Dr. Peter Santa Maria is a surgeon scientist born and raised in Perth, Australia with a subspecialty interest in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery. Clinically, Dr. Santa Maria specializes in adult and pediatric surgery for hearing, balance and facial nerve disorders. He has a special interest in the management of cholesteatoma, acoustic neuroma and glomus tumor surgery as well as hearing implants, including cochlear implants. Dr. Santa Maria has authored book chapters and published papers and continues his clinical research in these areas, particularly with a focus on hearing preservation.
Scientifically, Dr. Santa Maria completed his PhD in the molecular biology of wound healing of the tympanic membrane at The University of Western Australia (2012). His research includes a novel treatment for chronic ear drum perforations which was accelerated through the SPARK program at Stanford, winning the "Excellence in Stanford SPARK 2014" award, and then taken into a pharmaceutical start-up, Auration Biotech, aimed at bringing treatments for hearing loss into the clinic. Auration Biotech recently partnered with a large pharmaceutical company, Astellas, to bring the non-surgical treatment for ear drum repair into human clinical trials. He research has now expanded to include novel treatments for biofilms in chronic suppurative otitis media and growth factor therapy for oral wound healing.