers who have served the Division of Otorhinolaryngology within the University's Department of Surgery. I am particularly excited by the fact that we are the first single unit in Hong Kong and Asia that is able to offer a full one-stop service for people with a great variety of hearing disorders. An enhanced focus will also lead to more convenient and higher quality services, since we will be able to ensure the strictest adherence to the specific clinical and administrative standards demanded of our particular specialty. In addition, in an independent department, our strong empathy with our patients can be fully supported by providing them with the very best in information and education to help them deal with severe and long drawn out challenges.

The newly constituted Department will also commit to a strong and varied multidisciplinary research programme that can support really comprehensive provision for people in need. Our overarching aim takes us well beyond the successful treatment of illness to new insights into head, neck and throat cancers and the enhancement of human communication by means of the latest technologies and refinements in scientific knowledge.

Professor TONG Chi Fai Michael
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Prof TONG Chi Fai Michael

Academic Divisions

On 1 August 2007, The Chinese University of Hong Kong formally constituted an independent Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery under the Faculty of Medicine. This further strengthens its current leading position as a provider of medical and surgical treatment of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and head and neck surgery, as well as clinical aspects of communicative disorders and training and research opportunities relevant to all these concerns.

The evolution into an independent academic department builds on the very significant achievements since 1985 of the dedicated clinicians, teachers and researchers who have served the Division of Otorhinolaryngology within the University's Department of Surgery. This transition places us firmly in line with the international and Mainland China classification of ENT as an independent medical specialty and an established academic discipline.

Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery encompasses a wide spectrum of disorders and diseases of the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck. It has been subdivided into sub-specialties or divisions by the international medical community. The divisions are managed by sub-specialist experts in their fields and usually exist as self standing disciplines. In keeping with this international de facto structural organization, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong established eight divisions. This is essential for the service, training, research commitments and vision of the department as a whole and of each sub-specialty division within the department. The eight academic divisions are:

With the joint efforts and dedication of colleagues at all levels, we will continue to strive towards "serving the community through quality education, caring practice, and advancement of health sciences" - the mission of the Faculty of Medicine.


Centred at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin, the University's teaching hospital, the Department is fully committed to delivery of high quality patient services throughout the New Territories East and Kowloon East clusters of the Hospital Authority, with whom it works closely. It is closely affiliated with the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po, New Territories and the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Outreach outpatient clinics and day surgery are also based at the North District Hospital in Fanling, New Territories and Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Tseung Kwan O.

The Department takes care of the widest possible spectrum of disorders and diseases of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. It provides both emergency and elective ENT, head & neck, audiology and speech therapy service to an expanding population, currently at over 2 million, in the New Territories East of Hong Kong. Operations performed range from day surgery to major procedures including cochlear implantation and head and neck tumour resections. Outpatient services include general ENT clinics as well as dedicated subspecialist clinics covering voice, allergy, dysphagia, chronic ear problems and paediatric airway problems. Private consultations are conducted by the Department's specialist staff.

Education & Research

The Department provides enriched clinical teaching for undergraduate medical students as well as strengthens professional training for interns and specialist provision for ENT trainees, and it will supervise postgraduate research and training.

The Department provides training to undergraduates at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as basic and advanced surgical training to postgraduates towards specialist recognition in Hong Kong - Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM) and Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists (FHKCORL). ENT update courses for primary care physicians and nurses are co-organised with the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians.

The Department runs regular courses in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS Course) for local and overseas ENT specialists and trainees and commissioned training by distinguished overseas speakers with the Hospital Authority. An active temporal bone laboratory is run and participated by the Department's specialist trainers and trainees.

The outstanding track record of research will continue, and even greater strides will be taken in head and neck cancer, including the nasopharyngeal cancers so highly prevalent in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Southern China. The Department will also advance in such rapidly developing areas as surgical treatments for deafness in adults and children, minimal invasive ENT surgery, Asian facial plastic techniques and ENT problems in children.

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