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Development Milestones

1985

  • Dr C. A. van Hasselt appointed Lecturer (Clinical) at the Department of Surgery.
1986
  • Division of Otorhinolaryngology established under the Department of Surgery with the aims to establish a full range of services to the community (tertiary referral centre for ENT diseases occurring in Hong Kong) together with a comprehensive teaching programme for undergraduates for Faculty of Medicine and a full postgraduate training programme for specialist training in ENT. Dr C. A. van Hasselt appointed Chief of Otorhinolaryngology.

1989

  • Division organised the Course on Functional Microsurgery of the Ear jointly with the Georges Portmann Institute for local and overseas ENT surgeons.
  • Division introduced implantable bone conduction hearing aids.

1990

  • Division initiated the Nasopharyngeal Cancer Screening Programme.
  • Dr C. A. van Hasselt contributed in the formation of the Hong Kong Surgical Laser Association.
  • Dr C. A. van Hasselt was a Steering Committee Member forming the Hong Kong Society of Sleep Medicine.

1991

  • Division organised the first Update Course for the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners (now renamed the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians), now an annual/biennial event for local general practitioners. These Update Courses are now regular fixtures in the College’s educational programme.
  • Dr C. A. van Hasselt was Chairman of Organizing Committee and Scientific Programme Subcommittee of the 7th Asia-Oceania Congress of Otorhinolaryngological Societies held in Hong Kong. Over 1,000 delegates from 47 countries attended the Congress.

1992

  • Division introduced a new cancer treatment, photodynamic therapy, for the second most common cancer in the territory – nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
  • Division extended its clinical service to the United Christian Hospital.
  • Division organised regular ENT attachment programmes for members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians.
  • Dr C. A. van Hasselt developed the “Hong Kong Flap”, an innovative technique for restructuring radical mastoid cavities, and introduced it to the international community. The technique is now practiced worldwide.

1993

  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt became the first Professor of Surgery (Otorhinolaryngology) in Hong Kong.
  • A Cochlear Implant Programme was established at the Prince of Wales Hospital. It is now recognised as the most successful of its kind in Asia. To date, well over 390 cochlear implantations have been performed by members of the team.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt contributed in the establishment of Nasopharyngeal Cancer Research Foundation within Faculty of Medicine.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt was Steering Committee Member for the formation of the Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists dedicated to formulating guidelines for ENT basic and higher training.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt elected Executive Committee Member and Honorary Advisor (Medical) of the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf.

1994

  • Audiology Centre and Speech Therapy Unit were established at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
  • Division organised the first Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Workshop, now an annual/biennial event, for local and overseas ENT surgeons.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh without examination.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt elected Member of Collegium Oto-Rinio-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.

1995

  • Division held the first Certificate Course on ENT Diseases and Related Nursing Care, now a bi-annual programme, for nurses in Hong Kong.
  • Annual Visiting Professors in Otorhinolaryngology Programme established.
  • By invitation, Division began to supervise cochlear implantation, conduct cochlear implant workshops and render support in establishing cochlear implant programmes for leading universities and institutions in Asia and South Africa.

1996

  • Division received a donation from the Matilda Charities Fund for support in setting up a cochlear implantation centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
  • Division established Bone Anchored Hearing Aid and Craniofacial Osseointegration Programmes at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
  • Division conducted the first Joint Intercollegiate Higher Specialist Examination of the RCSEd (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) and HKCORL (Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists) in Hong Kong.
  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Advisory Committee Member of Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

1997

  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Vice-President for Asia and Oceania of the George Portmann Foundation.
  • Division extended its clinical service to the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital.

1998

  • Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Education Committee Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine as the CUHK Medicine Faculty representative.
  • Division introduced computer-assisted (imaged guided) sinus surgery – a quantum leap forward in treating sinus disease.
  • Division began collaboration with Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, in speech therapy and audiology training for their Master of Science in Audiology Programme.

1999

  • Division provided hospital-based family medicine (ENT) training to the Hospital Authority doctors rotating through Accident and Emergency specialty at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
  • Division extended its clinical service to the Tseung Kwan O Hospital.
  • A book chapter titled “Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma” published in Diseases of the Head and Neck, Nose and Throat written by Professor C A van Hasselt awarded the George Davey Howells Memorial Prize in Otolaryngology.

2000

  • Division organised the National and International Head and Neck Cancer Congress jointly with the China Anticancer Association. The Congress is held in China biennially for local and overseas ENT surgeons.
  • Division, together with the Division of Neurosurgery of the Department of Surgery, successfully performed the first two auditory brainstem implantations in Asia.
  • The number of cochlear implantations performed at the Prince of Wales Hospital exceeded one hundred.
2001
  • Division set up three self-financed academic/research centres for the prospective Institute of Human Communicative Research at the University.
  • Cochlear Implant and Hearing Rehabilitation Centre
  • Communication Disorders and Paediatric Speech Perception Centre
  • Cooperative Centre for Communicative Research
  • 2002

    • Division extended its clinical service to the North District Hospital.
    • Division authorised to provide Family Physicians Training Programme in the field of ENT for all family medicine trainees of the Hospital Authority.
    • Professor C. A. van Hasselt elected Member of the Board of Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences.
    • Division established Academic Exchange Scheme in Otology in China.
    • Division developed the first 3D graphic animated bone anchored hearing aid implantation which is solely licensed to the University for educational instruction.

