Dr David Morrissey


Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

Dr David Morrissey

David completed his training as an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon, also known as an ENT, in various Australian Hospitals. During his training he developed extensive experience in the medical and surgical management of a wide variety of conditions of the ears, nose and throat. A subsequent Fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery has further enhanced his skills in addressing conditions of the nose and sinuses. Dr Morrissey also maintains a significant paediatric practice and has a wealth of knowledge and experience managing ear, nose and throat conditions of childhood.

David has presented at multiple Australian and International conferences and has authored a number of articles for medical journals. He has also co-authored book chapters for a multiple surgical textbooks and contributed to a position statement on “The Management of Rhinosinusitis” for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. As a strong advocate for continuing professional development, Dr Morrissey regularly attends national and international meetings to further his skills and improve his knowledge.

Dr Morrissey is actively involved in Medical Education. He is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland and contributes to the education of medical students, junior doctors and trainees in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.  David is also a member of the faculty for a number of Advanced Sinus Surgery instructional courses which teach sinus surgery skills to other ENT surgeons from across the world.

Since his return to Toowoomba, David has complemented his private practice employment as a Consultant Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon at Toowoomba Hospital within the Darling Downs District Health Service. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Committee at St Vincent's Toowoomba Hospital. David was raised in Toowoomba and considers himself fortunate to be able to bring his skills and expertise to his local community.


  • Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (2014).
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours 1st Class (2005).
  • Awarded The University Medal for Year 2005 for Outstanding Scholarship.
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1998).

Special Interests

Dr Morrissey has had the privilege of training with world-renowned Sinus and Skull Base Surgeons Professor PJ Wormald and Associate Professor Alkis J Psaltis. He has also been trained in Functional Rhinoplasty under the direction of Dr Steve Floreani and Dr Kien Ha.

As a result of this exceptional guidance and ongoing mentorship, Dr Morrissey has developed advanced skills in nasal surgery, sinus surgery and functional rhinoplasty. David is an expert in diseases of the nose and sinuses. His interest in nasal surgery is complemented by an interest in obstructive sleep apnoea and sleep surgery.

Paediatrics has always been an interest for David and he spent time working at both the Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospitals prior to the opening of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. As a parent himself, he particularly enjoys the professional satisfaction of helping children and their families towards better health.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • Member of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Member Australia & New Zealand Rhinologic Society.
  • Member American Rhinologic Society.
  • Member Australian Medical Association (AMA).


  • Consultant Surgeon (ENT) Toowoomba Hospital – within Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – The University of Queensland.

Additional Professional Activities and Contributions

  • Medical Advisory Committee St Vincent’s Toowoomba Hospital (Member).



  • Watkinson, John C. Scott-Brown's Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 8th Edition. CRC Press, 2018.
    • Chapter 114: Endoscopic management of sinonasal tumours. Alkis J. Psaltis, David K. Morrissey
  • Bernal-Sprekelsen, M. Endoscopic Approaches to the Paranasal Sinuses and Skull Base, Thieme 2017
    • Chapter 8: Sphenopalatine and Maxillary Arteries. David K Morrissey, Peter John Wormald
  • Georgalas C, Sama A. The Frontal Sinus. Thieme 2021
    • Chapter 15: Complications of Frontal Sinus Surgery. Alkis J Psaltis, David K Morrissey

Journal Articles

  • Dilshard S, Chong S, Morrissey D, Ha J, Bagot D'arc M. RADA16, a Self-Assembling Peptide (Sap) For Haemostasis in Nasal Endoscopic Surgery, a Case Series in Australia. Sur Cas Stud Op Acc J. 6(5): 2022. doi:10.32474/SCSOAJ.2022.06.000247
  • Amjadi S, Chan WO, Rajak S, Morrissey D, et al. A case of traumatic infraorbital neuroma. Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017;21(4):471-473. doi:10.1007/s10006-017-0658-6.
  • Morrissey DK, Bassiouni A, Psaltis AJ, Naidoo Y, Wormald P-J. Outcomes of revision endoscopic modified Lothrop procedure. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2016;6(5):518-522. doi:10.1002/alr.21715.
  • Morrissey DK, Bassiouni A, Psaltis AJ, Naidoo Y, Wormald P-J. Outcomes of modified endoscopic Lothrop in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease with nasal polyposis. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2016;6(8):820-825. doi:10.1002/alr.21739.
  • Morrissey DK, Pratap U, Brown C, Wormald P-J. The role of surgery in the management of phantosmia. The Laryngoscope. 2016;126(3):575-578. doi:10.1002/lary.25647.
  • Morrissey DK, Wormald P-J, Psaltis AJ. Prelacrimal approach to the maxillary sinus. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2016;6(2):214-218. doi:10.1002/alr.21640.
  • Morrissey DK, Grigg R. Incidence of osteoradionecrosis of the temporal bone. ANZ J Surg. 2011;81(12):876-879. doi:10.1111/j.1445-2197.2010.05641.x.