EDUCATION Heaton School, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1967 – 1974

Kings College, London 1974 – 1979

Elective, Madras, India Spring 1979

QUALIFICATIONS A.K.C., M.B.B.S. London July 1979

F.R.C.S.Ed. (Otolaryngology) Edinburgh May 1984

M.S. University of London August 1993

Higher Surgical Accreditation July 1989
in surgery in general and otolaryngology

FHKCORL(Hon) 2012

Chair in OTOLOGY Toronto University 2016

The Honorary Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngology was awarded for ‘Outstanding Services to the HK College and World ENT“ over a period of 8 years as the lead external examiner. It is only the fourth time this has been awarded and the first to an Englishman

An MS from the University of London is equivalent to MD but with the additional requirement of surgical experience and a surgical topic.

The M.S. thesis entitled “An investigation into effect of Load on the tympanic membrane and middle ear using finite element analysis” described clinical research, computer modelling and animal experiments. This was the first use of Finite Element Analysis to model the ear and test surgical techniques and understand ear diseases; it is now a standard methodology for analysing the mechanics of the ear.

The A.K.C. was awarded following lecture courses and examinations in Comparative Religions and Ethics.

Visiting Professor in Otology University of Toronto Department of ENT




A six-month clinical fellowship with Professor Ugo Fisch that provided an unparalleled opportunity to learn Skull Base Surgery as well as the more routine otology and neurotology as practised by a master. Hands on experience was limited to being first assistant, but the detail of the teaching was so good that I have been able to successfully apply the techniques learnt without reservation.

Four days a week were spent in the operating theatre and one doing laboratory research or observing the clinical workings of the department. Research included using a monoclonal antibody (Ki-67) to measure the growth rates of acoustic neuromas, and an investigation into vestibular nerve regrowth after labyrinthectomy. Clinical reporting included description of the use of the Infratemporal fossa type ‘C’ approach for the removal of congenital skull base tumours and reviewing the local experience with Lyme disease.



A six month period spent with Professor John Fredrickson at Barnes Hospital courtesy of the TWJ Foundation. Clinically this provided fascinating experience in head and neck and reconstructive surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery and FESS. This was as an observer, supplemented with supervised cadaver dissections and a considerable amount of time in the micro vascular laboratory. Professor Richard Hayden spent many hours teaching me the intricacies of micro vascular surgery.

Further experience was obtained in the voice clinic and laryngeal laboratory and in the paediatric departments including paediatric sinus and nasal endoscopies, as well as observing the treatment of upper airway disease.

The main research aim was to contribute to the development of a new type of middle ear implantable hearing aid. I was able to help in the implant design and performed the first five successful acute animal experiments with this implant. These experiments showed sufficient promise to attract massive sponsorship. Eighteen months later human trials started.

I was also able to help in establishing the different ways free radicals contribute to the necrosis of random and axial flaps by performing a series of experiments.