About this event

  • Date and time Fri 3 Dec 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Otology

Join this in-person event that will host the historic Joseph Toynbee lecture and promote discussion and learning on surgical hearing restoration. The purpose of this event is to learn more about the challenges of service development, how opportunities for women in surgery have changed over the years, and how and why we should focus more on hearing restoration in otology.  

We hope you will join us in-person for this event but if you are unable you can sign up for the live stream version here.

This event will:

  • Update you on the development of:
    • Cochlear implantation
    • Women in surgery 
  • Examine the different choices in the restoration of hearing.

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The Otology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd, Medtronic, NSK United Kingdom Ltd & Severn Healthcare Technologies LTD and Oticon Medical for their valued support of the 2021 to 2022 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsor DP Medical for their support of this meeting.

Please note that none of the companies listed has had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of these meetings.

Key speakers

Professor Laura Viani

Professor Laura Viani, MSc, FRCSI

Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and incoming president of the College from 2022. Consultant Otolaryngologist and Neurotologist to Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street University Children’s Hospital.

Speaker's biography

Professor Laura Viani is Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and incoming president of the College from 2022.

She is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Neurotologist to Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street University Children’s Hospital.

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, she pursued her Otolaryngology training in Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool and was appointed as a Consultant to Beaumont Hospital in 1993. 

Recognising the absence of service for profoundly deaf children and adults in the Irish State she undertook Fellowships in skull base surgery in Cambridge, UK and in neuro-otology in Zurich, Switzerland before returning to Ireland in 1995 to perform Irelands first cochlear implant. To date she, and laterally with her colleagues Peter Walsh and Fergal Glynn, has carried out over 1000 cochlear implants in profoundly deaf children and adults.

From modest beginnings, she established Ireland’s first and only cochlear implant program in 1995, which has grown to become the National Hearing Implant and Research Centre. It has secured an annual ring-fenced budget of €6.8 million and has raised an administrative budget of over €90 million since inception Laura is Director of this stand-alone unit at Beaumont Hospital, with a multidisciplinary team of over 30 professionals, caring for children and adults with profound hearing loss from all over Ireland.

With its unique and comprehensive database, she has established the multi-institutional Hearing Research Centre comprising of a network of professionals from Beaumont and Temple Street Hospitals, the RCSI and Trinity College Dublin. She also established research collaborations with Vanderbilt University, in the United States. She has supervised many PhD and MSc theses for students in TCD and RCSI.  

As a popular trainer and mentor, she has recognized the need for hands-on training, not just for Fellows and Specialist Registrars but all training and service grades rotating through her unit.  She is a member of the Court of Examiners of the RCSI and convener of the Otolaryngology Section at the Charter Day meetings.

She is recognized as been a Council Member of the RCSI since 2000.  She is past president of the Otolaryngology Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and past president of the Student Surgical Society in the RCSI.  She is an Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery in RCSI and an Honorary Adjunct Professor in School of Medicine Trinity College Dublin.

Her commitment to research, teaching and service has been recognized through numerous awards including the RAMI Registrar Prize (1986), the Research Fellowship of the RCSI (1986), the Augustine Mehigan Scholarship (1992), the TWJ Scholarship 1993 and the Angel James Prize London (2000), the Graves Lecturer (2012), The Philip Stell Award from The North of England Otolaryngology Society (2019).  and Outstanding Teaching Award from Bahrain and Middle East Otolaryngology (2019).  She was awarded the Inaugural CPL Global World Class Talent Award (2019). She has been a visiting Professor in the Cochlear Institutes of Sydney, Melbourne and Bahrain and she is an advisor on cochlear implantation to training centres both in the Middle East and South America.

Mr Neil Donnelly

Mr Neil Donnelly

Consultant Otoneurological & Skull Base Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Neil Donnelly is a Consultant Otoneurological & Skull Base Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he is a member of a team delivering high-quality care in 360o Skull Base Surgery, Otology and Hearing Implantation.


View the programme

Registration for the morning session
Welcome and introduction
Joseph Toynbee memorial lecture: Journey of a surgeon

Professor Laura Viani, President Elect, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Tea and coffee break
Round table discussion - hearing restoration

Mr Neil Donnelly, Consultant ENT and Skull Base Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals

Ms Nneka Eze, Consultant ENT Surgeon, St George’s Hospital Foundation Trust

Mr Chris Coulson, Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust

Mr Nitesh Patel, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust, Whipps Cross University Hospital and Newham University Hospital 

Closing of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on 2 December 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.
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