Dr Boustred completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Witwatersrand completing a Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Medicine in December 1983. He went on to do his internship at Baragwanath Hospital (now known as the Chris Hani Hospital) and trained as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon becoming a Fellow of the South African College of Surgeons in October 1990. Dr Boustred worked in various hospitals in Johannesburg before emigrating and doing two further years of advanced training within the Australian system, one year of which was spent as a Fellow in Otology with Professor Gibson at Sydney University.
He completed the Australian Fellowship exam and was admitted to the Australian College of Surgeons in January 1997. Dr Boustred has been working in the North Shore area since 1997 at Hornsby Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital. He also holds a position at Concord Hospital and at Macquarie University Hospital. He holds a senior lecture position at Sydney University and Macquarie University.
He is the current Chairman of the New South Wales Advanced Training Programme and is responsible for the administration of the Royal College of Surgeons Training Scheme in New South Wales. He has served as the Departmental Head of Hornsby Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital and has been on the executive of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr Boustred remains closely involved in the teaching of both postgraduates and undergraduates in Australia and in South East Asia. He has a particular interest in paediatric otolaryngology and otology. He is married with three adult children.
A/Prof Michael Elliott is a highly trained Ear, Nose and Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon. He treats the full range of general Ear, Nose and Throat conditions in children and adults, specialising in benign and malignant conditions of the head and neck, thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland.
A/Prof Michael Elliott studied Medicine at the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery in 1996. He completed his internship in Whangarei Hospital in New Zealand, before returning to Australia to commence surgical training. In 2003, A/Prof Michael Elliott took leave from clinical services and completed a Masters of Philosophy in the Field of Medical Science (University of Queensland).
Returning to Sydney, A/Prof Michael Elliott commenced Advanced Training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, which he completed in early 2008. Following this, A/Prof Michael Elliott travelled to London and commenced an intensive 12-month Head and Neck Fellowship at Guys Hospital (3rd largest Head and Neck Unit in the United Kingdom). After completing his fellowship, A/Prof Michael Elliott was appointed as a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he works as part of the ENT and Head and Neck Departments at RPAH and Lifehouse Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre.
A/Prof Michael Elliott has been appointed a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and is involved translational research activities between the University of Sydney, University of Technology, RPAH and Lifehouse Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre. He also is involved in supervising and training Advanced ENT registrars, junior medical staff and medical students.
Dr Forer commenced private practice in 1986. He is head of Department, ENT at the Royal North Shore Hospital as well as a member of the regional training committee in NSW for ENT. He has a special interest in rhinology and paediatric ENT. Dr Forer has been a regional and international invited speaker on functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Special interests: Rhinology, paediatric ENT, Chairman ENT Department, Royal North Shore Hospital.
Dr Hobson completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Sydney University in 1994, then moved to Newcastle to study Medicine. She completed Medicine in 1999 and returned to Sydney to work as a junior doctor. She trained in general surgery before commencing sub-specialty training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr Hobson qualified as an ENT surgeon in 2009 and worked in various locum positions including Bega and Gosford before joining SCENT in 2010. She completed further Fellowship training in Paediatric ENT at The Children’s Hospital Westmead and adult Head and Neck Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst in 2014. She is regularly involved with Medical Student education, lecturing for the University of Sydney Medical faculty and Simulation Centre training for junior doctors.
Dr Hobson now works as a Paediatric and general ENT surgeon at Frenchs Forest, with a particular interest in Salivary pathology, Paediatric Sleep and Head and Neck surgery. She is a visiting medical officer at Chatswood Private Hospital, The Children’s Hospital Westmead and North Shore Private Hospital.
Special interests: sinus disease, snoring, rhinological conditions, nasal obstruction.
Dr Johnston graduated MB BS from the University of NSW in 1991, and completed his internship at Royal North Shore Hospital. He then undertook his ENT Surgical training at Gosford District Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Concord Repatriation Hospital, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and completed in 2000. He obtained his Rhinology Fellowship in Sydney, and commenced at the ENT Day Surgery in 2001. Since 2001 Dr Johnston has been in private and public practice, based at Hornsby. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at Concord Repatriation Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and the Sydney ENT Day Surgery in Chatswood. His interests have been in the treatment and management of Paediatric ENT problems. His special interest area is in the treatment of snoring, chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction.
A/Prof Jonathan Kong is a highly regarded specialist ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeon for children and adults, with special interest, experience, and skills in ear surgery, hearing, cochlear implantation, and children’s ENT. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) as well as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), and originally completed surgical training in Sydney, Australia. He then spent nearly 2 years in the UK and Europe further specialising in advanced ear, hearing, cochlear implantation and acoustic neuroma surgery before returning to Sydney.
