Who I Am
Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgeon
Associate Professor Elizabeth Sigston is a surgeon in Otorhinolyngology, Head & Neck Surgery (ORLHNS) at Monash Health, including the new Monash Children's Hospital, and Victorian Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Services at Holmesglen Private Hospital, located in Suite D7, Level 1, Building 2 Holmesglen Private Hospital, 490 South Road, Moorabbin, and at Bass Coast Health
A.Prof Sigston sub specializes in Head & Neck Cancer, Head & Neck Surgery, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Paediactric ENT. She is member of the National ASOHNS Training Board, Associate Clinical Director (Surgical) of Monash Institute of Medical Engineering, Monash University, a Senior Lecturer in Monash University’s Department of Surgery, a mother, entrepreneur, and advocate for wellness in medicine and women in leadership.
As the first mother to be taken into an advanced surgical training program, A.Prof Sigston completed her FRACS in 2002 and then spent 3 years specializing in Head & Neck Cancer here and in France. She has previously been a Surgical Supervisor of Training, Executive Director of ORLHNS Unit at Monash Health, Chair of the Surgical Sciences Examination committee for ENT and currently is the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Representative on the National ASOHNS Training Board and a member of the Steering Committee for Monash Health's Women in Medicine Program and Gender Equity Committee.
A.Prof Sigston is actively involved in research and has a PhD in Head & Neck Cancer research. She recently developed and published a new theory for cancer and is Chief Investigator and Conjoint Grant recipient for the development of innovative 3D printing applications in reconstruction for head & neck cancer patients in collaboration with Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME).
Having breast cancer at 38 gave A.Prof Sigston the opportunity to deeply reflect on the importance of gratitude, the concept of being present and the power of conscious behavior. This has enabled a greater empathy with those with cancer and has influenced her approach to management. This is embodied by her 2015 mini-TED type talk, 'Cancer - Beyond the Cure'.
Dr. Sigston is the mother of 2 adult children and values courage, authenticity, inspiration, passion and gratitude.