Prof. Carsten PalmeHead and Neck Surgeon

Prof. Carsten PalmeProf. Carsten Palme
Dr Carsten Palme is a highly specialised and respected Otolaryngology ( ENT ) Head and Neck Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience.

Professional Appointments:
Dr Palme is Clinical Professor and Joint Head of Discipline ENT at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

Dr Palme is the Director of Head Neck Surgery and Head of Surgical Services at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Cancer Centre, NSW largest and busiest head and neck cancer unit. 

Dr Palme is a founding member and director of Head and Neck Cancer Australia - formerly Beyond Five, Australia's first patient focused website dedicated to head and neck cancer.
Dr Palme has appointments at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Cancer Centre, Royal Prince Alfred & Westmead Public Hospitals, and Westmead & Norwest Private Hospitals.
Clinical Expertise:
Dr Palme has extensive expertise in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Salivary Gland Tumors, Voice & Airway Laser surgery and in the management of complex Head and Neck ( Mouth, Throat, Voice Box ) Cancer including advanced skin cancer. Dr Palme is a recognised expert in minimally invasive surgery of the head and neck.
After attending medical school at the University of Sydney Dr Palme completed four years of advanced training in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2002.

Dr Palme completed post-training fellowships in the American Head and Neck Society Head and Neck Oncology Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and in Laser Head and Neck Surgery, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany. Dr Palme was fortunate to be trained by two of the international giants in the field of Head Neck Surgery, Professors Patrick Gullane ( Toronto, Canada ) and Wolfgang Steiner ( Goettingen, Germany )

Dr Palme is the inaugural recipient in 2009 of the Chris O’Brien Travelling Fellowship of the American Head and Neck Society. In 2010 Dr Palme was awarded the Coman Kennedy Laser Scholarship by the Australian and New Zealand Head Neck Society. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons honoured Dr Palme in 2012 with an " Outstanding Achievement Award ".

Dr Palme is active in clinical research and has authored many peer reviewed publications, book chapters and books on head neck cancer and surgery. Dr Palme is a regular invited speaker at both national and international meetings. Dr Palme has a strong interest in training and education.


  • Accredited at the Following Hospitals

    Port Macquarie Base Hospital

    Westmead Private Hospital

    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

    Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Cancer Centre

  • Special Interests

    Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery / Salivary Gland Surgery / Head Neck Cancer

  • Associations


    Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery

    American Head Neck Society

    Australian and New Zealand Head Neck Society

    Australian Laryngological Society

  • Appointments

    Director, Head Neck Surgery, Chris OBrien Lifehouse

    Head of Surgery, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

    Professor, Head of ENT, University of Sydney

Practice Locations

  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Cancer Centre

    Clinic A , Level 2, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, 119-143 Missenden Rd

    Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales 2050


    Driving Directions

    1300 552 665

  • Norwest Private Hospital

    Suite G22, Norwest Medical Centre, 9 Norbrik Drive

    Bella Vista, New South Wales 2153


    Driving Directions

Contact Details

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Suite 202 Level 2 AMA House 69 Christie Street ST LEONARDS, NSW 2065

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