Professional background

Dr Waheeda Pagarkar has been a consultant in audiovestibular medicine at UCLH since 2006, and manages children with a range of hearing and balance difficulties. She also works in a similar capacity at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Her specialty clinics include paediatric tinnitus and hyperacusis (UCLH), paediatric dizziness and balance disorders (UCLH and GOSH) and dual sensory impairment(GOSH).

She completed her MRCPCH in 1999 and MSc in audiological medicine (distinction) at University College London in 2004.

She is involved in both teaching and educational supervision, and has several presentations at national and international meetings.

Research interests

  • Aetiological investigations for hearing loss
  • Genetic hearing loss
  • Paediatric tinnitus
  • Paediatric dizziness and balance disorders
  • Dual sensory impairment
  • Auditory neuropathy


Publications (2015-2020)

Sowden JC, Kros CJ, Sirimanna T, Pagarkar W, Oluonye N, Henderson R Impact of sight and hearing loss in patients with Norrie disease: advantages of Dual Sensory clinics in patient care. BMJ Paediatrics Open 2020;4:e000781. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000781

Toms M, Pagarkar W, Moosajee M. Usher syndrome: clinical features, molecular genetics and advancing therapeutics. Ther Adv Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep 17;12:2515841420952194. doi: 10.1177/2515841420952194.

Atas A. et al. (2020) Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis of Disorders of Hearing Development. In: am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen A., Wiskirska-Woznica B., Neumann K., Nawka T. (eds) Phoniatrics I. European Manual of Medicine. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Al Yassin AD'Arco FMorín MPagarkar WHarrop-Griffiths KShaida AFernández ECullup TDe-Souza BMoreno-Pelayo MABitner-Glindzicz M. Genes (Basel). Three New Mutations and Mild, Asymmetrical Phenotype in the Highly Distinctive LAMM Syndrome: A Report of Eight Further Cases. 2019 Jul 12;10(7).

‘Guidelines for aetiological investigation into progressive permanent childhood hearing impairment. January 2018 BAAP website.

Paul A, Prasad C, Kamath SS, Dalwai S, C Nair MK, Pagarkar W. Consensus  Statement of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics on Newborn Hearing Screening. National Consultation Meeting for Developing IAP Guidelines on Neurodevelopmental Disorders under the aegis of IAP Childhood Disability Group and the Committee on Child Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Indian Pediatr. 2017

Waheeda Pagarkar; Chetna Duggal; Sohini Chatterjee; Dania Siddiqui; Ameya P. Bondre; Ankita Thotam; Deepti Kanade-Modak; Samir H. Dalwai. Cognitive, Behavioural and Emotional Co-morbidities in Children with Hearing Impairment, in India Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities. Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2016, pp. 56-66.

Pagarkar W. Aetiological investigations of permanent hearing loss in adults and children.Hearing Balance and Communication, 2016, 14:3, 117, DOI: 10.1080/21695717.2016.1204099

Guidelines for aetiological investigation into severe to profound bilateral permanent childhood hearing impairment April 2015 BAAP website

Guidelines for aetiological investigation into mild to moderate bilateral permanent childhood hearing impairment April 2015 BAAP website

Guidelines for aetiological investigation into unilateral permanent childhood hearing impairment April 2015 BAAP website