Skip to Main Content


A range of high-profile keynote speakers will present at the 5th South Pacific ORL Forum and will cover all fields of ENT surgery including:

In addition to our keynote speakers, there will be a range of invited local and international faculty presenting at the forum.

Head and Neck Speakers

  • Iain Nixon

    Professor Iain Nixon

    NHS Lothian, University of Edinburgh

    Following ENT training in the West of Scotland, Iain did a clinical fellowship in Guys and St Thomas' Hospital London and then both research and clinical fellowships in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. On return to the UK he took up a post in East Kent prior to joining the ENT Unit in Edinburgh where he is current lead for Head and Neck Cancer in South East Scotland. His clinical interests include squamous cell carcinoma, skull base surgery and thyroid surgery. His research interests include outcomes research, intra-operative imaging and translational proteinomics research.

  • Saskia Boogaard

    Dr Saskia Boogaard

    Non-set Registrar, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Midcentral District

    Dr. Saskia Boogaard is an ENT registrar at Palmerston North Hospital in New Zealand. She has also worked as a registrar in the vascular surgery and plastic surgery departments at Middlemore Hospital.

  • Rachel Care

    Dr Rachel Care


    ENT Surgeon, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury

    Head and Neck Surgeon from Christchurch New Zealand

  • Semesa Matanaicake

    Dr Semesa Matanaicake

    Consultant Surgeon, Ministry of Health, Fiji

    I did my undergraduate MBBS degree at the Fiji School of Medicine in Suva, Fiji and graduated in 2002. I did my medical internship at CWM Hospital before a 2 year rural attachment on KORO Island. I returned to Suva to do my Masters in Surgery at Fiji School of Medicine in 2007 graduating in 2011. I went to Australia for training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Royal Hobart Hospital. Now the Consultant at CWM Hospital in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We currently look after cleft lip and palate and other various congenital deformities, upper limb trauma, reconstruction for lower limb trauma, skin cancers, facial fractures and Head and Neck tumors and Cancers.

  • Nick McIvor

    Dr Nick McIvor


    Clinical Lead and Northern Regional Head and Neck Cancer Services, Te Toka Tumai

    Nick has been an Auckland ORL/HNS surgeon for 30 years. He is the Clinical Lead for HNC Services in the Northern Region. He is involved in the development of a working database for the MDM as an aid to patient management, equity, and quality assurance.

  • Tom Napier

    Dr Tom Napier

    Registrar, Te Whatu Ora - Southern

    Tom is an ORLHNS SET trainee currently working in the southern region

  • Veronika Van Dijck

    Dr Veronika Van Dijck

    Clinical Director ORLHNS, North Shore Hospital, Auckland

    Veronika completed her MBChB at the University of Auckland.

    She then specialised as an Otorhinolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon (ORLHNS) in New Zealand. She continued her sub-specialist training in head and neck cancer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia.

    She has been on the National Training and Accreditation Committee and still has a supervisory role. Veronika is the current Clinical Director at Waitemata Health. She is actively involved in the College of Surgeons being involved as Faculty on multiple RACS courses.

    She has recently been a member of the RACS robotically assisted surgery working group and is part of the Waitemata RAS Governance committee with the aim of introducing TORS in the Public Sector.

    She spends her spare time running after 3 children and travelling to the coromandel.

Otology Speakers

  • Shakeel Saeed

    Professor Shakeel Saeed

    MBBS, M.D., F.R.C.S (ORL)

    Professor of Otology / Neuro-otology University College London, Ear Institute, UK

    Professor of Otology / Neuro-otology University College London, Ear Institute.
    Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon, Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London
    Honorary Consultant Guy's St Thomas' and King's College Hospital, London


    Graduated from King's College, London 1985
    Doctorate thesis awarded 2003

    Previous consultant ENT and skullbase surgeon in Manchester 1999-2008

    Professorial appointment in London since 2008.

    Extensive experience in lateral skullbase surgery and implantation otology – leading UK opinion in this field
    Over 3000 complex ear surgeries
    Over 450 cochlear implant surgeries
    Over 500 vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and other skullbase surgeries
    34 auditory brainstem implant surgeries (adults and children)

    President of the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 2018-2022
    President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Otology 2013-2014
    President of the British Skullbase Society 2013-2015
    President of the British Society of Academic Otorhinolaryngology 2011-2016
    Vice-President of the British Cochlear Implant Group 2011-2015
    Chairman of the BACO 2015 Academic committee
    Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (by nomination)
    Administrative Advisory Board of JIAO

    Medicine and Clinical Trials Group lead, UCL Ear Institute
    Clinical Director of The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital 2012-2020

    Active in otological research and peer review.
    Over 150 peer-reviewed publications
    Over 300 presentations and scientific meetings nationally and internationally

    Professor Saeed is currently a leading surgeon and researcher in disorders of the ear, hearing, balance, facial nerve and skullbase. He manages patients from all over the UK as well internationally.

  • Phil Bird

    Assoc Prof Phil Bird


    Otologist and Neurotologist, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Christchurch Hospital

    Phil Bird is an Otologist and Neurotologist at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Christchurch Hospital and in private practice in Christchurch. He is a surgeon in the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme which is based in Christchurch, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch. After completing otolaryngology, head and neck surgery training in Wellington and Christchurch, he completed a fellowship in otology and neurotology at the University of Miami. His clinical interests include general and paediatric otology, cochlear implantation and lateral skull base surgery.

  • Justine Bradley

    Dr Justine Bradley

    Otolaryngologist, Christchurch Hospital

    Justine is an otolaryngologist at Christchurch Hospital, NZ, with a special interest in vertigo and vestibular disorders. Outside of work she spends most of her time as a mum to 3 boys aged 7-10

  • Rebecca Garland

    Dr Rebecca Garland

    ENT Surgeon, Te Whatu Ora Wellington

    Since 2007 Rebecca finished training in in NZ as an ENT surgeon completing fellowship in Perth Australia, specialising in otology. She practices in Wellington, NZ with a focus on otology including cochlear implants and a lot of middle ear inflammatory pathology. She has been a training supervisor ORL and as chair of training became interested in education in cultural safety. She was chair of the professional skills working party completing this cross specialty RACS curriculum. This has solidified her focus on equity in her work and patient focused care.

