Peter-John Wormald

Professor Peter-John Wormald

Professor Otolaryngology Head & 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.


Professor Peter-John Wormald

Professor Peter-John Wormald is one of the world's foremost sinus surgeons and a recognised world leader in sinus related technology.

Ear, nose and throat surgeon Professor Peter-John Wormald is Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Adelaide and Flinders Universities. He is known to be an exceptional lecturer and teacher and is currently recognised as a world leader in Sino-Nasal Disorders, FESS, and Anterior Skull-Base Surgery. Peter was one of the first to introduce the revolutionary practice of transnasal intracranial surgery to Australia. He has taken this surgery to new heights, removing tumours through the nose which could previously only be removed by operating through the top of the skull. Peter’s approach avoids disturbing the brain, disfiguring the patient’s skull, and shortens recovery time. In addition, he has developed more than 20 new surgical instruments and five new surgical procedures, leading to the recognition of his department as the leading sinus surgery unit in Australia, and one of the leading departments in the world. He ran the first microvascular injury workshop in the world, and his book on endoscopic sinus surgery is widely acknowledged internationally as the definitive text on the subject. Peter’s work has redefined the approach to the management of sinus and skull base diseases and his reputation attracts visiting surgeons from around the world.

Professor Wormald has super specialised in rhinology, sinus surgery and skull base surgery and now practices almost solely as a rhinologist (nose and sinus specialist) and skull base surgeon. He has developed an extensive research program into the causes and development patterns associated with these diseases and has a special interest in innovative and new treatments of nose and sinus diseases. He has been a leader in Australia and the world in new technqiues and procedures for the endoscopic management of skull base tumors and has in collaboration with intrument manufacturing companies developed and extensive range of both sinus surgical and skull base instruments

He travels extensively both nationally and internationally to lecture on this research and on new surgical techniques that he has recently developed for the management of extensive and resistant sinus disease. In addition, Adelaide is fortunate to have, in three of its hospitals, cutting edge sinus technology that is not available in most other states of Australia. This has led Adelaide to be considered as the centre of excellence for treatment of nasal and sinus diseases in Australasia and the world.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Professor of Skull Base Surgery University of Adelaide
    1998 Chair and and Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Medal 2017
    2012 Award The Distinguished Service Award American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
    2012 Award 13. Faculty of Health Sciences Representative for Excellence in Research Supervision Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne Australia F.R.A.C.S.
    1993 Edinburgh United Kingdom F.R.C.S.(Ed) Otol.
    1992 University of Cape Town Australia F.C.S. (SA.) O.R.L
    1983 University of Stellenbosch South Africa M.B., Ch.B
  • Research Interests

Grants and Funding
The role of Staphylococcus aureus superantigens and fungal antigens in chronic rhinosinusitis.

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scientist Fellowship 

(H Pant, A Foreman, LW Tan, P McArdle, PJ Wormald

2010-2012 $294,448
The role of Nitric Oxide in Staphylococcus Aureus biofilm formation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis.

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scientist Fellowship 

(C Jardeleza, PJ Wormald)

2010-2012 $225,000
Novel anti-biofilm therapies in chronic sinusitis (formerly ‘The aetiology, significance and treatment of Staph Aureus following sinus surgery)

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scientist Fellowship 

(J Jervis-Bardy, PJ Wormald)

2010-2011 $225,000
Haemostasis and wound healing in sinus surgery

SEAT – Project Grant

(H Pant, PJ Wormald)

2011 $22,500
Characterising fungal biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scientist Fellowship 

(E Cleland, PJ Wormald)

2011-2013 $225,000
Neurosurgical Anti-adhesion dressing for wound healing Adelaide Research Ins (PJ Wormald) 2011-2013 $150,000
The role of Staphylococcus aureus in recalcitrant Chronic Rhinosinusitis and clinical applications of new treatment protocols Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Grant Foundation (PJ  Wormald) 2011 $275,500
Commercial Accelerator Scheme
Round 8 2011: Chitosan gel on Haemostasis and Wound Healing in Sheep Model
Adelaide Research Ins (PJ Wormald) 2012 $169,600
In vivo evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a novel chitosan gel in the reduction of adhesions following abdominal surgery in both animal and human models

