Mr Neil Donnelly

Mr Neil Donnelly

Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon

MBBS, BSc(1st Hons), MSc(Dist Hons), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

"It is a pleasure to work at the Spire Lea Cambridge: the facilities to comprehensively investigate and treat ENT disorders are outstanding."

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I am a Consultant ENT surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2009. Over the past 15 years I have performed over 1,000 major ear operations, over 500 cochlear implants, over 150 vestibular schwannoma resections and over 150 pituitary tumour resections.

As a Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals, I am a member of a dedicated team delivering high quality care in Anterior and Lateral Skull Base Surgery, Complex Ear Disease, Balance Disorders and Hearing Implantation. I have been involved in establishing 360º Skull Base Surgery in Cambridge and a Middle Ear Hearing Implant Programme.

I completed my Undergraduate and Postgraduate training in London. I have gained wide experience in ENT working in a number of major teaching hospitals including Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, Great Ormond Street and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. I have been awarded three prestigious Fellowships that have provided specialist training in Skull Base Surgery, Otology, Hearing Implantation Surgery and Balance Disorders. My interest in hearing and balance disorders is augmented by a Masters in Audiovestibular Medicine from University College London.

His research interests are in the fields of vestibular implantation, vestibular schwannomas, Ménière's disease, cholesteatoma surgery and hearing implantation outcomes. He has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals, edited journals and books in addition to writing over 10 books chapters. Mr Donnelly is on the editorial board for Cochlear Implants International and the Journal of International Advance Otology.

He is Clinical Lead for the Department of Otolaryngology at Cambridge University Hospitals and the Cambridge Regional Balance Service. He completed Undergraduate and Postgraduate training in London. Fellowship training in Skull Base Surgery, Otology and Hearing Implantation was undertaken in the UK and Australia. He has a Masters degree in Audiovestibular Medicine.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Neil Donnelly at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

  • Balance disorder
  • Cochlear implants
  • Dizziness
  • Ear infections
  • Ear wax
  • Hearing loss
  • Middle ear implants
  • Pituitary tumour
  • Skull base tumours
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular schwannoma

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Additional information

Balance disorders
Hearing loss
Audiological medicine
Ear, nose and throat
Balance disorders
Hearing loss
Paediatric otolaryngology
Sinus surgery
Sleep disorders
Voice disorders
ENT radiology

MBBS / University of London / 1997
 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

British Skull Base Society

British Cochlear Implant Group


Professional leadership

Mr Donnelly is Clinical Lead for the Department of ENT at Cambridge University Hospitals.
Mr Donnelly is Treasurer of the Politzer Society, a international society with the mission to improve the surgery and science of ear surgery.
He is a former Council Member of the British Skull Base Society.

I am on the editorial board for Cochlear Implants International and the Journal of International Advance Otology.

Media Coverage

Hearing loss and cochlear implantation
June 2017

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Donnelly is married and has two children. A majority of his spare time is spent enjoying the company of his family. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and runner. It remains a lifetime goal to learn to speak passable Spanish.

No financial interests or part-time positions held at Spire Healthcare.
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