Dr Zenia Chow is an Australian dual Fellowship trained, International Board Certified Specialist Otolaryngologist (ENT), Head and Neck Surgeon with expertise in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

She was born and raised in Australia and completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with honours after obtaining a full academic   scholarship at the University of Melbourne. Dr Chow was in the Dean’s Honours list during her undergraduate studies. Initially, she began training in General Surgery in Victoria. Subsequently, she underwent ENT training in Perth, Western Australia and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2013.

Dr Chow has extensive experience in Head and Neck, and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after completing 3 Clinical Fellowships. She completed a Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship recognised by the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS) in Perth under the guidance of Dr Tuan Pham. Following this, she completed Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowships at the University of Virginia, USA under the guidance of Professor Paul Levine and Professor Stephen Park who are internationally renowned surgeons in their field. In addition, she spent time furthering her skills with world leaders – Professor Wayne Larrabee and Professor Kris Moe in Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. During her fellowships, Dr Chow received advanced training in complex and revision rhinoplasty, skin cancer, facial cosmetic surgery, facial reconstruction, facial trauma and head and neck oncology.

In 2014 she was awarded the American Academy of Otolaryngology International Travel Grant and Perth Convention Centre Travel Grant. Dr Chow has also successfully passed the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery exam sponsored by the AAFPS. She was awarded the second highest score out of all international candidates and following completion of this exam she was recognised as a fully qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon by the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. She is the only surgeon in Victoria who has this qualification and completed a Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship.  Dr. Chow has completed the International Board Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in conjunction with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  She is the first female Australian surgeon with International Facial Plastic Board Certification.  Surgeons with Board Certification in Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery are qualified to perform all facets of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr Chow is currently a consultant ENT surgeon in the public hospital system at Austin Health, Melbourne.  She is actively involved in teaching ENT Registrars and medical students, and believes in the importance of training the next generation of surgeons. In addition, she is involved in tutorials and demonstrating at courses in Melbourne and interstate.

Dr Chow has been involved in the Healthy Ears Indigenous Health Program in the Mallee District as part of the ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative by the Federal Government and the West Australian Country Health Service Indigenous ENT Outreach Program in the Kimberley.  She finds this work rewarding and has used her experience during her training to improve the lives of Indigenous/First Nations people.

In order to provide patients with the best care, Dr Chow keeps up-to-date by attending regular national and international conferences/courses. She is active in research and has presented at national ENT conferences on functional rhinoplasty, parotidectomy, skin cancer reconstruction and cleft nasal deformity.

Dr Chow welcomes patients with any ENT problem.

Dr Chow consults privately at –

  • 210 Burgundy Street Medical Centre, Heidelberg
  • St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne, Grey Street Rooms
  • Vineyard Medical Centre, Sunbury
  • Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna

Dr Chow operates privately at –

  • Warringal Private Hospital, Heidelberg (ICU facility)
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital, East Melbourne (ICU facility)
  • Northpark Private Hospital, Bundoora
  • Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna (ICU facility)

Patients ranging from children (including infants <12 months) to adults may safely have surgery at these facilities.

Dr Chow works with anaesthetists who are very experienced in ENT surgery and treating children including infants.