The St Vincent’s Head and Neck Service is one of the largest services in Australia offering a comprehensive consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic service covering the whole spectrum of Head and Neck, including benign and malignant disease.  It delivers world-class cancer care to all patients. All Head and Neck Surgeons at St Vincent’s are Otolaryngology (ENT) trained ensuring expertise in airway and anterior skullbase disease.

Our Services

The Head and Neck Service delivers world-class cancer care to all patients. All Head and Neck Surgeons at St Vincent's are Otolaryngology (ENT) trained, ensuring expertise in airway and anterior skullbase disease. 


Head and Neck Cancer

The Head and Neck Service at St Vincent’s has a national and international reputation for excellence. More than 350 cancer patients are seen annually at the Head & Neck Cancer.

Multidisciplinary Team Meeting at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, a combined facility of Vincent’s Hospital and The Garvan Institute. The team consists of a range of experts in Head and Neck cancer surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, plastics and reconstructive surgery, specialist radiology, pathology, dentistry, cancer nursing, dietetics, speech pathology, psychology and social work. The service is committed to translational research and is currently involved in research projects pursuing the benefits of genomic profiling and targeted immunotherapy for head and neck cancer patients. 

Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

St Vincent’s, Sydney has one of the largest experiences in Australia in transoral robotic surgery (TORS). It was the first unit in NSW to perform transoral robotic surgery and therefore is the most experienced unit in NSW, if not Australia.

We are here to support our patients and provide them with all the information required to make an informed decision about treatment and care.

Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Oral cavity (mouth)
  • Oropharynx (tonsil, tongue base, soft palate)
  • Larynx
  • Hypopharynx
  • Cervical oesophagus
  • Nasopharynx
  • Nasal cavity and sinuses
  • Skull base tumours
  • Cancer of unknown primary head and neck
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumours
  • Trachea
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Nasopharynx
  • Nasal cavity and sinuses
  • Skull base tumours
  • Paragangliomas
  • Skin
  • Sarcomas of the head and neck



You will need a referral from your GP, Medical Practitioner, Dentist or Dental Specialist.

Please bring all relevant pathology and radiology images and results that your referrer has arranged for you to your appointment.



Kinghorn Cancer Centre

St Vincent’s Private Hospital

St Vincent’s General Hospital

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Garvan Institute


Useful Links

Cancer Council NSW:

Cancer Institute NSW:

Beyond Five:

Our Specialists

Specialist Tel Fax
A/Prof Richard Gallagher OAM
A/Prof Ron Bova
Dr Brett Leavers