Professional background

Mr Azhar Shaida was awarded a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge University to read Medicine in 1984, and transferred to Oxford University in 1987 to complete his clinical training, qualifying in 1990. He trained in Oxford, London and Cambridge and obtained the FRCS in General Surgery. He then specialized 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 Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in 2002.

He received an MD degree for my thesis on matrix metalloproteinases in rhinitis from the University of London in 2004.
His areas of special interest include ear surgery, cochlear implants and paediatric ENT surgery, and he is one of the main providers of paediatric ENT services at the RNTNEH.

Research interests include the restoration of hearing, advances in cochlear implant surgery and other implantable hearing devices.

He is an assistant editor for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology. He is actively involved in teaching, and regularly lecture on courses at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, the UCL Ear Institute, and at the Royal College of surgeons of England.

Research interests

Preservation and restoration of hearing, advances in cochlear implant surgery, middle ear and other implantable hearing devices

Languages spoken

Punjabi, Urdu


Shaida A.M., Wong C. "The Dissecting Room- Student’s Attitudes". Clinical  Anatomy, Vol 6, Part 4, June 1993 (Abstract).

Shaida A.M., Bottrill I.D. "Recent Advances in the Use of Lasers in Otolaryngology".  Indian State Journal of Otolaryngology, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 1996 pp 5-9

Shaida, A.M., Siddiqui, N. “Diagnostic Quiz- Tuberculosis of the Mastoid” Archives  of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery  March 1998 124(3): 341-43

Shaida A.M., Bottrill I.D. "Recent Advances in the Use of Lasers in Otolaryngology". Guest Editorial, Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 50,  No. 3, July 1998 pp 222-229

Shaida, A., Pender, S., McDonald, T.,Kenyon, G., Devalia, J., Davies, R. Metaloproteinases and their inhibitors in the nasal mucosa in perennial allergic rhinitis. Allergologie 11:560 (Abstract)

Shaida, A., Kenyon, G.S., Pender, S.L.F., McDonald, T.T., Devalia, J.L., Davies, R.J. “Matrix Metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in the nose.” Journal of Laryngology and Otology, July 1999, Supplement 23, p 53 (Abstract)

Shaida, A., Kenyon, G., Kalan, A. “Treatment of external nasal valve (alar rim) collapse. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, July 1999, Supplement 23, p 48 (Abstract)

Harar, R.P.S., Shaida, A., Kenyon, G.S. “The reproducibility of acoustic rhinometry and peak inspiratory flow in assessment of nasal function. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, July 1999, Supplement 23, p 51 (Abstract)

Pender S.L., McKenzie C., Shaida A., MacDonald T.T. “Regulation of matrix metalloproteinases in human intestinal mucosa” Ann N Y Acad Sci Jun 1999 30;878:581-2

Harar R.P., Shaida A.M., Kenyon G.S. “Nasal Dilator Strips” Laryngoscope Jan 2000 110(1):178-9

Shaida, A.M., Kenyon, G.S. “The Nasal Valve”. Rhinology Mar 2000 38(1):7-12

Shaida, A.M., McFerran, D.J., da Cruz, M., Hardy, D.G., Moffat, D.A. Cavernous haemangioma of the internal auditory canal.  JLO  June 2000

“Matrix Metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in the nasal mucosa in perennial allergic  rhinitis” A.Shaida, G.Kenyon, J.Devalia, R.J.Davies, T.T.MacDonald, S.L.F.Pender. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2001 Nov;108(5):791-6.

“Schwannomatosis in a child- or early Neurofibromatosis type 2?” Shaida, A.M., O’Donovan, D.G., Moffat, D.A. JLO 2002 Jul;116(7):551-5.

MD Thesis: “Matrix Metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in the nasal mucosa in perennial allergic  rhinitis”- University of London, 2004.

Book Chapter – "Diseases of  the Ear, Nose and Throat", J. Kanagalingham, A. Shaida,  in "Medicine and Surgery- An Integrated Textbook", E. Lim et al, pub. Elsevier July 2007.

Shaida, A.M. Yung, M.W. "Neurofibroma of the pinna." Ear Nose Throat J. 2007 Jan;86(1):36-7, 44.

Cochlear Implants as a paediatric day surgery service. Stephens J, Cruise A, Shaida A. Cochlear Implants Int. 2010 Jun;11 Suppl 1:221-4

“Comparison of quality of life outcomes following different mastoid surgery techniques.” Joseph, J., Shaida, A. et al, J. Laryngol Otol 2015 Sep;129(9):835-9

“Assessment and outcome in non-traditional cochlear implant candidates” Heywood R., Vickers D., Pinto F., Fereos G., Shaida A. Audiol Neurootol. 2017 Feb 22;21(6):383-390 [Epub ahead of print]

“Objective assessment of electrode discrimination with the auditory change complex in adult cochlear implant users”. R. Mathew, J. Undurraga, A. Shaida et. al. : Hearing Research 354C (2017) pp. 86-101

“Intratympanic steroid use for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: current otolaryngology practice in Germany and Austria.” Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 May;275(5):1103-1110

“Letter to the Editor Regarding Comparison of 2 and 4 Intratympanic Steroid Injections in the Treatment of Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss by Suzuki et al”. Sutton, L., McElveen, J., Brookes, G., Shaida, A. et. al. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. Volume: 127 issue: 7, page(s): 481-482

“Evaluating inter-aural hearing preservation in bilateral paediatric cochlear implantation” Huw A. S. Jones, Harry R. F. Powell, Andy Hall, Jeremy Lavy, Azhar Shaida, Shakeel Saeed & Sherif Khalil (2018) Cochlear Implants International, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2018.1493969

“Development of electrophysiological and behavioural measures of electrode discrimination in adult cochlear implant users”. R. Mathew, P. Boyle, A. Shaida et al, Hearing Research. 367 (2018) 74-87

“Hearing Preservation With Standard Length Electrodes in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation.” Joseph G. Manjaly, Robert Nash, Wayne Ellis, Anzel Britz, Jeremy A. Lavy, Azhar Shaida, Shakeel R. Saeed, and Sherif S. Khalil. Otology & Neurotology

“Recurrent cochlear implant associated seroma: A series of five patients”. Robert Nash, Azhar Shaida, Shakeel Saeed, Sherif Khalil & Jeremy Lavy(2018): Cochlear Implants International, DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2018.1541832

“Intratympanic Steroid Use for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Current Otolaryngology Practice” Matt Lechner, Liam Sutton, Mark Ferguson, Yasmin Abbas,
Jaswinder Sandhu, and Azhar Shaida. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2019, Vol. 128(6) 490– 502 DOI: 10.1177/0003489419828759

“Three New Mutations and Mild, Asymmetrical Phenotype in the Highly Distinctive LAMM Syndrome: A Report of Eight Further Cases”. Amina Al Yassin, Felice D’Arco, Matías Morín, Waheeda Pagarkar, Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, Azhar Shaida, Elena Fernández, Tom Cullup, Bianca De-Souza, Miguel Angel Moreno-Pelayo, and Maria Bitner-Glindzicz. Genes 2019, 10, 529; doi:10.3390/genes10070529