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Dr Ryan De Freitas


ENT Head & Neck Surgeon

An accomplished ENT Surgeon with specialised fellowship training in Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgery.

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Dr Ryan De Freitas

has expertise in rhinoplasty and minimally invasive nose and sinus surgery as well as the management of sleep apnea in both adults and children.

Raised in Hobart, Ryan studied medicine at the University of Tasmania and did his internship at The Royal Hobart Hospital. He then moved overseas and completed his basic surgical training in the UK before returning to Australia to undertake ENT registrar training in Melbourne. During this period, his rotations included a valuable six months at the renowned Royal Children’s Hospital as well as rotations at Monash adult and children’s hospitals, Alfred Hospital, Western Hospital and Austin Hospital.

Ryan achieved Fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2013.

Driven by a commitment to advancing his skills,

Ryan pursued two overseas fellowships in Head and Neck Surgery. The first took place at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, a distinguished teaching hospital, and the National Centre for Cochlear Implantation in Ireland. During this fellowship, he also served as a Clinical Lecturer in ENT at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, imparting his knowledge to medical students and GP registrars.

Ryan then completed a second fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at St George’s University Hospital London. This experience included managing a high volume of adult and paediatric thyroid tumors, including minimal access thyroidectomies in selected cases. Additionally, he has gained valuable experiences from a clinical attachment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital under the guidance of Associate Professor Greg Randolph, esteemed thyroid surgeon and past President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

After his overseas fellowships,

Ryan returned to Australia and after a brief stint working on the Gold Coast returned to Melbourne in 2016 with appointments at Monash and Austin hospitals.

Ryan prioritizes effective communication with his patients and strives to provide the best possible care. He actively participates in multidisciplinary head and neck and thyroid meetings at Monash and Austin Hospital. Moreover, he remains engaged in continuous professional development and has authored numerous scientific papers in the field of ENT.

Ryan’s involvement in clinical trials and research at Monash Health further underscores his dedication to advancing medical knowledge. He has a genuine passion for training and mentoring junior doctors, serving as the ENT supervisor for medical students and welfare officer for ENT registrars at Monash.

Ryan holds public appointments at Monash, Austin, and Swan Hill Hospitals.

He consults primarily at his Brighton rooms and operates privately at Epworth Richmond, Waverley Private and Linacre Private Hospital. He has monthly outreach trips to Mildura, Swan Hill and Echuca which include a large number of Indigenous patients.

Ryan welcomes referrals for all adult and pediatric ENT conditions, ensuring comprehensive care for his patients.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Ryan cherishes quality time with his three children. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and enjoys music concerts and playing the guitar.


  • BMedSc University of Tasmania – 2001
  • MBBS (Hons) University of Tasmania – 2002
  • Membership Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) – 2006
  • Diploma in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (RCSEng) – 2006
  • Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (ORL-HNS) – 2013


  • Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery


  • Key S, Alnimri F, Ney B, De Freitas R, Paddle P. Paediatric tonsillectomy and adenotonsillectomy in a rural setting: A retrospective study over a period of six years. ANZ J Surgery. Accepted for publication 14th March 2022.
  • De Freitas R, Kulasegarah K, Walshe P, Viani L. Clinical Cases Requiring Bilateral Cochlear Implantation: The Irish Experience. Ir J Med Sci. 2013 Dec;182:519-519.
  • De Freitas RP, Berkowitz RG. Bilateral Choanal Atresia Repair in Neonates – A Single Surgeon Experience. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2012 76: 873-878. PMID: 22444734.
  • Pham TA, R De Freitas, E Sigston, N Vallance. Transoral laser excision of T1 and T2 glottic squamous cell carcinoma. ANZ J Surg. 2012 Oct;82(10):720-3. PMID: 22901105
  • Pham TA, R De Freitas, G Young, A Safdar. Laryngeal paraganglioma in an irradiated neck.  Laryngol Otol. 2012 Jul;126(7):747-50. PMID: 22643318
  • De Freitas RP, Hanna BC. Comparison of Co-phenylcaine Spray or Lidocaine/Epinephrine Nasal Packing for Flexible Laryngoscopy.  Clinical Medicine Insights: Ear, Nose and Throat 2010;3:1-6.
  •  De Freitas RP, Hanna BC. Nasal and instrument preparation prior to rigid and flexible nasendoscopy: a systematic review (Letters to the Editors).  J Laryngol Otol 2009 Oct;123:1188-1189. PMID: 19457273.
  • De Freitas RP, Choudhari K. Intra-spinal tumour as a cause of neck pain.  The British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2007 Jun;68:334.  PMID 17639841.
  • De Freitas RP, Fahy CP, Brooker DS, Primrose WJ, McManus KA, McGuigan JA, Hughes SJ. Descending necrotising mediastinitis: a safe treatment algorithm.  Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2007 Feb;264:181-7. PMID: 17009018.
  • De Freitas RP, Jones JM, Gladstone DJ. Pericardiocutaneous fistula following valve surgery.  Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2007 Mar;22:1-3. PMID: 17488427.
  • De Freitas RP, Choudhari K. Letter to the Editor Long-term Clinical and Angiographic Follow-up of Unclippable Wrapped Intracranial Aneurysms.  Neurosurgery 2006 Nov;59:E1152  PMID: 17143219.