Pete Batra, M.D., an internationally recognized rhinologist, is an Associate Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
It is an absolute privilege when patients entrust their lives in our hands.”
As Co-Director of the UT Southwestern Comprehensive Skull Base Program and a member of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, he closely collaborates with colleagues throughout the institution to enhance the care of his patients.
Dr. Batra combines his strong clinical background and surgical expertise with extensive research experience to optimize the treatment of sinonasal and skull base disorders.
His clinical interests include medical and surgical management of refractory rhinosinusitis, sinonasal polyposis, and allergic 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 and rewarding aspects of his clinical practice is minimally invasive resection of sinonasal and skull base tumors. These procedures entail use of small endoscopes to remove tumors deep inside the nose and sinuses, often next to vital organs like the brain and the eye.
It requires skill and endurance – with some surgeries lasting 12 hours – but there’s no bigger reward than making a difference in someone’s life.
“Skull base surgery has helped me better appreciate the resiliency of the human spirit,” says Dr. Batra.
Dr. Batra believes in delivering compassionate care, using sound scientific knowledge and cutting-edge surgical techniques. At the core of his decisions, he keeps the patient’s needs in mind.
“The decisions we make for them must be viewed through the lens of how we would want our own family members to be treated if they were stricken by an illness," Dr. Batra says.
Dr. Batra actively participates in research and education to advance care in his subspecialty. His key areas of research include minimally invasive skull base surgery, novel strategies for managing refractory chronic rhinosinusitis and allergic fungal sinusitis, and impact of technological innovation on surgical care of sinus patients. He has written 110 peer-review articles, book chapters, and review articles and given 150 invited presentations at national and international meetings.
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
- CSF leak
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)
- Inverted papilloma
- Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
- Pituitary adenoma
- Refractory rhinosinusitis
- Septal deviation
- Sinonasal polyposis
- Sinus and nasal cavity cancer
- Skull base tumors
- Computer-aided surgery (image-guided surgery)
- CSF leak repair
- Endoscopic DCR and orbital decompression
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
- Endoscopic skull base surgery
- Revision sinus surgery
- Skull base surgery