Professor Ben Panizza

ATH - Professor

Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Prof Ben Panizza is the Chairman of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery for Metro South and Director of the Queensland Head and Neck Cancer Centre. He has been active in head and neck cancer management for 25 years. He has created innovative approaches in dealing with malignancies extending to the skull base one of the most anatomically complex regions of the body. He is recognised as a world leader in cutaneous malignancy extending to the temporal bone and perineurial spread of keratinocyte skin cancers, being regularly invited overseas to present. Prof Panizza is active in integrating new treatments with surgery to change treatment paradigms and improve outcomes for patients. He is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland and works collaboratively with basic scientist and has supervised to completion 25 research higher degrees over the last 10 years. He has established an in department clinical trials unit to run clinical trials from proof of principle to phase 3 clinical trials enabling access and rapid translation for his scientific partners at the Princess Alexandra Hospital which has one of Australia's largest head and neck clinics. Prof Panizza is a clinical consultant and advisor to industry (Merck, Sanofi, QBiotics, Decibel Therapeutics) and sits on the governing bodies of both the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies and The World Federation of Skull Base Societies. He is active in publishing and sits on the editorial boards of the major head and neck journals (Head Neck, Oral Oncology, Skull Base, ANZ Journal of Surgery).


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Guazzo, Emily, Solares, Arturo and Panizza, Ben (2021). Transcochlear and Extended/Combined Transcochlear Approaches for Complex Tumors of the Skull Base and Posterior Cranial Fossa. Integrated Management of Complex Intracranial Lesions. (pp. 122-139) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108908610.013

  • Helmy, A. and Panizza, B. (2019). Primary malignant skull base tumours. Oxford textbook of neurological surgery. (pp. 213-220) edited by Ramirez W. Kirollos, Adel Helmy, Simon Thomson and Peter J.A. Hutchinson. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Warren, Timothy A. and Panizza, Benedict (2015). Managing perineural and skull base involvement. Non-melanoma skin cancer of the head and neck. (pp. 117-130) edited by Faruque Riffat, Carsten E. Palme and Michael Veness. New Delhi, India: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-81-322-2497-6_9

  • Anderson, Shane, Patel, Parag and Panizza, Benedict (2015). Squamous cell carcinoma extending to the temporal bone. Non-melanoma skin cancer of the head and neck. (pp. 131-143) edited by Faruque Riffat, Carsten E. Palme and Michael Veness. New Delhi, India: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-81-322-2497-6_10

  • Panizza, Benedict, Solares, C. Arturo and Gleeson, Michael (2012). Lateral skull base surgery. Stell and Maran's textbook of head and neck surgery and oncology. (pp. 779-790) edited by John C. Watkinson, Ralph W. Gilbert and P. M. Stell. London, United Kingdom: Hodder Arnold. doi: 10.1201/b13389-46

  • Gleeson, M. and Panizza, B. (1996). Surgery for vertigo. Operative Otorhinolaryngology. (pp. 120-136) edited by Nigel Bleach, Chris Milford and Andrew Van Hasselt. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Science.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Ben Panizza is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision