Marcus Atlas

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Marcus Atlas 


Professor Marcus Atlas is a surgeon scientist specialising in ear and hearing disorders by combining applied clinical and scientific research.  He holds the Foundation Chair in Otolaryngology at The University of Western Australia and is the Head of the Ear Sciences Centre (since 2000) and Director of Ear Science Institute Australia (since 2001).

Professor Atlas completed his medical training at The University of Western Australia in 1982, and his advanced surgical training in 1990. He completed fellowships in otology and skull base surgery in Cambridge, UK, in Pennsylvania, USA, and in Sydney, Australia. After working at a consultant otolaryngologist at St Vincents and Concord Hospitals in Sydney between 1990 and 2000, he returned to Perth as the first Professor of Otolaryngology in Western Australia.

He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA), as not-for-profit institution focussed on improving the lives of people with ear disease and hearing loss.

In 2001 he was awarded the Dr Harry Blackmore Award, Deafness Council of WA (2011) for his extensive contributions to hearing health through education, research and the Lions Hearing Foundation of WA, as well as the Australian Medical Association (WA) Award for his pioneering work in the field of Otolaryngology. In 2013 we was awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) Society Medal. In 2014 he was a Western Australian Finalist in the Australian of Year in the Professions category.

He is the author on a total of over 90 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters, and 1 book. He frequently conducts advanced hearing implant and skull base surgery skills courses around the world.

Prof Atlas has attracted over $10 million funding for research projects and research facilities for competitive schemes, government, philanthropy and government. His primary research interests are in tissue engineering and otology surgery, although he plays a role in many of ESIA research projects.

Top five recent publications:
Domville-Lewis C, Santa Maria P, Upson G, Chester-Browne R, Atlas MD. Psychophysical Map Stability in Bilateral Sequential Cochlear Implantation - Comparing Current Audiology Methods to a New Statistical Definition. Ear and Hearing. 36(5): 497-504; 2015.

Wang AY, Shen Y, Liew LJ, Wang JT, von Unge M, Atlas MD, Dilley RJ. Searching for a rat model of chronic tympanic membrane perforation: Healing delayed by mitomycin C/dexamethasone but not paper implantation or iterative myringotomy. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 79(8):1240-7; 2015.

Santa Maria PL, Gluth MB, Yuan Y, Atlas MD, Blevins NH. Hearing Preservation Surgery for Cochlear Implantation – A Meta-Analysis. Otology and Neurotology. 35(10):e256-69; 2014.

Shen Y, Redmond S, Papadimitriou J, Teh BM, Yan S, Atlas MD, Marano RJ, Dilley RJ. The biocompatibility of silk fibroin and acellular collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering in the ear. Biomedical Materials. 9(1):015015; 2014.

Santa Maria PL, Domville-Lewis C, Sucher CM, Chester-Browne R, Atlas MD. Hearing preservation surgery for cochlear implantation – Hearing and quality of life after two years. Otology and Neurotology. 34:526-531; 2013.