22nd Functional Endoscopic Sinus & Skull Base Surgery Course

11 – 13 Aug 2018 (Saturday – Monday)



Into its 22nd iteration this year, this comprehensive course on techniques of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery is for both beginners and surgeons who have some experience in endoscopic surgery. Through didactic sessions and hands-on cadaver dissections, this course will allow delegates to acquire a sound knowledge of the anatomy of the nose, paranasal sinuses and anterior skull base, understand the techniques of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery, and learn to avoid the pitfalls of endoscopic sinus surgery.


Course Highlights

This year's highlights include lectures on the endoscopic anatomy of the nose, paranasal sinuses and surrounding structures, conducted by Prof H Stammberger. This will provide participants with an in-depth appreciation of the anatomy of the sinonasal cavity and understanding of surgical techniques. During the hands-on cadaver dissection, Image guidance navigation will be available to facilitate the learning of participants.



The surgeon enrolled in this course should, upon completion, be able to:

  • Understand the detailed anatomy of the nose, paranasal sinuses, and anterior skull base

  • Interpret the CT scan of the sinuses in a consistent and systematic manner

  • Understand the radiological anatomy of the paranasal sinuses

  • Understand the basic requirements for endoscopic sinus surgery

  • Understand the operation theatre set-up

  • Perform basic sinus surgery procedures

  • Understand uses of the instruments and correct handling of the endoscopes

  • Understand the principles of advanced techniques of sinus surgery and endoscopic skull base procedures

  • Perform advanced techniques with experience over time


Cadaveric Dissection

The afternoon sessions will be for hands-on cadaver dissection. There will be demonstrations of endoscopic dissection by our very experience faculty members. Fresh frozen cadaver specimens, endoscopes, dissection instruments and video monitors will be provided. In addition, image guidance will be provided for the cadaver dissection.  


Course Directors

Dr Neville Teo
Consultant Rhinologist, Department of Otolaryngology
Consultant, Allergy Centre
Singapore General Hospital
Program Director, Singhealth Otolaryngology Residency Program
Director, SGH Rhinology Fellowship Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Dr Charn Tze Choong
Associate Consultant,
Department of Otolaryngology,
Sengkang General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital
Associate Consultant, Allergy Centre, Singapore General Hospital
Instructor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Overseas Faculty

Prof H. Stammberger

Emeritus Professor

Head of the Department of General ORL, H&NS

Medical University at Graz/Austria

Professor Heinz Stammberger, M.D., Hon. FRCS (Ed.), Hon. FRCS (Engl.), Hon. FACS, is Emeritus Professor and Head of the Department of General ORL, H&NS of the Medical University at Graz/Austria. It was here where in the late 1960s and 70s his teacher, Prof. Walter Messerklinger, started what would become a revolution in diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinuses diseases: Rigid endoscopy, FESS being the best known off-spring of this development. Prof. Stammberger today, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. He has helped through numerous publications, books as well as lectures and teaching courses on all continents, to spread the knowledge and expertise and push the surgical frontiers.In the late 1990s, he and his ENT-team have started close co-operation with their neurosurgical partners, establishing the „Interdisciplinary Skull Base Unit“ of the Medical University Graz. Their transnasal concept of “Endoscopic Rhino-NeuroSurgery” has made the Graz Skull Base Group a leader in the field and a national and international excellence and referral centre.

More recently, he joined the Dubai-based TSESI Group for non-profit teaching and hands-on training of talented, yet financially under-privileged, young rhinologists and researchers from all over the globe, during several multi-day courses per year.

Dr Zara M. Patel

Assistant Professor

Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Rhinology - Sinus and Skull Base Surgery

Department of Otolaryngology- H&N Surgery

Stanford School of Medicine

​​Dr. Zara M. Patel is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Neurosurgery at Stanford.She is an expert in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She treats patients with a wide variety of rhinologic complaints, including nasal obstruction, chronic sinus infection or inflammation, sinus disease that has failed medical therapy, sinus disease that has failed prior surgical therapy, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, benign and and malignant sinus and skull base tumors, as well as olfactory disorders.

She is immediate past-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Rhinologic Society and has developed a multitude of educational materials for both physicians and patients to help them better understand rhinologic disorders. She is passionate about educating patients to allow them to make the best decisions about their own care, leading to the best outcomes.

