Clinical Professor Robert Briggs is an Otolaryngologist (ENT Surgeon) whose practice and research is specialized in Otology and Neurotology. After completing Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery training in Melbourne in 1989, Professor Briggs undertook a further three years of clinical fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London, and at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles.


He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Department of Otolaryngology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH). Until recently, Professor Briggs was the Clinical Executive Director of Otolaryngology and Head of Otology at the RVEEH. He is currently the Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Hospital.


In addition to general otology, Professor Briggs has a large experience with surgery for otosclerosis, acoustic neuromas, and cochlear implantation. His research has focused on Cochlear Implant Electrode development and safety as well as the management of Neurofibromatosis type 2 and the role of Auditory Brainstem Implantation.




Dr Benjamin Wei is a paediatric and adult ENT surgeon who completed his surgical training both in Melbourne and the USA. He has a fellowship training in otology and Neurotology at the University of North Carolina, USA, and an academic PhD degree in Otolaryngology from the University of Melbourne. He has a specialty interest in conditions affecting the ears, nose, sinus, and throat including hearing disorders, cochlear implantation, hearing restoration surgeries, and skull base tumours. 

Dr Wei also consults at St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne, and in Ballarat. He has a public appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s Otology and Cochlear Implantation Unit and academic appointments at the Bionic Institute and the University of Melbourne.




Associate Professor Jean-Marc Gerard is an ENT consultant and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Austin Health since June 2017. He is qualified in ENT surgery with a specific interest in Otology and Neurotology.

In 2002, after completing his training at the Free University of Brussels he worked as a consultant in the Otology and Neurotology Department at the University Hospital Saint-Luc (University of Louvain). In 2011, he was appointed Head of the Department. Jean-Marc also created and managed the Cochlear Research Centre for Advanced Cephalic Surgery in Brussels from 2010 to 2014. Academically, Dr Gerard was appointed co-Chairman of Oto-rhino-laryngology (in the faculty of psychology and speech therapy), Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium. Before moving to Melbourne, Dr Gerard worked as a staff physician in Abu Dhabi between 2014 and 2017 where he established and managed the Otology Unit at the Cleveland Clinic.

Associate Professor Gerard has recently been appointed Head of Otology at RVEEH. He has participated in the development of hearing implants and implantable microphones in collaboration with Professor Briggs and continues to undertake research in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne.