Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh graduated with a BDS (Hons) and subsequently an MDSc (Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology) from the University of Sydney.
She is a registered specialist in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, and maintains a specialist private practice in both Sydney and Canberra. She is also a Consultant Oral Medicine Specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool Hospitals in Sydney, and is a Visiting Specialist at the Canberra Hospital. Dr Yeoh holds a Clinical Lecturer appointment with the University of Sydney.
Dr Yeoh is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in both the General Stream as well as the Special Fields Stream of Oral Medicine. She is the current Treasurer of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Oral Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Yeoh’s clinical interests lie in oral mucosal disease, salivary gland dysfunction and orofacial pain. She is currently undertaking research in the field of autoimmune vesiculobullous conditions.
- Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia (OMAA)
- NSW Oral Medicine Study Group (Co-founder)
- European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM)
- International Association of Oral Pathologists (IAOP)
- Australian Dental Association (ADA)
Current Teaching Positions
- Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney
Q&A with Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh
What is your title?
I am an Oral Medicine Specialist
What training have you completed?
I trained as a dentist through the University of Sydney and after working for several years, decided to do further training to become an Oral Medicine Specialist. I completed my Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in both the General Stream as well as the Special Fields Stream of Oral Medicine. After working as a Fellow at Westmead Hospital, I was offered an Oral Medicine Specialist position at the Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool Hospitals in Sydney, as well as a Visiting Specialist position at The Canberra Hospital.
My first job was…
A salesperson at David Jones, working in the Confectionery Department!
To explain to people what I do I say…
I manage conditions that affect the “skin” inside the mouth, a bit like a “dermatologist for the mouth”. The majority of this treatment is non-surgical.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Giving people bad news.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Building relationships with people. Many of my patients require long term follow up, and meeting on a regular basis a gives us the opportunity to get to know each other quite well.
My biggest achievement so far…
Together with my husband, raising two wonderful daughters in a happy home environment.
To unwind at the end of the day, I…
Enjoy dancing to silly songs with my girls and then reading with them at bedtime.
How long have you been working at Lifehouse?
I’ve had the privilege of working with the Lifehouse Head and Neck Cancer team for many years, and am now excited to be consulting onsite.
Can you describe the role you play in people’s cancer journey?
I have a role in identifying and monitoring pre-cancer of the mouth, and I am often the person who performs the initial biopsy which leads to the diagnosis of cancer. I am then responsible for facilitating the referral to the Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, and am involved in the treatment planning stage, particularly with regards to the coordinating and addressing pre-treatment dental concerns. Once the initial cancer treatment is complete, I help patients to manage with some of the long term effects of treatment, such as dry mouth.