It is very easy to say patients come first, but I am determined to make sure it happens. It starts with listening, a critical skill in diagnosing a patient and understanding where they are at. Providing compassionate and comprehensive care for patients can only happen if you are a good listener.
I allocate ample time for every new patient, allowing me to take a complete history, do a thorough examination, and discuss the next steps with my patients. During these first consultations I often detect that patients worry that to a surgeon everything is an operation. But if non-surgical options are available I will always make sure a patient knows about them. The treatment plan that we choose will put the patient first and give them the best possible outcome.
The complex and intricate anatomy of the head and neck has always fascinated me. It is central to numerous key functions such as breathing, swallowing, talking, and listening. I have a particular interest in benign and malignant head and neck lesions (neck lumps, parotid and salivary gland disorders, thyroid nodules, cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box) and sinonasal disorders (nasal obstruction, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis).
My journey to becoming a surgeon started at Sydney University where I undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science. I completed this in 2003 and then commenced a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University, SA, graduating in 2007.
After university I spent five years working at various New South Wales hospitals before gaining entry to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) NSW training program. An intensive training period of five years followed, afterwhich I qualified as a specialist surgeon. I was admitted to RACS in 2017. A further year was then required to complete an advanced surgical fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Since much of this training was focussed on the management of head and neck cancers and airway surgery I was mentored extensively by Associate Professor Richard Gallagher.
I work in both the public and private sectors. I am appointed to St Vincent’s Public Hospital as a locum Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) where I treat public patients and I am also appointed to St Vincent’s Private Hospital. This private practice is shared with my colleague and mentor Associate Professor Richard Gallagher.
I am a member of the St Vincent’s Hospital Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) which meets weekly at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre.
I have also joined the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery department at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. This is an exciting appointment given the team’s total commitment to patient outcomes, public health, ongoing research and interdisciplinary expertise.
I see patients at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst and at Denistone 52 specialist consulting rooms in Eastwood. I operate at St Vincents Public and Private and at Hunters Hill Private Hospital.
My work at St Vincent’s is for the treatment of adults with diseases of the ear, nose and throat. The practice in Eastwood includes both adults and children. Please select the location you require by clicking on the appropriate tab above the contact form.