I qualified with distinction from Newcastle Medical School in 1995 and was awarded a DPhil from Oxford University in the field of hearing research in 2001. I worked as a Clinical Lecturer in ENT Surgery at Oxford University, and was fortunate to be the first recipient of a Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Fellowship in Otolaryngology: the second recipient across any surgical specialty. I spent time as a Surgical Fellow at the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, after becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS ORL-HNS), and completing my higher surgical training in ENT at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Currently, I am a Professor of Otology at Nottingham University and a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospital's (NUH) NHS Trust - Queen's Medical Centre. I lead the Objective measures area of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Hearing theme. Our innovative research using functional near-infrared spectroscopy aims to develop a prognostic tool for cochlear implantation to help guide allocation of limited healthcare resources for rehabilitation. Together with my clinical work as a consultant Otologist at the NUH NHS Trust, this enhances the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme's profile, drawing national referrals. I have secured >£2 million in personal grant funding and have contributed to a number of major collaborative awards, including the Sir Peter Mansfield Imagaging centre's £7.7 million, Nottingham BRC's £23.642 million and Nottingham BRU's £6.2 million awards. I have a track record for high impact publications in hearing research that include a PNAS paper and 2 publications in the Journal of Neuroscience and have been invited to speak at >30 international meetings. In national recognition of sustained achievement in research I was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine's Otology prize (2010-14). I have supervised 8 postdoctoral, 6 PhD, 3 BMedSci students and a Clinical Fellow, I have taught on MSc courses in Oxford and London and my average feedback (SET score) for undergraduate teaching was 4.6 (out of 5) in 2017. I serve on grant review panels for Action on Hearing Loss and the NIHR.
Ear, nose and throat conditions in adults and children, particularly hearing and balance disorders, chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma. Specialist in ear surgery, including mastoidectomy, bone-anchored hearing aids and cochlear implantation.
I have a strong track record for teaching undergraduates, postgraduates, and GPs locally, as is evidenced by my average SET score for undergraduate teaching (4.6 out of 5). I have also been invited… read more
I lead the Objective measures area of the NIHR Nottingham BRC Hearing theme and I am a cochlear implant surgeon with the Nottingham Auditory implant programme.
My research aims to develop a… read more
I have a strong track record for teaching undergraduates, postgraduates, and GPs locally, as is evidenced by my average SET score for undergraduate teaching (4.6 out of 5). I have also been invited to teach on MSc courses in Oxford and UCL. I have contributed significantly to the supervision of hearing researchers in Nottingham and Oxford (postdoctoral researchers: n=8; PhD students: n=6; BMedSci students: n=3 and Clinical Academic fellow: n=1). I have also examined a number of theses in Nottingham and I have been invited to examine PhDs in Australia and the Netherlands.