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Research Biography

Eng Ooi is the Head of the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Unit at Flinders Medical Centre, Associate Professor at Flinders University and Director of the Flinders Rhinology Fellowship program.

He leads a team of 7 surgeons, an advanced rhinology fellow, 2 registrars, research registrars, 2 residents, 1 intern, ENT Medical Scientist, a Head and Neck nurse practitioner, and an administrative assistant

Assoc. Professor Ooi is a surgeon scientist who completed surgical training in South Australia with an FRACS and a PhD for his thesis on innate immunity pathogenesis in chronic rhinosinusitis. He undertook an advanced Rhinology, Skull Base, Head and Neck Oncology fellowship in Toronto with Professor Ian Witterick in 2009-10. His main clinical practice covers Rhinology, Skull Base, Head and Neck Oncology and OSA surgery.

He leads the Flinders ENT research program group collaborating with multiple specialties, and scientists. He currently has 98 journal publications, 2 book chapters, and received over $2 million in grants as chief or associate investigator. He currently is an editorial board member for 4 scientific journals and invited peer reviewer for 9 journals

Assoc. Professor Ooi is actively involved in surgical training and on faculty for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Head and Neck Surgical Dissection, Adelaide Tracheostomy , Vascular injury management and temporal bone dissecting courses.

Research Interests

Drug repurposing to treat head and neck cancers

Blood and breath biomarkers in head and neck cancers

Multi-level airway surgery in patients with OSA who have failed medical management

Nerve stimulation to treat obstructive sleep apnea

Quality of life outcomes in revision endoscopic sinus surgery

Pharyngeal augmentation for the treatment of dysphagia

Parental perception of a child's quality of life after tonsillectomy

Long term outcomes and complications of upper airway surgery for OSA

Prophylatic versus reactive gastrostomy outcomes for head and neck cancer patients undergoing chemo-radiotherapy


Supervised Students Successes

  • Jun 2023 Timothy Lee - Masters of Clinical Science
  • Jul 2022 Sanith Cheriyan - Master of Surgery
  • Feb 2022 Mistyka Schar - PhD
  • Jan 2021 Nuwan Dharmawardana - PhD
  • May 2020 Soumya - Master of Clinical Science
  • Mar 2020 Vimal Sekhar - Master of Clinical Science
  • Mar 2020 Lucy Huang - Master of Surgery
  • Jul 2019 Randall Morton - PhD
  • Jul 2017 Dhinashini Chandran - Master of Surgery
  • Apr 2016 Jacob Jervis-Bardy - MPhil
  • Oct 2015 Stephen Kao - Master of Clinical Science

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 17 Dec 2007

Doctor of Medicine, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 22 Apr 1998


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Research Areas

  • Clinical

Supervisory Interests

  • Cancer, head and neck
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Surgical simulation
  • Airway and voice disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis


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