Mr Nav Kara

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Grommets insertion
  • Tonsillectomy surgery
  • Snoring treatment
  • Sinus surgery
  • Laryngoscopy investigation

Also available for:

Virtual consultations:

As an experienced Consultant ENT Surgeon practicing at the Spire Hospital in Washington, I welcome and see patients from County Durham, Darlington, North Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyneside and from as far as Cumbria. I graduated from the University of Aberdeen, undertaking further ENT training across Scotland and the North of England, and have been practicing exclusively in ENT since 2005.

As a full time Consultant ENT Surgeon at County Durham and Darlington NHS Hospitals, I provide a general Ear Nose and Throat service, offering consultations and operations for a wide range of adult and children's ENT conditions. Many ENT conditions can be successfully managed with medical treatment and outpatient procedures, without the need for surgery. I work closely with private Audiologists, Balance Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to provide a full spectrum of care. 

My subspecialty interest is in nasal conditions and I am the lead Rhinologist within my department, dealing with allergies, complex/revision sinus surgery, nasal polyps, nasal blockage/deformity due to trauma and deviated nasal septums. I also conduct dedicated Paediatric clinics, focusing predominantly on common childhood problems such as hearing loss, tonsillitis and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Having previously held posts both as Departmental Clinical Lead and also Clinical Governance Lead, I am enthusiastic about adopting innovative techniques to improve the patient experience. I maintain a strong focus on patient safety with a belief that this can only be achieved through open and honest communication with my patients. I ensure that my patients fully understand their condition and the proposed treatment options available to them, and find that patients who are better informed throughout the process tend to experience better surgical outcomes.

I am a regular faculty member on National Courses in Septorhinoplasty/Facial Plastics and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. I have a keen interest in research and am the research lead in my department. I am the Principal Investigator on a number of collaborative National and International Clinical Trials and also a co-applicant on a large National Grant Award, regularly publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

I provide weekly clinics at Spire Washington Hospital and are happy to arrange remote consultations for patients where necessary. I offer outpatient procedures such as nasal endoscopy, wax removal and nasal cautery, and offer clinic consultations for children at Spire Washington Hospital, and if surgery is proposed, then this is conducted at my local NHS Hospital.

I offer clinic consultations for children at Spire Washington Hospital. If surgery is proposed, then this is conducted at their local NHS Hospital.


General Medical Council Number: C6050646

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nav Kara at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

  • Benign neck lumps
  • General adult and children's ENT
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

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Additional information

Hearing loss
Paediatric otolaryngology
Sinus surgery

MBChB / University of Aberdeen / 2002
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

DOHNS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2006
Diploma of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

MClin Res / University of Newcastle / 2014
Masters in Clinical Research

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists - Head & Neck Surgeons

British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists

British Rhinological Society

Professional leadership

Clinical Governance Lead ENT at Durham & Darlington ENT Department
Research Lead at Durham & Darlington ENT Department

Consultant Surgeon in Otorhinolaryngology, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Telephone 0191 418 8687
Private secretary telephone 0191 415 1272 Ext. 7515005
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