Alkis Psaltis

Associate Professor Alkis Psaltis

Head - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor (Dr) Alkis Psaltis is Head of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Adelaide.

After completing his ENT training in Adelaide in 2011, Associate Professor Psaltis completed three fellowships in advanced rhinology and anterior endoscopic skull base surgery in NZ and the USA.

He most recently returned from Stanford University where also served as a clinical instructor.

A.Prof 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 90 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters and serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy, Journal of Otolaryngology and Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. He is also a reviewer for 14 international ENT journals.

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

Dr 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.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Honorary visiting Lecturer University of Auckland
    2013 Consultant Surgeon SA Health
    2013 Head of Department Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    2012 - 2015 Clinical Instructor Stanford University School of Medicine
    2012 - 2013 Faculty Stanford University Medical Center
    2011 - 2012 Clinical Instructor Medical University of South Carolina
    2011 - 2012 Clinical Instructor Medical University of South Carolina
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2014 Award Honor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    2013 Award Dean Citation for Excellence in Teaching University of Adelaide
    2013 Award Teacher of the Year Award Stanford University
    2007 Award R.P Jepson Medal Royal Australian College of Surgeons
    2007 Award First Place and Overall Winner Inaugural Research Expo University of Adelaide
    2007 Award Best Poster Inaugural Research Expo University of Adelaide
    2006 Award Maurice Cottle Award American Rhinologic Society
    2006 Award Sir Edwin Hughes Memorial Prize Cabrini Institute Monash University
    2005 Award Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Day Award Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    2005 Award Ronald Gristwood Medal Australian Society of Head and Neck Surgeons
    2005 Award Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Day Award Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 Royal Australian College of Surgeons Australia FRACS
    2005 - 2008 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1995 - 2000 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS (hons)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2011 Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgery (F Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

Scholarships and Grants           
2017 - 2020  The  microbial determinants in  sinonasal tertiary lymphoid organ formation. NHMRC Grant Application CIA Wormald PJ, CIB Vredge S, CIC Psaltis  AJ $600 000 requested  *currently under review
2014 - 2017  
 

The effect of corticosteroids steroids on the sinonasal microbiome.

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Co-joint Grant  

Category 1 Grant  CIA  Psaltis, A.J   CIB Vreudge S $375, 000
2011-2015 

Senior Surgeon Scientist Early Career Scholarship 

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation   

Category 1 Grant CIA  $527 000
2011 Characterization of B Cells in CRS  American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Research    CIA Psaltis AJ  CIB Schlosser RJ $ 10 000
2005-2007  

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scholarship Grant 

The role of Bacterial Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis   

  $ 120,000

                   

Pharma Funding
2016 - 2017

ENT technologies Research Grant, Melbourne Victoria 

The use of  Carageenans in FLO saline Irrigation for the treatment of sinusitis

$138 000
2015

ENT technologies Small Project Grant,

Study of safety of carageenans use on sinonasal cilia

$30 000
Teaching
Courses - Instructor/Faculty
Co-convener of the Annual Adelaide University Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Course   2013- 2015
    Invited Faculty Member and Lecturer at 10 International Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Anterior Skull Base Surgery Courses for Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons
    Advanced FESS and Skull Base Course, Thailand  2016
    Oceanic-American Sinus/Skull Base Symposium, USA    2015
    Malaysian ORL Society National Meeting, Penang, Malaysia 2015
    North American Sinus Masterclass Course, McGill Uni.  Canada  2015
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA 2012, 2014, 2016
    Catholic University, Santiago, Chile   2014, 2016
    Clinica Allemande, Santiago, Chile     2013
    Invited Faculty Member and Lecturer at 8  National Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery courses
    St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia   2009, 2015
    Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia                                                   2008,2009, 2010, 2013,2014,2015
    Invited Faculty Member and Lecturer for the Adelaide University Major Vascular Injury Workshop Course
    Catholic University, Santiago, Chile  2016
    McGill University, Montreal, Canada  2015
    Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia       2013,2014, 2015

      

    Undergraduate
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 2  -introduction to ENT lecture 2013, 2014, 2015
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 3  -clinical skills workshop 2014, 2015
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 3  -ENT cases lecture series 2014, 2015
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 4  -ENT TERM Supervisor 2013- present 
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 5  -Summer Research Electives 2013 - present
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 5  -Honors Program Supervisor 2014 - present
    Adelaide University MBBS program year 6  -ENT emergencies lecture series 2014 – present
    Reviewer and Contributor of E-Medici electronic ENT cases    2015 – present
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    Post-graduate
    Surgical Supervisor of ENT training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2013 – present
    Training Committee , South Australian Regional Training Board of ENT 2013 – present
    Mentor for the American Rhinologic Society Mentorship Program 2014 - present
    Post-vocational General Practionner (GP)  Education Meetings 2013 – present
    Invited Guest Speaker at Royal Aust College of GPs national conference     2015
    Invited speaker Australian Society of Head and Neck Nurses  Conference 2012, 2015

