Clinical Associate Professor Robert Briggs is an Otolaryngologist whose practice and research is specialized in Otology,and Neurotology. After completing Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery training in Melbourne in 1989, Mr. Briggs undertook a further three years of clinical fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London and at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Mr. Briggs is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne Departments of Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Otolaryngology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Other current appointments are; Clinical Executive Director of Otolaryngology, Head of Otology and Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Neurotologist at Austin Health. In addition to general otology and sinus surgery Mr. Briggs has a large experience with surgery for otosclerosis, acoustic neuromas and cochlear implantation. His research has focused on Cochlear Implant Electrode development and safety as well as the management of Neurofibromatosis type 2 and the role of Auditory Brainstem Implantation.
Dr Benjamin Wei is a paediatric and adult ENT surgeon who completed his surgical training both in Melbourne and the USA. He has a fellowship training in otology and Neurotology at the University of North Carolina, USA and an academic PhD degree in Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne. He has specialty interest in conditions affecting the ears, nose, sinus and throat including hearing disorders, cochlear implantation, hearing restoration surgeries, and skull base tumours. Dr Wei also consults at Moonee Pond clinic, Grey Street St Vincent Private East Melbourne, and Ballarat Clinic in Sturt Street. He has public appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s Otology and Cochlear Implantation Unit and academic appointments at the Bionic Institute and the University of Melbourne.
Completed her undergraduate medical degree at Monash University in 2002 with honors. During her junior medical training she completed a Diploma of Surgical Anatomy at Melbourne University in 2005 and served as an honorary lecturer in anatomy at Melbourne University in the Medical Faculty. She then went on to do a Masters of Surgery at Sydney University in 2007 in Meniere’s disease, an ear-related balance disorder. She completed her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery) in February 2012 and served as the trainee representative on the National ENT training board for two years of that time. She completed a two-year Otology/Neurotology Fellowship with focus on skull-base tumors, general otology and cochlear implants in adults and children at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in United States in December 2014 and served as an attending ENT surgeon at this institution during this time. She is currently on staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as part of the General ENT and Skull-Base Neurotology services and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital as part of the Cochlear Implant and General Otology services.
Particular interests include:
Otology (ear surgery) and Hearing Loss
Neurotology (skull-base surgery for tumours such as acoustic neuromas)
General ENT including pediatrics
Endoscopic sinus surgery
Head and Neck Surgery