Associate Professor Michael Elliott
MBBS, MPhil, FRACS
Phone: (02) 8355 7940
Fax: (02) 8078 4408
Associate professor Michael Elliott graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1997 and commenced his basic surgical training in 1998. In 2000 Michael and his family moved to Sydney where he completed his basic surgical training. In 2003 Michael undertook a research year at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and was awarded a Masters of Philosophy in the field of Medical Science. Following this Michael commenced advanced surgical training in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery in Sydney (completed in January 2008) and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
In May 2008 Michael commenced a head and neck Fellowship with Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust in London. Upon his return to Sydney, Michael was appointed to the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has a cross appointment at Concord General Repatriation Hospital.
Michael’s main areas of interest are benign and malignant conditions the thyroid and parathyroid Glands. Michael chairs the Thyroid Multidisciplinary Meeting and is actively involved in a number of clinical and translational thyroid research projects. Michael also treats other benign and malignant conditions of the head and neck including salivary glands. Additionally, Michael coordinates research activities with the Sydney University and SHNCI, and actively participates and enjoys teaching of registrars and other junior medical staff.
Associate Professor Elliott consults in both Newtown and Crows Nest.
Michael’s interests outside of work are spending time with his wife (Angela) and sons (James and Samuel) and surfing.
Q&A with Associate Professor Michael Elliott
What is your title?
A/Prof Michael Elliott
What training have you completed?
Graduated from University of Adelaide in 1997 with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Graduated from University of Queensland in 2005 with Masters of Philosophy in the field of Medical Science. Completed Advanced Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery training in 2008. Completed 12 month Head and Neck Fellowship in 2009 at Guy’s Hospital London.
My first job was …
As an intern in Whangarei in New Zealand.
To explain to people what I do I say …
I am a surgeon that treats conditions of the head and neck with a specific interest in thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland pathology.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Despite our current treatment modalities to treat cancer (surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) there are a small proportion of patients who do not respond to this treatment and end up dying from their disease. Having that conversation with the patient and their family is never easy.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I get to meet interesting people with a wide range of pathologies. Every patient is different in one form or another. It is really nice when they do well from the treatment and are grateful for everything that I and the team of people that I work with have done for them.
How long have you been working at Lifehouse?
Since it opened it doors
What attracted you to working at Lifehouse?
Our Head and Neck department moved from RPAH to Lifehouse. The hospital is modern and every specialist being in one place has it advantages for patients.
My biggest achievement so far …
Is being able to still thoroughly enjoy my work and have time to spend with my wife and kids.
To unwind at the end of the day I …
Play with the kids, go for a walk with my wife or go surfing.