  • Paul Joice

    Dr Paul Joice


    SMO, Te Whatu Ora Southern

    Dr Joice undertook postgraduate fellowship training in Otology and Skull based surgery in Sydney in 2009 and was the Dunedin ORL Department Teaching Fellow in 2010. He holds an SMO ORL position in Te Whatu Ora Southern and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago Medical School. He is past Secretary of NZSOHNS and current Chair of the AoNZ ORLHN&S Training & Accreditation Committee

  • Isabella Ludbrook

    Dr Isabella Ludbrook

    Otolaryngology Unaccredited Registrar, Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital

    Dr Isabella Ludbrook is an Otolaryngology Unaccredited Registrar at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, Australia. She is also a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, where she received her Bachelor of Medicine in 2019. Isabella is currently studying a Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales with a focus on Indigenous Health and Wellbeing.

    Her published works include the Opioid PrEscRiptions and usage After Surgery (OPERAS) protocol for a prospective multicentre observational cohort study of opioid use after surgery (BMJ Nov 22) and a systematic review and meta-analysis on incidence of level-specific cervical nodal metastasis in primary parotid malignancies (OTO-HNS Jan 2023). Her special interest is hearing loss prevention in Indigenous children through outreach programs to remote Australia.

  • Juliet Meldrum

    Dr Juliet Meldrum

    ENT Consultant, Te Whatu Ora Southern

    Juliet works at Dunedin Hospital in New Zealand and has an interest in otology / vestibular medicine. She trained in the UK including an MSc in audiovestibular medicine. She did Fellowships in Dunedin and Auckland and settled in Dunedin in 2018.

  • Michel Neeff

    Dr Michel Neeff


    Consultant, Te What Ora Te Toka Tumai

    Michel trained in Otolaryngology-HNS and became a fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005. He had further subspecialty training in skull base and auditory implant surgery in Manchester, UK in 2006. Since then he has been a consultant at Starship Children's Hospital and Auckland City Hospital.

  • Fenella Shelton

    Dr Fenella Shelton

    ENT Surgeon, Nextsense Cochlear Implant Program

    "Dr Fenella Shelton BM FRCS (ORL-HNS) DOHNS PGDip is a UK trained ENT surgeon with a specialist interest in otology. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Southampton and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in England (ORL-HNS) in 2021.

    Fenella is the recipient of the Graham Fraser Memorial Fellowship in Cochlear Implants and Advanced Otology and is currently working with Professor Catherine Birman in Sydney for 12 months.

    She has held various positions as an ENT Specialty Registrar and has been a Leadership Fellow at Health Education England, South West. Fenella has also taken on numerous management and leadership roles, such as the President of the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training. She has published and presented research papers and has participated in various medical education initiatives. "

Paediatric Speakers

  • Gresham Richter

    Professor Gresham Richter

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's, USA

    Gresham Richter, MD, FACS, FAAP is a Professor, Vice Chair, and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children's (AC).

    He is the distinguished recipient of the Hamlen and Siebert Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and the past chair-holder of the Benjamin and Milton Waner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. He has received numerous clinical and research awards including recognition for Best Doctor's in America for the past 5 years.

    He maintains a very busy clinical practice in pediatric otolaryngology and vascular anomalies, fields in which he has published over 90 manuscripts, 2 books, and 30 book chapters.

  • Stacey Ishman

    Professor Stacey Ishman

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

    Stacey Ishman, MD, MPH is a Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Pulmonary Medicine, Surgical Director of the Upper Airway Center, and Director of Otolaryngology Outcomes Research at the University of Cincinnati/ Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    After founding the Center for Snoring and Sleep Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she joined the Divisions of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children's in 2013. There her clinical practices are focused on the management of children and adults with obstructive sleep apnea. She also served the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as Chair of the Board of Governors, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Chair of the General Otolaryngology and Sleep Education Committee. She is currently the President of the International Surgical Sleep Society.

    She has authored over 155 original research papers, 19 chapters and is an invited lecturer nationally and internationally in the areas of pediatric and adult sleep and sleep surgery.

  • Kiki Maoate

    Dr Kiki Maoate


    Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist, Christchurch Public Hospital and Children's Specialist Centre Ltd.

    Kiki is a Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist at Christchurch Public Hospital and Children's Specialist Centre Ltd.
    He was born in the Cook Islands and attended University of Otago, Associate Dean Pacific Christchurch School of Medicine, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch, President Pasifika Medical Association, Chairperson Pasifika Futures Ltd Pasifika Whanau Ora commissioning agency

  • Karthik Balakrishnan

    Dr Karthik Balakrishnan


    Surgeon-in-Chief, Stanford Children's Health/Stanford University

    Karthik Balakrishnan is Surgeon-in-Chief at Stanford Children's Health. His clinical practice focuses on complex pediatric airway reconstruction, voice/swallow surgery, VPI, and vascular anomalies. His research focuses on quality/value, psychological safety in teams, health equity, and workforce diversity and inclusion.

  • Catherine Banks

    Dr Catherine Banks


    ENT Surgeon (VMO), Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick

    Dr Catherine Banks (MBChB, FRACS (OHNS)) is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is appointed at Sydney Children's Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, and is a Senior Conjoint Lecturer and recipient of a NHMRC scholarship and PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales. Dr Banks completed 2 United States Fellowships in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at University of Birmingham, Alabama and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School. She is a reviewer for numerous Rhinology publications and is involved in the ongoing education for ENT registrars.

  • Terri Brown-Whitehorn

    Dr Terri Brown-Whitehorn


    Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Terri F. Brown-Whitehorn, MD is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the UPENN Perelman School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the division of Allergy and Immunology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Although she cares for pediatric patients with all atopic conditions, her primary clinical and research interests have focused on food allergies (including eosinophilic esophagitis).

  • Andrew Chang

    Dr Andrew Chang

    Visiting consultant ENT surgeon, Queensland Children's Hospital

    Dr. Chang is an ENT surgeon specialises in otology, complex ear disease and cochlear implant. He is a visiting consultant ENT surgeon at the Queensland Children's Hospital. Dr. Chang completed his Otology and Hearing Implant Fellowship at Cambridge University Hospital Addenbrooke's NHS Trust.

  • Charmaine Chooi

    Dr Charmaine Chooi

    Intern, St Charles Gairdner Hospital

    Charmaine Chooi is a doctor at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. She graduated from the University of Western Australia and has an interest in surgical sciences and research.

  • Ozan Gökler

    Associate Professor Ozan Gökler


    Leading senior consultant, Elbe Klinikum Stade, Germany, Ass. Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology, KOC University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

    Education and Training: Medical School: Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
    Residency: St. Elisabeth Krankenhaus, Cologne, Germany
    Associate Professor: Koc Iniversity School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
    Member of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology ESPO
    Clinical Interests: Pediatric airway surgery

  • Steven Goudy

    Dr Steven Goudy


    Professor, Emory University

    Dr. Goudy is the division director of pediatric ENT and focuses on head and neck and craniofacial surgery, research and innovation.

