Martin Bailey qualified from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, UK in 1973. He trained in otolaryngology at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and at the Sussex Throat & Ear Hospital in Brighton: he then undertook a TWJ Clinical and Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA.
He was appointed to the consultant staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London in 1982, becoming senior consultant in the Department of Paediatric Otolaryngology before relinquishing his NHS work in 2009 to continue independent practice in Harley Street and at the Portland Hospital. He was also consultant otolaryngologist at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital for 15 years before giving up his adult practice there in order to focus entirely upon paediatric otolaryngology. He remains an Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
He has published and lectured widely on various aspects of paediatric otolaryngology, and is Past-President of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. He has been a Trustee of the TWJ Foundation since 2001, and Executive Chairman since 2008, sponsoring overseas surgical training and research Fellowships in Otology.
He has a long association with the RSM, having been a Fellow since 1976 and a Life Fellow since 2009. He was a council member of the Section of Otology for 7 years, holding the posts of Honorary Secretary, Membership Officer and Vice-President. He has also been a long-serving council member of the Section of Laryngology & Rhinology, and was Section President in 2005-2006.