NH&MRC

(PJ Wormald, G Maddern, S Moretti, B Robinson, S Robinson)

2013-2015 $514,975.01
A novel nitric oxide-based treatment for recalcitrant Staphylococcus aureus-associated chronic rhinosinusitis

NH&MRC

(PJ Wormald, CP, BT, S Vreudge)

2013-2015 $522,956.85
The clinical significance of intracellular Staphylococcus aureus in CRS Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Project Grant   (PJ Wormald, S Vreugde) 2013-2016 $299,993.00
Unravelling the role of type 2 innate lymphoid cells and their activating cytokines IL25, IL33 and TSLP in chronic rhinosinusitis Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scholarship   (J Ou, PJ Wormald) 2013-2016 $128,487.00
Treatment and prevention of injuries to large arterial vessels in the ENT surgical setting Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams memorial Foundation. Project Grant (V Padhye, PJ Wormald) 2013-2015 $225,000
The role of inflammatory dendritic cells in nasal polyps of chronic rhinosinusitis patients Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Scientist Fellowship    2014-2017 $210,000

The microbiome in chronic rhinosinusitis

NH&MRC Project grant

(PJ Wormald, S Dowd, S Vreugde)

2014-2017 $692,562
Bacteriophage: a novel treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis The Hospital Research foundation – 2014 THRF Project  (PJ Wormald, S Vreugde, A Drilling, A Smithyman)-- 2014-2016 $300,000
Sinonasal microbial and immune homeostasis and its breakdown in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Grant Foundation
P Wormald, S Vreugde
2014-2017 $375,000
Super High Resolution Correlative Microscopy: New Research Capability for Bioengineering, Clean Energy, Mineral Processing and Environmental Sciences

LEIF

(PJ Wormald,

  $900,000

 

Teaching Experience

I am involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education with the organisation and presenting of lectures to students, registrars and general practitioners.  My involvement with the undergraduate students includes a formal lecture programme and daily teaching in outpatients and theatres of clinical skills.  I have attended the TIPS (Teaching Improvement Project) workshop aimed at improving teaching skills and follow their teaching philosophy.  Included in my teaching duties is the examining of students in all years before qualification. 

As regards the development of multimedia teaching, I am in the final stages of development of an interactive CD ROM for the teaching of otology.  This is titled ‘Interactive Otology” and provides unique teaching videos, which through morphing technology allows the production of a video which enables the student to watch the pathological process develop from the normal condition and heal or to watch the progress to the end-stage pathological state.  Students and GPs who have seen the prototype versions have received this enthusiastically.  I am actively involved in the development of the new curriculum at the Adelaide University and regularly attend meetings regarding ENT teaching in this program

On a regular basis I give formal lectures to the registrars in the department and teach both clinical and surgical skills and form part of the training committee responsible for the training and assessment of registrars.

I regularly give lectures and teach skills to the general practitioners, which includes lecturing at the Annual GP Update Course held at the University of Adelaide.

