Dr Sean Flanagan

Dr Sean Flanagan is a dual fellowship trained ENT surgeon (otolaryngology, head and neck surgery), sub-specialising in diseases of the ear, tumours of the skull base and in surgical correction of hearing loss including cochlear implantion and bone anchored hearing aids. He is equally comfortable in the management of general adult and paediatric ENT disorders.

He is currently a VMO at St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals as a member of the ENT, otology and skull base surgery department, and is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales. The Otology and Skull Base Surgery Unit has an international fellow, with the overall department responsible for 2 advanced ENT trainees. He consults on the St Vincent’s Hospital Campus at Sydney ENT Clinic,, 67 Burton St, Darlinghurst [map] as well as in Miranda [map] , located in the Sutherland Shire. Once a month he conducts a sub-speciality otology and skull base clinic in Wollongong. He is also appointed at Sutherland and St George Hospitals, Kareena Private Hospital and Prince of Wales Private Hospital. These appointments allows the management of all cases in both the public and private medical systems.

Dr Flanagan joined Professor Paul Fagan in practice at the beginning of 2008, following extensive training both in Australia and overseas (see below). Professor Fagan is responsible for developing the field of skull base surgery in Australia, and has set up the pre-eminent skull base unit in Australia at St Vincent’s Hospital.


Following completion of his ENT training, he spent two further years pursuing post-fellowship sub-specialisation in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. The first year was spent at St Vincent’s Hospital under supervision of Professor Paul Fagan, the pre-eminent otologist and skull base surgeon in Australia. The second year was spent at the Gruppo Otologico, in Piacenza, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Mario Sanna. This unit is the busiest skull base and neurotology unit in Europe.


Dr Flanagan regularly presents to the public, patient groups, GPs  and ENT trainees, as well as to local and international conferences.

Upcoming presentations:

Co-convener St Vincent’s Audiology Conference 2018 with live surgery. 1 st November 2018.

Co-convener St Vincent’s Temporal Bone Course 2018 for trainees and practicing surgeons, with live surgery. September 14, 15, 16 2018


Recent presentations have included:


Recent Publication

Microsurgery of Skull Base Paragangliomas has recently been published by Thieme. It is a comprehensive text book detailing the complex management of paragangliomas of the neck and skull base. It distills a vast experience in the management of these difficult tumours.