Dr Hubert Low
Director of Clinical Education and Database
Head and Neck Surgeon
MBBS (Hons), BSc Med (Hons), FRACS
Phone: (02) 9874 2432
Fax: (02) 9874 8159
Dr Hubert Low is a fully-qualified surgeon specialising in microvascular/ head and neck reconstruction, facial nerve rehabilitation and transoral robotic surgery.
He began his career in general surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. During that time he was mentored by Chris O’Brien for Head and Neck surgery and Leigh Delbridge/ Mark Sywak for Thyroid/ Parathyroid surgery.
He moved to Adelaide, to Flinders Medical Centre and Women and Children Hospital, to do Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery. After two years, he returned to New South Wales and worked across Sydney Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, John Hunter Hospital and finally at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
After his registrar training, he pursued further post fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology/ Sleep apnoea surgery at Western Australia’s Royal Perth Hospital. For the last 16 months, he has worked at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan under Prof Fu Chan Wei and Victoria Hospital, in Canada under Prof John Yoo, to further his training in microvascular/ head and neck reconstruction, facial nerve rehabilitation and transoral robotic surgery.
Dr Low is a member of the Australasian Head and Neck Society and the Australasian Society and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He has presented at conferences all over the world, and has published a large number of 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.