Professor Gerry O'Donoghue

Consultant Neuro-Otologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Professor of Otology and Neurotology, University of Nottingham

Gerard O'Donoghue, co-founder of the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU in 2008, is Honorary Professor of Otology and Neurotology at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Neuro-Otologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre with special interests in cochlear implantation and skull base surgery.

Professor O’Donoghue is a Council Member of the British Association of Otolaryngologists and President-Elect of the Section of Otology, The Royal Society of Medicine, London. He has held a Hunterian Professorship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is founder member of the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology. He has delivered the Joseph Toynbee Memorial Lecture of the Royal Society of Medicine and was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the European Society of Paediatric Cochlear Implantation for outstanding contributions to the field.

Expertise summary

Professor O’Donoghue’s principal interests lie in the field of cochlear implantation in children and adults. He has been involved in many outcomes studies and has written and lectured extensively in the field. He pioneered the development of minimally invasive surgery for paediatric cochlear implantation. Following the NICE approval of bilateral cochlear implantation for children, he has been actively involved in the national audit of the service. His work with the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU will involve a multicentre pilot study which sets out to determine whether adults with profound hearing loss in one ear (and normal hearing in the other) can derive benefit from cochlear implantation. His interests also extend to the field of skull base surgery where he is currently exploring the concept of computer-aided shared decision making in acoustic neuroma management.