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Dr. Pete Batra Joins Rush University Medical Center as Head of Otolaryngology

(CHICAGO) — Dr. Pete Batra has been appointed chairperson of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He joined Rush in January from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was an associate professor and co-director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Program.

Batra is an internationally recognized specialist in treatment of nasal and sinus disorders (rhinologist) who who has given more than 150 invited lectures and presentations nationally and abroad on sinonasal and skull base disease. His research endeavors have resulted in more than 110 peer-review articles and book chapters.

“Dr. Batra is a leader in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck Surgery,” said Dr. Thomas Deutsch, dean of Rush Medical College and provost of Rush University. “He will be a major asset to Rush and we are fortunate to have his leadership.”

Batra's clinical interests include medical and surgical management of difficult-to-treat rhinosinusitis, nasal polyposis, and fungal sinusitis, image-guided surgery, endoscopic lacrimal and orbital surgery, CSF leak repair and minimally invasive skull base surgery.

One of the most surgically challenging aspects of his clinical practice is minimally invasive resection of sinus and skull base tumors. These procedures entail the use of small endoscopes to remove tumors deep inside the nose and sinuses, often next to vital organs like the brain, eyes, nerves and blood vessels.

While common for pituitary tumors, surgical access through the nose is rare for tumors inside the brain because surgeons must go through the dura mater, the tough membrane that covers the brain and contains the cerebrospinal fluid. Leakage of cerebrospinal fluid can lead to serious complications, such as meningitis.

Batra holds leadership positions in a number of specialty societies, including the board of directors of the American Rhinologic Society, having previously served as the chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee. He recently completed a term as president of the Dallas Association of Otolaryngology.

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