Clinical 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 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.
Jean-Marc Gerard is an ENT consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Austin Health since June 2017. He is qualified in ENT surgery with a specific interest in otology and neurotology. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Dr Gerard worked as a staff physician, created and managed the otology unit at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi between 2014 and 2017. In 2002, after completing his training at the Free University of Brussels and being accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education of the French Community of Belgium, he worked as a consultant in the Otology and Neurotology Department at the University Hospital Saint-Luc (University of Louvain). In 2011, he was appointed the head of the department. Jean-Marc also created and managed the Cochlear Research Centre for Advanced Cephalic Surgery in Brussels from 2010 to 2014. He participated in the development of hearing implants and implantable microphones in collaboration with Dr Robert Briggs. Academically, Dr Gerard was appointed co-chairman of Oto-rhino-laryngology in the faculty of psychology and speech therapy, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium in 2011 and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne in 2017.