Associate Professor Richard Gallagher

Associate Professor Richard Gallagher
Clinical Director, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Director Cancer Services, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney
Director Head and Neck Service, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Australia

Richard is the Director of Cancer Services for the St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney. He facilitates collaboration between researchers at the Garvan Institute and clinicians at St Vincent’s Hospital by bringing them together at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. This maximises innovation in benchside to bedside research, ultimately delivering better outcomes for patients with cancer.

Richard is Australia’s leading transoral robotic surgeon (TORS) with a particular interest in the management of human papilloma virus (HPV) related oropharyngeal cancers.  He has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital as a Head and Neck Surgeon since 1998 and manages the care of hundreds of public and private cancer patients every year. He holds editorial positions with leading surgical journal publications and is fiercely committed to surgical education, training and mentoring.

Richard places enormous importance on the multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. He knows from firsthand experience how teamwork and collaboration can make a world of difference in the cancer patient journey.


Richard is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Following completion of his surgical training in Australia in 1995 he completed two fellowships; one year of Head & Neck Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, and one year of Sinus and Skull Base Surgery at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA. He returned to Australia to commence his appointment at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, where he established an annual Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Course, as well as the St Vincent’s Hospital Indigenous Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Outreach Clinic at Pius X Aboriginal Corporation, Moree. In 2011 Richard trained in the United States in transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and introduced the technique to St Vincent’s and New South Wales. He is the Chair of the Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is also an Examiner for the College. Richard holds editorial positions with the Australian New Zealand Journal of Surgery and the Australian supplement of The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at St Vincent’s Hospital and is active across the campus on a number of committees. Richard’s private practice is located at St Vincent’s Clinic where he specialises in benign and malignant head and neck surgery.


Chair, Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Examiner, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Specialty Editor, Australian New Zealand Journal of Surgery

Editorial Board, Australian Supplement of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Agency for Clinical Innovation Tracheostomy Care Guideline Implementation Steering Committee