I have an extensive clinical slide collection of over 6000 slides and an operative video collection of over 300 videos.  These are a valuable resource for teaching students, registrars, consultants and GPs.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor To correlate the effects of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa on nasal epitheliaum with patients outcome measures such as CT scores (Lund Mackay), clinical scores (SNOTT 22), inflametory cell counts and presence of tertiary lymphoid organisms by histology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jannatul Ferdoush Tuli
    2018 Co-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 The host-microbe interface in chronic rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sathish Paramasivan
    2018 Principal Supervisor Effect of Antiobiotic Agents on Reactive Oxygen Species and Wound Healing Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Dr Michael Arthur Gouzos
    2018 Principal Supervisor The Protective Role of Corynebacterium Species in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Dr Anna Katharina Megow
    2018 Principal 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
    2018 Co-Supervisor Investigation Potential Microbiome Therapy for Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Martha Menberu
    2017 Principal Supervisor Magnetic Nanotechnology For Diagnostics and Guided Therapeutics in Oral Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Giri Krishnan
    2017 Principal Supervisor Effect of Staphylococcus aureus toxins on the nasal epithelial barrier in Chronic Rhino-sinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Beula Subashini Panchatcharam
    2017 Principal 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 Principal Supervisor Bacteriophage Therapy for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Targeting Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Stephanie Anne Fong
    2016 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Oral and Tropical Corticosteroids on Sinonasal Microbiome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lisa Mary Cherian
    2016 Principal Supervisor Comparative Microbial Genomics of the Upper Respiratory Tract in Health and Disease Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Part Time Jacob Jervis-Bardy
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2017 Principal 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
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Haemostasis in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Alistair Kenneth Jukes
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Mucosal Barrier in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jae Viktor Murphy
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The Role of Immune Cells in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Dijana Miljkovic
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Towards Novel Antibiofilm Strategies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Katharina Richter
    2013 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Management of Major Vessel Haemorrhage in Endonasal Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Vikram Padhye
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Strategies for Controlling Bleeding and Healing During and After Sinus Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Thanh Ngoc Ha
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Chitosan Dextran Gel as a Haemostatic and Anti Adhesion Agent in the Central Nervous System and Evaluation of Haemostatic Mechanism of Skeletal Muscle Tissue Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Sukanya Rajiv
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Role of Surgery and Disease Load in Refractory Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed Bassiouni
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Intracellular Staphylococcus aureus in chronic rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Neil Cheng-Wen Tan
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Nitric Oxide and Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms: Defining their Intricate Relationship in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Camille Jardeleza
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Bacteriophage Therapy for Application Against Staphylococcus Aureus Infection and Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Amanda Jane Drilling
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Chronic Rhinosinusitis Microbiome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Edward John Cleland
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Frontal Sinus Surgery: Indications and Outcomes in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yuresh Sirkari Naidoo
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The innate immune response to Staphylococcus aureus biofilms on human sinonasal explants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Anibal Cantero Cajas
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Targeting Post-Surgical Staphylococcus Aureus in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Joshua Jervis-Bardy
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Aboriginal patients with experience of head and neck cancer; self-reported health-related quality of life assessment in South and Central Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jasmine May Micklem
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Environment and the Host in Chronis Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Samuel Joseph Boase
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Bacterial & Fungal Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Deepti Singhal
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Haemostasis and Wound Healing following Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rowan Valentine
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Characterisation of Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis and its Clinical and Immunological Consequences Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Andrew Foreman
    2007 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Efficacy of Topical Agents in the Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms: An In Vivo Sheep Study and an In Vitro Study Master of Surgery Master Full Time Mr Tong Le
    2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Investigating Bacterial Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis: An In vitro Study, In vivo Animal Study and a Examination of Biofilms in Human CRS Master of Surgery Master Part Time Mr Kien Ha
    2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Topical Antifibrinolytics and a Novel Chitosan Gel on Haemostasis and Wound Healing in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Theodore Athanasiadis
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor The Role of Bacterial Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Alkis Psaltis
    2004 - 2006 Principal Supervisor The Influence of a Topical Haemostic Agent on Tissue Healing in the Nasal Mucosa of Sheep Following Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Master of Surgery Master Full Time Dr Sunethra Devika Chin Thomas
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Cathelicidins and Surfactant Proteins in Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Clinical and Experimental Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Eng Ooi
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Relationship between Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease and Chronic Sinusitis Master of Surgery Master Full Time Mr Ian Wong
    2002 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Eosinophilic Mucus Chronic Rhinosinusitis: An Immunological Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Harshita Pant
    2002 - 2005 Principal Supervisor FACTORS AFFECTING MUCOSAL HEALING, RECILIATION, AND CILIARY FUNCTION AFTER ENDOSCOPIC SINUS SURGERY IN THE SHEEP Master of Surgery Master Full Time Mr David Wabnitz
    2001 - 2004 Principal Supervisor The Effect of a Hyaluronic Acid Nasal Pack, and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, on Mucosal Healing After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, in a Sheep Model of Sinusitis Master of Surgery Master Full Time Dr Suresh Rajapaksa
    2000 - 2005 Principal Supervisor The Investigation of the Effect of Nasal Packing Materials on the Healing of the Nasal Mucosa of Sheep after Full Thickness Injury Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr David McIntosh
    1999 - 2002 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of sheep model with regard to healing of nasal epithelium after endoscopic sinus surgery Master of Surgery Master Full Time Dr Leslie Shaw
  • Position: Professor Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Phone: 82227538
  • Email: peterj.wormald@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8222 7419
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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