Prof.dr. Frans J.M. Hilgers

Head and Neck Surgeon



Otolaryngologist – Head & Neck Surgeon
Born 19-06-1946, Beek (L), Netherlands

Fields of special interest

  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Rehabilitation after total laryngectomy
  • Quality of Life of Head and Neck Cancer patients


  • Medical School, University of Utrecht, 1965-1972
  • Oncology residency and research, Netherlands Cancer Institute, 1972-1974
  • Otolaryngology residency, University of Amsterdam, 1974-1978
  • Fellowship in Head&Neck Surgery, Netherlands Cancer Institute, 1977-1978

Clinical experience

  • Netherlands Cancer Institute, 1977-present

PhD Thesis

  • Immunological aspects of herpes viruses in human neoplasia. Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Amsterdam, 1976


  • Netherlands Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery, 1978
  • Netherlands Society of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery (associated member), 1979
  • British Association for Head and Neck Oncology (corresponding member), 1979
  • Netherlands Oncology Society, 1979
  • Eye and Orbita Tumor Committee (National Cancer Committee), 1980-2000
  • American Head and Neck Society: Corresponding Member, 1984 (both founding societies)
  • Dutch Head and Neck Oncology Cooperative Group (board member 1988-1996), 1986
  • European Study Group for Functional Surgery Following Laryngectomy (EGFL) (founding member), 1993
  • European Laryngological Association,1995
  • American Academy Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery (corresponding member), 1996
  • German Society of ORL/H&N (corresponding member) 1998
  • German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (corresponding member) 2005

Honours and awards

  • Honorary Member “Association des Rééducateurs des Mutilés de la Voix”, Paris, France, 1993
  • Key-note Lecturer ‘Composium for the 75th anniversary of IALP’, Gothenburg, August 26-29, 1999
  • Third Stel & Maran Foundation Lecturer: ‘Rehabilitation after total laryngectomy is more than voice alone’. London, January 19, 2000.
  • ‘Visiting Professorship’ Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. September 29, 2000
  • George Davey Howells Memorial Prize 1999 for ‘the most distinguished publication in Otolaryngology in the preceding 5 years’ for: ‘Disease of the Head and Neck, Nose & Throat’; editors Andrew S Jones, David E Phillips, Frans JM Hilgers. Royal College of Medicine, Section Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology, November 3, 2000, London
  • Third Loebell Lecturer, University of Munich ‘Rechts der Isar’, February 14, 2001
  • ‘Visiting Professor’ Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kentucky, Louisville, December 3, 2001
  • Honorary Corresponding Membership of the German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Plastische und Wiederherstellungschirurgie; DGPW), Ulm, October 13, 2005
  • ‘Visiting Professor’ Department of Otolarynglogy-Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Stanford, April 8, 2010
  • Honorary Medal of the Dutch Head and Neck Society, Maastricht, October 15, 2010
  • Honorary Member of the South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Die Suid Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Otorhinolaringologie Kop en Nek Chirurgie), Drakensberg, South Africa, October 26, 2010
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, March 23, 2011
  • Honorary Medal of the Netherlands Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery at the 188th Annual Meeting in Nieuwegein, April 7, 2011
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, October 16, 2013
  • Keynote lecture: 3rd World Congress Larynx Cancer 2015, Cairns, July 30, 2015 (Postlaryngectomy rehabilitation in this era of increasing organ preservation treatment)
  • Keynote lecture American Academy Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery, Dallas September 28, 2015: Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer: Care and Rehabilitation of Patients Treated for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer


Other websites

Academic Medical Center; ACLC Research Group; University of Amsterdam; KNAW
On september 23rd, 2004 Prof. Frans Hilgers gave his inaugural lecture on rehabilitation after laryngectomies at the occasion of his professorship at the University of Amsterdam.