ENT Service Specialties
Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
Head and Neck cancers, including those of the mouth, throat and voice box require an experienced surgeon who works in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team including radiation and medical oncologist and allied health professionals. Dr Crawford undertook two years of subspecialty training in Advanced Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction at Florida Hospital, Celebration under Prof J. Scott Magnuson and A/Prof Hilliary White. She works in conjunction with the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at The Kinghorn Cancer Center which is allied with St Vincent’s Health, Australia.
Dr Crawford co-initiated and has been a co-director of the St Vincent’s Head and Neck Surgery Cadaver Course since 2018.
Robotic surgery is novel treatment options for patients with Head and Neck Cancers. Dr Crawford is one of only a handful of Fellowship trained Robotic Head and Neck Surgeon’s in Australia having studied for two years under Prof J Scott Magnuson, one of the pioneers of Head and Neck Robotic Surgery.
Dr Crawford has published extensively on the application of Robotic Surgery in Head and Neck Cancers and regularly participates in educational events to train other surgeons in robotic surgical techniques.
Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Surgery for OSA is considered in those who are not able to tolerated the first line therapy of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). It is considered a salvage option in patient who have appropriate anatomy which is amenable to surgery.
Dr Crawford undertook a six month subspecialty fellowship in surgery for OSA under Prof Stuart MacKay to learn about the key aspects in assessing and implementing surgical care in those patients who meet the criteria for this type of intervention.
While undertaking further training in the United States, Dr Crawford helped to set up one of the few hands on cadaver courses to teach surgeons from around the world about surgery for OSA. She remains one of the course directors of an International OSAS Surgery Course which has now been running for eight years. This year, due to the impact of COVID 19, it will be run in a virtual capacity.
General Adult and Paediatric Otolaryngology
Dr Crawford has been extensively trained in general disorders of the ear, nose and throat including nasal and sinus issues, thyroid and salivary gland surgery and paediatric conditions.