Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

David Chong

  • M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

    Plastics - David Chong


    “Why do we assume so much from the way someone looks? And the ability to restore harmony to the face with its resultant effect on the way that life is lived seemed an amazing gift to be able to give.”

    David’s career began with training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, in WA. But after taking a year off and meeting a plastic surgeon, he was inspired to change over to plastic surgery. Two years of private practice followed, then he spent three years gaining more fellowship experience with world leaders in Dallas and Toronto, in the area of Cleft Lip and Palate plus Craniofacial Surgery. He worked at the International Craniofacial Institute and then the Hospital for Sick Children.

    Dedicated to pursuing the best ways to treat children, David then spent six months travelling through other units around the world to help him decide on the best way to treat children with facial and skull issues.

    He was then recruited to a half time position at The Royal Children’s Hospital. His areas of specialisation in craniofacial surgery are cleft lip and palate surgery and cranial vault surgery. He also performs all areas of surgery including adult surgery with particular interest in the facial area.

    David’s passion is in correcting facial and skull deformities in children and three to four times a year he volunteers to operate and teach in developing countries. He has also been a recipient of a fellowship from the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons granted to promising young surgeons that has allowed him to travel.

    Special interests

    • Cleft lip and palate surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Salivary Control, Facial Deformity, Paediatric Surgery

    Education

    • 1986 -1992     MBBS University of Western Australia
    • 1993              Intern of the year Royal Perth Hospital WA
    • 1994-1995      Residency Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children WA
    • 1997              Service registrar Cardiothoracic Surgery Royal Perth Hospital WA
    • 1998              Advanced Trainee Otorhinolaryngology, WA rotation
    • 1999-2002      Advanced Trainee Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery WA rotation
    • 2003              Locum Consultant Sir Charles Gardiner, Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children WA
    • 2004              Fellowship Cleft, Craniofacial and Aesthetic Surgery Dallas Texas USA
    • 2005/6           Fellowship Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Toronto Canada
    • 2007              Fellowship Travelling-American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Travelling Fellow

    Hospital appointments

     

    Societies

    • Royal Australian College of Surgeons
    • American Cleft Lip and Palate Association
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Australiasian Cleft Lip and Palate Society

    Research projects

     Ongoing research interests include:

    • Facial growth in cleft lip and palate surgery
    • Morphometric assesessment of single sutural synostoses
    • Analysing spring versus total vault procedures for scaphocephaly

    Recent publications and research activities

    1. Pharyngoplasty: the WA Experience. Chong D, Quinn P, Washbourne T, Gillett D. Presented at 9th International Congress on Cleft Palate and Related Anomalies, Sweden 2001.
    2. Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Using Tissue Engineered Schwann Cells. Ongoing research. University of Western Australia 2003 to current. Presented at Research and Advances, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, Australia 2003.
    3. Orthognathic Surgery in the Cleft Patient. Chong D, Genecov D, Salyer K. Presented at 10th International Congress on Cleft Palate and Related Anomalies, Durban South Africa and International Society of Craniofacial Surgery Conference Brisbane Australia September 2005. Accepted for publication Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Awarded Scholarship for Junior presentation.
    4. Cranioplasty of a Super Sized  Calvarial Defect in a Canine Model. Chong D, Por Y, Barcelo R, Genecov D, Salyer K. Presented at 10th International Congress on Cleft Palate and Related Anomalies, Durban South Africa September 2005. Awarded Owen Cole Memorial prize.
    5. Extended Strip Craniectomy for Sagittal Synostosis: Outcome Measures Based on Morphometric CT Based Analysis. Chong D, Kumar S, Armstrong D, Forrest C. Presented at 60th Annual Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, July 2006.
    6. An Early and Comprehensive Approach to Sagittal Synostoses. Chong D, Murray D, Kumar S, Mason A, Forrest C. Presented at American Cleft Palate Association Meeting, Colorado USA April 2007.
    7. Aesthetic Outcomes in Patients with Positional Plagiocephaly. Mason A, Miller A, Chong D, Phillips J, Forrest C. Presented at American Cleft Palate Association Meeting, Colorado USA April 2007.
    8. Medical Student Electives - The Hospital for Sick Children Perspective. Kumar S, Chong D, Forrest C. Poster Presentation at British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Meeting, London UK,  December 2006.
    9. Cranioskeletal Anomaly in Treacher Collins Syndrome: A Controlled Cephalometric Study and Significance for the Surgical Rehabilitation of Facial Balance. Chong D, Murray D, Britto J, Tompson B, Forrest C, Phillips J. Accepted for publication Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Presented at 14th International Congress IPRAS, Berlin Germany June 2007.
    10. Dentigerous Cyst following Distraction Osteogenesis of the Mandible: A Case Report. Murray D, Chong D, Forrest C, Sandor G. Accepted for publication Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.