MBBS (Melbourne), B.Sc, PGDipSurgAnat, MPH&TM, FRACS
Paediatric & Adult Specialist Otolaryngologist, Ear Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon
Eric is a triple-Fellowship trained Specialist Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat), Head & Neck Surgeon based in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed Fellowships in Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Paediatric Otolaryngology in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He has subspecialty interests in adult head & neck cancer, sinus diseases, conditions of the salivary glands, paediatric complex airway reconstruction, paediatric head & neck tumours, vascular malformation, sleep surgery, reconstructive rhinoplasty and otoplasty. Eric is also an Honorary Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne. He is currently undertaking a Master in Health Administration.
Eric sees patients of all ages in Public & Private in Melbourne. He does a lot of public academic, elective & emergency work at The Royal Children’s Hospital & St.Vincent’s Hospital so his wait list in private can be a little long. We sincerely apologise.
Eric completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Psychology) and postgraduate Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery degree through The University of Melbourne. He was awarded Postgraduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy and Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine during his residency. His Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Training was completed under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, through various tertiary academic university hospitals in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
For further subspecialty training, Eric went on to complete an Adult Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship in Canada at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was followed by a Paediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Fellowship in Brisbane, Australia at Queensland Children’s Hospital. He has also completed a third Fellowship in Paediatric Otolaryngology at Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Eric is the only surgeon in Melbourne with a combination of 3 years of Advanced Head & Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery and Complex Paediatric Otolaryngology Surgery subspecialty training.
Eric writes & speaks regularly on other medical matters close to his heart including leadership, teaching and Doctors’ well-being. Eric has been an invited speaker at several National and International Conferences. Eric is a member of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, The Australian and New Zealand Head & Neck Cancer Society, The Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, The Laryngology Society of Australia, The International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies and The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Academy of Surgical Educators.
Eric thinks he is really funny but his children disagree.
‘Mr’ or ‘Dr’ Eric Levi?
It doesn’t really matter. He goes by “Eric”. Some of his little patients call him Dr E or Mr E. He’s a medical Doctor who happens to be a Surgeon. The title ‘Mr’ is an old traditional title given to Surgeons as historically, during the Middle Ages, surgeons were not actually doctors. They did not go to medical school. They were barbers by trade. In those days the barber-surgeons with their razor blades used to lance boils, amputate legs, draw blood, pull teeth and help out with military trauma. Today you can be assured that Eric has completed medical school and undertook additional 13 years of training to be a Specialist Surgeon.
What is the difference between a Paediatric ENT Surgeon and an ENT Surgeon with a Paediatric Interest?
The difference is the additional specialist training for complex paediatric conditions. All fully qualified FRACS ENT Surgeons can operate on children with common conditions such as tonsils, adenoids and ear tubes (grommets). However, Eric is the only surgeon in Melbourne who has completed an additional 2 years of Fellowship training in Paediatric ENT to hone his specialist skills. This means that Eric can perform some uncommon complex operations that a few children might need. Coupled with his Fellowship in Adult Head and Neck Surgery, Eric therefore has a unique set of skills in both Paediatric and Adult Head & Neck Surgery.
What is Airway Reconstruction Surgery?
Some children and adults suffer from complex conditions that affect the airway. The human airway includes air passages from the nose to the base of the lungs. Specifically, the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe) may be malformed, deformed or diseased, causing critical obstruction to breathing. This can be fatal in many cases. There are multiple common procedures to the nose, mouth and throat to improve the upper airway, and there are some very specific complex procedures that have been designed to reconstruct the larynx and trachea. Grafts from the ribs can be harvested, crafted and tailored to reconstruct and augment the framework of the larynx and trachea. The goal of surgery is to reconstruct and improve the airway to allow for normal breathing, preserving the voice.
What is Sleep Surgery?
Children and adults can suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), which is obstructed snoring with oxygen desaturations. OSA has significant cardiovascular and respiratory effects in adults, while in children OSA causes potential neurocognitive and behavioural issues. OSA is not uncommon in children and especially in those with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) and other Craniofacial Syndromes. Multiple procedures are available beyond a routine Adenotonsillectomy to resolve specific obstructions anywhere along the airway during sleep. We can specifically operate on the palate, pharynx (throat) or tongue to improve the airway. In a way, sleep surgery is a component of Airway Surgery.
What is Head & Neck Surgery?
There are multiple conditions affecting the Head and Neck region, including the thyroid, salivary glands, skin, oral conditions, neck infections, lumps and bumps. In the adult population, Head and Neck cancer refers to a heterogenous population of various kinds of cancer affecting the skin, nose, sinuses, mouth, larynx and throat. Each anatomical site may give rise to unique cancerous conditions with unique pathways of cancer spread and therefore very specific individualized treatment strategies. Children do get tumour and cancer of the Head & Neck too, which pose unique challenges to management. In addition, there are other congenital conditions that uniquely affect children such as branchial arch anomalies, vascular anomalies, lymphovascular malformation, excessive drooling, and thyroid diseases.
What is Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery?
Facial Plastic surgery refers to any surgery that would alter the form and function of the face. All of surgery is a collision of evidence-based science and artistic craftsmanship. This is especially true in Facial Plastic Surgery. A face that has been affected by cancer, disease or trauma can be made more aesthetically pleasing for the patient. This is critical for the patient’s sense of self and quality of life. Common procedures include rhinoplasty (“nose job”) to improve the breathing and appearance of the nose, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to improve the appearance of the eyes, otoplasty to correct prominent “bat” ears and other ear deformities, local and regional soft tissue flaps to alter the face. Eric is committed to the restoration of aesthetic appearance for patients whose faces have been affected by disease or trauma.
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