Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar studied medicine at University College London. he completed an Intercalated BSc in anatomy in 1992, and graduated in medicine in 1995. Whilst at University College London he was awarded both the Maurice Elton prize in oncology and the FMR Walshe prize in neurology.
Rahul completed his Basic Surgical Training at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London and was awarded membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1999.
Having decided on a career in ear, nose and throat surgery he completed the diploma in laryngology and otology in 2000 and secured a Higher Surgical Training post on the South Thames Rotation. As part of his training he also spent a year as a Fellow at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neursurgery in London. He was awarded the FRCS (Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery) in 2006 and was awarded the Certificate of Surgical Training in 2007.
He holds a visiting Chair in Otorhinolaryngology from Canterbury Christ Church University. He is also Secretary to the British Balance Network.
During his training he developed a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and vertigo. Presently, he is a consultant ENT surgeon at Medway Maritime Hospital where he recently initiated a "One-Stop" balance service. He was also a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals where his primary role was as a consultant on the Multidisciplinary Balance Team. This balance clinic was featured on the 24th August 2010 edition of BBC Radio 4's Case Notes programme, describing the latest diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and balance problems. Treatments available for patients with vertigo and balance disorders were also discussed, including those for Meniere's disease.
He was also interviewed for the BBC News 24 feature on the commonest cause of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This was broadcast in January 2011.
More recently he has also beein interviewed for SAGA magazine and Reader's Digest.
In recent years, Professor Kanegaonkar has developed a procedure that allows patients with cholesteatoma (chronic ear disease) to retain their hearing to normal thresholds.