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Professor PJ Wormald is Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and Professor of Skull Base Surgery at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is currently recognised as a leader in Sino-Nasal Disorders, FESS, and endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery. His medical practice and research interest are devoted to rhinology and skull base surgery. He has developed an animal model for eosinophilic sinusitis, to study various aspects of the disorder. Other research includes the role of the immune system and biofilms as etiologies of chronic rhinosinusitis. He is also involved in development of new clinical treatments and surgery for sino-nasal disorders.

Prof. Wormald is frequently an invited guest speaker to medical conferences on Sino-Nasal Disorders and Endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery. He is known to be an exceptional lecturer and teacher.  He has authored 6 books, 26 chapters, and over 320 peer-reviewed articles. In 2005, he authored a best-selling textbook on FESS – Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Anatomy, 3-D Reconstruction, and Surgical Technique (translated to multiple languages and now in its 3rd Edition). He has particular teaching interests in the anatomy of the skull base and sinuses, frontal sinus surgery, and endoscopic skull-base surgery.

The ENT Surgery research team is interested in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinustis (CRS) and specifically on the role of bacteria and the microbiome on both the development of CRS and the recalcitrant course of some patients after surgery.  We have an interest in new topical treatments for CRS and in developing gels for the improvement of wound healing after surgery.  In skull base surgery we are researching different hemostats and have developed an animal model of major vascular injury in which we trial new treatments and also train surgeons.  



Professional Associations

  • Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • British Rhinologic Society
  • Australasian Rhinologic Society
  • International Cartesian Society
  • Best registrar presentation at the Annual International Congress of the South African Otorhinolaryngological Society in Durban in October 1991
  • Best Consultant presentation at the Annual International Congress of  the South African Otorhinolaryngology Society in Sun City in November 1995
  • Bronze Medal for the Best Scientific Video.  Presented at the XVI World Congress of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Sydney Australia March 1997
  • Maurice Cottle Award.  Best Scientific Paper. American Rhinology Society Meeting Orlando 2003
  • Three-Dimensional Reconstruction, and Surgical Techniques.   First Prize – ENT category “2005 British Medical Association Medical Book Competition”
  • Sir Edwin Hughes Memorial Clinical Research Award in surgery – Monash University, Dr A Psaltis & Prof PJ Wormald.  June 2006
  • Maurice H Cottle Honour Award – American Journal Rhinology, Dr A Psaltis &  Prof PJ Wormald, September 2007.
  • AMA Award for a significant contribution to medicine.  Presented at AMA Meeting, Adelaide June 2007
  • Adelaide Research & Innovation – Impact Award   First Prize:  Most Exciting New Disclosure.  Anti-adhesion dressing for wound healing.  Adelaide September 2007  Dr T Athanasiadis & Prof PJ Wormald
  • Golden Mirror Head Award – Teaching and contribution to rhinology – American Rhinologic Society Meeting October 2009
  • Adelaide Research & Innovation – Impact Award First Prize.  “The efficacy of Chitodex gel in the neurosurgical sheep model.”  Adelaide. November 2011 Dr’s S Rajiv, R Valentine, T Ha.  
  • TheDistinguished ServiceAward – American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation– September 2012.  Prof PJ Wormald
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Representative for Excellence in Research Supervision – 2012, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide.  Prof PJ Wormald
  • Year 2/3 Committee, The University of Adelaide, Excellence in Teaching (Semester 1).

Prof PJ Wormald is invoved in training surgeons from underdeveloped countries such as Myanmar.

He is available to talk to the media about Rhinology and skull base surgery.