Associate Professor Christopher (Chris) Perry OAM RFD ED (MBBS (UQ) DTM&H (Liverpool) FRACS) has been a consultant in Otolaryngology since 1987. He has held Consultant positions in head and neck cancer surgery at both the Royal Brisbane (until 1991) and the Princess Alexandra Hospital (since 1991). He has also been a consultant in paediatric otolaryngology at the Royal Children's Hospital, in Brisbane, since 1987. He is now a consultant at the Queensland Children's Hospital.
Dr Chris Perry is the ENT founder of the awarded Deadly Ears program for Indigenous health. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve and served in 2 missions overseas. He is a recipient of the Paul Harin Medal for Rotary and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2008 for ‘services to ENT surgery and indigenous health’.
Dr Chris Perry is currently Chairman of the Multi-disciplinary Head and Neck Clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He has written a number of textbook chapters, numerous national treatment protocols and 40 peer reviewed scientific articles.
After completing high school (St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane) in 1970, he had a scholarship to study medicine at the University of Queensland.
On graduation Dr Perry worked as a junior doctor at the Mater Hospital and started surgical training. For reasons unknown to himself, he went to work in a rural hospital in West Africa in 1980 with his wife and eldest daughter, Emily, after first obtaining a tropical medicine qualification in Liverpool, UK. He has maintained his interest in medicine in remote tropical areas and with frequently socially disadvantaged people, with a paticular interest in Aboriginal health issues.
Returning from Africa, he trained for 4 years in Otolaryngology in Australia. He then did further training at the Royal Marsden (National Cancer) Hospital in London and at the University of Virginia USA. He has been a visiting professor to universities in the USA, Malaysia and PNG and an invited examiner for new ENT surgeons in those countries as well as Australia. He has been in receipt of a number of research funding grants in association with RCH, PAH, RBH, UQ and Griffith Universities.