Richard Irving holds the position of Consultant Otolaryngologist, Skull Base Surgeon at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital for Children, Birmingham. He offers a regional and national specialist expertise in otology, neurotology and base of skull surgery. His interests include chronic ear disease, tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss. He is also involved in treating tumours of the skull base and restoring hearing using middle ear and cochlear implants.
Richard was trained in London, Cambridge and San Francisco and has a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) obtained from research on the genetic aspects of vestibular schwannoma. His research activity has resulted in recent awards of over £2 million for deafness research into translational projects involving bringing technology into clinical practice. He is an Honorary Professor in Bioengineering at Brunel University London.
Richard has published over 100 papers and 20 book chapters on all aspects of ear disease and is the Neurotology section editor of Scott Brown’s Otolaryngology. As a national expert, he is regularly invited to give both national and international lectures on various aspects of ear disease. Richard serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Laryngology & Otology and worked with NICE developing guidelines for the management of hearing loss in the UK.
He has served as the President of the British Society of Otology having previously been the society’s founding secretary. Richard is the President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology.