Gerard O’Donoghue qualified in medicine in University College, Cork in Ireland and undertook his otolaryngology training in London and Oxford, availing of Fellowships at University Hospital in Boston, USA and at the University of California in, San Francisco.
He is Professor of Otology and Neurotology at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Neuro-Otologist at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
In 1989, he established the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme and led many multi-centres studies in the field. He has held a Hunterian Professorship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1999) and has delivered the Toynbee Memorial Lecture of the Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England (2011).
He was awarded the Sir William Wilde Medal of the Irish ENT Society (2011) and The Brinkman Medal of the University of Nijmegen (2009). In 2008 he co-founded the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit of the National Institute of Health Research.
He has led a recent Lancet review on global hearing health for The Lancet. He is Past President of the Section of Otology, Royal Society of Medicine, London (2014) and is Master Elect of the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology in 2020.
He co-founded the British Skull Base Society and fostered the development of the British Acoustic Neuroma Association. He established the The Ear Foundation (1989), a major educational charity supporting deaf children and their families. In 2004, he was cited in the Guinness World Records for Surgical Innovation and was named by The Times in 2012 as one of Britain’s Top Doctors.