Inspiring confidence

Dr Suki Ahluwalia
Coral Sea ENT

Inspiring confidence
Words by Janie Barton | Photo by Catherine Coombs

Having studied and trained under some of the world’s top surgeons, Dr Suki Ahluwalia is renowned for being highly credentialed, which is one of the main reasons his Cairns practice has taken off after opening just two years ago.

Not only do his patients feel completely safe in his experienced hands, they also love his friendly, personable disposition and his genuine passion for helping others.

The English fellowship-trained Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, who opened his Coral Sea ENT two years ago, offers his patients a range of treatments including head and neck cancer treatment, sinus surgery, paediatric ENT, laryngology and voice and facial plastic surgery.

Dr Suki has over 15 years of international specialist ENT, otorhinolaryngology experience. He is dual Fellowship qualified with both The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

As far back as he can remember, he wanted to be a doctor. It was when he was in medical school that he decided he wanted to specialise in the ENT field.

“When you’re in medical school you have to follow around various doctors and go to their clinics, and I had been to lots of different clinics and lots of doctors,” he said. “When I walked into the ENT surgeon’s office, he had a whole selection of instruments for use in looking into the nose, mouth and ear. I really liked that he was using instruments to make people better rather than prescribing medications.”

The experienced practitioner began his career at London’s prestigious University College and Imperial College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Science. In 2006, he was awarded a place on the UK’s foremost, highly competitive specialist training program in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. In 2010 he was awarded and admitted to the Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He came to Australia in 2012 to commence his ENT fellowship training at Princess Alexandra and Logan hospitals in Brisbane and gained extensive experience in head and neck cancer surgery and general ENT training before moving to Townsville and then to Cairns four years ago.

“I really love Cairns and love scuba diving here,” he said. “I am a very keen scuba diver and spend a lot of time in the Coral Sea, so it seemed like a great name to give the practice.”

While he enjoys diving and photography (check out his amazing underwater photos on the Coral Sea ENT website), he especially loves helping others.

He is also involved in helping people in indigenous communities with their hearing problems through the Deadly Ears outreach program, which provides visiting medical services to Aboriginal and indigenous communities.

“This involves a small team travelling to a remote area for a week and setting up a theatre and clinics to treat children and adults who have hearing difficulties,” he said. “I find this work very interesting and very rewarding.”

His Coral Sea ENT practice has recently moved to new premises on the corner of Upward and Lake streets and features local artwork depicting his love of the marine life in the Coral Sea.

But what he especially loves is helping to make a difference in people’s lives.

“To help patients through their time of need and see them get back to their normal lives is very rewarding to me,” said Dr Suki, who regularly attends national and international conferences for professional development and to keep up to date with the latest knowledge.

Whatever ear, nose or throat issues you may have, you can have complete confidence that Dr Suki and his team at Coral Sea ENT are ready and willing to help you overcome those problems and get back to enjoying your life.

Coral Sea ENT
Suite 2, 193 Lake St, Cairns
Ph: 4232 4911