Mr Hawthorne qualified in 1977 from Manchester University Medical School and has been a Consultant Otolaryngologist since 1988.
Based in the North East of England, Mr Hawthorne's NHS commitments are at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough and Walkergate Park Hospital in Newcastle.
Mr Hawthorne is regularly instructed by both defendant and claimant solicitors to provide advice on medico-legal issues (including injury resulting from Road Traffic Incidents, Noise Exposure and Clinical Negligence) from his offices which are located in Darlington and benefit from on-site audiometric services.
Since 1988, Mr Hawthorne has produced approximately 9000 reports in the UK, Ireland and internationally. He currently prepares 200 cases per year over a wide spectrum of issues. Mr Hawthorne has appeared at Inquests, Court of Protection proceedings and disciplinary proceedings.
He is an experienced 'trouble-shooter' and has significant experience of the management of change in relation to poorly performing practitioners and individuals.
Mr Hawthorne has published over 45 research papers in various aspects of Otolaryngology, as well as publishing a number of books and chapters in leading textbooks.
Mr Hawthorne has acted as a Hospital Visitor on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, as part of the College's Quality Assurance Programme relating to the training of surgeons in the UK. He was a committee member of the Joint Surgical Colleges Recertification Project. He served as a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and sat on the Patient Safety and Quality and Outcomes Committees. He was responsible for the implementation of revalidation for surgeons in the North East of England.
Mr Hawthorne was also an examiner for more than 20 years, having assessed for the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, the Intercollegiate Specialty Board and the GMC. He has served as the Director of Education for ENT:UK (2007 - 2011) and as the Deanery Advisor for the surgery to the Northern Deanery (2005 - 2010).