Dr Benjamin Chan

Head and Neck Surgeon


Ben Chan is a Head and Neck surgeon based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Ben grew up in Christchurch and completed his medical degree at the University of Otago. He then went on to surgical training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery and was awarded his Fellowship in the Australasian College of Surgeons. His surgical training has taken him all over New Zealand as well as Calgary, Canada, where he completed subspeciality training in advanced Head and Neck surgical oncology and thyroid surgery.

Ben has a deep understanding of head and neck pathology, as well as the technical expertise required to operate confidently in this complex area. He is an expert in the surgical treatment of thyroid cancer, as well as cancers of the oral cavity, throat, salivary glands, sinonasal tract, and skin. Ben is also adept at the management of benign conditions of the nose and sinuses, as well as paediatric ENT. He is a clear and empathetic communicator who forms valued relationships with his patients and their families.

Ben is a consultant surgeon at Christchurch Public Hospital and is the current Chair of the Head and Neck Cancer multidisciplinary team that covers the mid and upper South Island. He is actively involved in surgical training and lectures at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine.

Together with his wife Jo, Ben has two young children. He enjoys running and swimming and has fond memories of having free time.

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Ben believes that collaboration creates better and more meaningful results. He will work with you to understand your symptoms and tailor a management plan that best suits your needs and gives you the best result.

Head and neck

  • Head and Neck cancer
    • Oral cavity, throat, sinonasal
  • Neck lumps
  • Skin cancers
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Altered voice


  • Nodules
  • Goitre
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts
  • Hyperparathyroidism

Nose and Sinus

  • Blocked nose
  • Bleeding nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis

Paediatric ENT

  • Snoring/sleep disordered breathing
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Glue ear
  • Ear infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Neck lumps