Specialists

Associate Professor Nirmal Patel

Lower North Shore (Neutral Bay) Northwest (Bella Vista) NSW
Phone:  02 8882 9477   Fax:  02 8824 8414  
Website:  www.HillsENT.com

Associate Professor Patel completed medical school and otolaryngology training in Sydney. He then pursued nearly three years of advanced ear surgery training in the US, completing otology/neurotology fellowships at New York University and the University of Utah. His graduating thesis was in stem cell therapy of the inner ear.

Associate Professor Patel's current interests include cochlear implants, acoustic neuroma surgery, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma and chronic ear infections. He also has a particular interest in children's ear, nose and throat disorders including sleep disordered breathing, ear infections and glue ear (otitis media with effusion)

As well as working at Macquarie University Hospital, Associate Professor Patel holds appointments at Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private and Norwest Private Hospitals. He has published more than 20 articles, presented in over 50 national and international meetings and regularly teaches scholars, registrars, residents, interns and medical students.

More recently, Associate Professor Patel introduced minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery to Macquarie University Hospital after undertaking further training in North America. Nirmal is a member of the International Working Group for Endoscopic Ear Surgery - a group dedicated to furthering excellence in the technique of minimally invasive ear surgery. Endoscopic ear surgery allows nearly scarless ear surgery with less pain and quicker healing times. He is also Director of the Kolling Deafness Research Centre, based at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.

He is a member of the Indigenous Health Committee for the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons and performs indigenous outreach work in remote New South Wales.

Associate Professor Catherine Birman

Macquarie University Clinic Suite 402, Level 4,
2 Technology Place
Macquarie University, NSW, 2019
Phone:  02 9812 3966

A/Prof Catherine Birman is a specialist adult and paediatric cochlear implant surgeon, otologist, and paediatric ENT surgeon with the Department of ENT at Macquarie University Hospital. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University and a Conjoint Professor at Macquarie University. As well as working at Macquarie University Hospital she holds positions at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, RPAH and Hornsby Hospital. A/Prof Birman’s interests and expertise are in adult and paediatric cochlear implants, other implantable hearing devices, otology and paediatric ENT. A/Prof Birman is one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons in Australia, with expertise in hearing preservation surgery, single sided deafness, very young child implantation (including the youngest child in Australia at 3 months of age) and adult congenital and progressive hearing loss requiring cochlear implantation. This has led on to expertise in other implantable hearing devices, including BAHA, Sophono and Bonebridge along with ear surgery including cholesteatoma surgery and ossicular reconstruction. Paediatric ENT continues to be another area of interest and experience.

A/Prof BIrman has authored multiple peer reviewed papers and presents nationally and internationally on hearing loss, cochlear implants and paediatric ENT. She has run temporal bone workshops both here in Australia and Asia. A/Prof Birman is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A/Prof Birman is the Head of Department at Hornsby Hospital, Deputy Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, and a member of the board of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. She has been the past Chair and Vice-Chair of the NSW Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and past Secretary for the Australian New Zealand Paediatric Otolaryngology Society.