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Payne, R., MD, CM (McG.), FRCSC

Dr. Payne is an assistant professor at McGill University in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. His surgical subspecialty is in Head and Neck Oncology with a strong emphasis on thyroid cancer. He also has an interest in surgery of the parathyroid glands, parotid glands, and the management and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Payne works at several of the McGill University affiliated adult hospitals. While his main office is at the Jewish General Hospital, he also evaluates and operates on patients at the Montreal General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital. Finally, he sees patients on a referral basis at his private office in Westmount.

Dr. Payne is a leader in the field of thyroid cancer surgery. He is actively involved in research, presenting his work annually at national and international conferences. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of sentinel lymph node biopsy, and has published in both North America and Europe on this novel technique. He has been an instructor to other thyroid cancer specialists at the THANC thyroid course held in New York City. Dr. Payne has expertise in endoscopic thyroidectomy using the minimally invasive video assisted technique. He has given several talks on this surgical procedure. Dr. Payne is certified by the American College of Surgeons to perform ultrasound guided biopsies of thyroid nodules. He regularly trains both otolaryngology and endocrinology residents and fellows in this skill.

During his medical school training at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Payne was awarded the Harry S. Gross Memorial Prize for outstanding general surgery accomplishments and the H.S. Birkett Memorial Prize for research and clinical achievement in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. As a resident, Dr. Payne completed a Master of Science Degree in Otolaryngology. He also won 15 different awards for clinical, surgical, and research accomplishments. Following graduation, Dr. Payne completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery, with an emphasis in thyroid surgery, at the University of Toronto (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital).

At the community level, Dr. Payne is committed to several fund-raising initiatives, which include promoting further research into Head and Neck Oncology, at the Department of Otolaryngology, McGill University fund-raiser held annually in May as one of the co-Chairmen. He is also involved with the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.