Consultant Otoneurological and Skull Base Surgeon, BSc (hons), MSc (hons), MBBS, MRCS, FRCS ORL-HNS

Mr Neil Donnelly, Consultant Otoneurological and Skull Base Surgeon

ENT, Division D, Head & Neck Business Unit

Telephone: Mrs Bianca Saunders 01223 586638

GMC number: 4411248

Professional bodies:

  • British Skull Base Society
  • British Cochlear Implant Group
  • ENT UK
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Society of Otology


  • Adult & Paediatric Otology
  • Hearing Implantation
  • Anterior & Skull Base Surgery

Neil Donnelly is a Consultant Neurotologist & Skull Base Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is Clinical Lead for the Department of Otolaryngology, the Cambridge Hearing Implant Programme and the Cambridge Regional Balance Service. He is a Council Member of the British Skull Base Society.

He completed Undergraduate and Postgraduate training in London. Fellowship training in Skull Base Surgery, Otology and Hearing Implantation was undertaken in the UK and Australia. He has a Masters degree in Audiovestibular Medicine. 

As a Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals, he is a member of a team delivering high quality care in Skull Base Surgery, Otology and Hearing Implantation. He has been involved in establishing 360º skull base surgery in Cambridge. His research interests are in the fields of vestibular implantation, vestibular schwannomas, Ménière's disease, cholesteatoma surgery and hearing implantation outcomes.

Papers and publications:

