Bio

Associate Professor SydneyCh’ng was named one of the 100 Westpac and Australian Financial Review Women of Influence in Australia 2015.

Associate Professor Sydney Ch’ng is a fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon and leading surgical researcher. She is one of a few surgeons fully trained in both Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery. Her current work includes cancer surgery (head and neck cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers), reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and academic work as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney.

Dr Sydney Ch’ng studied medicine at the University of Melbourne. During her surgical training, she participated in the Surgeon Scientist Program through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). She performed two years of full time research into the biology of skin cancers, publishing many scientific papers, and presenting her research at both national and international conferences. Dr Ch’ng won a number of awards including the Young Investigator Award presented by the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS), Best Proffered Paper at the ANZHNCS Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), the Louis Barnett Prize for Best Free Paper at the RACS (NZ) ASM, and Best Scientific Poster at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress. This research culminated in the awarding of a PhD, and resulted in changes to global guidelines for the management of skin cancers.

Following this, Dr Ch’ng completed training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

She undertook further training in head and neck surgery at the Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. This allowed her to gain extensive experience in both resection and reconstructive surgery for all types of head and neck benign and malignant (cancer) pathology.

Dr Ch’ng then completed a fellowship specialising in Adult Craniomaxillofacial (Facial Trauma and Facial Cosmetic) Surgery at the renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, working with world leaders in this field.

Subsequently, Dr Ch’ng went to the premier cancer hospital in USA, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as an international fellow on the highly competitive American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Program. There she learnt the latest techniques in cancer surgery such as advanced microsurgery, robotic surgery, and lymphoedema surgery.

Dr Ch’ng’s practice is based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, the Melanoma Institute of Australia, and the Mater Hospital. She collaborates with experts in medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and allied health when caring for head and neck cancer and melanoma patients. Her interests include facial skin cancers (especially those involving the ear, nose, eyelids and lips), advanced skin cancers requiring complex reconstruction following resection with a focus on obtaining the best cosmetic outcome and restoring function, surgery for parotid tumours (including nerve integrity monitoring and mini-facelift incisions), and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

In addition to her clinical work, Dr Ch’ng is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Institute of Academic Surgery, University of Sydney. She is the Research Lead for Plastic Surgery at RPA. She has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and been awarded a number of successful research grant applications. She is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a reviewer for highly regarded scientific journals. In 2015, she was recognised with a significant research honour at the Sydney Local Health District Innovation and Research Symposium.

She is actively involved in the supervision and training of local and overseas surgeons, trainees, and medical students. In 2016, Dr Ch’ng will convene the 17th International Course on Perforator Flaps where the world’s finest plastic surgeons will attend.

Professional Affiliations:

 

  • Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Head and Heck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS)
  • Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA)
  • Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trial Group (ANZMTG)
  • AO CMF (Craniomaxillofacial) International
  • Sydney Facial Nerve Service

