Faculty

International Faculty

Prof Martin Birchall
Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
United Kingdom

Prof Martin Birchall is UCL's Professor of Laryngology and a Consultant in ENT Surgery at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. He is one the leading academic Otolaryngologists in the world as measured by the impact of his papers. A specialist in disorders of voice, swallowing and breathing, he has pioneered the use stem cells and tissue engineering in surgery.

Clinically, he has a particular interest in voice, swallowing and pharyngeal pouches, airway disorders such as stenosis, cough and neck lumps. He is part of multidisciplinary voice and airway teams and established with Mr. Guri Sandhu, Mr Khalid Ghuffoor and respiratory, thoracic surgery, anaesthetic and other colleagues a national referral team for complex airway disorders. He treats patients with vocal cord weakness ('palsy'), and is trialling a new means of restoring function for them using the drive from unaffected nerves. In a monthly intervention clinic, run with top speech and language therapists, He uses the latest technology, such as transnasal oesophagoscopy and transcutaneous vocal cord injection, to treat voice and swallowing problems.

He has a large research group concentrating on the use of innovative technology to manage disorders of the airways, especially the use of tissue engineering, stem cells and information technology. In 2008, he co-led the team which performed the world's first stem cell based organ transplant, and with Prof Elliott at Great Ormond St, co-led the team which performed the same feat in a child in 2010. In 2010 he was also part of the team which performed the world's second (and first functionally reinnervated) laryngeal transplant at UC Davis, California. He was Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year (Science and Technology), 2008, and is a frequent guest speaker at major international conferences. He has published in the Lancet, Nature and the BMJ. With Guri Sandhu and David howard, he founded the British Laryngological Association in 2011, and runs a successful annual conference 'Cutting Edge Laryngology'.

Prof. Markus HESS
Deutsche Stimmklinik
Germany

Markus Hess, MD, is a dedicated otolaryngologist and phoniatrician (speech-language pathology and medicine), subspecializing in laryngology, phonosurgery, and disorders of professional voice users. He is co-founder and Head of the first Voice Clinic in Germany (Deutsche Stimmklinik, 2014).

He accepted 1998 a position as full professor at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Professor of Phoniatrics. Dr. Hess graduated from University Medical School, Düsseldorf, and Freie Universität, Berlin, and is a fellowship trained, board-certified Otolaryngologist and board-certified Phoniatrist. He trained as a HEISENBERG PhD fellow from the German Research Council (DFG) at HARVARD medical school and lectured thereafter for many years as active member and visiting lecturer within the HARVARD - M.I.T. health science and technology program. He is a leading physician-scientist in the area of research of basic voice physiology, vocal fold vibration analysis and voice disorders.

He now specializes in the care of the performing voice and the treatment of voice disorders.

Dr. Hess has long-standing experience in performing the full spectrum of endoscopic and open surgical procedures on the larynx.

He has invented many improvements for diagnostics and operative techniques in laryngology and holds a patent on LED-stroboscopy. Dr. Hess brings a multidisciplinary approach to such patients as public speakers, singers, and actors. His surgical patients receive cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques in laryngeal microsurgery as well as office-based voice surgery in topical anesthesia.

Dr. Hess has authored or co-authored over hundred peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, book chapters, and textbooks.

He is Secretary General of Pan European Conferences (PEVOC) since 2003, a founding member of the 'German Society of Phonosurgery', founder and Executive Board member of the European Academy of Voice (EAV), incoming President of the international Collegium Medicorum Theatri (CoMeT) and serves in multiple capacities on many international editorial and scientific boards and committees.

Dr. Hess teaches regularly at national and international voice conferences and gives own courses in cutting-edge phonosurgery techniques.

 

Local Faculty

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Dr David HO
 

Dr Chan graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in London, followed by specialist training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions with advanced training in Head and Neck surgery, microvascular reconstruction and robotics. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with research interests include HPV associated oropharyngeal carcinoma and the application of robotics in Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr Ryan Cho
Dr Fiona HO
 

Dr Anne Kwan graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Dr Kwan is a consultant at the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital and the Queen Mary Hospital. She also works as a Specialist Anaesthesiologist in private practice. Dr Kwan’s special interest included paediatric anaesthesia, anaesthesia for ENT and maxillofacial surgery. Dr Kwan has been a final examiner for the Hong Kong College of Anaesthetists for many years. She is now the examiner for the Fellow in Pain Medicine of the HKCA. Dr Kwan has published many papers.

Dr Anne Kwan
Dr Anne KWAN
Consultant
Queen Mary Hospital
Consultant
University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital

Dr Anne Kwan graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Dr Kwan is a consultant at the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital and the Queen Mary Hospital. She also works as a Specialist Anaesthesiologist in private practice. Dr Kwan’s special interest included paediatric anaesthesia, anaesthesia for ENT and maxillofacial surgery. Dr Kwan has been a final examiner for the Hong Kong College of Anaesthetists for many years. She is now the examiner for the Fellow in Pain Medicine of the HKCA. Dr Kwan has published many papers.

Dr Siu Kwan NG
Mr Thomas LAW
Speech Therapist
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thomas Law is a Speech Therapist at the Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Thomas obtained his speech therapy qualification at the University of Sydney and Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist in Australia and is currently the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. Thomas has worked across both paediatric and adult settings in Australia and Hong Kong.

Thomas specializes in the area of voice and fluency disorders. His research focuses on intervention outcomes in voice therapy, epidemiology of voice disorder, and issues related to perceptual evaluation of voice. Thomas is particularly interested in the patient-clinician processes and dynamics in group voice therapy and their effects on treatment outcome.

Dr John Lee
Dr John LEE
Resident Specialist
Department of Ear, Nose and Throat
Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital

Dr. Lui obtained her Ph.D. (Hons) training in Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA, followed by post-doctoral trainings at Duke University and University of Pittsburgh, USA. Dr. Lui is devoted to the development of precision medicine for treatment of the upper aerodigestive tract cancers, including head and neck cancers, and nasopharyngeal cancer. Using genomics, proteomics, integrative genomic-proteomic discovery, and a driver mutation screening platform (US patented; co-Inventor), Dr. Lui has contributed to major mutationally-driven drug sensitivity findings in head and neck cancer. As a trained biochemist, Dr. Lui also investigates into the signaling mechanisms selected by mutational events for head and neck cancer tumorigenesis and drug sensitivity. Dr. Lui has obtained research fundings from both the US and the Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, and published over 90 research articles (H-Index=30) in the area of precision medicine, cancer genomics and therapeutics, as well as cancer biology in international and renowned scientific Journals including Cancer Discovery, Nature Communications, JAMA Oncology, PNAS and the Journal of National Cancer Institute, etc.

Dr Eric TANG
Clinical Assistant Professor (honorary)
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thomas Law is a Speech Therapist at the Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Thomas obtained his speech therapy qualification at the University of Sydney and Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist in Australia and is currently the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. Thomas has worked across both paediatric and adult settings in Australia and Hong Kong.

Thomas specializes in the area of voice and fluency disorders. His research focuses on intervention outcomes in voice therapy, epidemiology of voice disorder, and issues related to perceptual evaluation of voice. Thomas is particularly interested in the patient-clinician processes and dynamics in group voice therapy and their effects on treatment outcome.