Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學 醫學院 耳鼻咽喉 — 頭頸外科學系 - Prof VAN HASSELT Charles Andrew
Prof van HASSELT Charles Andrew

Appointment

  • Lichi Charitable Foundation Research Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery (Otor)
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, CUHK

 

Professor Andrew van Hasselt qualified in medicine in South Africa in 1976 and in his subsequent training was awarded diplomas in both aviation and underwater medicine before becoming a specialist in Johannesburg in 1984. The following year, he was appointed as Chief of Division of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in the Department of Surgery at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, stationed in the University’s teaching hospital, the Prince of Wales Hospital in the New Territories of Hong Kong. His task was to set up and develop a completely new ENT division with provision for teaching, research and clinical service. This division now operates as a mature unit undertaking undergraduate training, approved by the UK’s General Medical Council and post-graduate training, recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This has become one of the finest and most influential ENT units in the world, playing a major role in the development of the specialty, notably in China and Southeast Asia. Professor van Hasselt has developed all aspects of the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty. The Division has evolved into an indepandent academic Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2007. His career reflects his passion for hearing restoration and in 1994 he delivered the Joseph Toynbee Memorial Lecture to the Royal Society of Medicine, on his major surgical developments in mastoid surgery reconstruction using the ‘Hong Kong’ vascular flap technique. He has set up both paediatric and adult cochlear implant programmes and has been asked to supervise the establishment of similar programmes in China and several countries in Southeast Asia. In collaboration with international experts in the field, he runs courses in advanced otology, endoscopic sinus surgery, cochlear implants and medical lasers. His publication of two editions of the definitive comprehensive work on “Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma” (widely acclaimed as the reference work on this cancer) well reflects his broad interest across the ENT field and standing in his chosen specialty. He is passionate about the integration of academic and clinical experience and has played an influential leadership role in disseminating expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques. He conceived and now directs The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre, which also offers certified robotic surgical training attracting widespread regional and international acclaim.

 

Concurrent Appointments

  • Professor (by courtesy)
    Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, CUHK
  • Director and Chairman of Management Board
    The Institute of Human Communicative Research
  • Chairman of Executive Board
    Hong Kong Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre, CUHK

 

Academic Qualifications

  • MBChB (Rand), MMed (Otorhinolaryngology), FCS (SA), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Edin), FCSHK, FHKCORL, FHKAM (Otorhinolaryngology)

 

Research Interests

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Otologic surgery including cochlear and bone anchored hearing aid implantation
Laser applications in the medical field
Endoscopic sinus surgery
Minimally invasive surgery

 

Research Grants Received

Since my appointment with The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987, I have managed to accumulate over HK$40 million for various researches. The granting bodies include competitive grants from public funding, educational organizations, commercial pharmaceutical companies and equipment manufacturers.

 

Invited Visiting Professorship

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, September 1996
Fudan University, Shanghai, China, November 2002
Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, January 2007
University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, February 2007

 

 

Eponymous Lecture

Joseph Toynbee Memorial Lecture invited by Councils of Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England, November 1993 (I had the distinction of being the first to deliver this medicine’s most prestigious address from either Asia or Africa.)

 

Membership of Academic and Professional Bodies

Member, Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologium Amicitiae Sacrum
Member, General Medical Council
Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
Member, Sections of Otology and Laryngology, Royal Society of Medicine
Member, British Association of Surgical Oncology–Association for Cancer Surgery
Member, European Society of Surgical Oncology
Member, British Medical Association
Member, South African Medical and Dental Council
Honorary Member, South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology
Member, South African Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Member, South African Head and Neck Oncology Society
Member, College of Medicine of South Africa (Faculty of Otorhinolaryngology)
Member, Asian-Pacific Association for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
Member, Georges Portmann Institute (intermediate past International President)
Honorary Member, ORL Travelling Club
Member, Hong Kong Head and Neck Society
Member, Hong Kong Surgical Laser Association
Member, Hong Kong Society of Sleep Medicine
Honorary Consultant in Otorhinolaryngology, New Territories East Cluster, Hospital Authority
Honorary Consultant in Otorhinolaryngology, United Christian Hospital, Hospital Authority
Member of Expert Panel in Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Authority
Honorary Adviser (Medical), New Voice Club of Hong Kong
Honorary Adviser (Medical), Hong Kong Society for the Deaf
Member, Advisory Committee, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Member, Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Member, Hong Kong Medical Association
Fellow Member, Hong Kong Institute of Science
Board Member, Asian Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences
Member, International Medical Advisory Board, Cochlear Ltd.
Member, Medical Advisory Committee, Blue Care JV (BVI) Holdings Ltd.
Advisor, Macau Association of Otorhinolaryngology
Honorary Adviser, Hong Kong Society of Audiology
Hong Kong Convention Ambassador, Hong Kong Tourism Board
Expert Witness, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Volunteer Supervising Doctor, Medical Council of Hong Kong
Honorary Advisor, Hong Kong Parent Association for the Hearing Impaired
Director, HKSH Charitable Foundation
Life member, Hear Talk Foundation

 

Publications

  • Over 400 journal articles, book chapters and books
  • Over 570 abstracts published in conference proceedings

 

Presentations

  • Over 500 oral, poster and video presentations