Head and Neck

Director: Mr Dean White


The Head and Neck Clinical Institute groups together the surgical sub-specialties of dental, dermatology, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial, otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat), and plastic surgery (cosmetic and reconstructive).



​​ ​       FY2017         ​ ​      FY 2018

Services Admi​ssions
Admissions ​Bed days

Dermatology ​436 425

347​ 327​
Ophthalmology 2,632 2,580

2,953​ 2,738​
Oral and maxillofacial 4,592

​4,833  ​5,102
Otolaryngology (ENT)

​2,879 ​3,645
​Plastic surgery ​7,872 ​13,978

8,034​ 13,207​

Conditions treated


  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Allergies
  • Alopecia areata
  • Dandruff
  • Eczema
  • Female pattern hair loss
  • Hair and scalp disease
  • Hair transplantation
  • Melanoma
  • Nail disorders
  • Pemphigus
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Skin cancer
  • Vitiligo

  • Amblyopia
  • Cataract
  • Cornea disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Lacrimal (tear duct) disorders
  • Medical retina
  • Oculoplastic/lid/orbital disease
  • Surgical retina


  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Bat ears (otoplasty)

  • Ear Infections

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

  • Hearing loss

  • Head and neck cancer

  • Nasal fractures

  • Nasal polyps

  • Otitis media/glue ear

  • Salivary gland tumours

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep and snoring disorders

  • Swallowing difficulty

  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders

  • Tinnitus

  • Tonsillitis

  • Vertigo

  • Voice disorders



  Oral and Maxillofacial

  • Benign pathology of jaws and oral cavity (cysts, tumours, oral mucosal lesions)
  • Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery), surgical treatment of sleep apnea, facial deformity and asymmetry
  • Cranio-maxillofacial trauma : jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, eye socket (orbital) fractures, nasal fractures, LeFort and midface injuries, skull fractures
  • Dentoalveolar surgery (surgery to remove impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, extractions on medically compromised patients, bone grafting or preprosthetic surgery to provide better anatomy for the placement of implants, dentures, or other dental prostheses)
  • Maxillofacial cosmetic surgery (rhinoplasty, septoplasty, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, genioplasty)
  • Maxillofacial reconstructive surgery (including Dental implants)
  • Oral cancer and related premalignant lesions
  • Paediatric Maxillofacial surgery/Cleft related surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (arthrocentesis, arthroplasty, total TMJ replacement)

Plastic Surgery

  • Cosmetic - Facial (Eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty, Nose surgery/rhinoplasty, face lifts, Ear surgery/otoplasty); Breast surgery (Breast reduction, breast augmentation/implants, breast lift/mastopexy), abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, liposuction, post massive weight loss surgery, brachioplasty/arm lift/reduction surgery
  • Reconstructive - Skin cancer, trauma, breast (cancer, congenital breast conditions, breast asymmetry)
  • Skin cancer
  • Hand Surgery - Trauma and elective (Carpal tunnel, Dupuytren’s disease, trigger finger, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, tendon surgery)
  • Maxillofacial


  • In an Australian-first surgical procedure, Epworth’s oral and maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis in 2015 corrected a young man’s rare congenital jaw deformity, using a 3D printed jaw joint that was designed and created in Melbourne. Mr Dimitroulis led the surgical team who reconstructed the missing jaw with a custom-made jaw that was the result of careful collaboration between doctors, 3D Medical (ASX:3DM), and researchers from the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
  • Epworth is major provider of care of maxillo-facial trauma patients through Emergency Department referrals with close links to the AFL, Rugby and convenient location to Olympic park precinct.
  • Experience in caring for complex facial deformity patients for over 30 years. Orthognathic procedures are routine.
  • Breast reconstructive service. Working in conjunction with multidisciplinary teams (oncological breast surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists and breast care nurses) at multiple Epworth sites, the plastic surgery unit offers the full range of reconstructive options (free flap/microsurgery, regional flaps and implant reconstructions).
  • Trauma service. Emergency cases are accepted via emergency departments and as direct referrals doctor’s rooms (lacerations, hand trauma, facial trauma, major accidents, workplace injuries).


If you have any queries regarding the data on this page, please email ClinicalProfile@epworth.org.au

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