Associate Professor Biggs’ practice combines expert knowledge and extensive experience in Ear surgery combined with compassionate and dedicated care As a dual fellowship trained ENT surgeon specialising in the field of Ear, hearing, implant and skull base tumour surgery A/Prof Biggs has obtained extensive experience in 20 years of practice. Working in one of Australia’s leading units in otology and skull base surgery has equipped him with the experience and expert knowledge to provide complete care for patients in his practice.
About A/Prof Biggs
A/Prof Biggs was appointed as the Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck and Skull Base Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia in 2007.
With access to both the public and private hospitals across the St Vincent’s campus Darlinghurst, A/Prof Biggs is able to offer access to surgical services to all patients in the local and extended community.
After completing his training, he undertook fellowships in Neuro-otology and Skull Base Surgery with Professor Paul Fagan at St Vincent’s Hospital and Professor Richard Ramsden in Manchester, UK. Since that time, A/Prof Biggs have been focussed on otology, neuro-otology and skull base surgery.
He has obtained extensive experience in the management of vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) and leads one of the busiest units in Australia in the field.
Other areas of surgical expertise include:
- Stapedectomy for otosclerosis
- Cochlear implants
- Implantable hearing aid surgery.
- Mastoidectomy for chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma.
- Surgical correction of hearing loss
A/Prof Biggs is also involved in one of the 3 centres in Australia providing auditory brainstem implants.
A/Prof Biggs has a strong appreciation that surgery needs to be complemented by non-surgical treatment options. He works closely with a range of medical and allied health professionals including audiologists, speech pathologists, and specialist neurosurgeons and radiologists to tailor a treatment plan for each individual patient
Passing on knowledge to the next generation of Surgeons is something A/Prof Biggs is passionate about, being a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Having authored over 25 publications and presenting at international conferences has allowed him to impart knowledge and assist the next generation of surgeons. In 2005, he was appointed as the director of the Microsurgical Skills Laboratory at St Vincent’s Hospital. Further to this in 2013, A/Prof Biggs I was appointed as an examiner in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery with the College of Surgeons.
At St Vincent’s Hospital we supervise 2 advanced surgical trainees and one national or international fellow.
As part of St Vincent’s outreach, services A/Prof Biggs has been attending the Moree Pius X Aboriginal medical service to help provide indigenous ear care since 2003.
Current research includes clinical outcomes in:
- Vestibular schwannoma management
- Growth patterns in vestibular schwannoma
- Hearing outcomes in cholesteatoma surgery
- Cochlear implant switch-on timing.
- Remote programming of cochlear implants
Memberships & Affiliations
To ensure that the highest level of patient care is delivered and that all clinical standards are met, A/Prof Biggs aligns his practice with various organisation and clinical bodies including:
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