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Dr Alasdair Mace graduated with MB, BS from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College, London in 1996. Basic training included posts in Neurosurgery at Queen Square and Plastic Surgery at Great Ormond Street. His higher surgical ENT training was predominantly based in central London Teaching Hospitals. These internationally respected centres of excellence provided an exceptional general ENT training with a principal emphasis in head and neck surgery and laryngology.
He gained the Diploma of Laryngology and Otology in 2002 and the Intercollegiate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons FRCS (ORL-HNS) in 2007.
A fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, USA, followed. Here he learnt advanced thyroid and parathyroid surgery techniques and completed research into laryngeal nerve monitoring and papillary thyroid cancer imaging.
On returning from the USA he was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons Post-CCT Fellowship in Laryngology, based at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. Here he developed advanced skills in the management of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. He also established the National Laryngology Research Network.
He is currently Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon at Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospitals – the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centre and a major London cancer centre. He is also a member of the adult airway team at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction and Honorary Surgeon at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.
He is a member of The British Association of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons (ENT-UK), The British Thyroid Association (BTA), The British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS) and The British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO).
He has published over 20 academic papers and a book chapter, teaches on a number of national and international courses and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Medical School. He is also a faculty member of the Royal College of Surgeons e-learning programme and an Examiner for MB, BS.
His areas of specialist interest include head and neck lumps, tonsil problems, salivary diseases, laser surgery, voice and swallowing disorders, thyroid surgery, and nasal and sinus problems. He also provides expert management for all common ENT problems.
MB,BS – St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College London, 1995
MRCS – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2001
DLO – Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2002
FRCS (ORL-HNS) – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery), 2007
Member of British Association of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons (ENT-UK)
Member of British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS)
Member of British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO)
Member of British Thyroid Association (BTA)
Founder of the National Laryngology Research Network (NLRN)
Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
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Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
Read her full story in the Daily Mail: Memory like a sieve? Why a simple ear infection may be to blame.
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.