  • Catherine Hart

    Dr Catherine Hart


    Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Dr. Catherine K. Hart is an associate professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hart specializes in the management of pediatric airway stenosis and complex aerodigestive disorders.

  • Susan Humphreys

    A/Prof Susan Humphreys

    Senior Medical Officer, Queensland Children's Hospital

    Susan Humphreys is a paediatric anaesthetist at Queensland Children's Hospital. Her team have pioneered the use of Nasal High Flow in paediatric anaesthesia and published several peer reviewed papers of its use in abnormal airways.

  • Jae Hyun Jeong

    Dr Jae Hyun Jeong

    Registrar, Starship Children's Hospital

    Jae Hyun is a Non-SET registrar currently working at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Niall Jefferson

    Dr Niall Jefferson


    Paediatric Otolaryngology, Voice and Airway Surgeon Head & Neck Surgeon, John Hunter Adult & Children's Hospitals

    Dr Niall Jefferson is a paediatric otolaryngologist in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Originally from Perth, Dr Jefferson undertook ENT training in NSW. After completing that in 2014, he and his family moved to Ohio, USA where he was completed an 18-month fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has published and presented both nationally and internationally, has a keen interest in research and teaching, is the Creator/Founder of the ENT Expert Opinion podcast series, founder and co-chair of the Australian historical society, and co-Founder and developer of the clinical software ApolloScribe.
    He has both public and private appointments at John Hunter Adults and Children's hospital as well as a number of other public and private institutions and is actively involved in the education and training of registrars and junior doctors.

  • Liane Johnson

    Dr Liane Johnson


    Associate Professor, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University

    After fellowship completion at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center ('01-'03), Dr. Johnson joined the Division of Paediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the IWK Health Centre to develop subspecialty programmes for patients from the four Canadian Atlantic Provinces, including Paediatric airway, voice and VPI, vascular malformations, thyroid masses, and simulation-based airway training.

    In real life, Liane and Peter have 4 kids, grow grapes, and play/coach competitive Ultimate.

  • Kaalan Johnson

    Dr Kaalan Johnson


    Associate Professor, Seattle Childrens Hospital, University of Washington

    Dr. Johnson is the President of the Aerodigestive Society, and the Surgical Director of the Aerodigestive Program at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

  • Tania Kraai

    Dr Tania Kraai


    Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

    Tania Kraai is a Professor in Pediatric Otolaryngology from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, where there is a high prevalence of microtia and aural atresia. She has published multiple manuscripts and a recent book chapter on microtia reconstruction.

  • Haytham Kubba

    Mr Haytham Kubba


    Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Scotland

    Research fellow MRC Institute of Hearing Research, clinical fellow GOSH. Consultant in Glasgow since 2003 with 18 months at Melbourne Children's. Clinical/ research interests in airway, head & neck, neurodisability. BAPO president elect. Associate Professor in child health, Glasgow University

  • Karen Liddle

    Dr Karen Liddle


    Senior Staff Specialist Paediatrician, Queensland Children's Hospital

    Paediatrician at the Queensland Children's Hospital, Australia, and PhD candidate (University of Queensland). Her current research engages national and international collaborators to evaluate the utility of genetic testing and imaging in informing diagnosis and improving outcomes in childhood hearing loss.

  • Lynne Lim

    Adj Assoc Professor, Dr Lynne Lim

    Director, Senior Consultant ENT, Lynne Lim Ear Nose Throat and Hearing Centre

    Lynne is Founder at NousQ Pte Ltd. NousQ is a young Singapore Medtech start up. Its first product CLiKX, is a world-first automated sensor-controlled handheld device that aims to place a ventilation ear tube with 1 click, onto the ear drum for children and adults needing ventilation tympanostomy tubes. The aim is to reduce the dependance on general anaesthesia and the surgical microscope. This has the potential to move the surgery out to OT to the procedure room or clinic.

    Lynne is Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon, and Adj Assoc Professor and Visiting Consultant to the National University Health System Singapore. Her research fellowship and clinical sub-specialisation were in Paediatric ENT, Hearing, and Ear Reconstruction at Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Centre, Stanford Medical Centre, University of Virginia Medical Centre and Nagata Plastic and Ear Reconstruction Clinic, Japan. She did her Master of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health.

    Lynne was Vice- Dean at School of Medicine, National University Singapore, and Vice Chairman Medical Affairs at National University Hospital. She has pioneered several firsts in hearing implants surgery in Asia and Singapore and was primary investigator for over SGD 14 million in competitive research grants. Lynne was Founding Director for the MSc Audiology program NUS, Founding Director for the Centre for Hearing Speech and Balance at NUHS, and pioneered the roving Minivan Hearing Service in Singapore. She garnered over SGD 30M donation from an industry leader to facilitate these initiatives.

    She especially enjoyed the many opportunities to teach and conduct surgical workshops in neighbouring ASEAN, India and the Middle East. After over 20 years in the public healthcare sector, since 2014, Lynne has been in private ENT practice. (

  • Sheneen Meghji

    Dr Sheneen Meghji

    Paediatric ENT Fellow, Starship Children's Hospital

    Sheneen is a UK trained ENT surgeon. She has just completed her Fellowship at Starship Hospital in New Zealand. She is due to start as a Paediatric ENT Consultant at Nottingham, UK in a few weeks. Her subspecialty is paediatric airways.

  • Deepak Mehta

    Professor Deepak Mehta

    Director, Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, Texas Children's Hospital

    A leader in the field of Aerodigestive care and innovations in surgical care
    Has held various leadership positions in our specialty organizations including President of Society of Ear Nose and Throat advances in children

  • Eduardo Miguel Apellaniz Muzquiz

    Dr Eduardo Miguel Apellaniz Muzquiz

    Junior House Officer, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

    Surgical stream rotational house officer practicing at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with a specialty interest in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Currently a Master's in Surgical Sciences candidate at University of Edinburgh's College of Medicine. Awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree at The University of Queensland's Faculty of Medicine. Awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry with Cum Laude Departmental Honours from University of Miami.
    Originally from Mexico, but now living in Brisbane, Australia.

