Medical Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, Sydney, Australia Professor Catherine Birman is an ENT surgeon specializing in paediatric and adult otology and cochlear implants and paediatric ENT. She is the Medical Director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, the largest cochlear implant program in Australia and one of the largest programs in the world. She has extensive experience in paediatric and adult cochlear implants and has completed over 1500 cochlear implant procedures. In 2017 Professor Birman was awarded the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award for her work with cochlear implants. She received the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in 2018. Professor Birman has published and presented extensively on cochlear implant outcomes, including specific paediatric cohorts, more complex case, anatomical abnormalities, and in the elderly; innovative cochlear implant devices; and bone conduction implantable hearing devices. Professor Birman has participated in a number of grants and clinical trials. Professor Birman has worked for over 20 years at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, a tertiary/ quaternary paediatric hospital in Sydney as an otologist and cochlear implant specialist, involved in a number of clinics including, hearing loss, cochlear implant and atresia clinics, and a multidisciplinary primary ciliary dyskinesia clinic. She also serves on the faculty as a VMO at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Hornsby Hospital. Professor Birman is a Director of the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children, a charity for those with hearing or vision impairment. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University, an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a past NSW chair of ASOHNS and served on several hospital and NSW Health government committees.