APOST Board Member

  • Professor Michael Tong


    Professor Michael C.F. Tong is Clinical Professor and Chairman of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, as well as the Associate Director of the Institute of Human Communicative Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He specializes in the fields of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. Paralleled with that, his interest has extended to the broader field of medicine – epidemiology and public Health especially in elderly health.

    He has devoted to the study of general otology, cochlear and auditory brainstem implantation. He has over 160 publications and led the clinical research team of his department to have a national and international research reputation on the field of general otology, cochlear and auditory brainstem implantation.

    In recent years, he has moved his interest into development of new techniques of minimally invasive surgery in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery.

    Over the past 20 years, Prof Tong has visited different regional centres to share clinical and surgical experience in hearing implants. He has organized a number of international conferences. He is also the co-founder of the World Chinese Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery running biennial meeting in China

  • Professor Andrew Simon Carney

    Vice Chairman and Treasurer

    Professor Simon Carney is Professor of ENT Surgery at Finders University in Adelaide and one of Australia’s leading ENT Clinical Academics. He graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1989 with distinction in Surgery.  He trained as a registrar in ENT Surgery in Nottingham and undertook Fellowships in both Head & Neck Surgery and Rhinology in Adelaide and New York.  In 1998, he was awarded the Gold Medal by The Royal Society of Medicine for the top candidate in the UK final ENT Fellowship examination.

    He was awarded his Doctorate for pioneering research into molecular changes in the nasal mucosa that precede the development of “hay-fever”. He has authored a sinus surgery dissection guide, 11 book chapters and over 100 full publications (the vast majority in Q1 journals, including the BMJ and JAMA). He has received numerous awards for his contribution to ENT research and teaching. He has a Scopus H-index of 27 with over 2000 citations.


    He is a leading KOL in ENT, being the President-elect of the South Australian ENT Society, immediate Past-President of the ANZ Rhinologic Society and former Chair of the Education & Training sub-committee of the International Symposium on Inflammation and Allergy in the Nose. He is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and is also on the Editorial Boards of Rhinology and Clinical Otolaryngology.


  • Dr Jason Chan

    Secretary General

    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  Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong .

    His research interests include HPV associated oropharyngeal carcinoma and the application of robotics in Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Professor Richard Harvey

    Board Member

    Prof Harvey Richard is a dedicated rhinologist (nose, sinus, allergy and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery) at Macquarie University and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney.  He is Professor at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. He is also the program head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW. 

    After several years of post-training fellowships, including formal fellowships in the USA and UK, Prof Harvey practises in Sydney, Australia, as one of only a few dedicated rhinologists in the 

    country. He has authored over 100 publications, books and book chapters. He is the current Editor-in-chief of the Australian Supplement of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology as well as an associate editor for American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the Cochrane ENT disordersgroup currently. He contributes to the editorial board for Rhinology Journal and the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and is actively involved in research programs in Sydney. He runs a series of courses with Sydney every year to further rhinologic education and training in Australia.

  • Professor Taro Sugimoto

    Board Member

    Professor Sugimoto is the Director in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Tumor Surgery at Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital as well as the Clinical Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan.

    Prof Sugimoto specializes in the minimally invasive transoral resection for the early stage head and neck cancers, especially pharyngo-laryngeal cancers. He also specializes in the early detection of early stage head and neck cancers by video laryngoscope using narrow band imaging.

    Prof Sugimoto graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1987. He completed residency and fellowship in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital and earned a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist in1994, a Board-Certified Head and Neck Surgeon in 2010, and a Board-Certified General Clinical Oncologist in 2013. Now, he is a member of Japanese Board of Medical Specialties for Head and Neck Surgery and the chief spokesperson of Japan Society for Head and Neck Cancer. He is also a reviewer of several international journals like ANL, Head and Neck and domestic ENT journals.

  • Professor Dato Dr Prepageran Narayanan

    Board Member

    Professor Dr Prepageran started his career with MBBS University Malaya in 1993. His area of expertise includes Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants.

    He worked abroad in the UK under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. (Certificate of Completion of Training) in 98-99 and Clinical Fellowship in Neurotology & Advanced Otology ,Skull Base Surgery ( Nov 2002–Nov 2003) in Toronto General Hospital , University Health Network , University of Toronto. He is currently Senoir Professor and consultant Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya. 

    He is often an invited expert Surgeon for Complex endoscopic sinonasal skull base, Cochlear Implant and Neurotology cases in the Malaysia and the Region. He is currently the Visiting Professor of Chiang Mai University, Visiting Professor of University of Mandalay, Myanmar Visiting Professor of Neurosurgery in Sanjay Ghandi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow and is the Mentors of the Skull Base Fellowship program in University Malaya which receives fellows and surgeons from all over the worlds for attachment and training.

    He has been awarded numerous local and international awards including the Excellent Service Award and the Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Service, as well as the Distinction in Masters in Otolaryngology, all by the University of Malaya; is a four-time recipient of the Certificate of Merit ( for CME-Malaysian Medical Association) by the Malaysian Medical Association; Medals for innovations at Innovation and Invention Exhibitions and gold medals for international presentations.

  • Dr Jern-lin Leong

    Board Member

    Dr Leong is a Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon and Director of Sinus and Allergy Services in ASCENT Ear Nose Throat Specialist Group.

    He is internationally recognized for his surgical expertise and academic contribution to the field Nasal Allergy, Rhinology and Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC) screening using the Narrow Band Imaging. He is also a pioneer in Sublingual immunotherapy in Singapore which is offered mostly to the Paediatric ENT population.

    Dr Leong is visiting consultant in the Department of Otolaryngology, Singapore General Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Over the years in these two hospitals, he has acquired special interest in the both adult and Paediatric 

    ENT conditions including tonsils, adenoids, ears ,thyroid, throat, salivary glands and sleep conditions.

    Dr Leong also directs internationally acclaimed courses that teaches ENT Allergy including Food allergy, asthma and eczema and their impact on all ENT diseases. He has pioneered the usage of Image-guided surgery in ENT, especially in functional endoscopic sinus surgeries (FESS) and minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries of sinonasal and skull base tumours. He was in the evaluation committee for the setting up of the Khoo Teck Puat Neuro-Navigation Integrated Operating Suites, which is the world’s first state-of-the-art digitally-integrated neuroscience centre.

  • Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs

    Board Member

    After obtaining his ENT training from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs obtained a PhD degree and finished his fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery in Sydney, Australia. Dr Kornkiat Snidvongs has been involving in research in Rhinology and writing several articles. Most of his works are Rhinosinusitis and Endoscopic sinus surgery.

    He is currently working at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His current position is the Head of Endoscopic Nasal and Sinus Surgery Excellent Center. Additionally, he is one of the editorial board of a journal ‘International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology’ and the Associate Editor of Cochrane collaboration.