Julia Maclean, PhD, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 and has been the senior oncology/ENT speech pathologist at St George Hospital, Sydney, for the past 23 years.
She obtained a Master of Science in Medicine in 1999 and her PhD in 2010 examining the prevalence and nature of swallowing disorders following total laryngectomy surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Julia holds a post-doctoral research position within the Department of Gastroenterology and is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the St George & Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW Medicine.
She has authored over 30 peer-review articles and a book chapter. Julia jointly runs the Sydney Swallow Clinic with Professor Ian Cook and Dr Peter Wu where specialist swallowing consultations are provided to patients from around Australia.
The St George Swallow Centre, which also includes Dr Michal Szczesniak and Mr Dheeraj Pandey, conduct specialised swallowing assessments on patients including videomanometry and oesophageal manometry in their motility service.
The group have been active in researching the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment on swallowing over the past 15 years and have obtained competitive funding through the NHMRC, Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society, St George Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and Translational Cancer Research Network.
At present, they have projects looking at the impact of the Microbiome in Head and Neck Cancer treatment, the use of SPECT and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training in patients who aspirate after head and neck cancer treatment and use of novel agents to prevent fibrogenesis following dilatation in head and neck cancer patients.
The St George Swallow Centre – https://stgeorgeswallowcentre.org