Dr Joanna Walton

Dr Joanna Walton

Dr Joanna Walton is a fellowship trained ear nose and throat surgeon. She specialises in disorders of the ear, and the surgical correction of hearing loss including cochlear implantation and other hearing implants. She also specialises in the management of paediatric ear nose and throat disorders.

Dr Walton graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales Medical program in 1998. She completed surgical training in ear nose and throat surgery and also a Masters of Surgery at the University of Sydney.

Dr Walton completed further training in ear and hearing implantation surgery at the prestigious Otology and Skull Base unit in Cambridge, United Kingdom. This is a highly competitive international fellowship that has a history of training Australia’s best ear surgeons.

Throughout her career Dr Walton has been dedicated to high quality academic research and has published many articles in world renowned, peer reviewed journals. She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences in her areas of expertise.


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Science (Medicine) (UNSW)

Master of Surgery (University of Sydney)

Fellow of the Royal Australasian college of Surgeons (Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery)


Young Scientist Award for research on Cochlear implants and MRI at the 9th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences, Hyderabad India November 2013

John Lowenthal Medal for Master of Surgery, University of Sydney Dissertation: Predicting cochlear implant outcomes in children with auditory neuropathy

Award for the best research paper presented at the 6th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Scholarship for research in otology

Australian Youth Ambassador Award; Australian government scholarship to work as a youth ambassador in Hanoi Vietnam


Denoyelle, F, Simon F, Chang KW, Chan KH, Cheng AG, Choo D, Daniel S, Farinetti A, Garabedian E, Greinwald JH, Hoff SR, Hone S, Licameli G, Papsin B, Poe D, Pransky S, Smith RJH, Triglia J, Walton J, Zalzal G Leboulanger N

“International Paediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG ) consensus recommendations
Congenital Cholesteatoma”Otology and Neurotology December 2019

Joanna Walton
“Improving Congenital CMV outcomes” Australian Doctor, June 2017

Marlene Soma, Joanna Walton
Laryngomalacia – when to intervene” Respiratory Medicine Today, June 2017

Hwang S, Kok S, and Walton J
‘Balloon dilation for eustation tube dysfunction: A systematic review’ Journal of Laryngology and Otology Australian Supplement 2016

Joanna Walton, N Donnelly, P Axon, D Scoffings
‘MRI without magnet removal in Neurofibromatosis type 2 patients with cochlear and auditory brainstem implants’ Otology and Neurotology’ accepted for publication January 2014

Joanna Walton, Yaniv Ebner, Michael G. Stewart, and Max M. April
Re: “Systematic Review of Complications of Tonsillotomy versus Tonsillectomy” Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery December 2012 147: 1164

J Walton, P Axon
‘The Surgical Management of Meniere’s Disease’ ENT News January 2012

J Walton, Y Ebner, MG Stewart, MM April
‘Systematic review of randomized controlled trials comparing intracapsular tonsillectomy with total tonsillectomy in a pediatric population’ Archives of Otolaryngology, March 2012

J Walton, WPR Gibson, H Sanli, K Prelog
“Predicting cochlear implant outcomes in children with auditory neuropathy” Otology and Neurotology April 2008

J Walton, S Shahidi, GR Croxso
“Cerebrospinal Fluid Otorrhoea” Australian Journal of Otolaryngology January 2004


“Congenital CMV update” Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre August 2019

‘Cochlear Implants’ Cambridge Advanced Otology Course June 2018

Congenital CMV and Sensorineural Hearing Loss’Sydney Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds, 2017

‘Eustachian tube balloon dilation’ Sydney Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds, November 2015

‘Eustachian Tuboplasty’ Paediatric update meeting ASOHNS 2015 Sydney

‘Systematic review of Eustachian tube balloon dilation’ Politzer Meeting June 2015, Japan

‘Imaging and hearing implants’ ASOHNS 2015 Sydney

‘MRI scanning with the magnet in situ’ 9th Asia Pacific Cochlear Implant Meeting, Hyderabad, India, November 2013

The upper airway and sleep” The NSW paediatric sleep physicians meeting, the University of Sydney, November 2013

‘Laryngomalacia, Pierre Robin Sequence and OSA’ The Respiratory Physicians Meeting, Sydney, November 2013

‘Cochlear Implants’ Sydney Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds July 2013

‘OSA and Laryngomalacia’ Sydney Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds, June 2013

‘Systematic review of randomized controlled trials comparing intracapsular tonsillectomy with total tonsillectomy in a paediatric population’ European Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology Amsterdam 2012

‘The Otolaryngology Lectures – paediatric and adult’ Cambridge University Medical Program, Cambridge University, 2012

The Vestibular system’ East Anglia General Practioner conference, United Kingdom April 2012

‘Preoperative assessment in auditory neuropathy’ National cochlear implant meeting on auditory neuropathy, December 2011, Cambridge United Kingdom

“Cochlear nerve morphology and auditory function in children with auditory neuropathy” Frontiers in Otorhinolaryngology, Noosa July 2008

“Predicting cochlear implant outcomes in children with auditory neuropathy” 6th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences , Sydney November 2007

“Craniofacial Resection for anterior skull base tumours” Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Annual Scientific Congress Brisbane 8th May 2003


Joanna grew up in a family dedicated to public service. Her mother was a social worker and her father a teacher of children with disability. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be a doctor and improve health outcomes for children, adults, and the underprivileged. She has travelled extensively in the developing world and lived and worked in Vietnam as an Australian Youth Ambassador. She is committed to improving the health of our aboriginal population, especially in the chronic problem of childhood ear disease.

Dr Walton is married and has 2 children.