His practice is based in Sydney’s north shore, with rooms at Crows Nest (North Sydney), and Lindfield. He regularly operates at North Shore Private Hospital, The Mater Hospital North Sydney, and Macquarie University Hospital. He is also one of the principal surgeons of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC, a facility of the Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind, RIDBC), and performs one of the highest number of cochlear implants per year of surgeons in Sydney.
As an avid educator, he is a respected teacher of surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for the University of Sydney, where he mentors surgical specialist trainees, fellows, and medical students. He is the director of the visiting otology (ear surgery) fellowship program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where fully qualified ENT surgeons come to gain experience in advanced techniques of ear surgery with A/Prof Jonathan Kong and his colleagues. He also runs the longstanding RPA Hospital Otology and Temporal Bone Course in Sydney, a regular hands on course for training new surgeons in the skills of ear surgery, and is regularly a faculty member for courses inEndoscopic Ear Surgery, a minimally invasive ear surgery technique.
Specialising in Endoscopic Sinus and Nasal Airway Surgery as well as Anterior Skull Base Surgery. Other interests are Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat disorders.
Justin was born in London, but was raised in Sydney from an early age. He graduated from the University of New South Wales Medical School. He then underwent Advanced General Surgical Training, during which time he completed a Master of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney. He then began Specialist Training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery through the NSW training scheme and subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology.
Justin then undertook further sub-specialty training in the field of Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in London at Guys and St Thomas Hospitals, Kings College University Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This Clinical Fellowship was under the mentorship of Dr David Roberts and Dr Claire Hopkins in one of the largest Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery centres in the UK and Europe. During his time in London, Justin also lectured at the Kings College London, School of Medicine.
Justin has published in numerous surgical journals and has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. He has been an invited Chair of Rhinological Surgery Sessions in Ear, Nose and Throat Meetings in the UK. Justin has also been actively involved in the teaching of medical students and registrars, mainly through the University of Sydney as an Honorary Associate.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, playing the violin, fishing and skiing.
Dr Tony Kuo MBChB FRACS (OHNS) is a highly trained fully qualified senior Ear Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon servicing the Northern Sydney, Gosford and the Central Coast community of New South Wales. He is a Conjoint Lecturer of Newcastle Medical School and Macquarie University Medical School. Dr Kuo received education in New Zealand and graduated from the University of Otago, School of Medicine, Dunedin, NZ in 1999. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2009.
Following this he spent two years in post graduate fellowship positions. He was awarded two year scholarship in one of the largest Head and Neck Centers in the world, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. The first year was spent at the Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery trained by Professor Chun-Da Liao specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancers. The second year was spent at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery trained by Professor Fu-Chan Wei, a world renowned specialist in head and neck plastic and reconstructive surgery. He gained skills in reconstruction of complex defects of the face, jaw, tongue, throat and neck following cancer surgery or trauma. Tony is the first Australasian trained surgeon to be accepted and trained by Professor Wei and a rare surgeon to receive postgraduate fellowship training in two surgical specialties, Otolaryngology and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. The double fellowship was completed in 2011.
Dr Kuo has gained a large experience in head and neck surgery, cancer excision and reconstruction of complex head and neck defects during and after his training.Tony has an interest in academic medicine and has published numerous medical research papers in addition to authorship in Head and Neck textbook. He was involved in the basic science research in composite tissue allotransplantation for future development of facial transplantation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.
Dr Kuo is the first surgeon to have successfully performed microvascular free tissue transfer to reconstruct facial defect after cancer excision at the Central Coast. Tony performed the first Professor Wei perforator free flap in head and neck reconstruction at John-Hunter Hospital in repairing major oral and facial defect following cancer excision in 2012. This allowed cancer patients to restore their function such as eating and swallowing as well as restoring their cosmesis.
Dr Kuo has a large practice in adult and children’s general ear nose and throat problems including grommet insertion, adenotonsillectomy, septoplasty, sinus surgery etc. Push here to view publications
Dr Kuo is accredited and operates at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Chatswood Private Hospital, Gosford Private Hospital and the Central Coast Health (Gosford Hospital). Tony consults at Macquarie University Clinic, Chatswood, and Erina at the Central Coast.
Dr Hubert Low is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon with interest in microvascular/ head and neck reconstruction and management of facial nerve disorder.
Dr Low is a member of the Australasian Head and Neck Society, the Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has completed international fellowships in Western Australia, Taiwan and Canada. He is a senior clinical lecturer at Sydney and Macquarie Universities and actively supervises otolaryngology registrars, head and neck fellows, as well as post graduate research candidates.