A/Prof Eng H. Ooi  

Associate Professor, Flinders University

Head of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Flinders Medical Centre, SALHN,

RTS Chair for OHNS training in SA

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Eng Ooi is Associate Professor at Flinders University and holds the positions of Head of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre, SA Chair of training and a RACS Board member of OHNS.  Eng is a surgeon scientist who completed OHNS training in South Australia receiving a PhD for his thesis on innate immunity pathogenesis in chronic rhinosinusitis. He undertook an advanced Rhinology, Skull Base, Head and Neck fellowship in Toronto with Professor Ian Witterick in 2009-10. His clinical practice is in Rhinology, Skull Base, Head and Neck Oncology and OSA surgery. He leads the Flinders ENT research group collaborating with multiple specialties and scientists. His current translational research interests from bench to bedside are the development of diagnostic breath and blood HNSCC biomarkers for early detection and cancer surveillance; Quality of Life outcomes for endoscopic sinus, OSA surgery, and the novel use of BiZact; understanding the pathophysiology and development of novel therapies for dysphagia, the VOCALISE study on laryngeal dysfunction; safety and efficacy of THRIVE in upper airway surgery. He currently has 46 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and is CI or AI for $2.6 million in funded grants.

He also supervises PhD and Masters students and directs the Rhinology fellowship program at Flinders.

Dr Chris R. Dhepnorrarat

Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon

Rhinologist, Skull Base Surgeon

Head of Department, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia

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Dr Dhepnorrarat completed his specialist training in Australia and is Head of Department at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. He has completed two Fellowships in Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery- the first at the Singapore General Hospital with Prof. D. Sethi and a second year at the University of Toronto with Prof. Ian Witterick. He is actively involved in teaching at all levels and engaged in clinical research. Dr Dhepnorrarat is widely published on the treatment of sinus disease and is on the review board of the “American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy” and “Journal of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery”.

Dr Desmond Wee


Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia

Director, Western ENT

Dr Desmond Wee is a consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He is an Australian trained surgeon with extensive training experience in Perth and Adelaide. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2007.

Following this he undertook further post fellowship training overseas. He completed a head and neck fellowship at Auckland City Hospital. This fellowship particularly focused on surgical oncology and thyroid surgery. Following this he completed a fellowship at the Singapore General Hospital on advanced techniques in endoscopic sinus surgery and thyroid surgery. He has also spent time at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven, Belgium.

Dr Wee has an active role in teaching medical students from the University of Western Australia and Notre Dame. He also trains and supervises trainee ENT surgeons at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Dr Harvinder Singh

Consultant Rhinologist

Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

Hospital Ipoh

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Harvinder Singh obtained his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in India. He obtained his Master’s Degree in ORL-HNS from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2002. He then went on to complete his Rhinology training in Singapore under Assoc Prof Dharambir Singh Sethi in 2008. He is currently working as a Consultant Rhinologist and Otolaryngologists in Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, Perak since 2004. He has published numerous articles in both local and international journals. He is also the Past president of the Malaysian Medical Association, Perak Branch, Past President of the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon, Past President of the ASEAN ORL Head & Neck Federation and Deputy Secretary General of the ASEAN Rhinology Society. Harvinder has a specific interest in Rhinology, endoscopic sinus surgery and skull base surgery. He currently organizes Ipoh International Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Courses, which will be in the eight year running this year as well as Ipoh International Septorhinoplasty Courses.

Dr Samuel Leong

Consultant Rhinologist and Anterior Skull Based Surgeon 

Aintree University Hosptial NHS Foundation Trust


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Dr Samuel Leong is a rhinologist based in Liverpool with an interest in anterior skull base surgery and malignant sinonasal tumours. He is the lead consultant of the Liverpool Rhinology Fellowship Programme which has been accredited by The Royal College of Surgeons of England to have met their strict criteria and high standards for expert training in rhinology.

He currently collaborate with both the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and University of Liverpool on research streams focusing on the effects of novel treatments on mucosal immunity in chronic rhinosinusitis. He is on the teaching faculty of the Wessex Advanced Sinus Surgery Course and Singapore General Hospital FESS Course.