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Dr Azhar Shaida was awarded a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge University to read Medicine in 1984. He transferred to Oxford University in 1987 to complete his clinical training and qualified as a doctor in 1990. He then trained in Oxford, London and Cambridge and obtained the FRCS in General Surgery. He decided to specialize in ENT surgery and trained on the East Anglia rotation, obtaining the FRCS (Otolaryngology) and the FRCS-ORL. He attended a number of leading hospitals in Europe and Australia to complete his training, and was appointed as consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at the prestigious Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in 2002. He also provides a full general ENT service at Newham General Hospital. He received his MD degree for his thesis on matrix metalloproteinases in rhinitis from the University of London in 2004.
Areas of special interest are general ear surgery, cochlear implants and paediatric ENT surgery. His research interests include the restoration of hearing, advances in cochlear implant surgery and other implantable hearing devices. He reviews articles for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology.
He is actively involved in teaching, and regularly lectures on courses at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
BA – Cambridge University, 1987
BM BCh – Oxford University Medical School, 1990
MA – Cambridge University, 1991
FRCS – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1994
FRCS (ORL-HNS) – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Otolaryngology, 2000
MD – University of London, 2004
Member of British Cochlear Implant Group
Member of UK BAHA Professionals Group
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.