Facial Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

We are now inviting applications for the fellowship position, which is supervised by A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng. The fellowship is designed for ambitious candidates who intend to pursue subspecialized training in complex ablative and reconstructive (microsurgical and non-microsurgical) surgery of the face, management of regional nodal basins including sentinel node biopsy for melanoma, parotidectomy and neck dissection, and facial nerve surgery.

The position is based at the Head and Neck Cancer Service at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Cancer Center, but the Fellow is also expected to participate in activities at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Plastic Surgery Department and the Melanoma Institute of Australia.

The Head and Neck Cancer Service has seven other Head and Neck surgeons: Prof Carsten Palme (Head of Department), Prof Jonathan Clark, Dr Anthony Clifford, Prof Michael Elliott, Dr Hubert Low, Dr Kerwin Shannon and Dr James Wykes. The sub-specialty focus of each surgeon, as one might expect with a world-class department, is different. A/Prof Ch’ng is the only combined Plastic and Reconstructive, and Head and Neck surgeon in the team. In 2018, the department performed 238 free flaps. The Facial Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow is expected to be the co-surgeon/ first assistant for approximately 60 free flaps over 12 months. There are three other Head & Neck Fellows at the department. The Facial Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow is rostered on occasion to work with some of the other surgeons.

Please see below for a summary of the position:

For queries about the Fellowship, please contact A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng at sydney.chng@sydney.edu.au

For a more detailed description of the fellowship experience, please click below:

Facial surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney, Australia

Fellows in the last five years:

– Dr Margot Den Hondt, Leuven, Belgium (Fellow 2018-2019)

– Dr Jia Miin Yip, Adelaide, Australia (Fellow 2019-2020)

– Dr Semra Uyulmaz, Zürich, Switzerland (Fellow 2020-2021)

– Dr Tam Quinn, Melbourne, Australia (Fellow 2021-2022)

– Dr Alexander Dearden, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2022-2023)

– Dr Alexandra O’Neill, Perth, Australia (2023-present)