Dr Yi Chen Zhao completed his medical training at Monash University with first-class honors and several awards. After completing basic surgical training, he obtained his PhD through the University of Melbourne with a focus on the use of simulation in ENT education and training. He completed his specialist ENT Head and Neck training after various rotations through major Victorian metropolitan hospitals.
He has undertaken additional sub-specialist fellowship training in managing the disease of the nose, paranasal sinus with Professor PJ Wormald, known as one of the world’s leaders in the field of rhinology. He spent additional time in the Ohio State University James Wexner Cancer Centre USA with Professor Ricado Carrau for further additional endoscopic skull base surgery training.
Dr Zhao is currently the Head of Rhinology Services at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He works closely with ophthalmologists and other clinicians to manage complex sinus conditions. He is a consultant surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is an integral part of the anterior skull base team with neurosurgeons, which treat conditions such as pituitary tumors and CSF leaks. He is involved in several research projects as well as clinical trials in his area of expertise. Dr Zhao holds additional appointments at Epworth Healthcare and St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
Dr Zhao is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a member of the Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the Australian New Zealand Rhinological Society and the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr Zhao manages general adult and paediatric ENT conditions including disease of the tonsils, adenoids and paediatric ear conditions. He has extensive experience in the treating nasal and paranasal sinus conditions including nasal allergies, anterior skull base conditions and functional rhinoplasties.
Dr Zhao presents and teaches at national and international meetings. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and is actively involved in the teaching and examination of future ENT surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Zhao aims to provide a comprehensive and individualised ENT service to his patients through the use of the latest technology and evidence-based medicine. He is able to consult in fluent Mandarin. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young kids, skiing and going to the basketball.