Mr Iain Hathorn

Mr Iain Hathorn

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Rhinology (sinus and nasal conditions)
  • Nasal allergy
  • General ENT
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Septoplasty surgery

I have been a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in the Edinburgh ENT department since 2013, and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

I graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (First Class Hons) and MBChB in 2001. Following initial training in Bristol, London and Australia, I completed higher surgical training in ENT in Edinburgh.

I am fully trained in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgery. In addition, I have subspecialist training in advanced rhinology. In 2011-2012 I completed an Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at the renowned St Paul’s Sinus Centre, Vancouver, Canada. I was appointed as a Consultant ENT Surgeon in Edinburgh in 2013 and subsequently established the Edinburgh Endoscopic Skull Base Service along with a neurosurgical colleague.

I am active in research and lead the Edinburgh site for a multicentre UK wide study looking into the best management for patients with sinusitis. I regularly teach and present at national and international rhinology meetings and surgical courses. I also have an interest in medical education and training, and have been the Associate Director of Medical Education, and Undergraduate Lead for NHS Lothian. I am a member of the British Rhinological Society, for which I have been the Scottish representative on council for six years. I have helped produce national subspecialty guidelines for the medical and surgical management of sinus disease, and loss of smell related to COVID.

My current scope of practice includes general adult ENT, rhinology and advanced endoscopic surgery. I provide a subspecialty service for the medical and surgical management of all nasal and sinus conditions, including extended applications of endoscopic sinus surgery, such as benign and malignant tumour management, complex frontal, orbital, lacrimal, and skull base surgery.


General Medical Council Number: 6025696

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Iain Hathorn at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Rhinology (diseases of the nose/sinuses and their surgery)
  • General ENT (common diseases of the ear, nose and throat)

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Additional information

Ear, nose and throat
Sinus surgery

Special clinical interests: Chronic sinus disease, Rhinitis, Allergy testing, Septorhinoplasty, Endoscopic sinus surgery and extended applications (frontal, lacrimal and orbital surgery, nose and sinus tumour surgery).

Professional memberships

General Medical Council

British Medical Association

British Association of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons

Scottish Otolaryngological Society (Chair of Rhinology Subgroup 2016-2018)

British Rhinological Society (Council member and Scottish representative 2015 – 2021)

European Rhinological Society

Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

Consultant ENT Surgeon, University of Edinburgh ENT Department.

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.

I live in Edinburgh with my wife and three children. Having grown up in Edinburgh I have been delighted to be able to return to live and work here. I am a keen sportsman and spend much of my spare time watching, coaching or playing rugby, cricket, tennis and golf.  

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary Sandra Knowles
Private secretary telephone 07519 070640
Private secretary email