Dr Low currently chairs the Sydney Facial Nerve service, the first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the management of facial nerve disorder in Australia. He also manages the Head and Neck Database, which is currently the largest clinicopathological database dedicated to head and neck malignancies in the Southern hemisphere.
His research interests include outcome research involving mucosal and cutaneous malignancies, as well as the field of facial nerve disorder. He has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and published in a large number of international peer-reviewed research articles.
Dr McGinness completed his undergraduate training at the University of Adelaide. After his internship and residency at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney he was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ENT Training Scheme and gained his Fellowship after 5 further years of training.
He then completed further overseas subspecialty training in the UK at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, where he developed further skills in the management of advanced middle ear disease including laser cholesteatoma surgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical techniques under Mr John Hamilton and Mr Matthew Clark.
Dr McGinness is married and has two young sons. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the family, cycling, surfing and music.
Surgeon: Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee is an adult and paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon with special skills in advanced ear surgery. Following her ENT training in Sydney, she attained further subspecialty post-fellowship training in otology, Cochlear implantation and lateral skull base surgery in Oxford and London.
He graduated from the University of Sydney Medical Program and undertook ENT specialist training in New South Wales. Yuresh has a subspecialist interest in Rhinology and Advance Endoscopic Sinus, Lacrimal and Skull Base Surgery. He is one of only a few Fellowship trained Rhinological and Skull Base Surgeons in Australia and has completed one of the world’s premier fellowships in this area, with Professor PJ Wormald.
Areas of Special interests include: Disorders of the Paranasal Sinuses (Sinusitis, Nasal Obstruction, Loss of Smell, Endoscopic Orbital and Lacrimal Surgery including management of the watery eye, Functional Rhinoplasty ( Nasal Obstruction/Snoring), Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Paediatric ENT disorders ( Snoring, Hearing loss, Tonsillitis, Middle Ear Infections).
A/Prof Naidoo has a PhD in Sinus Surgery and has published several book chapters and articles in International Journals. He presents regularly at national and international conferences. He is the Vice Chairman of the NSW branch of ASOHNS (Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery), Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at North Shore Private Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at Macquarie University.
Special interests: sinus disease, sleep disorders, voice disorders, general and paediatric ENT.
Ray Sacks is Professor and Chair of Discipline of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Macquarie University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a Clinical Professor at Sydney University and is the Academic Head of the Department of ENT Surgery at Concord Hospital in Sydney . He was the Chief Examiner in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2012-2014 and was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society from 2008-2013. He is a Past President of the NSW branch of the ASOHNS Society and has convened multiple conferences, Endoscopic Sinus Surgical courses and workshops throughout Australia, Asia and North and South America.
He is the co-author of the first Textbook on Endoscopic Orbital Surgery by Thieme Publishers and is an associate editor sitting on the Editorial Boards of multiple journals including the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and the Journal of Laryngology and Otology. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and 17 book chapters. He was awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery Medal for 2015 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” and was awarded the International Rhinology Society medal for “Distinguished service to the International Rhinologic Community” in Brazil in May 2015.He was also the recipient of the South African Society of Otolaryngology Medal in 1994 and has special interest in disease of the nose and paranasal sinuses.
Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow Dr Stow is an adult and paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, who sub-specialises in sinus and nasal conditions and adult and paediatric sleep apnoea. Dr Stow completed an additional two years of fellowship training in Sinus and Nasal Surgery (Rhinology) in Switzerland and New Zealand. Dr Stow consults at Sydney Centre for Ear, Nose and Throat, at Frenchs Forest and The Woolcock Clinic, Glebe, a multidisciplinary adult and paediatric sleep and respiratory clinic. Dr Stow operates at North Shore Private Hospital and Castlecrag Private Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital. Dr Stow is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has published multiple research papers in peer reviewed journals, particularly on chronic rhinosinusitis and obstructive sleep apnoea, with emphases on aetiological factors and treatment effects. He is currently involved in clinical research into a novel implanted device in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.
Dr Michael Taplin is an adult and paediatric ENT surgeon. After obtaining his fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2004, Michael undertook training in Toronto, Canada, working at the Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) under the guidance of world experts: Drs John Rutka, Jerry Halik and Blake Papsin.
He has held the position of Visiting Medical Officer to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick since 2006.
Michael is also a VMO ENT Surgeon at the Chatswood Private Hospital, Mater, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Hunters Hill Private, and Pittwater Day Surgery.
He is the proud father of three outstanding young girls, who continue to educate him. He is passionate about AFL, cycling, music, cooking and travelling. When not at work, he is likely to be trying to keep up with his wife and children on a ski slope!