Professor Peter Maitz
In 2008 the University of Sydney created a Chair of Burn Injury and Reconstructive Surgery, appointing Peter Maitz the inaugural professor.
Since 2000, Professor Maitz has been Medical Director of the Burns Unit at Concord Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2002 for his services to victims of the Bali bombings.
Professor Maitz is a plastic surgeon who trained at the University of Vienna in Austria and at Harvard University in Boston, USA.
He designed and commissioned the Burns Unit at Concord Hospital, which offers state of the art equipment and techniques for the care of burned patients. His clinical work includes all areas of burn surgery with special interest in burn reconstruction, especially in the head and neck area.
In addition to his clinical work Professor Maitz established the tissue culturing laboratory at Concord Hospital, which supplies cultured skin substitutes to all patients in NSW and serves as a research base. The laboratory's main research areas include skin substitutes, cell technology and microsurgery.
Professor Maitz is the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association, ANZBA, and is heavily involved in teaching. The Emergency Management of Severe Burns course, EMSB, is now being administered under his leadership in Australia, New Zealand, England, Holland, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, and Bangladesh.
Professor Maitz has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of numerous surgical societies worldwide.