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, Ground Floor, 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.
Co-convener St Vincent’s Audiology Conference 2017 with live surgery. November 2017.
Co-convener St Vincent’s Temporal Bone Course 2017 for trainees and practicing surgeons, with live surgery. November 2017
Recent presentations have included:
- Update on the surgical management of conductive hearing loss. ASOHNS annual general conference, Adelaide. March 2017.
- Co-Convener at the annual St Vincent’s Hospital Audiology Conference including lectures to audiologists and performance of live ear surgery.
- Co-Convener at the annual St Vincent’s Hospital Temporal Bone Course yearly including lectures to ENT surgeons, ENT trainees and performance of live surgery.
- Co-convener ENT Skills Workshop for emergency physicians, October 2014
- Co-convenor Cochlear Coorporation Advanced Surgical Workshop for visiting international surgeons. Live surgery demonstrating cochlear implantation and the new BAHA Attract system.
- Chairperson, Presenter, member of international faculty IFOS 2013, Seoul, South Korea
- Chair and presentation to the Australian Tinnitus Association AGM 2012
- Update in the Management of Meniere’s Disease, including medical and surgical techniques. To the Meniere’s Association of NSW, May 18th 2011.
- Presentation at the ASOHNS (Australian Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery) annual conference titled “Update on the conservative management of vestibular schwannomas”, and chaired a free paper otology session at the same conference.
- Garvan Institute’s Seminar on aging in terms of the impact of age and noise exposure on hearing loss.
- A series of lectures to the Kogarah Division of GPs on aspects of ear disease and hearing loss.
- Presentation to the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Australia
- Presentation to the yearly GPCE, a large GP conference, giving an overview of ear disease.
- Presentation at the Spring Emergency Medicine Conference giving an overview to Emergency Medicine Physicians regarding emergency ear nose and throat and head and neck problems.
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.