Consultant Profile

Mr John Oates

Mr John Oates MB ChB, FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Little Aston Hospital
  • Ear, nose and throat
    • Balance disorders
    • Head and neck pathology
    • Hearing loss
    • Laryngology
    • Otology
    • Paediatric otolaryngology
    • Rhinology
    • Sinus Surgery
    • Voice disorders
Special clinical interests:

Treatment of the discharging ear

Reconstructive surgery for hearing loss



Laser middle ear surgery

Balance disorders


Grommets Adults and Children

Children's hearing loss

Nasal obstruction


Sinus disease

Adult Tonsillectomy

Paediatric Tonsillectomy

Throat problems

Voice problems

Research interests:

Hearing results and the use of fibre delivered lasers in Otosclerosis surgery
Reconstructive middle ear surgery for infection and hearing loss
The teaching of advanced ear surgery techniques using live televised multisite surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Honorary Consultant Birmingham Children's Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

European Academy of Otology Head & Neck Surgery (EAORL-HNS)
European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) 
Confederation European Otology Head & Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS)
British Society of Otology (BSO)
Live International Otolaryngology Network (LION)

Midland Institute of Otology (MIO)

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0121 580 7151
Private secretary:
Miss Kerry Hogan
Private secretary telephone number:
01889 504393
Private secretary email address:
Wednesday AM and Saturday AM
Background Information 
Professional profile:

In addition to a busy general adult and paediatric ENT practice Mr Oates leads a National/International tertiary referral service treating conductive hearing loss caused by ossicular damage and Otosclerosis. He co-introduced fibre lasers to UK ear surgery in the early 1990s and remains in the forefront of developments in this field. A Faculty Member of several prestigious international Otology courses for the last two decades he also lectures in Europe, North America and further afield.

In 2003, together with a French colleague, he conceived and is Vice President of the LION Foundation. This aims to bring together the best ear surgeons in the world to promote training and share international expertise by regular worldwide transmission of live ear surgery He has represented the UK and Eire continually in Europe since 2004 and is on the Executive Councils of the major European ENT Organisations CEORL-HNS including being Treasurer of the Confederation of  European ORL-HNS, peer elected by European colleagues. Previous positions include Member of the Specialist Advisory Committee Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Council Member ENT-UK, Council Member the British Society of Otology, President of YCOHNS and Government appointed Council Member of The Hearing Aid Council. He holds a Gold Award granted by the ACCEA for excellence in his field in 2003 and renewed by the ACCEA in 2011.

He is committed to teaching and sharing expertise between different specialties. In 2003 he founded and co-organises an annual international course aimed at improving clinical service by fostering increased awareness and cooperation between Hospital Consultants, GPs and Hospital Managers, about to celebrate its 13th year

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Mr John Oates

Mr John Oates Ear, nose and throat Consultant, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, private hospital specialist.

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