History of TSOHNS


History of TSOHNS

Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China Founded in 1965

Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China was founded in 1965 by eminent scholars in the field of Otolaryngology, including Lao-De Wang, Liang-Jin Fang, Shih-Mien Tu, Tsang Li, Tien-Yi Chou, Wei-Hsin Lin, Shui-Wang Hu, Wen-Chih Hung, Yao-Nan Hung, Shih-Hsiung Huang, Yun-Lung Hsu, Pin Chang, Chun-Fa Chang, Chun-Shui Peng, Lien-Sheng Yang, Wei-Fa Fu, Ta-Tsai Liao, Pao-Feng Jung, Ti Hsieh, Chung-Kuan Hsiao, and Chao-Kai Su. On July 18, 1965, a founding meeting was held in the Discussion Room at the Department of Otolaryngology, National Taiwan University School of Medicine, in which consensus was reached to elect Professor Shih-Mien Tu as the president of the preparatory committee and embark on the preparatory tasks.

Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China was officially established on November 14, 1965. On the same day, the first Congress was conducted in the National Taiwan University Hospital Surgical Lecture Hall (Seventh Lecture Hall), with a total of 102 members. Professor Shih-Mien Tu as the first President of the Board of Governors and Chao-Kai Su the Director General, the aims were established to improve domestic medical standards of otolaryngology, promote research in otolaryngology, improve friendship among members, exchange research experience, and establish an international otolaryngology medical community.

Frist Stride in International Academic Exchange

After the founding of the Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China, Professor Shih-Mien Tu was re-elected first to fifth President of the Board of Governors. Under the leadership of Professor Tu, the Society established a biannual academic convention: the general conference was held in Taipei in November, and the local medical conference was held in various parts of Taiwan in May to promote the connection between members. In March 1967, international otolaryngology conference was added, taking the first stride in international academic exchanges. The academic journal of the Society, “The Journal of Otolaryngological Society of the Republic of China” was founded in June of the same year, providing a forum for academic research. Since 1995, six (bimonthly) volumes have been issued every year, and separate volumes have been issued in the past two years. In 2003, the medical journal changed its name to “The Journal of Taiwan Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” more relevant to the journal’s content. “Newsletter” was published by President Tyrone since 2000, four issues per year. The main content in the initial stage was the announcement of the decree and the release of messages from the Secretariat. From 2002, with President Kai-Nan Lin as the publisher, the layout and content changed significantly. It is warmly received by our members and has become the second publication of the Society.

From 2018, the official name changed to “Taiwan Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery(TSOHNS)”

The Society has entered its 50th year since its establishment. Following Professor Shih-Mien Tu, successive presidents were Mow-Ming Hsu, Ti Hsieh, Shyue-Yih Chang, Tyrone Wang, Kai-Nan Lin, Chuan-Jen Hsu, An-Suey Shiao, Fei-Peng Lee, Tzu-Yu Hsiao, Yaoh-Shiang Lin, and Mu-Kuan Chen. The present president is Professor Pei-Jen Lou, vice president of the National Taiwan University Hospital. As a result of the hard labor of the Society over the years, the total number of members currently exceeds 3,000, distributed throughout the country. This Society is the most representative organization in the ENT medical profession in Taiwan, and is a professional medical association officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Especially since the implementation of the National Health Insurance, the purpose of strengthening the service to members, fighting for reasonable rights and interests, and improving the level of academic research, is expected to bring the Society to another summit through the unity of members. To comply with social trends, the name of the society was officially changed to "Taiwan Otolaryngological Society" in November 2004. Later, in order to be better tailored to the current international situation and to better represent its members, the Society officially changed its name to “Taiwan Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery” (TSOHNS) in February 2018.