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Prof Carsten Palme

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

1300 552 665 Bella Vista, Camperdown, Port Macquarie
Urgent Appointments Available

about Prof Carsten Palme

Professor Carsten Palme is an ENT & Head and Neck Surgeon with over 20 years experience.

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 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 OBrien 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. Dr Palme has mentored many local and international surgeons.

Dr Palme has a very strong interest in regional and rural health care. Dr Palme is very passionate about working together with regional healthcare specialists and medical organisations in delivering best practice head and neck cancer care to regional and rural patients.

Professional Appointments:

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

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

Dr Palme is founder and Director of the Regional Head Neck Access Program at Chris OBrien Lifehouse with Clinics in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Orange and Nowra and principal at Port Macquarie ENT Head Neck Surgery (

Dr Palme is a founding member and director of Head and Neck Cancer Australia, Australia's first and only patient focused website dedicated to head and neck cancer (

Dr Palme has clinical appointments at Port Macquarie Hospitals, Chris OBrien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred and Westmead Hospitals.


Dr Palme is a head and neck surgeon with expertise in:

  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parotid and Submandibular Gland Tumors
  • Neck Lumps
  • Voice and Airway Surgery
  • Head Neck Cancer ( Mouth, Throat, Nose, Voice Box )
  • Advanced Non Melanoma Skin Cancer of the Head Neck

Other Languages Spoken

Hospitals Practicing At
Westmead Private, Royal Prince Alfred, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse



American Head & Neck Society
Laryngological Society of Australia

contact Prof Carsten Palme

Urgent Appointments Available P: 1300 552 665

1300 552 665

Alt P: 8850 8100

02 8089 1025

G22, Norwest Medical Ctr, 9 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista NSW 2153

PO Box M151, Missenden Rd 2050 NSW

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Practice Nurse P: 0416 115 899

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