  • Sanjay R. Parikh

    Dr Sanjay R. Parikh


    Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington; Associate Surgeon-in-Chief, Seattle Children's Hospital

    Sanjay R. Parikh, MD FACS, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. He is also the Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at Seattle Children's Hospital
    Dr. Parikh has published over 150 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews in the field of pediatric otolaryngology. He has had held leadership roles in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), American College of Surgeons, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology (NWAO). He is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of the AAO-HNS and a past President of the NWAO. Dr. Parikh has given over 200 domestic and international invited lectures with an emphasis on improving pediatric otolaryngologic surgical care.
    His current NIH R01 grant is supporting the investigation of the influence of bias in decision making between clinicians and families for the treatment of sleep apnea.

  • Alina Rankin

    Dr Alina Rankin

    Non-SET Registrar, Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau

    Dr Alina Rankin is a non-SET registrar currently working in the Auckland region in New Zealand.

  • Clare Richardson

    Dr Clare Richardson


    Otolaryngology (ENT), Phoenix Children's Hospital, Arizona, United States

    Dr. Clare M. Richardson is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Phoenix, Arizona and is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

  • Soham Roy

    Professor Soham Roy


    Chairman, Children's Hospital of Colorado

    Soham Roy is the Chairman of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Colorado, one of the largest pediatric Otolaryngology groups in America. He is an internationally renowned surgeon, researcher and author.

  • Mike Rutter

    Professor Mike Rutter

    Director of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

    Does a little airway surgery occasionally

  • Douglas Sidell

    Dr Douglas Sidell


    Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Director, Pediatric Aerodigestive and Airway Reconstruction Center, Stanford University

    Dr. Sidell's practice focuses on the surgical management of complex airway and pulmonary disorders and pediatric voice and swallowing disorders. He is the Director of the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center and the Pediatric Voice and Swallowing Clinics at Stanford.

  • C. Jason Smithers

    Dr C. Jason Smithers


    Director, Esophageal and Airway Treatment Service, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL

    C. Jason Smithers MD is a pediatric surgeon and the director of the multidisciplinary Esophageal and Airway Treatment (EAT) Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital (JHACH) in St. Petersburg, FL, since 2019. He previously served as assistant professor of surgery at Boston Children's Hospital from 2009-2019, and was part of their EAT program from its inception. In addition, he works with the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and ECMO programs at JHACH as both surgeon and intensivist. His clinical specialties are congenital and acquired conditions of the esophagus and airway, vascular rings, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), surgical critical care, and minimally invasive surgery.

  • Annabelle Sok Yan Tay

    Dr Annabelle Sok Yan Tay

    Consultant, NUHS

    Dr Sok Yan Tay, Annabelle graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2007. She was accredited as a Specialist in Otorhinolaryngology in 2014 and spent a year between 2016 - 2017 in the renowned Texas Children's Hospital in the USA as a clinical fellow. Her training has equipped her the ability to perform complex and routine surgeries in pediatric airway and otological conditions.

  • Valerie Sung

    Associate Professor Valerie Sung


    Paediatrician and Clinician Scientist Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute / Royal Children's Hospital

    Associate Professor Valerie Sung is a paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital, Clinician Scientist Fellow and Team Leader at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Her research program on childhood hearing loss has a unique health services framework that encompasses population and clinical cohorts as well as intervention trials. It aims to identify early predictors of child outcomes to improve early prognostic counselling, establish evidence-based management through interventional trials, and ultimately discover ways to prevent or reduce progression of hearing loss.
    Valerie chairs the Childhood Hearing Australasian Medical Professionals Network which developed national guidelines for managing childhood hearing loss. She is committee member of the Australian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee, editorial panel member of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, and member of the Paediatrics and Child Health Research Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She was awarded a L'Oréal-UNESCO Australia-New-Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship in 2019.

  • Ed Toll

    Dr Ed Toll

    MB ChB, FRCS

    Paediatric ORL Surgeon, Starship Children's Hospital

    Ed Toll is a Paediatric ORL Surgeon at Starship Children's Hospital with subspecialist interests in airway and head and neck surgery. Ed trained in Southwest England and undertook his fellowship in Paediatric ORL at Starship. He was appointed in 2021.

  • Tulio Valdez

    Professor Tulio Valdez

    MD, MSc

    Professor of Otolaryngology, Stanford University

    Dr. Tulio A Valdez is a Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University in the division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. His clinical interest is in pediatric sleep apnea and his research is on molecular imaging modalities for the diagnosis of pediatric infections.

Rhinology Speakers

  • Benjamin S. Bleier

    Professor Benjamin S. Bleier

    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, USA

    Benjamin S Bleier, MD, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Dr Bleier is the Director of Translational Research, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, and Co-Director of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery.

    Dr Bleier is an R01 funded surgeon-scientist with 10 patents and over 175 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He lectures internationally on endoscopic management of orbit and skull base tumors as well as intranasal drug delivery to the brain. His work has been featured in Boston Magazine, Harvard Medicine Magazine, and the Scientist Magazine.

  • Wytske Fokkens

    Professor Wytske Fokkens

    Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Wytske J Fokkens is Professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her main field of interest is sinus surgery and mucosal pathology of the upper and lower airways. She is the secretary general of the ERS. She is
    the Chairman of the European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps (EPOS).

    Dr Fokkens is a founder member of EUFOREA, member of ARIA, and workpackage and center leader of GA2LEN, the EU network of excellence. She is the author of more than 400 papers on allergy and rhinology that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

    She has written a textbook on Rhinology: Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, From the Lab to the Operating Room – An Evidence Based Approach, (Thieme ). Since 15 years she organizes an advanced sinus surgery course. She serves as Editor in chief of Rhinology and Rhinology online and Associate Editor of Allergy and Clinical Respiratory Journal.

    Recently she received the EAACI Paul Ehrlich award for improving experimental research. She is honorary member of EAACI, the Spanish Society of ORL and the Roumanian Rhinologic Society. She is married and has three children.

  • Ankit Ajmera

    Dr Ankit Ajmera

    ENT Registrar, Sydney Adventist Hospital

    Ankit Ajmera is a current ENT Registrar at Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney NSW and completed his junior years rotating through Royal Prince Alfred, Concord Hospital and Canterbury Hospital. Having completed his primary medical qualification through the University of Newcastle and University of New England and a Masters of Surgery through the University of Sydney, he has an interest in a range of Ear Nose and Throat and Head and Neck conditions.

