International fellowship trained

The annual Melbourne laryngeal dissection course is aimed at ENT registrars, junior fellows and ENT surgeons looking to understand, practice and expand their core skills and techniques in laryngeal surgery

Dr. Theo Athanasiadis


Dr Athanasiadis is a laryngologist working in South Australia. Upon completion of his ENT training he was privileged to be awarded a travelling fellowship from the RACS to enable him to undertake subspecialty training in NZ and the USA. He is the head laryngologist at the Flinders Medical Centre Voice Clinic, Senior Lecturer in laryngology at Flinders University, Past President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia as well as director of the Flinders laryngology fellowship program. Theo has significant experience in treating performing artists as well as those with chronic cough, vocal cord dysfunction and laryngeal disorders.

Dr. Matt Broadhurst


Dr. Broadhurst is a fellowship-trained laryngologist. He returned from Boston, Massachusetts in 2007 after 2 years at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital with extensive training in laryngeal surgery and voice restoration. He has a tertiary-referral private practice in voice and larynx disorders utilising state-of-the-art surgery techniques including KTP laser and manages vocal fold paralysis, cysts, nodules, papilloma and complex stenosis. He is also involved in research and education nationally and internationally.

Dr. Sarah Emmett


Dr. Sarah Emmett is a Brisbane based laryngologist with fellowship training in laryngology. After completing her ENT training in Adelaide, Sarah went on to complete subspecialty training in Laryngology / Neurolaryngology with A/Prof Daniel Novakovic at the Dr Liang Voice Program (University of Sydney). Her main interests include laryngeal framework surgery, endoscopic laser surgery, neurolaryngology and care of the professional voice.

Dr. Charles Giddings


Charles Giddings is an ENT surgeon with fellowship training in head and neck, thyroid and airway surgery. He studied medicine at University College London graduating in 1999. He undertook six years of specialist training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery working at every adult teaching hospital in London. During this time he trained in laryngology and airway surgery, gaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010.

He completed additional subspecialty training in head and neck cancer, skull base, thyroid and airway surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in 2011-12. In addition, Charles has a special interest in benign and malignant tumours of the head, neck, thyroid and parathyroid. He has extensive experience in both transoral laser and skull base surgery as well as more radical open procedures.

Charles currently has appointments as an ENT Surgeon at Monash Health, Linacre Private Hospital, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital and Epworth Richmond.

Dr. Georgina Harris


Dr Georgina Harris is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon with subspecialty training in conditions affecting the voice, swallowing and upper airways (laryngology).
Dr Harris has special interest in voice surgery, laryngeal framework surgery, neurolaryngology and endolaryngeal laser surgery.

After completing her specialist ENT training and becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2012, she pursued additional subspecialty training overseas. Dr Harris has completed a fellowship in laryngology at the UK’s University College London Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare.

Dr. Hayley Herbert


Dr Hayley Herbert is a dual Fellowship trained Otolaryngologist having completed Fellowships in Laryngology in London UK (North Thames Laryngology Fellowship) and Paediatric ENT in Perth Australia. Hayley graduated from the University of Otago New Zealand and spent her specialist years in the North Island of New Zealand.

She has a special interest in Airway, Voice and Swallowing and is a member of the Complex Airway Team at Perth Children’s Hospital performing airway surgery and reconstruction. She is the Head of Department at Perth Children’s Hospital and a Senior Clinical lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Dr. Elizabeth Hodge


Elizabeth Hodge is a Queensland-trained ENT surgeon and treats both adult and paediatric patients for a wide-range of ENT concerns. Her special interests are in voice concerns, paediatric otolaryngology, chronic cough, swallowing disorders, and head and neck malignancy.

She is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School and has worked extensively throughout South-East Queensland. Following completion of her Australian training, and the awarding of her Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, she has completed two further sub-specialty fellowships. The first of these was in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, whilst the second was the Royal College of Surgeons “North Thames Laryngology Fellowship” in London.

Dr. Travis Leahy


Travis Leahy is an Australian trained Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgeon. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Melbourne University in 2004. After a brief stint in the banking world he then went on to study Medicine at Notre Dame University Western Australia, graduating in 2009.

