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Peter L. Santa Maria, MD, PhD

Peter L. Santa Maria, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)
Board Certification: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Otolaryngology (2012)
Residency: Royal Australian College of Surgeons (2011) Australia
Fellowship: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (2012) WA Australia
Instructorship, Stanford University, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery (2015)
Fellowship, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery (2012)
Residency: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (2005) WA Australia
Internship: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (2002) WA Australia
Residency / FRACS, The Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (2011)
Medical Education: University of Western Australia (2002) WA Australia
MBBS, The University of Western Australia, Medicine / Surgery (2001)
PhD, The University of Western Australia (2012)
Associate Director Stanford SPARK
Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Dr Peter Santa Maria is a surgeon scientist born and raised in Perth, Australia subspecializing in disorders affecting hearing, balance and the facial nerve. Along with his role as Associate Director of SPARK's therapeutic translational program, he co-leads the Otoinnovation Lab and is Chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology's Medical Device and Drugs Committee. His clinical practice and research is leading the path forward for innovating better treatments for hearing loss. His lab discovered a tympanic membrane regenerative therapy, completed pre clinical work that has led to ongoing clinical trials. They now are focused on the most challenging chronic ear infections developing therapies that minimize antibiotic resistance and use personalized techniques to target the route cause bacteria. Dr Santa Maria is a leader in the field particularly having authored book chapters and published papers focusing on hearing preservation in cochlear implant surgery, surgical and non surgical treatments of ear tumors including vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas) and novel management of difficult to treat chronic ear infections.

He attended medical school at The University of Western Australia before undertaking his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He was the Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery fellow at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (2012), Western Australia before undertaking a three year instructorship at Stanford University in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery (2015). He joined Stanford faculty in 2017.

Scientifically, Dr Santa Maria completed his PhD in tympanic membrane (ear drum) wound healing at The University of Western Australia (2012). His tympanic regenerative discovery was accelerated through the SPARK program at Stanford, winning the "Excellence in Stanford SPARK 2014" award, later partnering with Auration Biotech and Astellas pharmaceuticals, to launch clinical trials in 2020. His research includes new devices and therapies for hearing loss. Dr Santa Maria co-invented several medical devices and therapeutics that are in development. Two have won the "Robert Howard Next Step Award in Medical Technology Innovation". He is actively part of device research teams testing new devices that can monitor dizzy attacks in the home, non invasive ways to treat otitis media with effusion and ways to restore hearing without implanting the inner ear. His lab has discovered new antimicrobial therapeutics that act on the most resistant bacterial infections.

Clinically, Dr Santa Maria encompasses all areas of adult and pediatric surgery for hearing, balance and facial nerve disorders. He manages all areas of Neurotology including cholesteatoma, chronic otitis media, ear drum perforations and hearing reconstruction, otosclerosis and stapes surgery, eustachian tube surgery, tumors of the ear and skull base including acoustic neuroma, schwannoma, meningioma, glomus tumors, cholesterol granuloma and squamous cell cancer of the ear as well as hearing implants, including cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids.