Mr John Hamilton

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


Profile

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

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.

His interest in ear disease includes treatment of children's middle ear disorders.

Mr Hamilton worked at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital for a year. At Alder Hey, Mr Hamilton also undertook two further years of full time research into "glue ear". He has maintained his interest in this field and has presented research on the roles of hearing aids as well as grommets in glue ear.

One quarter of his patients with cholesteatoma are children. Mr Hamilton's results demonstrate that the laser is particularly useful in children. Nearly all children can swim without special protection of the ear and most have useful hearing in the operated ear after this sort of surgery. 


Clinics

  • Weekly Wednesday AM

Locations

Current posts

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust

Interests

Other interests

Mr Hamilton has an international reputation for the treatment of middle ear disorders in both adults and children:

  • Cholesteatoma (using Laser)
  • Otosclerosis (using Laser)
  • Ossicular discontinuity and fixation
  • Tympanic membrane performation
  • Tympanic membrane retraction
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Narrow ear canals

He has a special interest in all other ear diseases.

He has a special interest in children's ear diseases:

  • Glue ear
  • Tympanic membrane performation
  • Tympanic membrane retraction
  • Cholesteatoma (using Laser)

Member of

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

Declaration

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.