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Associate Professor Catherine Sinclair

Associate Professor Catherine Sinclair

Associate Professor Catherine Sinclair graduated from the Flinders University School of Medicine in Australia with the Dean’s prize in Medicine, the Staff Prize in Surgery and the Australia Medical Association (SA) medal. She was subsequently awarded the Gordon-Gordon Taylor Medal and the Clinical Committee Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons during Basic Surgical Training. She completed her Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery training in Melbourne, Australia, before travelling to the United States to pursue dual fellowships in head and neck surgery and laryngology. Between 2010 and 2021 she worked in New York where she served as the Director of Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai West Hospital. She relocated to Australia at the start of 2021.

Sinclair is an internationally recognized expert in laryngeal reflexes and the surgical management of neck endocrine diseases. In 2016, she developed and implemented a novel methodology for intraoperative continuous neuromonitoring of the recurrent laryngeal and vagus nerves using the laryngeal adductor reflex. This methodology and technique is starting to be utilized worldwide in both neck endocrine and neurosurgivcal procedures. She has also been an early adopter of radiofrequency ablation for treatment of benign thyroid nodules and has helped advance the field of thermal ablative technologies. In August 2019, she performed the first radiofrequency ablation for a benign thyroid nodule in New York and, in April 2021, she performed the first radiofrequency ablation in Australia. Her research interests have focused on the laryngeal adductor reflex and its physiologic and pathophysiolocial implications.

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Other GPRWMF awards received by awardee Year
Clinical Research GrantThe diagnostic utility of laryngeal reflexes in infants2023