Celebrating 1,000 Cochlear Implant Surgeries

A major milestone has quietly been celebrated by one of the Network’s talented Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons.

A/Prof Catherine Birman has successfully inserted more than 1,000 cochlear implants, with hundreds of patient’s at The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) benefiting from her world renowned experience.

Three weeks ago, we captured A/Prof Birman on camera with her first patient to be operated on at CHW since hitting the milestone.

Nine-month-old Emma was receiving her second cochlear implant.

“A/Prof Birman has given us the most precious gift, we can’t thank her enough for what she has done,” said Emma’s mother Natalie.

A/Prof Birman is now one in only 20 surgeons in the world with such experience.