Damien grew up in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and after an undergraduate science degree completed a postgraduate medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2001. He returned to Victoria to undertake advanced surgical training in Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery and obtained a fellowship (FRACS) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010.
From 2011 to 2012, he undertook a subspecialty Clinical Fellowship in United Kingdom at St Georges Hospital in London. During this time, Damien developed further experiences in Paediatric ENT as a visiting fellow at world renowed hospitals including Great Ormond Street in London and Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Ohio, United States.
Damien is passionate and actively involved in training and mentoring junior doctors. He is the Supervisor of Surgical training in Paediatric ENT, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Royal Children's Hospital. He has published and presented lectures at domestic and international conferences and seminars.
Damien has special interest in Paediatric ENT problems including various treatments for hearing loss, speech delay and glue ear treatments, and treatments for snoring and sleep apnoea in children and adults.
He has been very active in advancing the use of microscopic minimal access sinus surgery to avoid the use of nasal packing and provide better recovery for patients undergoing sinus surgery.
Damien operates at Warringal Private Hospital and consults privately in Parkville, Kew, Bundoora and Heidelberg. He has public appointments at Royal Children's Hospital and Austin Hospital.
Damien is married and has two children and a dog. He enjoys playing basketball and training nippers in Surf Life Saving Club over summer.