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.