Mr John Hamilton


MB BChir (Cantab), FRCS (Gen), FRCS (Oto), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

GMC number: 3124080

Practising since: 1985


ENT (Otolaryngology)

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John Hamilton is an ENT Surgeon who has been a consultant in Gloucestershire since 1997. He has specialist interest in Ear Surgery. 

He has an international reputation in this field, based upon his research and development of the use of lasers in the treatment of cholesteatoma. After seven years of research, Mr Hamilton established that the complete clearance of this complicated disease can be achieved ten times more effectively with laser based techniques than with conventional surgery. Based on the discoveries made during this period, he developed a new operation in which the hearing bones are preserved as cholesteatoma is removed. He has established that preservation of the hearing bones in cholesteatoma surgery is three times as likely to result in useful hearing than removal of the bones followed by reconstruction. He has undertaken over 1000 cholesteatoma operations in Gloucestershire.

Mr Hamilton also has an interest in surgical hearing reconstruction. He has performed over three hundred operations for fixation of the stapes (otosclerosis). His work in this field has been audited twice and his current success rate in this surgery is 97% (the ENT-UK website approves a success rate of 80%).

He has performed over 500 operations to repair perforated ear drums. His work in this field has also been audited twice and his success rate was 96% (compared to a British National Audit average of 65%).

Mr Hamilton went to Cambridge University with an open scholarship to read medicine. He undertook his specialist training in ENT Surgery in Liverpool, to work with Professor Philip Stell, Europe's leading Head and Neck Surgeon. On accreditation as a consultant surgeon, Mr Hamilton studied in Zurich as Janet Nash fellow to work with the world's leading Ear and Skull Base surgeon, Professor Ugo Fisch. Professor Fisch was impressed with Mr Hamilton's work and offered him a place as Tutor on his internationally reknowned Middle Ear and Skull Base Surgery Courses.

As a result of his research and his reputation, Mr Hamilton has been appointed as the British representative on the teaching panel of the internationally acclaimed Ear Surgery Course in Nijmegen, Holland. He also teaches on long-standing international courses for laser surgery in Belgium and Cleveland, UK, the Cambridge Ear Surgery course and the Gloucestershire laser course. He is a regular contributor and faculty member of the International Cholesteatoma conference and the International Middle Ear Mechanics meetings.

Mr Hamilton is an editor of the worlds leading ear surgery journal and has been a member of the international teaching faculty at all of the instructional courses of the European Association of Otology and Neurotology.

Other interests

Mr Hamilton has an international reputation for the treatment of middle ear disorders and also has a special interest in all other ear disorder including:

  • Cholesteatoma
  • Stapes surgery
  • Hearing bone repair ( ossiculoplasty)
  • Repair of perforated eardrum ( tympanoplasty) Retraction of eardrum Narrow ear canals Ear canal Exostoses 
  • Grommets
  • Menieres Disease
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Wax impaction( microsuction)
  • Ear infections
  • Otitis externa
  • Glue ear
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus

Locations Mr John Hamilton works with

Related experience


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • ENT-UK
  • European Association of Otology Neurotology

Other posts held

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust

Insurers Mr John Hamilton works with

Mr John Hamilton works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa Global
  • Cigna International
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA


Mr John Hamilton does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr John Hamilton does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr John Hamilton does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.