Michael Saunders

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Special Interests
Paediatric airway obstruction
Children’s nose problems
Nasal polyps and medical treatment

Current Memberships
Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists
ENT UK (British Association of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery)
Otolaryngological Research Society
Royal Society of Medicine
Medical Defence Union

Background Information
I am a consultant ear nose and throat surgeon who treats both children and adults. As well as private work at the Spire Hospital Bristol, I work at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and at St. Michaels Hospital, Bristol.

Children’s ear, nose and throat problems
I am very fortunate to be able to spend a large part of my working life with children in such an enormously rewarding field. I trained at Bristol University medical school, graduating first in my year in child health. After starting specialist training in ENT surgery I developed an interest in children’s ENT problems while working as a Senior Registrar at Bristol Children’s Hospital. I subsequently spent 6 months of my higher specialist training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, followed by a year’s fellowship in paediatric ENT at the New Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

I was appointed as a consultant in 2000. Since then I have developed my interest in children’s ENT problems and now deal with a range of complex problems, taking tertiary referrals from the whole of the South West region and beyond.

I am the lead clinician for ENT surgery at the Children’s Hospital where I spend around two thirds of my NHS time. In addition to this I am a council member of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology and I am a member of the teaching faculty of the British paediatric ENT course for registrars. I also convene the Paediatric section of the Bristol / Birmingham FRCS course for trainees. I regularly lecture on the subject to trainees and consultants in other specialties both at home and abroad.

In the clinic at the Spire Hospital I treat a wide range of children’s ENT conditions and the audiologists I work alongside also have great experience of children’s ear and hearing problems.

Adult ear, nose and throat problems
I have a very broad training in general and adult ENT, training in the South West region and for a period in Toronto. This has allowed me to deal with the majority of adult ENT problems. The great advantage of working in a team of three consultants in the Bristol ENT Partnership is that we are able to pursue our specialist interests and take advantage of each others differing expertise by cross referring patients where necessary.

My particular adult interest is in the surgery of the nose. As a registrar I spent a year at the University of Bristol undertaking basic science research into the molecular mechanisms of rhinitis and nasal polyps and was awarded a doctorate (MD) in 2003. This research was recognized both nationally (UK Otolaryngology Research Society prize 1997) and internationally (European Rhinology Society research prize 1997). I undertake surgery for nasal polyps and sinusitis and also have a major interest in reshaping of the nose to correct breathing and traumatic deformity as well as for cosmetic reasons.

I am very interested in imaging and photography and like to apply this to teaching and clinical work, I am the lead clinician for undergraduate ENT teaching at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Children’s Hospital.

In my spare time I am a rather average singer and musician but have as a result developed an interest in the voice and hearing problems that affect professional musicians. I maintain a close working relationship with local speech therapists.

For an appointment with Mr. Saunders please call: 0117 9734111.