St Vincent’s Temporal Bone Dissection and Live Surgery Course

Professor Paul Fagan Microsurgical Skills Laboratory

At the opening of the 2017 Temporal Bone Dissection Course the Temporal Bone Laboratory was renamed in honour of Professor Paul Fagan, a pioneer in the field of Otology and Skull Base Surgery here at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia.


Professor Paul Fagan Microsurgical Skills Laboratory

The temporal bone course is a three-day dissection course, including live surgery and instructional tutorials.

The course runs over three days in September  and October each year.

The course is convened by the Otology and Skull Base Surgery department of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia, comprising of Prof Paul Fagan, Dr Nigel Biggs, Dr Phillip Chang and Dr Sean Flanagan. There are 15 hours of fully supervised temporal bone dissection in the Clinical Skills Laboratory which has 17 fully equipped work stations, microscopes, new instruments and state of the art micro drilling systems, along with a permanent in-house audio visual facility.

Supervised dissection in the dissection lab

Live Surgery is televised via video link up to the Function Room in St Vincent’s Clinic. Two sessions of lectures are also included and span Otology, Neuro-Otology and Skull Base topics and are followed by round table discussions, where the delegates are encouraged to participate with their own case studies.

Live Surgery St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Australia:
Cochlear Implantation

Audiology Seminar with Live Surgery

The Otology and Skull Base Surgery Department run a one day course comprising of live surgery and interactive lectures aimed at audiologists. It is an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the surgical and non-surgical management of complex ear pathology in a collegiate atmosphere.

St Vincent’s Audiology Conference with Live Surgery 2017

Cochlear Implant and Implantable Hearing Aid Live Surgery and Advanced Surgical Courses

The members of the department regularly convene Advanced Surgical courses for implantable hearing aids. This involves live surgery and supervised laboratory dissection. Delegates are made up of international and local surgeons. Application to these courses is made through the implant companies.

The 2017 Audiology Conference and Temporal Bone Course

The 2017 Audiology Conference and Temporal Bone Dissection course has just wrapped up, with the faculty thoroughly enjoying running the course to an enthusiastic and motivated group.

On Thursday Live Surgery was interspersed with lectures and case discussions covering a wide range of audiologic and vestibular conditions.

On Friday live surgery demonstrated a translabyrinthine approach to a vestibular schwannoma.

The dissectors then commenced their supervised dissection in the lab on Friday afternoon, before heading off to the course dinner.

Further dissection was completed on Saturday and Sunday morning with dissectors starting with canalplasty, extending to middle ear exploration and stapedectomy before moving to the mastoid drilling. Cochlear Corporation supplied dummy electrodes to allow practice in cochlear implantation before a labyrinthectomy, exposure of the IAC, jugular bulb, carotid artery and surgical exploration of the cochlear was completed.

Lectures in the afternoon on both days highlighting distilled surgical techniques and instructive cases exploring the fundamentals of otologic and neurotologic decision making.

The 2018 St Vincent’s Temporal Bone Dissection and Live Surgery Course is being held on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September.

The St Vincent’s Audiology Seminar with Live Surgery is being held on the 1st November.

For enquiries and enrolments for the Temporal Bone Course or Audiology Seminar  each year please contact:

Margi Griffiths | Research Development Assistant |
St Vincent’s Private Hospital| 406 Victoria Street | Darlinghurst NSW 2010 |
Ph: +61 2 8382 6413 | Fx: +61 2 8382 6402 |


St Vincent’s Otology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship

There is a one year fellowship available on application. This is an operative fellowship focusing on developing high level clinical and surgical skills. Please contact for information or to submit an application.

Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery Courses

Orbital Endospcopic Workshop PDF

Open Rhinoplasty Workshop PDF

Rhinoplasty Course (for non-surgeons) PDF

Endospcopic Sinus/Skull Based Dissection PDF

Advancements in Rhinoplasty Core Lecture Series PDF

Sydney Rhinology Fellowship

There is one fellowship position each year and requies formal application. Please refer to our website for details about the fellowship and application:



For all course enquiries and enrolments please contact:
Mrs Margi Griffiths
Research Development Assistant
St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Locked Bag No. 5

Telephone: (61 2) 8382 6413
Fax: (61 2) 8382 6402