Mr. Azhar Shaida was awarded a scholarship to read Medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. After completing the Medical Sciences Tripos he transferred to New College, Oxford to complete the clinical course and qualified as a doctor in 1990. He passed the General Surgery fellowship exams before specializing in ENT, completed higher surgical training in Cambridge and East Anglia, and passed the FRCS ORL-HNS examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2000. He was appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon with a special interest in cochlear implants at the prestigious Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in 2002.
In addition to his medical and surgical qualifications he has an MA in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge, and was awarded an MD from the University of London for his research into rhinitis and matrix metalloproteinases.
He has written journal articles and book chapters, teaches on local and national courses, and is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology.
He specializes in all forms of ear surgery, including complex mastoid and middle ear surgery, stapedectomy and auditory and cochlear implants, and frequently deals with tertiary referrals and complex revision cases. He also has dedicated Paediatric ENT clinics and theatre sessions at the RNTNEH. He is experienced in sinus and nasal surgery. In ENT, the majority of patients do not require surgery, and Mr. Shaida takes a particular interest in exploring all treatment options for his patients, including non-surgical options.