          

    Co Supervisor of  PhD candidates – Adelaide University
    2013-present Dr Judy Ou – Intracellular S.aureus and Chronic Rhinosinusitis – in progress
    2014-present Dr Chun Chan – The role of alterations in the microbiome in Otitis Media Children in progress
    2014-present   Dr Jae Murphy – Alterations in the mucosal  barrier in Chronic Rhinosinusitis – in progress
    2014-present Dr Djiana Miljkovic – The role of Regulatory T cells in Chronic Rhinosinusitis   - in progress
    2016-present Dr Alistair Jukes – The use of novel nanoparticles in a carotid artery injury model  -in progress

     

    Co Supervisor of Masters of Surgery Candidates – Adelaide University
    2014-present  Dr Sakiko Ou – Osteoneogenisis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis – in progress
    2015-present  Dr Mian Ooi  The use of Chitodex Gel Compounds  in the treatment of Chronic Sinusitis – in progress
    2016-present  Dr Stephanie Fong Bacteriophage therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis – in progress
    2016-present  Dr Sathish Paramasivan Host-microbe interface & interactions in chronic rhinosinusitis - in progress
    Co Supervisor of Honours Students – Adelaide University
    2016 Arvind Jothin University of Adelaide Med Student yr 5
    2015 Aaran Rayan University of Adelaide Med Student yr 5 – successfully completed
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    • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2018 Co-Supervisor The host-microbe interface in chronic rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sathish Paramasivan
      2018 Principal Supervisor Determining the effect of barrier dysfunction on mucosal inflammation in chronic rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stephen Shih-Teng Kao
      2018 Co-Supervisor Effect of Antiobiotic Agents on Reactive Oxygen Species and Wound Healing Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Dr Michael Arthur Gouzos
      2018 Co-Supervisor Chitosan-Dextran Gel with and without Deferiporone and Gallium Protoporphyrin: wound healing and post operative outcomes in Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Rajan Vediappan
      2018 Co-Supervisor The Role of Viruses in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rachel Katherine Goggin
      2018 Co-Supervisor The Molecular Affect of Staphylococcus Aureus (ATTCC 13565) on the Mucosal Barrier in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sholeh Feizi
      2017 Co-Supervisor Development of an animal model of endoscopic small vessel haemorrhage control, Brain Manipulation and Dural closure Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Dr Annika Reann Mascarenhas
      2017 Co-Supervisor Bacteriophage Therapy for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Targeting Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Stephanie Anne Fong
      2016 Co-Supervisor The Effects of Oral and Tropical Corticosteroids on Sinonasal Microbiome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lisa Mary Cherian
    • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Haemostasis in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Alistair Kenneth Jukes
      2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The microbiome of otitis media with effusion and the influence of Alloicoccus otitidis on Haemophilus influenzae in polymicrobial biofilm Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chun Chan
      2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Role of Immune Cells in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Dijana Miljkovic
      2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Mucosal Barrier in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jae Viktor Murphy
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    • Board Memberships

      Date Role Board name Institution name Country
      2014 - ongoing Board Member Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Research Board Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
      2013 - ongoing Board Member Regional Training Committee for Otolaryngology Training in South Australia
    • Committee Memberships

      Date Role Committee Institution Country
      2015 - 2017 Member Scientific Program Advisory Committee Australian Society of Head & Neck Surgeons
      2015 - ongoing Board Member International Affairs Committee American Rhinologic Society
      2015 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Scientific Program Advisory Committee American Rhinologic Society
      2014 - ongoing Board Member National Examiner of Applicants for Otolaryngology Training (SET-1) Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
      2014 - ongoing Member Mentorship Program Committee American Rhinologic Society
      2014 - ongoing Member Surgical Supervisor for Otolaryngology training Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
      2014 - ongoing Member Hospital Accreditation Team Royal Australian College of Surgeons
      2010 - ongoing Board Member F1000 Research Committee
      2006 - 2007 Representative South Australian Surgical Training Committee
      2006 - ongoing Representative Basil Hetzel Institute Research Management Committee Basil Hetzel Institute
      2001 - ongoing Representative Adelaide Medical School Education Committee Adelaide Medical School
      2000 - ongoing Member Adelaide Medical School Mentorship Program Committee Adelaide Medical School
    • Memberships

      Date Role Membership Country
      2013 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Head and Neck Surgeons
      2013 - ongoing Member Australian Medical Association
      2011 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society
      2010 - ongoing Member American Rhinologic Society
      2010 - ongoing Member American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons
      1996 - ongoing Member Adelaide University Golden Key Club
      1995 - 2001 Member Adelaide University Greek Association
      1995 - 2000 Member Adelaide Medical School Society
    • Position: Head - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    • Phone: 82227158
    • Email: alkis.psaltis@adelaide.edu.au
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: TQEH - Main Building, floor 3
    • Room: 3 c
    • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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