    2003

    • Division organised the first Temporal Bone Dissection and Otology Lecture Course, now a regular event, for local and overseas ENT surgeons.
    • Division performed the first bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) implantations for irradiated nasopharyngeal cancer patients in Asia.
    • Division developed Hearing and Speech Assessment Tools for speech therapists in Hong Kong.
    • Division appointed by the Hospital Authority to organise the first Commissioned Training Programme for its doctors.

    2004

    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Professor (Clinical) at the Department of Surgery and took up the position of Chief of Otorhinolaryngology.
    • The three academic/research centres set up in 2001 integrated to form the University’s Institute of Human Communicative Research. The Institute aims to promote and conduct clinical and basic scientific research as well as organizing educational activities for clinicians and the public in the treatment and rehabilitation of hearing, speech and language disorders. Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Director and Professor Michael Tong appointed Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute.

    2005

    • Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Honorary Clinical Supervisor for ENT component of Vocational Training in General Practice for the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians.
    • Self Study Module on “Neck Lumps” supervised by Dr A. C. Vlantis awarded SSM Prize by Faculty of Medicine.
    • The Academic Visiting Programme for Deaf School Principals from mainland China established.
    • Professor C. A. van Hasselt received a Mayoral Award from the City of Korydallos, Pieraus, Greece and was invited by the President of the Panhellenic Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery to deliver a lecture at a ceremony honoring the four most important otorhinolaryngologists in Greece, organised by the Mayor.
    • Division invited to join the Global BAHA Divino Study and asked to perform two cases out of one hundred worldwide, the only Asian group invited.
    • Professor Michael Tong elected Council Member of the Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and appointed to represent the Society to the CME Subcommittee of the Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists.
    • Professor C.A. van Hasselt appointed International President of the Georges Portmann Foundation.
    • Professor Kathy Lee’s PhD thesis selected as a winner of CUHK Young Scholars Dissertation Award 2003.
    • Division elected by the Board of the Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences to organise the 5th Symposium, held in Hong Kong.
    • Professor Michael Tong invited Education Committee Member of the Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists representing the University.
    • Professor C A van Hasselt elected Honorary Member of the South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology.

    2006

    • Division organised a launching seminar with Professor Kathy Lee introducing test administration and clinical application of the Cantonese Basic Speech Perception Test (CBSPT). The CBSPT is so far the only validated and standardised assessment tool for measuring basic speech perception ability of the Cantonese-speaking population.
    • As the result of an international collaborative study, the Division became the copyright holder of the Chinese version of the Rhinitis Symptom Utility Index (RSUI-C). The index, which is a validated measurement tool for the evaluation of rhinitis symptoms, is useful for both clinical and economic studies pertaining to the Chinese population.
    • Division organised the first International Facial Plastic Training Workshop for ENT Surgeons, now a regular event, for local and overseas ENT surgeons.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Overseas Scientific Committee Member of the School of Otolaryngology, Capital Medical University, China
    • Network established for regular (bi-weekly) joint case conferences in otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery and audiology at the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Shenzhen Sixth People’s Hospital (Nanshan Hospital), Shenzhen, China.
    • The first CUHK ENT Conference was organised and is now an annual international event.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Vice-Chairman and Council Member for the first Council of World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Federation (now renamed the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery).
    • Professor C A van Hasselt appointed Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Society of Audiology.

