6th Sleep Apnea Surgery Course

In Conjunction with Singapore Sleep Conference

3 - 5 August 2018 ( Friday - Sunday)



This is a course designed for ENT specialists and Doctors/Residents in training who have an interest in the medical and surgical management of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

It aims to give participants a balanced, up-to-date and comprehensive view of the management of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

The course spans three days and consists of a series of core lectures on the basics of OSA, with lectures on non-surgical and surgical techniques with hands-on fresh-frozen cadaveric dissections.  Participants will receive first-hand guidance from our panel of internationally renowned sleep apnea surgeons and local faculty with a wealth of experience in the surgical and medical treatment of patients with OSA.

The highlights of the course  - this is the only Sleep Apnea Surgery Course in Asia that provides the opportunity for participants to acquire hands-on learning on skeletal craniofacial surgical techniques for OSA. For those interested in innovative technology, for the first time, we will be demonstrating transoral robotic surgery using the Flex Robotic System for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, which is a highly maneuverable system that allows surgeons to access anatomically difficult parts of the upper airway, via a single access site with high definition visualization of surgical site.

This course is held in conjunction with the Singapore Sleep Conference.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Assess and evaluate patients with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  2. Understand and formulate a rational non-surgical and surgical approach to patients with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

  3. Properly counsel patients on short and long-term risks, benefits, success and cure of different approaches and techniques

  4. Understand the role of basic and advanced surgical techniques (nasal, palatal and hypopharyngeal surgeries) in the treatment of snoring and  Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  5. Properly select and perform safely the basic and advance sleep surgical techniques

  6. Manage patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea perioperatively

  7. Understand controversies in the surgical treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Course Directors

Dr Toh Song Tar
Senior Consultant
Sleep Apnea Surgery Service, Department of Otolaryngology
Director, SGH Sleep Centre
Singapore General Hospital
Head, Singhealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre

Dr Shaun Loh
Associate Consultant
Department of Otolaryngology
Singapore General Hospital

Dr Phua Chu Qin
Associate Consultant
ENT Service
SengKang General Hospital

Foreign Faculty

Dr Clemens Heiser

Associate Professor

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Somnology

Head of Sleep Laboratory

Klinikum rechts der Isar

Technische Universität München

Munich, Germany

Dr Clemens Heiser is a c​onsultant at Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Klinikums rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München as well as senior physician and head of Sleep Department in Otorhinolaryngology, Klinikums rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München

Dr Nico De Vries


ENT Specialist

OLVG West,Hospital 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr Nico de Vries is an ENT specialist at OLVG West Hospital Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His special interest is diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults, in particular alternatives to CPAP. Research topics include Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy, Implants, OSA surgery, Positional Therapy, Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation, Combined Treatments, OSA and bariatric surgery, OSA and Anesthesia. Since 2014 he is guest professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium and since 2016 Professor of Dental Sleep Medicine, Department of Oral Kinesiology, ACTA Amsterdam.

Dr Vikas K. Agrawal


Specialty ENT Hospital

Mumbai, India

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Dr Vikas Agrawal is the Immediate Past President of the Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA) and Chairman of the committee for sleep disorders, Indian Academy of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery(IAOHNS). He is also a robotic sleep apnea surgeon for Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai as well as visiting ENT consultant, Seven hills hospital, BSES MG Hosp, Mumbai.

Dr Umamaheswar Duvvuri

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

University of Pittsburgh

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Dr Duvvuri joined the University of Pittsburgh in August 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Division and is also a staff physician in the VA Pittsburgh healthcare System.  He serves as the Director of Robotic Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and is the current Director of the Center for Advanced Robotics Training (CART) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr Duvvuri directs the Cart Training Courses which provide technical and circumstantial resources to initiate and optimize robotic surgery programs. He has authored numerous research publications and book chapters and is an invited guest lecturer/speaker on the subject of robotic surgery both nationally and internationally.  Dr Duvvuri is a Fulbright scholar, his research interests include minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery of the head and neck, tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and molecular oncology of head and neck cancer.  He directs a federally funded laboratory that studies the biology of head and neck cancer. He holds funding from the National Institute of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs and the “V” foundation.

Dr Clement Lin

Assistant Professor

Sleep Centre

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Taoyuan, Taiwan

Cheng-Hui Lin, MD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Craniofacial Center, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Dr. Lin received his MD from Taipei Medical College and his Masters from the Graduate Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Science, Chang Gung University in 2007. His research interests are Craniofacial Development, growth and deformation and craniofacial surgery in obstructive sleep apnea. He has many professional affiliations and memberships at associations such as the Surgical Association of Taiwan, Plastic Surgery Association of Taiwan, American Cleft Palate Association, Asian-Pacific Cleft Association and more. He received a Research Fellowship from Professor Christian Guilleminault, Stanford University Medical Center, Sleep Center from 2009-2010

Dr Srinivas Kishore

Ent Specialist

Star Hospitals

Hyderabad, India

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Dr. Srinivas Kishore Sistla is a ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad and has an experience of 23 years in this field. Dr. Srinivas Kishore Sistla practices at Star Hospitals in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. He completed MBBS from Manipal Academy Of Higher Education, Manipal, India in 1995 and MS - ENT from Manipal Academy Of Higher Education, Manipal, India in 1999.

Local Faculty

Dr Chong Khai Beng
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Mok Kan Hwei Paul
Senior Consultant and Medical Director
My ENT Specialist Clinic
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

Dr Alvin Tan Kah Leong
Senior Resident Physician
Department of Otolaryngology
Changi General Hospital

Dr Terry Tan Soon Heng
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Service
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Dr Han Hong Juan
Department of Otolaryngology
Singapore General Hospital

A/Prof Soon Sue Rene
Ear Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Dr Goh Yau Hong
Consultant ENT Surgeon
Ear Nose Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

Dr William Lim Tian Wei
Associate Consultant
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
National Dental Centre Singapore