A/Prof Tsu-Hui (Hubert) Low
ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon
MBBS (Hons), BSc Med (Hons), FRACS
Phone: (02) 9874 2432
Fax: (02) 9874 8159
A/Prof Hubert Low is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon with interest in management of head and neck malignancies, facial nerve disorder and thyroid/ parathyroid pathologies.
He completed his ENT training in 2013, and undertook further post-fellowship training both locally and internationally.
A/Prof Low holds VMO appointments at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Macquarie University Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Hubert 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.
A/Prof Low is currently the Director of the Facial Nerve Services at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and is the Clinical Lead for the Head and Neck Database for Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute.
He is actively involved in mentoring ENT registrars, as well as Head and Neck Fellows, with conjoint academic appointments at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.
He published widely in in both local and international journals. His research interests include outcome research involving mucosal and cutaneous malignancies, as well as the field of facial nerve disorder.
Q&A with Dr Hubert Low
My first job was…
Working as an assistant nurse at the nursing home. Subsequently, he took up a part-time assistant lecturer/ casual tutor job at the School of Anatomy, UNSW.
Why did you want to work in healthcare?
I like basic science/ epidemiology and the ability to interact and help people. Clinical medicine covers all that spectrum.
To explain to people what I do I say…
I treat patients with head and neck cancer to achieve cure and maximise their quality of life. I also manage patients with facial nerve disorder, and help them to normalise their facial function.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Long surgeries, requiring precision and concentrations. Significant time away from the family.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy my interactions with my patients and supporting them through their cancer journey. I aim to give hope to my patients. Hope that is not confined to cure but is also about improving the quality of life and reducing pain and suffering.
Teaching is also a big part of my job at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. I enjoy my interactions with my fellows, registrars and medical students.
What attracted you to working at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse?
The wonderful team in Head and Neck service, legacy of the late Chris O’Brien. I started my head and neck surgery training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under the guidance of the late Chris O’Brien. It is an honour and privilege to be able to continue his vision at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
What does Chris O’Brien 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. 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 … … might put on a CD from my collection or play an instrument with one of my three very talented children, or chilling out with my ever supportive wife to debrief. On the weekend, I enjoy going out for a walk with the family or lose myself in the garden.