Mr James Tysome
Consultant ENT Surgeon
MB BS, MA, PhD, FRCS (ORL-HNS)
I am a Consultant ENT surgeon and am Head of both the ENT Department at Cambridge University Hospitals and the Regional Skull Base Unit. I treat both children and adults with general ENT problems, specialising in hearing and balance issues, sinusitis, Eustachian tube dysfunction, paediatric ENT problems, hearing implantation and skull base surgery. I pioneered introduction of balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube in the UK and regularly see patients referred from other ENT surgeons.
I have worked in London, Cambridge and California and have won many academic prizes over my career including the Royal Society of Medicine Otology gold medal. I have edited four ENT books, published over 75 research papers, have an active research and teaching programme, being regularly invited to present my work internationally. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Otolaryngology, one of the world’s leading ENT journals.
I hold several national positions. I am the Chair of the NHS England clinical group that decides on how specialist ENT services are provided across the NHS. I am also a member of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Interventional Procedures Committee who are responsible for evaluating and recommending operations across the NHS. I am also a member of Council of both the Royal Society of Medicine Otology section and the British Skull Base Society as well as the lead for ENT UK’s e-learning platform.
I am an Associate Clinical Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Clinical School and a member of Cambridge University Health Partners Innovation Panel. I advise companies on product design and have received grant funding for early stage development of medical innovations.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Tysome at Spire include:
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
MB BS / University of London / 2000
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MA / University of Cambridge / 2001
Master of Arts
PhD / University of London / 2008
Doctor of philosophy
FRCS (ORL-HNS) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2009
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England
Royal Society of Medicine
British Skull Base Society
British Society of Otology
British Association of Head and Neck Oncology
Clinical Lead of Cambridge Skull Base Unit
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Interventional Procedures Committee Member,
National Institute for Health Research Eastern Region Deputy Specialty Lead for ENT
Cambridge University Health Partners Innovation Committee Member
Mr Tysome runs an active research group investigating new treatments for Eustachian tube dysfunction, vestibular schwannomas and vestibular implants He is also the Chief Investigator of Multi-Centre clinical trials investigating a novel therapy to treat tinnitus. He has received several research grants and supervises PhD and MPhil students. He is the National Health Institute for Research Eastern region deputy lead for ENT, is invited to speak internationally at conferences and scientific meetings and has published over 40 papers.
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
I spend most of my spare time with my wife and three young children. I also enjoy swimming, cycling and running and I regularly compete in triathlons, marathons and other endurance events.