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Professor Alkis Psaltis is Head of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and and a Professor at The University of Adelaide. After completing his ENT training in Adelaide in 2011, Prof Psaltis completed three fellowships in advanced rhinology and Skull Base surgery in NZ and the USA. He most recently returned from Stanford University where also served as a clinical instructor.

Professor Psaltis has a strong research interest, having completed a PhD in 2008 researching the role of bacterial biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS). His research has received international acclaim having been awarded numerous prizes. He has authored over 65 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Otolaryngology and Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. He is also a reviewer for 6 international ENT journals.

Alkis is currently supervising 5 PhD and 3 Masters student through the University of Adelaide.

  • The pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Influences of the microbiome on chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Lacrimal disorders

Professor Psaltis’s research interests include evaluating causes of chronic rhinosinusitis particularly the role of bacterial biofilms and perturbation in the microbiome, lacrimal disorders and the development of topical therapies to combat chronic rhinosinusitis. He is currently the primary investigator on a world wide study investigating alteration in the microbiome in patients with sinusitis.


MBBS (hons) PhD, FRACS

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member of Australian Society of Head and neck Surgeons
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society
  • Member of Australian Medical Association
  • Member of American Rhinologic Society
  • Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Member of the South Australian Indian Medical Association

Positions Held:

2013–present: Head of Department of Otolaryngology Head and neck Surgery, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia & Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

2012-2013: Clinical Instructor and rhinology and anterior skull base fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA

2011-2012: Clinical Instructor and rhinology and anterior skull base fellow, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Jan 2011-July 2011: Honorary Visiting Lecturer University of Auckland & Rhinology and anterior skull base fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award for contribution for medical education


  • University of Adelaide Dean citation for excellence in teaching
  • Best Teacher Award, Stanford University, USA


  • R.P Jepson Medal for the best presentation at the College of Surgeons ASM
  • Best Presentation at Research Expo for the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • Overall Winner at Research Expo for Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide


  • Maurice Cottle Award for best paper American Rhinologic Society
  • Sir Edwin Hughes Memorial Prize – first place in surgical research Australia and NZ
  • TQEH Research Day Award for Best Presentation, Higher Degree


  • Ron Gristwood medal for best ENT registrar presentation of research
  • TQEH Research Day Award for Best Clinical Presentation

Professor Alkis Psaltis is available to speak with the media about:

  • Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)
  • Skull base tumours
  • Disorders of the lacrimal system