8th Head & Neck Course*

7 – 9 August

*9 Aug Transoral Robotic Surgery Workshop


The Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) Singapore General Hospital has been conducting the Head and Neck dissection course since the 1990s and is pleased to welcome you to the 8th iteration of the course which is held in conjunction with Singhealth Duke-NUS Head & Neck Centre as part of SGH ENT Instructional Fortnight 2017. This year’s course includes lecture sessions as well as cadaveric dissection workshops with both local and international teaching faculty. We are privileged to have with us Dr. Ehab Hanna of UT MD Anderson Cancer Centre, USA, Dr. Marc Remacle from Luxembourg and Dr. Umamaheswar Duvvuri of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA. The first two days of the course is structured to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and broad overview of the latest advances in head and neck surgery through lectures and a cadaveric dissection workshop with supervised hands-on surgical training for full-course participants. The third day of the course will be focused on transoral robotic surgery (TORS) with the new Flex® Robotic System from Medrobotics, USA where participants will have a chance to observe the robot in use during cadaveric dissection and learn from the TORS surgeons present.

Course Objectives

1. An overview on head and neck surgery
2. The hands-on cadaveric dissection workshop on the first 2 days is structured to bring participants through various open head and neck surgeries including parotidectomy, thyroidectomy and neck dissection and laryngectomy.
3. Introduction to transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and the new Flex® Robotic System from Medrobotics.

Target Audience

• Otolaryngology and General Surgical Residents/Fellows with interest in Head and Neck
• Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery Residents/Fellows
• Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residents/Fellows
• Practicing otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons
• Faculty

Course Directors

Prof Christopher Goh
ENT Surgeon, Novena ENT – Head & Neck Surgery Specialist Centre;
Visiting Consultant, Singapore General Hospital & National Cancer Centre

Dr Constance Teo Ee Hoon
Program Director, Singhealth Otolaryngology Residency Program
Consultant, Department of Otolaryngology, Singapore General Hospital
Consultant, Singhealth/Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre
Director of Clinical Services, Singhealth/Duke-NUS Head and Neck Surgery Centre
Adj Asst Prof, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Dr Harold Heah
Consultant, Department of Otolaryngology (ENT),
Singapore General Hospital
Singhealth Duke-NUS Head & Neck Centre

Foreign Faculty

Dr Ehab Hanna
Professor and Vice Chairman
Director of Skull Base Surgery
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Medical Director Head and Neck Center
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr Marc Remacle
Department of ORL – Head & Neck Surgery,
Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri
Assistant Professor,
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh

Dr Desmond Wee
Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon
Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, Sir Charles Gairdener Hospital Perth
Director at Western ENT

Local Faculty

Prof Christopher Goh (SGH, VC)

Dr Tay Hin Ngan (SGH, VC)

Dr Constance Teo (SGH)

Dr Harold Heah (SGH)

Prof Soo Khee Chee (NCC)

Dr Gopal Iyer (NCC)

Dr Tan Nian Chye (NCC)

Dr Jeremy Ng (SGH)

Dr Gerald Tay (SGH)

Dr Tan Choon Chieh (SKH)


Dr Lim Chwee Ming (NUH)

Dr Huang Xinyong (CGH)

Dr Lim Ming Yann (TTSH)

Dr Li Hao (TTSH)

Dr Adrian Ooi (SGH, Plastics)

Dr Soong Yoke Lim (NCC, Radiation Oncology)

Dr Amit Jain (NCC, Medical Oncology)

Ms Elizabeth Roche (SGH, Speech Therapy)



7th August 2017 (Monday), Day 1


Time Topic   Speaker
0730 Registration
0800 Welcome address
0810 Neoplasms of the oral cavity  Dr Huang  Xin Yong
0830 Open approaches to the oral cavity/oropharynx  Dr Gerald Tay
0850 HPV and SCC of the Head and Neck  Dr Gopal Iyer
0910 Classification of neck dissection and its application  Dr Soo Khee Chee
0930 Operative Techniques of Neck Dissection  Dr Constance Teo
0950 Tea break & Course Photography  
1020 Salivary gland neoplasms  Dr Lim Ming Yann
1040 Parotidectomy and parapharyngeal space surgery  Dr Ehab Hanna
1100 Principles of head and neck reconstruction  Dr Adrian Ooi
1120 Principles of head and neck radiotherapy  Dr Soong Yoke Lim
1140 Systemic  treatment  for head and neck malignancies  Dr Amit Jain
1200 Novel Therapies for Thyroid Cancer  Dr Lim Chwee Ming
1220 Lunch
1240-1730 Dissection laboratory 

–       Parotidectomy & Neck Dissection

Dr Lim Chwee Ming

Dr Huang  Xin Yong

Dr Lim Ming Yann

Dr Gerald Tay

Dr Jeremy Ng

Dr Tan Choon Chieh




8th August 2017 (Tuesday), Day 2

Time Topic    Speaker
0730 Registration
0800 Management of Skin Cancers  Dr Desmond Wee
0820 Management of well differentiated thyroid cancer  Prof Christopher Goh
0840 Pearls and Pitfalls of open thyroidectomy  Dr Tan Choon Chieh
0910 MIS thyroidectomy  Dr Tay Hin Ngan
0930 Parathyroid surgery – techniques and pearls  Dr Jeremy Ng
0950 Tea break
1020 Management of Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal CA  Dr Li Hao
1040 Total Laryngectomy – Techniques and Pearls  Dr Ehab Hanna
1100 Transoral laser in management of laryngeal CA  Dr Marc Remacle
1120 Reconstruction of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal resections  Dr Tan Ngian Chye
1140 Rehabilitation after treatment of laryngeal cancer  Dr Elizabeth Roche
1200 Lunch
1240-1730 Dissection laboratory 

–       Thyroidectomy & Laryngectomy

Prof Christopher Goh

Dr Li Hao

Dr Lim Ming Yann

Dr Tan Ngian Chye

Dr Gerald Tay

Dr Huang  Xin Yong



9th August 2017 (Wednesday) – Transoral Robotic Surgery Workshop

Time Topic   Speaker
0800 Inside-out anatomy – TORS approach Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri
0820 Indications and Limitations of Transoral Robotic Surgery Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri
0840 Transoral Robotic Surgery – Addressing Complications Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri
0900 Lumenis Acupulse Duo: mode, settings & laser safety Dr Marc Remacle
0930 Tea break
Cadaveric Demonstration with Medrobotic Flex Robot & Lumenis laser system
1000 Lateral oropharyngectomy and Tongue Base Resection Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri
1100 Laser Cordectomy & Partial Laryngectomy Dr Marc Remacle
1200-1300 Lunch break
1300-1700 Robotic Cadaveric Dissection
1. Lateral oropharyngectomy
2. Base of tongue resection
3. Cordectomy & Supraglottic laryngectomy