Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar
MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCS DLO, FRCS( ORL-HNS)
I studied medicine at University College London, completed an Intercalated BSc in anatomy in 1992, and graduated in medicine in 1995. While at University College London I was awarded both the Maurice Elton prize in oncology and the FMR Walshe prize in neurology. I completed my 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, I completed the diploma in laryngology and otology in 2000 and secured a higher surgical training post on the South Thames Rotation. As part of my training I also spent a year as a Fellow at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neursurgery in London. I was awarded the FRCS in otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery in 2006 and was awarded the certificate of surgical training in 2007.
During my training I developed a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and vertigo. I was a consultant ENT surgeon at Medway Maritime Hospital where I initiated a 'One-Stop' balance service. I was also a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals where my primary role was as a consultant on the Multidisciplinary Balance Team. This balance clinic was featured on the 24 August 2010 edition of 'BBC Radio 4s 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: (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tgcsz)
I 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: (www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12302011).
More recently, I was interviewed for SAGA magazine and Reader's Digest. In recent years, I have developed a procedure that allows patients with cholesteatoma (chronic ear disease) to retain their hearing to normal thresholds.
I am a visiting chair in otorhinolaryngology for Canterbury Christ Church University. I am also secretary to the British Balance Network.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar at Spire include:
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
My research projects currently include the contribution of hearing to normal balance and the treatment of balance disorders.