RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

Head and Neck Department


A/Prof Carsten Palme
A/Prof Carsten Palme
Head of Department

Prof Jonathan Clark
Prof Jonathan Clark
Research Lead

Dr Hubert Low
Dr Hubert Low
Education Lead

Kevin Nguyen
Dr Kevin Nguyen
Education Lead

A/Prof Sydney Ch'ng
A/Prof Sydney Ch'ng
Head and Neck Research Meeting Co-ordinator

A/Prof Michael Elliott
A/Prof Michael Elliott
Translational Research Co-ordinator

Dr Kerwin Shannon
Dr Kerwin Shannon
Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute Director

Dr Anthony Clifford

A/Prof Ruta Gupta - Pathological Research Co-ordinator

A/Prof Guy Lyons - Senior Hospital Scientist

Mr Kan Gao - Data Manager

Ms Nadia Rosin - Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute Development Officer

About the Department

The head and neck surgical service based at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse has a national and international reputation of excellence in providing care for public and private patients with complex head and neck cancers, as well as providing care for patients with benign health and neck disease at RPA. The eight specialist surgeons are leaders in their field and a highly academic department.


  • World recognised department
  • Highest volume of complex head and neck cancer resections in NSW
  • Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute (SHNCI) Database – largest in Australasia
  • Largest head and neck cancer Biobank in Australia

Key Research Themes

  • Using 3D printing for patient reconstruction and surgical planning
  • Bionic eye closure device for facial paralysis (BLINC)
  • Whole Genome Sequencing of metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)
  • Whole Genome Sequencing of tongue cancer in young patients
  • Targeted Sequencing for salivary duct carcinoma

Key Education & Training Activities

  • Graduate Medical Program -  University of Sydney
  • Oral cancer education day
  • Dedicated training sessions for surgical trainees
  • PhD, Masters and Honours student supervision
  • Sydney Head and Neck Cadaver Dissection Course

Useful Links

Affiliate Organisations

  • Beyond Five
  • University of Sydney
  • Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute

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Professor Jonathan Clark

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