Professor Peter Rea
Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant
MA, BM BCh, FRCS (England), FRCS (ORL-HNS)
I have been a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in Leicester since 2004, and was previously a Consultant in London. I have been elected President of The British Society of Otology from 2020-2022, and Chairman of The British Society of Neuro-otology from 2013-2019. I run one of the UK's most respected clinics for the management of balance disorders and dizziness and have my own modern, private balance testing facilities in Leicester. Patients regularly travel from abroad for consultations. For those with dizziness I offer medical and surgical therapies for conditions such as Ménière's Disease, BPPV, and perilymph fistula, as well as medical therapies for unsteadiness, dizziness and migraine.
I run a busy ear surgery practice with patients travelling from all over the UK and abroad for treatment and surgery for hearing loss, ear infections, and tinnitus. For ear problems, treatments range from micro-suction for ears blocked with wax, through to grommets, stapedectomy, specialist surgery for patulous Eustachian tubes, and complex mastoid surgery and ear reconstruction for cholesteatoma and wet ears. Sophisticated hearing aids can be provided and modern treatments for tinnitus explored.
I run specialist children's clinics both privately and in the NHS, managing common, and much less common, paediatric ENT disorders. I have trained at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, as well as Sydney Children's and Cincinnati Children's Hospitals. For babies with tongue tie a single visit is usually all that is required. A child-friendly atmosphere is provided for my younger patients and we try to have a lot of fun in the clinic, whether it is for blocked noses, snoring, tonsillitis, hearing loss or ear infections which are among the more common conditions managed.
I have helped develop my NHS "balance clinic" into one of the UK's most respected and busiest with some 7,000 appointments per year. This is reflected in an equally sought after private balance practice with approximately 200 new appointments per year for balance disorders, spread over four private clinics per week. In theatre I undertake four operating lists per week. This will usually include between one and four major ear operations per week, such as mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma or wet ears, ear drum repairs (tympanoplasty), bone anchored hearing aids, or hearing reconstruction (stapedectomy and ossiculoplasty). Several nasal surgeries are often undertaken every week, most commonly endoscopic sinus surgery and polypectomy for blocked sinuses, and septoplasty for blocked noses. I have won research prizes for my work on nose and sinus disease and treat both adults and children with nasal problems. Tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies, grommet insertion, and voice box and swallowing examinations (laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy) are undertaken usually many times every week.
I have a wide range of research interests. I am an Honorary Professor of Balance Medicine at De Montfort University, and Honorary Professor to the Departments of Neuroscience and Informatics at The University of Leicester. I have led research in Leicester into intra-tympanic therapies for Meniere’s Disease which has been published in the Lancet. My research includes international collaborations developing artificial intelligence led diagnostic tools for ENT disorders.
I run the three day "Leicester Balance Course" and it has been a great honour to have taught over 400 specialists on this course over the last 15 years. I am regularly invited to write and lecture internationally, particularly on matters related to the ear.
I completed a TV documentary on my practice, which was screened in 2016 (the Channel 5 "Medical Mysteries' series) and previously gave the first lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine to be filmed for public viewing. I write regularly for the media and have had articles in the major national newspapers on subjects as diverse as why you sneeze, ear reconstruction for hearing loss and wet ears, and research for dizziness and tinnitus.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Peter Rea at Spire include:
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
Spire Leicester 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.
MA / University of Cambridge / 1990
Masters of Art
BM BCh / University of Oxford / 1991
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
FRCS (England – Surgery) / London / 1995
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
FRCS (ORL-HNS) / London / 1997
Fellow Royal College Surgeons of London in Otorhinolaryngology
Intercollegiate Examination in Otolaryngology / London / 2001
British Society of Otology
British Society of Paediatrics
I am Chairman of the British Society of Neuro-Otology, the UK's leading multi-disciplinary group exploring new ideas in dizziness and balance.
I am President of the British Society of Otology, our national organisation for ear surgeons from 2020 - 2022.
I have chaired the ENT Audit Committee at The Leicester Royal Infirmary for 13 years, ensuring high standards of care are maintained.
In the recent past I have been Guest Editor of ENT News, and have been an editorial reviewer for the British Medical Journal, Clinical Otolaryngology, and Gait and Posture.
Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, University Hospital of Leicester, NHS Trust.
Honorary Professor of Balance Medicine, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Honorary Professor to the Departments of Neuroscience and Informatics, The University of Leicester.
I'm married with two sons and have a dog. I spend much of my free time with my family. On holidays we enjoy exploring countries as far and as remote as possible. We also find time for an annual family ski holiday and I have an annual cycling trip to France. Nearer to home, our Cockapoo has boundless energy to run off and I cycle every week to keep fit.