A/Prof Payal Mukherjee is one of Sydney’s leading adult and paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon with special skills in advanced ear surgery. Following her ENT training in Sydney, she attained further subspecialty post-fellowship training in otology, Cochlear implantation and lateral skull base surgery in Oxford and London. As well as treating general ENT diseases such as glue ears, tonsillitis, snoring and rhinosinusitis, her areas of expertise include hearing and balance disorders such as Meniere’s disease, Otosclerosis, Vestibular Schwannoma, Cochlear implantation and chronic ear diseases. She is also trained in middle ear endoscopy.
A/Prof Mukherjee is a leader in surgery and research. As the current chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW state committee, she is passionate about setting high standards in surgical services as well as building respect in surgery. She is the youngest surgeon and the first ENT Surgeon to be in this role of leadership. She is an advocate for social change with a passion for diversity and equity in surgery. She is a member on several committees (government and hospital based) trying to achieve excellence in surgical services in NSW hospitals.
A/Prof Mukherjee is passionate about innovation in Surgery. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of surgery at The University of Sydney and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wollongong. She is the ENT lead for research at the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery and a committee member on the Section or Academic Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also a committee member of the Meniere’s Research fund at the University of Sydney. She has been awarded several research grants as Chief Investigator and is currently completing a PhD in Personalised medicine and 3D technologies in ENT. She is passionate about global translation of Australian innovation in biotechnology.
A.Prof Mukherjee places particular importance on research and teaching and practices both as a teacher and educator at the Sydney Adventist Hospital and RPA Hospital. As a leader, she embraces thinking outside the square and driving cultural change. As a mother to a young daughter, she is very passionate about education and literacy development in young children. She is committed to mentoring children and junior doctors, especially females into pursuing STEMM careers in surgery and medical technology. For this work, she was selected as a finalist for the NSW Premier Women of the year 2019.