  • Campbell Baguley

    Dr Campbell Baguley

    Otolaryngologist, Wellington Regional ORL Service

    Campbell is a Wellington-based ORL surgeon whose rhinology fellowship was in Auckland in 2010. He has had a mixed public and private predominantly rhinologic practice since 2011

  • Gustavo Bravo Cordero

    Dr Gustavo Bravo Cordero

    Clínica Armonic 

    Dr. Gustavo Bravo Cordero is a renowned Surgeon , who graduated from the University of Concepción in 2007 . Likewise, Dr. Bravo Cordero specialized in Otolaryngology in 2011 at the University of Chile and was certified by the National Autonomous Corporation for Certification of Medical Specialties (CONACEM). The doctor has specialized in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the IFFPSS , and also in Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty . He is currently registered in the National Registry of Individual Health Providers of Chile since 2009.

  • Simon Carney

    Professor Simon Carney

    Professor, Flinders University

    Past-President of ANZRS; Associate Editor - AJRA and Frontiers in Surgery; Editorial Board - Rhinology and Clinical Otolaryngology; Member of RACS(SA) Council; Chair of ASOHNS(SA)

  • Rakesh Chandra

    Professor Rakesh Chandra

    MD, MMHC

    Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    Vice Chair, Faculty Development
    Chief - Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery
    Roland "Ron" Eavey, MD, SM Endowed Directorship in Leadership and Education
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Editor-in-Chief - Ear, Nose & Throat Journal

    Rakesh (Rick) Chandra is Professor, Vice Chair, and Chief of the Division of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He is also holder of the Endowed Directorship Leadership and Educational Development in the Department. Presently Dr. Chandra serves on the Executive Committee of the American Rhinologic Society, as Secretary, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Ear Nose & Throat Journal. He is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. In 2018, he earned a Masters in Business in the Healthcare Management program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Dr. Chandra completed his Fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Dana Crosby

    Dr Dana Crosby

    MD, MPH

    Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery/Department Chair, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Dana L. Crosby, MD, MPH is Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL, USA. She also serves as the Residency Program Director, Director of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy.

  • Richard Douglas

    Professor Richard Douglas

    HOD, University of Auckland

    Richard Douglas is a specialist ORL surgeon with clinical and research interests in nasal, sinus and medial skull base conditions. He is a consultant surgeon at Gillies and Auckland City Hospitals, and is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland.

  • Rebecca Field

    Dr Rebecca Field


    Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Canterbury DHB, Christchurch, NZ

    Rebecca Field is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon based in Christchurch. Her subspecialty interests include rhinology and facial plastic surgery. She completed Otorhinolaryngology training in New Zealand in 2014 and a fellowship in Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2016.

  • Sam Hale

    Dr Sam Hale

    PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

    Sam is an ORL trainee and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. His research focuses on potential topical therapies for CRS.

  • Richard Harvey

    Professor Richard Harvey

  • Larry Kalish

    A/Prof Larry Kalish

    MBBS (Hons I), MS, MMed (cline pi), FRACS

    Director of the Sydney Sinus & Allergy Centre, Head of Department of Concord Hospital ENT department

    A/Prof Kalish is an adult and paediatric Ear Nose and Throat surgeon with subspecialty interests in Rhinology, allergy, voice and snoring. He is the director of the Sydney Sinus & Allergy Centre, the Head of Department of Concord Hospital ENT department, which is a tertiary referral centre for advanced Rhinology. A/Prof Kalish is a clinical associate professor at the University of Sydney and involved in a number of research projects with numerous publications, presentations at international meetings and a faculty member on a number of courses. He is the ASOHNS NSW CPD co-ordinator. He is the Founding member and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for East Sydney Private Hospital . He is also a member of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society (ANZRS), American Rhinologic Society (ARS), European Rhinologic Society (ERS) and Australasian Society for Clinical immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).

  • Sammy Khalili

    Dr Sammy Khalili


    IMG Chairman, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, VP of Operations, Intent Medical Group Neurosciences at NCH, NorthShore University

    Dr. Khalili completed residency at Western University in Canada and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He helped build the Skull Base & Rhinology program at Aurora Healthcare with Dr. Amin Kassam before moving to the Chicagoland area to build a subspecialty Otolaryngology program.

  • Raymond Kim

    Dr Raymond Kim


    Senior Lecturer, University Of Auckland

    Ray is an adult & paediatric Ear, Nose & Throat (Oto-Rhino-Laryngology) specialist, with subspecialist training in rhinology. Rhinology involves advanced nasal and sinus surgeries, as well as skull base tumour resection. He is an endoscopic surgeon and performs his operations via nostrils using endoscopes and various specialised instruments, and also performs rhinoplasties for external nasal imperfections. Beyond the nose and sinuses, he teams with neurosurgeons for brain surgeries, and with eye surgeons for eye / tear duct system surgeries, all through the nose. He is a consultant surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, Starship Children's Hospital and Gillies Hospital, and a member of the Auckland Regional Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team.

    He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, actively conducting research, and one of the leaders making scientific advancements in the field. He is involved in undergraduate teaching, and supervision of postgraduate students.

    Ray is also one of the surgical trainers for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ORL training programme.

    His interest in an academic career began during his early medical school years at the University of Auckland, where several summer breaks were spent in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Middlemore Hospital, working on various projects in paediatric cranio-facial conditions. His passion for a surgical career was affirmed, amplified and matured upon encountering the specialty of ENT surgery in the later years of medical school.

    The thesis titled, "Characterising the subepithelial mucosa in chronic rhinosinusitis: influences of microbes and immunity" awarded him Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Surgery, and his publications have thus far been cited over 150 times internationally, and he presents his research regularly at national and international academic conferences.

    He is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society, the American Rhinologic Society, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, and the Australia & New Zealand Paediatric Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.

  • Edward Kuan

    Dr Edward Kuan

    Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine

    Edward Kuan is Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. The focus of his clinical practice is complex and revision sinus surgery, and endoscopic surgical treatment of sinonasal tumors and skull base pathology.

  • Kelvin Yong Jie Lim

    Dr Kelvin Yong Jie Lim

    MBBS, MRCS(Edin)

    Resident, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

    Otolaryngology resident in training from Singapore

  • Sandra Lin

    Dr Sandra Lin

    Professor and Chair, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

    Dr. Sandra Lin is Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin. Here clinical practiced is focus on inflammatory sinus disease and allergic rhinitis. She serves as Associate Editor for International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology.

    She is the Chair-Elect of the Allergy in Rhinology Section of the American Rhinologic Society, and a Past President of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy

  • Catherine Meller

    A/Prof Catherine Meller

    Associate Professor, Macquarie University. FRACS(OHNS), MBBS(Hons), MBA, MCL, BAppSc(NMT)

    Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Prince of Wales and Sydney Hospitals, Sydney

    Associate Professor Catherine Meller is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. She completed her specialist ENT training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and graduated with honours from University of Sydney Medical School.
    She offers cutting-edge facial reconstructive and facial nerve reanimation surgery, having spent 2 years training in innovative centres including the John Hopkins Baltimore, and the University of Virginia Charlottesville in the USA in order to learn both medical and surgical aspects of treating patients with facial nerve disorders, skin cancers and facial and nasal concerns including congenital and post-traumatic conditions.

