About MercyAscot Head and Neck Service
MercyAscot Head and Neck Service: a comprehensive service for head and neck disorders
This multi-disciplinary service of complementary health specialists provides exceptional holistic care, focused on delivering outstanding clinical outcomes and patient experience.
Our surgical service is led by experienced surgeons Rajan Patel, Mark Izzard, Kevin Smith and Muammar Abu-Serriah; and Kim Gear.
Our areas of surgical expertise include benign tumours and cancers of the head and neck (skin, oral and tongue, salivary gland, jaw bones, sinus, thyroid and parathyroid etc), reconstruction of surgical defects and facial plastic surgery. We consult and operate in new award winning state of the art facilities in Auckland City and North Shore. We are part of the only private truly head and neck multidisciplinary team (including radiation oncology, medical oncology, laryngology, radiology, dental specialist, oral prosthodontist, speech and swallow therapy, nutrition, wound care nurse specialists), which work closely together to provide first class care for patients with head and neck disorders with the aim of providing a prompt and friendly service in a professional but relaxed atmosphere.
As well as running a comprehensive private practice at Auckland Head and Neck Surgery, Mark, Rajan and Kevin publish extensively in scientific journals and surgical textbooks and lecture at national and international surgical meetings and courses.
In addition, the MercyAscot Head & Neck Service is proud to offer comprehensive one-stop diagnostic clinics:
Neck Lump Clinic
An integrated multidisciplinary one-stop clinic for neck lump patients, staffed by a radiologist, a pathologist and a surgeon. Patients receive diagnosis and a treatment plan in 45 minutes. All patients seen within one week. A Southern Cross Affliated provider service.
Facial Fracture Clinic
A seamless multidisciplinary one-stop specialist facial fracture service, for ACC-covered patients with suspected sub-acute facial and nasal bone fractures.
Salivary Pathology Clinic
A streamlined multidisciplinary clinic, for the comprehensive evaluation of patients with salivary gland disorders including swelling and inflammation, Sjogrens syndrome, salivary stones and tumours.
A team approach is vital in the management of ENT and Head and Neck disorders. In referring your patients to us, you can be confident that theyll receive fully integrated care.
Non-surgical management of head and neck disease, with areas of expertise including:
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Mouth and Skin Cancers
- Neck and Thyroid Lumps
- Maxillofacial Trauma
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Tooth extraction
- Facial deformity
- Oral facial rehabilitation and dental implants
- Oral ulceration
- Dry mouth
Eliminate delay in diagnosis:
One 45-minute appointment
Radiologist, Pathologist, and Surgeon
Comprehensive diagnostic service:
• Clinical assessment
• Ultrasound neck and thyroid
• Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirate biopsy (FNA)
• Immediate FNA biopsy cytology assessment
• Immediate diagnosis and treatment plan
When to urgently refer directly to our Neck Lump Clinics?*
Neck Lump increasing in size; or
Neck Lump greater than 2 cm in size; or
Neck Lump present for more than 3 weeks that has changed; or
Neck Lump present for 6 weeks or more; or
Widespread lymphadenopathy > 2cm; or
B symptoms: night sweats, generalised itch, weight loss, fever
*Adapted from Guidelines for the Management of Neck Lumps, Pan-Birmingham Cancer Network 2010
Areas of expertise:
- Head and neck cancers
- Mouth and skin cancers
- Neck and thyroid lumps
- Maxillofacial trauma
- Reconstructive surgery
- Otorhinolaryngology (ORL /ENT)
- Removal of wisdom teeth, exposure of impacted teeth and dental implants
Why refer to our Head & Neck Service?
Multi-disciplinary team approach:
- Dental and oral prosthodontic
- Specialist nursing and wound care
- Clinical pharmacy
- Speech and language therapy
- Specialist pathology and radiology services (Neck Lump Clinic)
Our results so far
- 1016 neck lump patients assessed
- 99% of patients given diagnosis following assessment
- 52% discharged with reassurance after a single appointment
- 11% cancer diagnosis
Also in Takapuna and Mairangi Bay
Our team is committed to close communication with you as the referrer, to efficiently treat and rehabilitate your patients.
Mr Mark Izzard
Head and Neck Surgeon
MBBS, FRACS (ORLHNS)
Mark is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society, the Australasian academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Mr Rajan Patel
Head and Neck Surgeon
MBChB, MD, FRCS (ORLHNS), FRACS (ORLHNS)
Rajan is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society, the American Head and Neck Society, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
Mr Kevin Smith
Head and Neck Surgeon
MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCS, FRACS(ORLHNS)
Kevin is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists.
Maxillofacial Head & Neck Surgeon
Dr Hament Pandya
MBChB, MRCS, FRCR (UK)
Dr Carole Paulus
MD, MRANZCR, MSFR
Dr Christine Koch
BE, MBChB, FRANZCR
Assoc. Prof Patrick Emanuel
MBChB, FACP, FRCPA, FASDP, Dip Arts
Dr Sadiq Al-Sakini
MBChB, MSc. Path. FRCPA
MBChB, DA(UK), FCPath(SA)Anat, MMed(Path), FRCPA
Nevilles pre- and postgraduate studies were conducted in South Africa. He obtained his MBChB in 1988. After completing his year as a House Officer and a year of compulsory military training, he spent five years in private practice as a general practitioner. He then visited the UK for a year where he completed a Diploma in Anaesthetics.
He returned to South Africa late 1995 specialising in Anatomical Pathology. He completed his specialist studies at the end of 2000. My first job as a specialist was with Diagnostic Medlab (DML) in Auckland, where he worked from February 2001 until 2013 (when they were taken over by ADHB).
Whilst working for DML he also sat the Royal College of Australasia exams and obtained his Fellowship in 2004. From 2014 he has been employed by WDHB, where he is still working. His special interests include Gastro-Intestinal and Liver pathology and Head and Neck pathology.
To refer to us
P 09 630 2920
M 02245 02245
F 09 630 2923