The primary missions of the department are teaching, research and clinical service. The major goal of teaching is to provide knowledge as well as clinical skills in ENT field for medical students, interns and residents. As for research, the department has dedicated a lot to the study of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, laryngotracheal reconstruction, auditory physiology and vestibular function assessment in the past. In addition, the department also offers numerous clinical services for patients with ear, nose and throat diseases.
The Department of Otolaryngology was established in 1938. It has officially belonged to College of Medicine of National Taiwan University since 1945. Previous chairmen are Professor T.S. Lin, Professor S. M. Tu, Associate Professor TT Liao, Professor T Hsieh, Professor M.M. Hsu and Professor S. Y. Lee. Associate Professor K.N. Lin is the present chairmen. The department has been further divided into 5 sub-specialties: otology, rhinology, laryngoiogy, head and neck surgery and pediatric otolaryngology since 1995.
Professor and Chair
Head and neck oncology, Genetics
(1) Associate Professor Jenq-Yuh Ko, together with the medical team of head and neck oncology, discovered that by employing the MEPFL regimen as the induction chemotherapy plus the concomitant chemo-irradiation, the survival rate of late stage NPC can be elevated to 80 %. This result has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2001.
(2) Professor Chuan-Jen Hsu has clarified the enzymatic changes in the inner ear following various pathological conditions such as acoustic trauma. The results have been published in the Hearing Research 2001 and 2002.
(3) Professor Yi-Ho Young is the world renowned leader in the research of Vestibular Evoked Myocutanous Potentials (VEMP). He has numerous publications in all kinds of ENT journals. Furthermore, this department has become one of the major three centers famous for VEMP investigation
This department is famous for its dedication to teaching and training of medical students. The major features of our teaching program include: first, encouraging the hands-on practice. Medical students are offered many opportunities to do clinical examination and certain therapeutic procedures by themselves under the supervision of their teachers. Secondly, a very solid curriculum arranged by chief resident and supervised by faculty can give students a fruitful learning experience. Finally, the good atmosphere of this department also promotes the desire for learning. Enthusiasm in teaching is the tradition of this department.