    Catherine lectures at national and international conferences, including topics such as 'Leadership in Medicine'. She is a member of the Academy of Surgical Education, and a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons 'Women in Surgery' chapter. Catherine is passionate about delivering high quality, patient centred care.

  • Lu Png

    Dr Lu Png


    Associate Consultant, Singapore General Hospital

    Dr. Png is a Singapore based Otolaryngologist, currently working at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Singapore General Hospital. He completed his sub-specialty training in Rhinology in Australia, where he was the clinical fellow on the prestigious Sydney Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship. As a physician faculty member for the Otolaryngology residency programme in Singapore, he is widely involved in resident education and clinical research.

    His clinical practice includes the management of complex paranasal sinus disease and anterior skull base tumours, having presented at various international conferences as well as publishing articles in several peer-reviewed journals. He also has a keen interest in teaching and is currently appointed as clinical lecturer at the Duke-NUS Medical School.

  • Alkis Psaltis

    Professor Alkis Psaltis

    MBBS (hons) PhD, FRACS

    Professor and Head of Unit, University of Adelaide

    Professor Alkis Psaltis MBBS, PhD FRACS, is the Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia and Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

    He is currently the Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinological Society

    He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and 19 book chapters and delivered over 400 national and international presentations.

    He sits on the editorial board 5 major international ENT journals.

    He currently serves on the Board of Training for the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

  • Dan Robinson

    Dr Dan Robinson

    BIT, BCom, MBBS (Hons), FRACS (Oto), ENT Surgery

    ENT Surgeon, ENT Gold Coast

    Dr Dan Robinson is a fully qualified ENT Surgeon with further training in facial plastic surgery. He is the only surgeon in Queensland who has passed the international federation of facial plastics surgery exam which is held in Washington DC once per year.

  • Raymond Sacks

    Professor Raymond Sacks


    President, ASOHNS
    Chair, Full Court of Examiners and Federal Councillor- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    Clinical Professor & Past Head of Division ENT Surgery, University of Sydney
    Professor & Past Head of Dept. OHNS, Macquarie University

    Ray Sacks is a Professor at both Macquarie University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
    and at Sydney University. Professor Sacks was the Chief Examiner in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck
    Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2012-2014 and is now the Chair of the
    Full Court of Examiners for RACS.He was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic
    Society from 2008-2013 and is the current President of the Australian Society of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery.
    He has been a keynote speaker and invited faculty on courses throughout the world covering 32
    countries on 6 continents
    He is also on the Editorial Board of multiple journals and has published more than 150 manuscripts
    in peer-reviewed journals as well as co-authored 23 book chapters , a Manual of endoscopic sinus
    surgery and a Textbook on Endoscopic surgery of the Orbit in both English and Chinese. His current
    H-Index is 37.
    Prof Sacks has received multiple special awards and medals including, the RACS Academy of Surgical
    Educators Award for Educator of the Year 2020, the ASOHNS Medal for Distinguished Service in the
    Science and Art of Otolaryngology in 2013, the RACS Medal for Outstanding Service to the Court of
    Examiners in 2014, the NSW RACS medal for Distinguished Service to Surgery in 2017 , The Garnett
    Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation medal for 2018, and in 2021 became the first AoNZ
    ENT surgeon to be awarded Honorary membership of the European Rhinology Society in the 50 years
    of their history

  • Jessica Tattersall

    Dr Jessica Tattersall

    Allergist and Medical Rhinologist, Sydney Allergy Clinic

    Dr Jessica Tattersall is an allergist and medical rhinologist. She graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 2003. After starting out training in Otolaryngology she went on to pursue a career in allergic diseases. Jessica is a fellow of the RACGP and holds a Masters of Medicine in allergic diseases from the University of Western Sydney. During her training she worked as a clinical research fellow at the John Radcliff Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology in Oxford. She has a special interest in allergic, non- allergic and inflammatory diseases of the airway and sinuses and is actively involved in research and education in this area. Jessica is a member of the Australasian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Australian and New Zealand Rhinological Society, and the American Rhinological Society.

  • Andrew Wood

    Dr Andrew Wood

    BA, BM BCh, PhD, FRACS

    Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland & Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, Te Whatu Ora - Waikato

    Andy is a Skull base Rhinologist and Head of the Department of Otolaryngology at Waikato Hospital. He is also a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Specialty Surgery programme at The University of Auckland. From 2016 - 2022 he was a member of the NZ Training Education and Accreditation Committee for Otolaryngology. He completed his medical degree at The University of Oxford in 2003, was awarded his PhD at The University of Auckland in 2013, completed his ENT training in New Zealand in 2014 and his Rhinology fellowship in Auckland in 2016.

    Andy's recent research topics have included post-operative care following sinus surgery, equity of access to ENT care, patient education and microbiology of chronic rhinosinusitis. He is Primary Supervisor of an Audiologist that is completing Doctoral research and has led the NZSOHNS-funded and endorsed patient information website innovation

  • Tim Woolford

    Professor Tim Woolford


    Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, Spire Manchester Hospital. UK

    Professor Tim Woolford recently retired as a Consultant ENT Surgeon from the Manchester Royal Infirmary UK, where his surgical practice was almost entirely dedicated to nasal plastic & reconstructive surgery. He continues in private and medicolegal practice. Tim holds an Honorary Clinical Chair at Edge Hill University, and he teaches and lectures widely in the UK and Internationally.

    Tim is past President of The British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery and past President of The Royal Society of Medicine Section of Laryngology and Rhinology. He has written numerous papers and book chapters and was Editor of the Plastic Surgery volume of Scott Brown. Tim is also an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Laryngology & Otology.

  • Tary Yin

    Dr Tary Yin

    Registrar, University of Auckland

    Otolaryngology head and neck surgical trainee at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, and PhD candidate at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Rural Health Speakers

  • Johnny Wu

    Dr Johnny Wu


    ENT Registrar, Te Whatu Ora Waikato

    Johnny is a ENT Registrar currently working in Hamilton, New Zealand. Medical education is one of his areas of interest.

