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.