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

  1. Heiduschka G, Virk SA, Palme CE, Ch’ng S, Elliott M, Gupta R, J Clark. Margin to tumor thickness ratio – A predictor of local recurrence and survival in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Oral Oncol. 2016 Feb 6. pii: S1368-8375(16)00013-0. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2016.01.010 (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Maher NG, Collgros H, Uribe P, Ch’ng S, Rajadhyaksha M, Guitera P. In vivo confocal microscopy for the oral cavity: Current state of the field and future potential. Oral Oncol. 2016 Jan 16. pii: S1368-8375(16)00004-X. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2016.01.003 (Epub ahead of print)
  3. Saw R, Allan C, Barbour A, Ch’ng S, Coventry BJ, Gyorki D, Henderson M, Howle J, Hughes TM, Lee K, Neuhaus S, Saunders C, Shannon K, Smithers M, Speakman D, Spillane J, Stretch J. Sentinel node biopsy in patients with intermediate and thick melanomas-A balanced view. Australian Family Physician. 2015 Dec;44(12):876
  4. Ch’ng S, Skoracki RJ, Selber JC, Yu P, Martin JW, Hofstede TM, Chambers MS, Liu J, Hanasono MM. Osseointegrated implant based dental rehabilitation in head and neck reconstruction patients. Head Neck. 2014 Dec 24. doi: 10.1002/hed.23993 (Epub ahead of print)
  5. Ch’ng S, Gupta R, Clark JR. Margin assessment in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. 2014 Feb;120(3):454
  6. Ch’ng S, Wong G, Clark JR. Reconstruction of the trachea. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2014 Mar;30(3):153-62
  7. Ch’ng S, Oates J, Gao K, Foo K, Davies S, Brunner M, Clark JR. Prospective quality of life assessment between treatment groups for oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2014 Jun;36(6):834-40
  8. Ch’ng S, Ashford B, Clark JR. Alignment of the double barrel fibula free flap for better cosmesis and adequate bone height for osseointegrated dental implants. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Oct;132(4):688e-9e
  9. Chen CT, Ch’ng S, Huang F, Chen YR. Management of malocclusion and facial asymmetry secondary to fractures of the mandibular condyle process. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Dec;71 Suppl 1:S8-S12
  10. Ch’ng S, Corbett-Burns S, Stanton N, Gao K, Shannon, K, Clifford A, Gupta R, Clark JR. Close margin alone does not warrant postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. 2013 Jul 1;119(13):2427-37
  11. Ch’ng S, Choi V, Elliott M, Clark JR. Relationship between postoperative complications and survival after free flap reconstruction for oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2014 Jan;36(1):55-9
  12. Hasan Z, Gore SM, Ch’ng S, Ashford B, Clark J. Options for configuring the scapular free flap in maxillary, mandibular and calvarial reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Sep;132(3):645-55
  13. Ch’ng S, Palme CE, Wong GL, Brunner M, Ashford B, McGuinness J, Clark JR. Reconstruction of the (crico)trachea for malignancy in the virgin and irradiated neck. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012,65(12):1645-53
  14. McLean T, Brunner M, Ebrahimi A, Gao K, Ch’ng S, Veness MJ, Clark JR. Concurrent primary and metastatic cutaneous head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Analysis of prognostic factors. Head Neck. 2013 Aug;35(8):1144-8
  15. Ch’ng S, Clark JR, Brunner M, Palme CE, Morgan GJ, Veness MJ. Relevance of the primary lesion in the prognosis of metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2013,35(2):190-4
  16. Ch’ng S, Pinna A, Ioannou K, Juszczyk K, Shannon K, Clifford A, Uren R, Clark JR. Assessment of second tier lymph nodes in melanoma and implications for extent of elective neck dissection in metastatic cutaneous malignancy of the parotid. Head Neck. 2013,35(2):205-8
  17. Brunner M, Veness M, Ch’ng S, Elliott M, Clark JR. Distant metastases from cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma – Analysis of AJCC stage IV. Head Neck 2013,35(1):72-5
  18. Ch’ng S, Clark JR. The scapular angle adds versatility to the latissimusdorsi free flap in complicated scalp reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surgery. 2011.64(9):e248-9
  19. Ch’ng S, Ashford B, Gao K, McGuinness J, Clark JR. Reconstruction of post-radical parotidectomy defects. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012,129(2):275e-87e
  20. Low I, Ch’ng S, Ng D, Brasch H, Sullivan M, Davis P, Tan ST. HER2 polysomy in aggressive head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Hum Pathol. 2009,40(6):902-3
  21. Ch’ng S, Tan ST. Genetics, cellular biology and tumor microenvironment of melanoma. Front Biosci. 2009,14:918-28
  22. Ch’ng S, Maitra A, Allison R, Chaplin J, Gregor RT, Lea R, Tan ST. Parotid and cervical nodal status predict prognosis for patients with head and neck metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. J Surg Oncol. 2008,98(2):101-5
  23. Ch’ng S, Low I, Ng D, Brasch H, Sullivan M, Davis P, Tan ST. Epidermal growth factor receptor – A novel biomarker for aggressive head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Hum Pathol. 2008,39(3):344-9
  24. Ch’ng S, Tan ST. Facial port-wine stains: Clinical stratification and risks of neuro-ocular involvement. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008, 61(8):889-93
  25. Ch’ng S, Sullivan M, Yuan L, Davis P, Tan ST. Mast cells deregulate apoptotic and cell cycle genes in mucosal squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Cell Int. 2006,6:28
  26. Ch’ng S, Maitra A, Lea R, Brasch H, Tan ST. Parotid metastasis – An independent prognostic factor in head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006,59(12):1288-93
  27. Ch’ng S, Wallis R, Yuan L, Davis P, Tan ST. Mast cells and cutaneous malignancies. Mod Pathol. 2006,19(1)149-59
  28. Ch’ng S, Hulme-Moir M. New Zealand’s early experience in stapled haemorrhoidopexy. N Z Med J. 2006,119(1230):U1880
  29. Nikitins M, Griffin P, Ch’ng S, Rice N. Dynamic anatomical study of ulnar nerve motion after anterior transposition for cubital tunnel syndrome. Hand Surg. 2002,7(2):177-182

 

Invited Book Chapters

 

  1. Ch’ng S and Skoracki R. Scapular and parascapular flaps. In: Hanasono M, Peirong Yu, editors. Reconsonstructive Surgery of the Head and Neck. New York: Thieme (2016)
  2. Ch’ng S, Low I, Alexander A, Clark JR. Non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck. In: Gullane P, Goldstein D, editors. Sataloff’s Textbook of Otolryngology. Philadelphia: Jaypee Medical Publishers (November 2015)
  3. Ch’ng S, Low I, Alexander A, Clark JR. Other rarer non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck. In: Gullane P, Goldstein D, editors. Sataloff’s Textbook of Otolaryngology. Philadelphia: Jaypee Medical Publishers (November 2015)
  4. Ch’ng S, Low I, Clark JR. Non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck. In: Kountakis SE, editor. Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. New York: Springer (In publication)
  5. Lee K, Ch’ng S, Ashford B. Sinonasal melanoma. In: Kountakis SE, editor. Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. New York: Springer (In publication)
  6. Lee K, Ch’ng S, Ashford B. Oral melanoma. In: Kountakis SE, editor. Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. New York: Springer (In publication)
  7. Lee K, Ch’ng S, Ashford B. Primary laryngeal mucosal melanoma. In: Kountakis SE, editor. Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. New York: Springer (In publication)
  8. Ch’ng S, Tan ST, Davis P, Brasch H, Sullivan M. Skin cancers and the cell cycle. In: Chen KC, editor. Progress in Cell Cycle Research. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008.