Dr Sam Flatman is a head and neck cancer surgeon at Peter MacCallum. He has particular expertise in thyroid cancer, advanced skin cancer of the head and neck, salivary gland tumours and cancers of the mouth and throat.
At Peter MacCallum he introduced surgeon-performed ultrasound to the head and neck unit, which allows patients to undergo diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine-needle biopsy by the treating surgeon at the same time as their clinic appointment; decreasing the number of appointments and streamlining care for patients.
Dr Flatman gained sub-specialisation in head and neck surgical oncology while working at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General and Mount Sinai Hospitals in Toronto, Canada. He performs Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS), particularly for cancers of the tonsil and tongue base, which is the only public hospital TORS service in the state. He is also a supervisor for the head and neck surgical fellowship.
As an ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgeon, Dr Flatman is part of the Peter MacCallum multidisciplinary team treating head and neck cancer patients. He works with specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, dentists, speech pathologists and allied health experts to achieve the best oncologic and functional outcomes for patients and their families.