Mr. CHAN, Tai Man
Mr. CHAN, Tai Man

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 Hiroya Kitano

    Vice Chairman

    Trustee & Vice-President of Tottori University (Medical & Healthcare, Promotion of Highly Advanced Medicine)

    Chairman and Board of Director of Japan Society for Head & Neck Surgery

    Chairman and Board of Director Asia Pacific Thyroid Surgery Society

    Director of Japanese Society of University Hospital

    Director of Society of Thyroid Surgery Japan

    Director of Japanese Bronchoesophagology Society

    Director of Japan Laryngological Association

    Director of Japanese Society for Robotic Surgery

    Director of Pan-pacific Surgical Association Japanese Chapter

  • Professor Andrew Simon Carney


    Professor Carney is one of Australia’s leading Academic ENT Surgeons. 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.

    Prof Carney is Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Finders University, Director of The Adelaide Sinus Centre, the current President of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society, Chair of the Education & Training sub-committee of ISIAN and Associate Editor of The American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. He is also on the Editorial Boards of Rhinology and Clinical Otolaryngology 


    He was awarded his Doctorate for pioneering research into molecular changes in the nasal mucosa that precede the development of “hay-fever”. He has written over 150 book chapters and publications in scientific journals and has been a faculty member at over 100 national and international meetings.  His biography has been published in “Who’s Who in the World” since 2001. In 2007, he was awarded one of 10 “Star Reviewer” ribbons by the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

    He has a special interest in diseases of the nose and sinuses, sleep surgery and Paediatric ENT and regularly teaches on these topics at surgical courses throughout Australia, Asia and in the UK. He has an extensive research track interest in chronic rhinosinusitis and has authored 87 full publications and 10 book chapters. 

    He believes in conservative management ahead of surgery and in formulating unique treatment plans for every patient based on both the disease itself and individual wishes & circumstances.

  • 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.

  • 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.