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


  • Research Professor
    Senior Advisor
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK
  • Chairman of Executive Board
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre


Professor 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. He was also awarded Emeritus Professor by the University with effect from 1 August 2016.


Academic and Professional 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


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


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