During his Surgical training in both Victoria and Western Australia he was successful in being accepted to The University of Oxford in England where he studied for two years as part of their Masters of Surgery program. He gained Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons by completing his advanced training in Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery in 2019 and has completed further advanced training in Laryngology – Voice, airway and Swallowing disorders in Melbourne.

Travis has an interest in general adult and paediatric ENT conditions, disorders of voice and swallow, minimally invasive nose and sinus surgery, snoring and sleep surgery as well as Head & Neck oncology. He has a public appointment at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Dr. Daniel Novakovic


Dr Daniel Novakovic is an Australian Otolaryngologist with fellowship training in Laryngology/Neurolaryngology and Care of the Professional Voice. He received his medical degree from University of Sydney. He is current President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia. He is head of ENT department at Canterbury Hospital, and Associate Professor, as well as co-director of the Dr Liang Voice Program in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at University of Sydney. A/Prof Novakovic has active research interests in Laryngeal Papillomatosis, laser-tissue interaction, laryngeal/upper airway surgery and office based laryngeal treatments including minimally invasive surgery and laryngeal botulinum toxin.

Dr. Paul Paddle


Dr Paddle is an ENT surgeon, Head & Neck (H&N) surgeon with fellowship training in laryngology. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine with honors at Melbourne University in 2003 as the top candidate in his class. In 2013, he gained fellowship to the RACS by completing his advanced training in otolaryngology and H&N surgery. Dr Paddle has completed fellowship in Laryngology at Harvard University where he gained expertise in all aspects of laryngology including the care of voice, airway and swallowing disorders, operative and office-based treatments, and the use of established and innovative diagnostic and surgical techniques. Dr Paddle has appointments as an ENT surgeon at Monash Health, Epworth Richmond, Waverley Private and Swan Hill District Hospitals. He is founder and director of the Melbourne ENT Group, Country ENT, and the Melbourne Swallow Analysis Centre. He also consults at the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. He holds an Associate Professor position at Charles Sturt University, and Senior lecturer positions at both Monash and LaTrobe Universities, and is the Supervisor of ENT training at Monash Health.

Dr. Amanda Richards


Dr Amanda Richards is an ENT surgeon whose practice is dedicated to the care of Voice, Swallowing and Breathing disorders. After graduating from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Richards completed her laryngology fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Along with her laryngology expertise, Dr Richards has fellowship training in surgical oncology from St George’s NHS London, and integrates this experience into her voice practice. Dr Richards is a clinical researcher and committed member of the Australian Voice community, serving as the Vice President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia and past President of the Australian Voice Association. She is the lead surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Voice Clinic and the Neurolaryngology clinic, a research and care service for people with rare neurological voice disorders.

Dr. Anthony Rotman


Anthony is a Melbourne-trained ENT Surgeon with a special interest in voice, swallow and airway disorders. After receiving his Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Anthony completed further training in the United Kingdom. This began in London where he worked for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction. This is one of only a few Fellowships approved by the Royal College of Surgeons England and ENT UK, focusing on endoscopic and open approaches to disorders of the voice box and trachea.

As part of this he also spent time at the Royal Brompton Hospital’s upper airway clinic, training in vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough. Following London, Anthony did a second Laryngology Fellowship at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with an emphasis on swallowing disorders and local anaesthetic procedures, including transnasal oesophagoscopy, cricopharyngeal dilation and vocal cord injection augmentation.

Dr. Thomas Stewart


Dr Thomas Stewart is a Laryngologist in practice in Sydney. He obtained his FRACS in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2019 after training in New South Wales. He completed a further subspecialty fellowship in Laryngology in New York in 2020, under the supervision of Dr Andrew Blitzer, a world pioneer in Neurolaryngology. He manages the breadth of Laryngology conditions, with a focus on office based procedures, phonosurgery and glottic insufficiency.

He is a member of ASOHNS, and on the executive committee of the Laryngology Society of Australasia.

Dr. David Vokes


David is an expert Laryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon based in Auckland. A graduate of the University of Auckland, David completed his training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2004, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He then spent two years in the USA in post Fellowship subspecialty training: one year of Head and Neck Surgery and Laryngology at the University of California at Irvine, and one year of Laryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle. David returned home to New Zealand in 2007 to take up a Consultant position at Auckland City Hospital, where he is a member of the Auckland Regional Head & Neck Unit, and the Auckland City Hospital Multidisciplinary Voice, Airway & Swallow Clinic.