Sleep Medicine Speakers

  • Tucker Woodson

    Dr Tucker Woodson

    Froedtert, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Dr. Woodson has dual board certification in Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He has 30 years of experience as an ear-nose-throat surgeon specialized in obstructive sleep apnea. As president of the International Surgical Sleep Society, he has served on many national and international leadership positions related to sleep and sleep surgery, including serving on the Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Quality and Outcomes Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Program Advisory Committee and Sleep Disorders Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Exam Committee of the Board of Sleep Medicine.

    His research is focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Over the years, he has made many important contributions to the field, including developing novel surgical techniques to treat OSA and participating in clinical trials to test the efficacy of surgeries for OSA, such as upper airway stimulation. He has publications on a myriad of topics related to OSA pathophysiology and diagnosis, including developing methods to classify the anatomic phenotypes of OSA during drug induced sleep endoscopy (DISE), defining metrics that are relevant to quantify OSA severity, and clinical aspects of polysomnography.

  • Samuel Greig

    Dr Samuel Greig


    Otolaryngologist – Head & Neck Surgeon, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury

  • Michael Hlavac

    Dr Michael Hlavac


    Clinical Director of Sleep Services, Christchurch Hospital, Respiratory and Sleep Physician and Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Director of Cansleep and South Island Respiratory Specialists

    Dr Michael Hlavac is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician. After completing Respiratory training at Christchurch Hospital, he then spent 3 years in South Australia where he completed Level 2 Sleep Training and a PhD in Sleep and Respiratory Physiology, before returning to Christchurch in 2006. He is Clinical Director of Sleep Services at Christchurch Hospital, a fulltime Respiratory and Sleep Physician, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, Christchurch. He is also a Director of Cansleep and South Island Respiratory Specialists. He has previously served as President of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Sleep Association, and Chair of the New Zealand RACP Specialist Advisory Committee for Respiratory and Sleep Medicine.

  • Rachelle Love

    Dr Rachelle Love

    Surgeon, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury

    Dr Rachelle Love is an Indigenous otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon in Ōtautahi Christchurch, NZ. Dr Love was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Medical Council. Within RACS, she is a member of the Māori Health Advisory Group, the National Committee, and is a cultural advisor to the ORL Training Board. She is a lecturer for the Māori and Indigenous Health Institute at the University of Otago.

    Dr Love's research interests are in Māori health, particularly cultural competency and cultural safety in surgical education, and in sleep surgery, where she is part of a multinational multidisciplinary research group.

  • Stuart Mackay

    Professor Stuart Mackay

    BSc (Med) MBBS (Hons) FRACS

    Professor, Illawara ENT Head and Neck Clinic

    Stuart MacKay is an Honorary Clinical Professor (University of Wollongong) and Honorary Fellow (University of Western Australia), who provides Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck, Thyroid and Sleep Surgery services via Illawarra ENT Head and Neck Clinic and The Woolcock Institute of Sleep in Glebe. Professor Mackay is a fellowship trained contempory airway surgeon, and is recognized as a leading surgeon in this discipline in Australasia. Professor MacKay has published over 70 peer reviewed publications related to sleep apnoea surgery, including textbook chapters and dissection manuals, and has been an invited speaker at a multitude of national and international meetings as far afield as India, China and the USA. He was a chief investigator in the NH&MRC funded SAMS trial published in JAMA and the primary author on the manuscript. He is also a recipient of the Garnett-Passe Rodney Williams Grant for a research evaluating upper airway modelling in sleep apnoea. He is a member of ASOHNS, ASA and the current Vice President of the International Surgical Sleep Society.

  • Sumit Samant

    Dr Sumit Samant


    ENT and Head-Neck Surgeon, Auckland City Hospital

    Mr Sumit Samant completed the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons SET training programme in Otolaryngology and obtained FRACS before joining the ORL Department at Auckland City Hospital as Consultant Surgeon in 2015. He is a member of the International Surgical Sleep Society.

    Sleep Surgery is his primary and strong interest. His philosophy is guided by recognition of the complex, multi-system problem that is Sleep Disordered Breathing and an understanding that, through strict patient selection, meticulous surgical planning and rigorous data collection, sleep surgery should be a crucial tool along with positive pressure therapy for management of OSA and snoring.

    His related interest in functional rhinoplasty to address structural as well as dynamic airway compromise arising from nasal septal and/or valve abnormalities ties in quite well with this.

    He offers a wide range of surgical solutions for obstruction at nose, palate and tongue-base levels, based on the latest evidence.

    Sumit is also a member of the Training Education and Accreditation Committee of the NZ Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, which coordinates the surgical training of Otolaryngologists in New Zealand.

General ENT Speakers

  • Karuna Dewan

    Dr Karuna Dewan

    Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Louisiana State Hospital

    Dr. Dewan is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) at LSU. She is the director of the Ark-La-Tex Voice, Airway and Swallowing center. Her practice specializes in adult surgeries for disorders of swallowing, speaking and breathing. Dr. Dewan has a special interest in chronic cough, surgical management of swallowing disorders, and rehabilitation after head and neck cancer treatment. She has authored over 20 book chapters and published over 30 papers and continues to conduct clinical research in these areas, particularly with a focus on swallowing function and quality of life.

  • PJ Faumuina

    Mr PJ Faumuina


    Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Whanganui Hospital

    Mr PJ (Penaia) Faumuina is a Otolaryngologist (ENT Surgeon) providing Otolaryngology services in Whanganui , New Zealand.

  • Calum Fisher

    Dr Calum Fisher

    House Officer, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha Canterbury

    Calum is a graduate dentist and doctor currently working as a House Officer at Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha Canterbury.

  • Suren Krishnan

    Prof Suren Krishnan


    Professor in the Faculty of Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital

    Suren Krishnan is Professor in the Faculty of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and Honorary Professor at Deakin University Institute for Intelligent Systems Research. He was the first surgeon in Australia to perform Trans Oral Robotic Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in July 2008. He has proctored many Australian, New Zealand and British Head and Neck Surgeons in the practice of TORS.

    Suren is Australia's most experienced TORS surgeon and has been responsible for the introduction of both the INTUITIVE da Vinci robotic surgical platform as well as the MEDROBOTICS Flex system. He has performed or participated in over 400 TORS cases and conducted Australia's first TORS courses. He has participated as an invited speaker at many national and international meetings, as well as, contributing to the international literature on TORS.

    He has been recognised with Australia Day and Queen's Birthday honours for his services to Head and Neck surgery and for voluntary medical services to the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Africa as well as service as an active Rotarian.

  • Max Lee

    Dr Max Lee

    House Officer, Te Whatu Ora

    Max is originally from New Zealand and grew up in Auckland. He completed his medical school training at The University of Auckland. During his time at medical school, he developed an interest in surgery, especially Ear Nose and Throat Surgery.

