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Awardee Focus: Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee

May 11, 2022 News

“To take (a patient’s problem) out of clinic, take it to the lab, bring it back to the patient and say ‘I’ve solved this problem’…to translate that (research) gives me so much joy.”

Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee is a leading Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon and researcher based in New South Wales, Australia. Renowned for forging innovative collaborations with experts around Australia, Payal is passionate about improving health outcomes for her patients with the best translational research.

Payal currently holds a Special Project Grant with Professor Gordon Wallace for the Beyond Science project, an Australian-first program that will fast-track research out of labs into clinics, to offer patients the most up-to-date treatment options. Play the video to learn more.

Moving to Australia in the early 1990s, Payal’s love of anatomy saw her seek out a surgical career. ENT proved an exciting specialty, and encouraged by strong mentors, Payal faced its challenges head on. She has since become a leading force in forging collaborations between scientists, clinicians, engineers, and other experts, working on innovations such as 3D bioprinted ears.  “There are a lot of innovations that have happened in ENT in the past 10-20 years. It’s very exciting to be part of (this) specialty.”

Not only an accomplished paediatric and adult ENT surgeon, Payal is involved with several leading healthcare institutions in NSW and Australia, including being the youngest surgeon (and first ENT surgeon) to become Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW state committee. Her advocacy for Women in STEMM is well known, as is her pursuit for diversity and equity in surgery. Payal’s work was recognised in 2019, as a finalist for the NSW Premier Women of the Year award.

We are excited to watch Payal’s continue to pursue excellence and improve the health outcomes for patients with ENT disorders. More about Payal can be read via her Awardee page and the Beyond Science page.

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