Mr James Tysome


Based at:

Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital 

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital 

9 Harley Street, London


ENT (Otolaryngology)

More Information:

Professional qualifications


Current posts:

Consultant Otoneurological and Skull Base Surgeon, 
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical availability:

Spire: Alternate Wednesday AM, and Thursday AM/EVE

Nuffield: Alternate Wednesday AM, and Thursday PM

9 Harley Street: By arrangement



Mr James Tysome is a consultant  ENT surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. He specialises in hearing and balance problems in both adults and children. He performs complex ear and sinus surgery including hearing implantation and skull base surgery. He has pioneered introduction of Balloon Dilatation of the Eustachian tube in the UK, is the clinical lead of Cambridge regional skull base unit and a member of the hearing implant, head and neck, neurofibromatosis type 2 and pituitary multidisciplinary teams providing high quality specialist care.

Mr Tysome has won many academic prizes over his career including the gold medal from the Royal Society of Medicine for his ranking as 1st in the ENT examination taken by all ENT surgeons at the completion of training. He has edited four ENT books, published over 50 research papers and presented his work internationally on numerous occasions.

Mr Tysome is the clinical lead of the Cambridge regional skull base unit. We are one of the largest skull base units in the UK. He is a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Interventional Procedures Committee. This group are responsible for evaluating and recommending new procedures across the NHS. He is interested in Medical Innovation, particularly the development of robotics in ENT surgery. He is an advisory member of Cambridge University Health Partners Innovation Hub. 


He has an active academic career and has a particular interest in Eustachian tub dysfunction (ETD). He has developed new ways of measuring ETD and investigates how balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube works. He was the chief investigator of two large multi centre trials investigating new treatments for tinnitus. He has won many prizes from institutions including the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, supervises PhD and MPhil students and has active research grants.

Current memberships:

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Society of Otology                                                                                    British Skull Base Society

Year of first qualification


Professional interests

Adult and paediatric hearing loss
Ear disease
Balance disorders
Skull base Pathology