EUGENE N. MYERS, MD INTERNATIONAL LECTURE ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER“Care and Rehabilitation of Patients Treated for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer”
After earning his medical degree in 1972 at the University of Utrecht, Dr. Hilgers completed his residency at the University of Amsterdam and his head and neck fellowship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 1978.
Established in 1991, the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer was endowed by Leslie Nicholas, MD, in honor of his nephew, Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon), a past president of the AAO-HNS/F.
Lecturer: Professor-Emeritus Frans J.M. Hilgers, MD, PhD
After earning his medical degree in 1972 at the University of Utrecht, Dr. Hilgers completed his residency at the University of Amsterdam and his head and neck fellowship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 1978. He was then appointed as full-time head and neck surgeon at the Department of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery at the Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, where he was chairman from 1988 until 2009 and consultant for the same at the Academic Medical Hospital of the University of Amsterdam for two non-sequential terms ending in 2011. Since then, he has been professor-emeritus of the University of Amsterdam.
He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, and edited four books as well as supervising doctoral theses. His co-edited textbook Diseases of the Head and Neck, Nose and Throat received the George Davey Howell’s Memorial Prize 1999 for “the most distinguished publication in otolaryngology in the preceding five years” by the Royal College of Medicine in London. About 40 percent of his research has been in larynx cancer treatment outcomes and postlaryngectomy voice, pulmonary, and olfactory rehabilitation. Of late, Dr. Hilgers and his department have focused research on preventive swallowing rehabilitation after organ preservation therapy.
Dr. Hilgers is a member of several national and international ENT societies. He holds the honorary medal of both the Netherlands Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery, and the Dutch Head and Neck Society.