    2007

    • Professor C A van Hasselt invited to serve as a Visiting Professor at Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    • Professor C A van Hasselt invited to serve as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
    • The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery officially formed in August and became a full academic department of Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    • The Department continued to reinforce academic exchanges and to promote training and medical research with institutes in mainland China. A Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Collaborations was signed with the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Shenzhen Sixth People’s Hospital (Nanshan Hospital).
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Visiting Professor of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
    • Asia Pacific Rhinology Innovative Leaders Forum on Advanced FESS and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery (now renamed International Rhinology Innovative Symposium) was formed with an intention to provide a fertile atmosphere in which to share ideas and visions on the latest state-of-the-art developments of advanced approaches in this special surgical arena. The Forum is held in Asia annually and to invite top experts from all over the world to participate. Department organized the first Forum held in Hong Kong and Professor C. A. van Hasselt was the Symposium Chairman.
    • Professor Michael Tong elected Member of the Collegium Oto-Rinio-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.
    • Professor C. A. van Hasselt appointed Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Parents Association for the Hearing-Impaired.
    2008
    • Department signed Memorandums of Understanding for academic collaboration with three mainland China institutions, namely, the Otolaryngology Hospital of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou; the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Cancer Centre of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou; and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, People’s Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
    • Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Collaborations with the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    • Professor Michael Tong and his team implanted the first totally implantable hearing aid in Asia.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Vice-Chairman and Council Member for the second Council of the World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Federation (now renamed World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery).
    • Professor Michael Tong elected Committee Member of the 深圳市醫學會耳鼻咽喉專業委員會.
    • Department organised Lecture Course and Workshop on Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES), now an annual event, for local ENT surgeons and speech therapists.
    2009
    • Department co-organised the Second World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Conference in Macau with the World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Federation (now renamed the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery) and Macao Association of Otorhinolaryngology.
    • Department established The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Nanshan Hospital Joint Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Training Centre cum Microsurgical and Endoscopic Skills Laboratory in Shenzhen, China, and organized the first Temporal Bone Dissection & Lecture Course on “Latest Developments in Ear Surgeries” at the joint laboratory, now an annual event, for ENT surgeons in China.
    • Department launched a self-financed Certificate Programme in Basic Audiometry to train audiometricians or assistants to optimise the audiological services provided by improving the cost-effectiveness of professional consultations and by ensuring competence of all personnel in the field.
    • CUHK Affiliated Academic Unit of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery established at the United Christian Hospital to formalise the relationship between CUHK and the hospital and to allow a more systematic framework for further enhancing academic and research development as well as service delivery within the specialty of ENT and related disciplines.
    • Professor Michael Tong and his team performed the first vibrant soundbridge middle ear implantation in Asia.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Visiting Professor at Shantou University Medical College.
    • Professor C. A. van Hasselt and Professor Michael Tong performed the first two cochlear implantations using an advanced device with improved in-vivo robustness of the electrode in response to trauma and improved manufacturability of the electrode for paediatric patients in Asia.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Honorary Medical Consultant of the Longgang Central ENT Hospital.
    2010
    • Department jointly organised, with the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, the inaugural Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium.
    • Commissioned by the Centre of Psycho-pedagogical Support and Special Education of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, Macau SAR, the Department conducted the first skills-training course for school teachers in Macau who are involved in teaching students with speech or communication disabilities.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Honorary Chief of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery of the Second Hospital of Ningpo, China.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Vice-Chairman and Council Member for the third Council of the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
    • The Department invited to perform the first bone anchored hearing aid implantation in China.
    2011
    • CUHK Affiliated Academic Unit of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery established at the Alice Ho Miu Ling Hospital, enhancing academic and research development as well as service delivery within the specialty of ENT and related disciplines between CUHK and the hospital.
    • Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Collaborations with the Shenzhen Otolaryngology Institute, Longgang, Shenzhen, China.
    • Department developed “ACEHearing”, a patented hearing-assistance and test technology that can be incorporated into smartphones, in partnership with Ximplar Ltd. This world’s first hearing technology to integrate hearing test and custom sound enhancement won the Bronze Award and Audience Choice Award at The Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards 2011.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Honorary Associate Director of the Shenzhen Otolaryngology Institute, Longgang, Shenzhen, China.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Visiting Professor of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Chairman of the Otorhinolaryngological Specialty Committee for National Evaluation Committee for Endoscopic Skills and Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology, the Chinese Endoscopy Doctors Association and the World Endoscopy Doctors Association China Chapter.
    • Professor Michael Tong performed the first auditory brainstem implantation (ABI) using an advanced device which comes with a removable magnet and that patients are able to undergo regular high resolution magnetic resonance imaging scans, without demagnetization and magnet-induced image artifacts, allowing for effective ongoing medical treatment for the ABI recipients.
    • Professor Michael Tong elected Vice-President of the Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
    2012
    • Department established The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Ear, Nose and Throat Joint Research Centre with the Shenzhen Otolaryngology Institute, Longgang, Shenzhen at the Institute’s premises.
    • Professor Michael Tong appointed Vice-Chairman and Council Member for the fourth Council of the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
    • Department organised a launching seminar with Professor Kathy Lee introducing test administration and clinical application of the Cantonese Tone Identification Test (CanTIT). CanTIT is a validated and standardised assessment tool for measuring tone perception ability of the Cantonese-speaking population and could be applied to the whole range of population from children to adult for research and clinical purpose.
    • Department performed the first bonebridge bone conduction implantation in Asia.

    2013

    • Professor Michael Tong received 耳鼻喉科深港合作項目獎之繼續教育獎 awarded by Shenzhen Sixth People’s Hospital (Nanshan Hospital) in organizing國家級繼續教育項目“顳骨解剖與復聽手術最新進展學習班” (Continued Medical Education Project at the national level: Temporal Bone Dissection & Lecture Course on Latest Developments in Ear Surgeries”) jointly with the hospital.
    • Department co-organised the Fourth World Chinese Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Conference in Hong Kong with the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

    Updated 26 February 2014


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