    Max currently works for Te Whatu Ora as a PGY1 House Officer at Auckland City Hospital.

  • Basil Leodoro

    Dr Basil Leodoro

    Co-Director of the only Pacific based health and logistics support vessel, HELPR-1, Respond Global

    Dr Basil Leodoro is a general surgeon, based in Vanuatu. He is a recipient of the Rowan Nick's Pacific Island Scholarship (deferred) in 2013.

    Since 2015, he has been the national lead for paediatric surgical services development in Vanuatu and was the focal point for Vanuatu's National Surgical, Obstetrics and Anaesthetic Plan (NSOAP) until 2019.

    He led the establishment of Emergency Medical Teams in Vanuatu, known as Vanuatu Medical Assistance Teams or VanMAT. He has led the national and provincial EMT deployments for Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015, the Ambae volcano disaster in 2017 and 2018, Tropical Cyclone Harold in Santo in 2020, national COVID-19 Repatriation and Quarantine operations in 2021 and Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin this year.

    He is the founder of the annual Vanuatu Health Research Symposium and the MOH Medical Internship Training Program in his role as Academic Program Lead for MOH. He has served on the board of Vanuatu Emergency Services Association since 2018 and is the CEO of Vanuatu Sports Medicine Commission.

    He has worked for WHO and is now based with Respond Global, as Co-Director of the only Pacific based health and logistics support vessel, HELPR-1.

  • Chetan Lodhia

    Dr Chetan Lodhia

    ENT Registrar, NSW Health

    Chetan Lodhia is an ENT Registrar, currently practicing in Sydney, Australia. After receiving his medical qualification from Monash University in 2015, he has performed the role of ENT Registrar at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Macquarie University Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Hornsby Hospital. He has published and presented on a broad range of ENT-related topics, from 3D printed smartphone adapters for nasendoscopy to online resource usage prior to middle ear surgery.

    Chetan has family ties here in Fiji and in New Zealand and called Fiji his second home growing up.

  • Fane Lord

    Dr Fane Lord

    ENT & General Surgery, Aspen Medical Lautoka

  • Sophia Ma

    Dr Sophia Ma

    ENT Unaccredited Registrar, Monash Health

    Dr Sophia Ma is an ENT Unaccredited Registrar with a keen interest in all aspects of otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery. She has been based in Victoria, Australia since 2022. She has previously worked as an SRMO at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and spent her internship and residency in the South Western Sydney Local Health District of NSW Health.

  • Chunghyeon Oh

    Dr Chunghyeon Oh

    Assisstant Professor, Fiji National University

    Dr. OH, CHUNGHYEON received the M.D. degree from the Chunbuk National University in South Korea in 2000 and received training and certification of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck surgery at Catholic medical center in South Korea between 2000 and 2005. He received MSc Public Health in Developing country in LSHTM in London in 2012 and 2013. He had provided ENT clinical service at Santa-rosa hospital in Peru from 2006 to 2008 as a volunteer ENT doctor. He had worked for Korea International Cooperation Agency as a health advisor until 2016. He managed maternal child health program in Peru, malaria program in DR Congo and schistosomiasis program in Sudan as a field manager. He is working as an otolaryngology consultant in Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, Fiji from 2017. He is interested in public health approach for improving ear disease management and hearing care in pacific islands countries including ENT registrar training, primary ear and hearing care training, Ear nurse training, ear disease and hearing impairment epidemiologic study, mumps immunization introduction and primary ear and hearing care guideline. Now he is working in Fiji national university as an adjunct assistant professor for establishing post-graduate diploma in otolaryngology program.

  • Sione Pifeleti

    Dr Sione Pifeleti


    General Surgeon, Samoa Ministry of Health

    Dr Sione Pifeleti, MBBS, PGDS, MMED Surgery (Gordon Clunie Gold medalist) is a General Surgeon with ENT Head & Neck specialist heading the ENT Head & Neck Department at Samoa Ministry of Health and based at the TTM Hospital. He is the only ENT surgeon for the whole country. He worked with other Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) ENT doctor, ENT nurse and Audiologist and those that work in that related fields. He is one of the main leaders of the PENTAG (Pacific Ear Nose and Throat Audiology Group) in developing ear and hearing services for the PICs. He works closely with communities and other government ministries (Ministry of Women, Culture and Social Development and Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture, NGO's like Senese Inclusive Education). He also established the Samoa Hearing Program and Samoa National Hearing Centre. Dr Pifeleti is also a part time lecture at the School of Medicine at the National University of Samoa.

  • Amone Vaka'uta

    Dr Amone Vaka'uta

    ENT Tonga

  • Julian White

    Dr Julian White


    ENT Surgeon, Te Whatu Ora

    Julian graduated from Otago Medical School in 1991, having previously gained a Bachelor of Science at Auckland University. Following an OE he returned to New Zealand to pursue training in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (ENT Surgery) in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin. He then spent 18 months in Toronto and London Ontario completing his Fellowship training in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery.

    In 2019 Julian undertook a sabbatical focusing on Paediatric ENT Surgery, spending time at Starship hospital as well as Great Ormond St and Evelina Hospitals in London.

    Julian is a senior surgeon in the ENT Department of Waikato DHB, serving as Head of Department from 2016 until 2022. He assists with junior medical staff teaching and mentoring. Julian has previously served as the Honorary Secretary of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

    Julian has a broad range of expertise in ENT surgery with a special interest in managing lumps in the head and neck region, voice disorders and salivary gland problems including removal of stones using sialoendoscopy.

  • Bernard Whitfield

    A/Prof Bernard Whitfield

    ASOHNS/RACS Global Health

    Assoc. Professor Bernard C. S. Whitfield is currently the full-time Director (since 2005) of the Integrated Specialist ENT Service, at Logan Public Hospital in southeast Queensland, Australia, and Griffith University School of Medicine.
    He graduated from Medical School in Leeds, UK. After obtaining General Surgery FRCS Ed Fellowship he underwent ENT training for seven years in Cape Town, South Africa.
    He was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University Medical School 1990 and thereafter an NHS Consultant from 1991 – 2004 in The Lake District, UK.
    Moving to Brisbane in 2005, he joined his extended family and commenced work with Queensland Health.
    For 15 years he has led ENT Outreach visits to remote indigenous Australian communities.
    He is the current (since 2017) ENT Coordinator for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Global Health Outreach Program focussing on our 11 neighbouring Pacific Island Nations.


13-16 August 2023
The Denarau Convention Center, Fiji

Skip to Top of Page