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Clinical Professor Catherine Birman OAM

Clinical Professor Catherine Birman OAM

Clinical Catherine Birman MBBS PhD FRACS GAICD is the Medical Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre.

Prof. Birman is an ENT surgeon specializing in paediatric and adult cochlear implants, otology and paediatric ENT. She is the Medical Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), Australia’s largest cochlear implant program.  She is one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons worldwide and within Australia, having performed over 1400 cochlear implant procedures.

In 2017 Catherine was awarded the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award for her work with cochlear implants. In 2018 she received the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Medal. In 2022, Catherine received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to medicine through Otolaryngology.

Catherine has published and presented extensively on cochlear implant outcomes and participated in a number of grants and clinical trials. She works at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred, Macquarie University, Hornsby and the Sydney Adventist Hospitals.

Catherine is a Director of the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children, a charity for hearing or vision impairment. She is an Honorary Clinical Professor at Macquarie University and a Clinical Associate Professor with Sydney University, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a past NSW chair of ASOHNS and served on a number of hospital and NSW Health government committees.

Other GPRWMF awards received by awardee Year
Conjoint GrantProgression of hearing performance following cochlear implant neurotrophin gene augmentation2019