Dr Hubert Low
Head and Neck Surgeon
MBBS (Hons), BSc Med (Hons), FRACS
Phone: (02) 9874 2432
Fax: (02) 9874 8159
Dr Hubert Low is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon with interest in microvascular/ head and neck reconstruction and management of facial nerve disorder.
Dr Low is a member of the Australasian Head and Neck Society, the Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has completed international fellowships in Western Australia, Taiwan and Canada. He is a senior clinical lecturer at Sydney and Macquarie Universities and actively supervises otolaryngology registrars, head and neck fellows, as well as post graduate research candidates.
Dr Low currently chairs the Sydney Facial Nerve service, the first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the management of facial nerve disorder in Australia. He also manages the Head and Neck Database, which is currently the largest clinicopathological database dedicated to head and neck malignancies in the Southern hemisphere.
His research interests include outcome research involving mucosal and cutaneous malignancies, as well as the field of facial nerve disorder. He has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and published in a large number of international peer-reviewed research articles.
Q&A with Dr Hubert Low
My first job was…
Working as an assistant nurse at Woodlands Nursing Home, Cherrybrook, followed by a part-time tutor job with the School of Anatomy, UNSW.
Why did you want to work in healthcare?
I like basic science and the ability to make a difference for people. Clinical medicine covers both.
What is your professional background?
I have a medical background, although during my medical studies, I took time off to complete a B Sc degree where I undertook a research project at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
To explain to people what I do I say…
I remove cancer from the head and neck region and repair the defects created by borrowing tissue from other parts of the body. By doing this I am hoping to minimise the impact of the disease and maximise my patients’ post-surgery function.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Significant time away from the family.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Giving patients and families hope that we (the head and neck team) can help them with their cancer. Hope that is not confined to cure, but is also about improving quality of life and reducing pain and suffering. I enjoy seeing patients improve with our intervention.
What attracted you to working at Lifehouse?
The wonderful team in Head and Neck service, legacy of the late Chris O’Brien. I received part of my Head and Neck training with the dedicated head and neck team at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. It is good to come back to join the department.
What does Lifehouse offer patients?
Support for patients, right through from diagnostic, operative (or other intervention), post-treatment care and follow-up. There is an incredible amount of cumulative experience in our Head and Neck team. We get together every Monday morning to discuss the most complicated cancer cases, or cancer-related problems, to help us develop the best treatment option. It’s a positive environment where everyone brings their field of expertise with the focus of improving the patient’s outcomes. Patients are cared for by a team that is also actively pursuing research interest to improve cancer care.
My proudest achievement at work is … when the patient says: “Thank you for helping me.”
I do what I do because … I love what I do. I love working with my team and I love interacting with my patients.
At work I am always learning that … there is always a better treatment. We just need to find it. What we are offering is only the best that is currently available.
To unwind at the end of the day I … put on a CD from my collection or play a tune on the piano. I enjoy reading, drawing and crafts with the kids if I am home before their bedtime. On the weekend, I like to lose myself in the garden.