Mr Richard Irving

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Mr Richard Irving is a specialist in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery in Birmingham. He specialises in the conditions of the ear, hearing and balance in both adults and children. This includes cholesteatoma, cochlear and middle ear implants, facial paralysis, Ménière's disease, perforation of the eardrum, tinnitus and tumours of the skull base. He also has a particular interest in vertigo.

Mr Irving qualified from London University in 1985 and furthermore trained in London, Cambridge and San Francisco. During his training, he was awarded a fellowship to the Universitatspital in Zurich and to the Causse Ear Clinic in France. He was awarded the intercollegiate gold medal for best performance in the FRCS(ORL-HNS) examination in 1996.

Whilst training in Cambridge, Mr Irving undertook pioneering research into the molecular genetics of tumours of the inner ear, which led to the award of an MD in 1996. For this work, he was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine short papers prize in 1993 and the Xomed-Treace Prize in 1994. Mr Irving’s current research activity address the issues facing the hearing impaired, those with facial paralysis, balance disturbance and skull base tumours. He has received awards of over £2 million for deafness research into translational projects involving bringing technology into clinical practice.

He has published over 100 peer review articles on a variety of subjects related to ear diseases. Richard lectures regularly at national and international conferences. He assists with training overseas surgeons and works as advisor and external surgeon to teams in India, Bangladesh and Oman. Richard serves on the editorial board of a number of journals and has worked with NICE to develop guidelines to manage hearing loss in the UK. He is heavily involved in postgraduate teaching and training, runs a prestigious fellowship training course, and is a past President of the British Society of Otology and the current President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology.

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Mr Irving is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and a complete professional! I consider myself extremely lucky to have been successfully treated by him and his team.

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