Otolaryngology Head & Neck/ Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery

Otolaryngology Head & Neck/ Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery

Current Education and Training Course Offerings

ENT Emergency Surgery Refresher Course

14th September 2024

Overview of Service

The RNSH Otolaryngology Head and Neck Department is a world class group of dynamic surgeons who provide all levels of general children and Adult ENT care to the local community as well tertiary referral care for otology, anterior / lateral skull base surgery & all aspects of Head and Neck Cancer management. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Endoscopic Ear Surgery (minimally invasive) and cochlear implantation 
  • Pituitary & Anterior Skull Base surgery including tumour resection, CSF leak repair
  • All aspects of Head and Neck Cancer resection/reconstruction and associated care
  • Salivary gland endoscopy
  • Complex Laryngeal endoscopic and open surgery
  • Tertiary level ENT Trauma care

Key Areas of Research & Education

  • Endoscopic Ear Surgery / otology Fellowship & research including technique development, AI and outcomes
  • Complex Sinus and Anterior skull base surgery outcomes
  • Major Head and Neck surgery outcomes
  • Parotid outcomes
  • Endoscopic Salivary gland outcomes


  • One of the oldest and most established teaching and training hospitals for ENT in Australia
  • Established the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery Research Group 
  • World renown reputation for managing all aspects of anterior skull base and pituitary surgery
  • Established and manages Head and Neck Cancer referrals for Northern Sydney and Northern NSW

Affiliated Organisations

  • Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Clinical Associate Professors at the University of Sydney, Australia
  • Member sof the Australian Medical Association
  • Founding Members of the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery Research Group
  • Members of the Australian & New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine
  • Members of Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Clinical Professors and Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Australia
  • Members of the International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery
  • Members of the Neuro-Otological Society of Australia
  • Member of Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine

Meet our surgeons

Dr Martin Forer


Head of Department

Dr Martin Forer is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon with a special interest in rhinology and paediatric ENT problems.

Clinical Prof Nirmal Patel

MBBS (Hons) FRACS (OHNS) MS (Research UNSW)

Royal Australian College of Surgeons Supervisor

Specialising in Endoscopic Ear Surgery for Cholesteatoma and Chronic Ear Infection, Eustachian Tube Surgery, Cochlear Implant and Lateral Skull Base Surgery.  Other interests are Children’s ENT disorders.

Dr Leo Pang


Specialising in Adults’ and Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat disorders, with a subspecialty interest in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, Thyroid Surgery.

Assoc Prof David Veivers


Dr Veivers is an ENT surgeon specilaising in diseases of the head and neck both benign and malignant. Special interests include salivary gland disorders and laryngeal disorders.

Dr Andrew Wignall


Dr Wignall has keen interests and experience in Head & Neck Cancer Surgery, assessment of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea and Head & Neck “lumps & bumps” including Salivary Disorders, along with Voice and Laryngology.

Assoc Prof Nicholas Jufas


Nicholas has an interest in Indigenous ear health and works closely with the Aboriginal Medical Service and Base Hospital in Griffith, undertaking ENT outreach clinics and performing surgery on a regular basis.

Dr Justin Kong


Specialising in Endoscopic Sinus and Nasal Airway Surgery as well as Anterior Skull Base Surgery. Other interests are Childrens Ear, Nose and Throat disorders.