  1. The Cambridge Otology Quality of Life Questionnaire: an otology-specific patient-recorded outcome measure. A paper describing the instrument design and a report of preliminary reliability and validity. Martin TP, Moualed D, Paul A, Ronan N, Tysome JR, Donnelly NP, Cook R, Axon PR. Clin Otolaryngol. 2015 Apr;40(2):130-9.
  2. Characterizing human vestibular sensory epithelia for experimental studies: new hair bundles on old tissue and implications for therapeutic interventions in ageing. Taylor RR, Jagger DJ, Saeed SR, Axon P, Donnelly N, Tysome J, Moffatt D, Irving R, Monksfield P, Coulson C, Freeman SR, Lloyd SK, Forge A. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Jun;36(6):2068-84.
  3. Results of a prospective surgical audit of bilateral paediatric cochlear implantation in the UK. Broomfield SJ, Murphy J, Wild DC, Emmett SR, O'Donoghue GM; Writing for the UK National Paediatric CI Surgical Audit Group. Cochlear Implants Int. 2014 Sep;15(5):246-53. 
  4. MRI without magnet removal in neurofibromatosis type 2 patients with cochlear and auditory brainstem implants. Walton J, Donnelly NP, Tam YC, Joubert I, Durie-Gair J, Jackson C, Mannion RA, Tysome JR, Axon PR, Scoffings DJ. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jun;35(5):821-5. 
  5. Squamous cell carcinoma of the temporal bone: clinical outcomes from radical surgery and postoperative radiotherapy. Masterson L, Rouhani M, Donnelly NP, Tysome JR, Patel P, Jefferies SJ, Roques T, Scrase C, Mannion R, Macfarlane R, Hardy D, Durrani A, Price R, Marker A, Axon P, Moffat DA. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Mar;35(3):501-8. 
  6. English consensus protocol evaluating candidacy for auditory brainstem and cochlear implantation in neurofibromatosis type 2. Tysome JR, Axon PR, Donnelly NP, Evans DG, Ferner RE, O'Connor AF, Freeman SR, Gleeson M, Halliday D, Harris F, Jiang D, Kerr R, King A, Knight RD, Lloyd SK, Macfarlane R, Mannion R, Mawman D, O'Driscoll M, Parry A, Ramsden J, Ramsden R, Rutherford SA, Saeed SR, Thomas N, Vanat ZH. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Dec;34(9):1743-7. 
  7. Cochlear implants to treat deafness caused by vestibular schwannomas. Mukherjee P, Ramsden JD, Donnelly N, Axon P, Saeed S, Fagan P, Irving RM. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Sep;34(7):1291-8. 
  8. Bilateral cochlear implantation in Friedreich's ataxia: a case study. Frewin B, Chung M, Donnelly N. Cochlear Implants Int. 2013 Nov;14(5):287-90. 
  9. Outcome of translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannoma in neurofibromatosis type 2. Moffat DA, Lloyd SK, Macfarlane R, Mannion R, King A, Rutherford S, Axon PR, Donnelly N, Freeman S, Tysome JR, Evans DG, Ramsden RT. Br J Neurosurg. 2013 Aug;27(4):446-53
  10. Cerebrospinal fluid otorrhoea following grommet insertion: management using a multi-layered graft technique and an important lesson revisited. Patil S, Trinidade A, Yung M, Donnelly N. J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Jan;127(1):70-2. 
  11. Surgical management of vestibular schwannomas and hearing rehabilitation in neurofibromatosis type 2. Tysome JR, Macfarlane R, Durie-Gair J, Donnelly N, Mannion R, Knight R, Harris F, Vanat ZH, Tam YC, Burton K, Hensiek A, Raymond FL, Moffat DA, Axon PR. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Apr;33(3):466-72. 
  12. The effect of early division of the chorda tympani on gustatory function. Kenway B, Kasbekar A, Donnelly N, Axon P. Ear Nose Throat J. 2011 Nov;90(11):520-5.
  13. Cochlear implant failures: lessons learned from a UK centre. Masterson L, Kumar S, Kong JH, Briggs J, Donnelly N, Axon PR, Gray RF. J Laryngol Otol. 2012 Jan;126(1):15-21. 
  14. Contralateral recovery of cochlear function after cochlear implantation. Kong JH, Kumar S, Chung M, Axon PR, Gray RF, Donnelly N. Cochlear Implants Int. 2011 Aug;12(3):181-4. 
  15. Magnetic resonance imaging in patients with cochlear implants and auditory brain stem implants.  Tam YC, Graves MJ, Black RT, Kenway B, Donnelly N, Joubert I, Gray RF, Axon PR Cochlear Implants International 2010; 11(Suppl 2): 
  16. Cochlear implant failure secondary to superficial haemosiderosis: Exploring implantation in the contralateral ear with either a cochlear implant or an auditory brainstem implant. Vanat ZH, Harris F, Axon PR, Donnelly N Cochlear Implants International 2010; 11(Suppl 2):
  17. An audit of pre-operative CT scans in adult cochlear implantation. Kenway B, Kasbekar AV, Axon PR, Donnelly N Cochlear Implants International 2010; 11(Suppl 2):
  18. Non echo planar, diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction sequence) compared with echo planar imaging for the detection of middle-ear cholesteatoma. Kasbekar AV, Scoffings DJ, Kenway B, Cross J, Donnelly N, Lloyd SW, Moffat D, Axon PR. J Laryngol Otol. 2011 Apr;125(4):376-80. 
  19. Immunoglobulin G4 related systemic sclerosing disease involving the temporal bone. Masterson L, Del Pero MM, Donnelly N, Moffat DA, Rytina E. J Laryngol Otol. 2010 Oct;124(10):1106-10. 
  20. Bruns' nystagmus in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Lloyd SK, Baguley DM, Butler K, Donnelly N, Moffat DA. Otol Neurotol. 2009 Aug;30(5):625-8. 
  21. Canal wall cholesteatoma following canalplasty. Martinez Del Pero M, Donnelly N, Antoun N, Axon P. J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Oct;123(10):1174-6. 
  22. Effect of cochlear implant electrode insertion on middle-ear function as measured by intra-operative laser Doppler vibrometry. Donnelly N, Bibas A, Jiang D, Bamiou DE, Santulli C, Jeronimidis G, Fitzgerald O'Connor A. J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Jul;123(7):723-9. 
  23. Facial nerve palsy secondary to middle-ear lipoma. Kasbekar AV, Donnelly N, Axon P. J Laryngol Otol. 2008 Jun;122(6):e14. 
  24. Equivalent noise level generated by drilling onto the ossicular chain as measured by laser Doppler vibrometry: a temporal bone study. Jiang D, Bibas A, Santuli C, Donnelly N, Jeronimidis G, O'Connor AF. Laryngoscope. 2007 Jun;117(6):1040-5.
  25. Delayed complication of a ventriculopleural shunt. Donnelly N, Jayamohan J, Moore AJ. Br J Neurosurg. 2001 Apr;15(2):193-4. 
  26. Knowledge and the Internet. Nash GF, Donnelly N, Nash EF, Turner LF. J R Soc Med. 2001 Jan;94(1):53. 
  27. Differential effects of protein kinase C agonists on prostaglandin production and growth in human breast cancer cells. Boorne AJ, Donnelly N, Schrey MP. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 1998 Mar;48(2):117-2
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