Maurice Hawthorne

Clinical Profile

As a Medical Director and a Responsible Officer, Maurice Hawthorne has – during a career spanning more than three decades – gained hands on experience of creating the best possible environment to deliver high quality, effective and safe care to patients.

Having held a number of senior roles in the NHS, with charities and in education, Maurice understands the diverse challenges faced by practitioners and managers on the front line.

Maurice can demonstrate a proven track record in creating strategy and providing operational management support. He has extensive experience in complex conflict resolution, organisational reviews, culture analysis, independent reviews and investigations.

In today’s challenging conditions – by applying insight and creativity – Maurice works with clients to develop tailored strategies and practical solutions which ensure effective delivery of care.

Whatever the problem, he has probably been there!

Education and Employment

Maurice Hawthorne graduated from the University of Manchester in 1977. He underwent clinical training at the the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, where he held the position of honorary Clinical Assistant in neuro-otology, and later at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where he was appointed Registrar.

Mr Hawthorne became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1983 with fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh being conferred a year later.

In 1985, Mr Hawthorne was awarded the Janet Nash Fellowship, leading to an attachment to the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Zurich.

Mr Hawthorne was appointed as a Consultant Otolaryngologist at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in 1988.

Further clinical appointments have included Clinical Lead to the Dystonia Service at Walkergate Park Hospital Newcastle and Acting Head of the ENT Department at University Hospital Limerick.


Much of Mr Hawthorne’s research has been focussed upon reconstructive and middle ear surgery. This is an area where he has extensive practical experience, particularly involving chronic suppurative otitis media and otosclerosis.  Additionally, his interest and expertise extends to the care and management of a wide range of congenital middle ear disorders and the surgical management of vestibular disorders.

Building on his skull base training at the University of Zurich, Mr Hawthorne provided an expert skull base service dedicated to treating superior canal dehiscence, acoustic neuromas and other tumours of the skull base, including paragangliomas.

Mr Hawthorne established the North East Cochlear Implant Program in 1990, caring for profoundly deaf children and adults using cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and other hearing implants. He has conducted research on these devices from a patient safety perspective and to improve patient satisfaction.

Neuro-otology is a specialist clinical service for the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of complex auditory, vestibular and voice disorders. As an experienced Neuro-otologist, Mr Hawthorne has conducted extensive research into the neurological disorders of speech, phonation and swallowing. He has instigated a clinical service providing botulinum toxin service for such conditions as oromandibular dystonia and laryngeal dystonia based in this knowledge. In addition, this research has been valuable in the care and management of patients with motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and bulbar palsies. He also has an interest in static correction of the paralysed face.

Mr Hawthorne has published work on tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. He has also conducted research into tinnitus and the distressing impact which it can have on the lives of patients. 

Patient safety, and the impact which it has on all those involved in the delivery of care, has become a particular focus of research and scrutiny for Mr Hawthorne. He also delivers training and is a regular contributor at conferences.


Mr Hawthorne provides advice and assistance on a full range of ENT issues on behalf of both children and adults. Approximately 40 % of Mr Hawthorne’s practice involves working with children, including neonates and preterm babies. This includes the management of paediatric emergencies requiring diagnostic endoscopy and surgery for airway problems, including choanal atresia, reconstruction and tracheostomy. He has also managed a number of rare disorders in children, such as histiocytosis, tuberculosis of the ear, Lyme disease, toxoplasmosis and Worcester Drought syndrome.

Hover over each of the images to see a list of some of the conditions and procedures which Mr Hawthorne has expertise in, along with experience in the care and management of these conditions on behalf of children and adults alike.