Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Dr Jong Woo Chung graduated from the Seoul National University College of Medicine. He then pursued his medical residency and Ph.D. in Otolaryngology at the Seoul National University, where he trained in general otology, skull base surgery, and cochlear implantation. He moved to Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine where he developed skull base surgery, audiology, and cochlear implantation, and started basic research of noise induced hearing loss.The team for cochlear implantation started in 1999 pioneered by Dr. K-S Lee. The team has reached 1,500 cases in 2017 under Dr Chung’s leadership. He is now the chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He served as the President of the Korean Audiological Society during 2014-2016 and the President of the Korean Skull Base Society during 2017. Along with his colleagues at Asan Medical Center, Dr Chung is conducting several clinical studies on sensorineural hearing loss, cochlear implantation, chronic ear disease, and otitis media of children. Recently, He is involved in the development of the robot surgery in ear surgery, artificial intelligence, and endoscopic ear surgery.
Dr Joao Flavio Nogueira is one of the proponents of endoscopic ear surgery (EES). He has produced books on endoscopic middle ear anatomy (2010), and endoscopic management of cholesteatoma (2011). He has also published widely on endoscopic techniques for various endoscopic sinus, skull base and ear procedures. He is known for his 3D surgical techniques in sinus and ear surgeries. Also, he was one of the editors of the best selling edition of the “Otolaryngology Clinics of North America” on endoscopic ear surgery (2013).
Nirmal is a founding member of the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery Research Group. The group has a Fellowship program in EES based at Nirmal's Kolling Deafness Research Lab. He is the International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery Board member for Australia and New Zealand and has been actively performing and teaching EES for 5 years. Nirmal has performed over 700 Endoscopic Ear Surgery cases.
Mr Navnit Shah is Honorary Surgeon of Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital in London. He has been a Visiting Professor of Temporal Bone Dissection Course in Bangkok Otological Centre since 1998. He took important roles in hospitals, medical centres, and societies formerly.