Professor S. S. Musheer Hussain

Consultant ENT Surgeon & Neurotologist
Hon. Professor of Otolaryngology

University of Dundee School of Medicine
Ninewells Hospital
Dundee, Scotland. DD1 9SY
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1382 660 111



Professor Musheer Hussain graduated with an MBBS from Dow Medical College (University of Karachi) and following early training at King’s College Hospital (London) and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh did his Senior Registrar training in Otolaryngology Head & Neck surgery on the Yorkshire Rotation. He completed a Master’s degree in Audiology at the University of Manchester and was TWJ Fellow in Otology & Neurotology at the University of Michigan Medical Centre and at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (Ann Arbor, Mich.). He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; an unusual honour for a surgeon. He is President of the Section of Otology, The Royal Society of Medicine (London) for 2016-17.



Professor Hussain has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed index linked journals, written 10 chapters, given 47 invited lecturers and chaired a SIGN guideline. He is a Principal Investigator for Dundee for a multi-centred RCT funded by the National Institute of Health Research (The NATTINA study). His current work includes RCT on bone anchored hearing versus bone-bridge implants, human error identification in otolaryngological surgery, outcome of tonsillectomy, anatomy of the round window and semicircular canals and the writing of clinically important systematic reviews. According to Google Scholar (assessed June 2017) there are 1,118 citations from his published work. In the past 5 years (2012–17) he has had 618 citations. In recognition of his contribution to research he was awarded the Norman Gamble Research Prize by the Royal Society of Medicine.



Professor Hussain taught students at Leeds and Newcastle Universities. At The Aga Khan University, Karachi he was Coordinator for ENT undergraduate teaching and the Founding Programme Director for Postgraduate training in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. The programme was recognised by the College. In Dundee he was lead for 4th year ENT block teaching and was awarded an Outstanding Tutor award by the University. He is a GMC recognised Education ⁄ Clinical Supervisor for postgraduate trainees and has trained a generation of Otologists. As member of the SAC in Otolaryngology he was Lead for all CESR applications and an external officer to the West Midlands regional ARCP panel. He was Secretary to the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination Boards in Otolaryngology and having completed two terms, as an Examiner is now an Assessor of Examiners.

He is an invited faculty at a number of post-graduate courses both in UK and overseas and has set up both didactic and simulation postgraduate courses that have been running for over 10 years. He is the Editor of the 11th edition of Logan Turner's Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear: Head and Neck Surgery (2015). Professor Hussain was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers in 2013. He is Advisor to the TWJ Foundation that sponsors trainees for Otology fellowships in the USA, Canada and Australia & New Zealand.


Scholarly Work and Creative Professional Activities

Grant & Award Reviewer
  • Chief Scientific Officer (Scotland), Project Grant Scheme
  • NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre England
  • Expert Reviewer for Publications (Books)
  • The Oxford University Press to review submissions ⁄ outline of manuscripts to judge suitability for publication.
  • Blackwell Publishing (Oxford) to advise on proposals for undergraduate texts on otolaryngology.
  • Taylor & Frances CRC press to advice on suitability for a second edition of a textbook on otolaryngology and another book on an allied subject.
  • Specialist Advisor NICE for Intervention procedures (Meniere’s disease).
  • Editorships & Editorial Boards Journals
  • Senior Editor, The Journal of Laryngology and Otology. Cambridge 2016–Present (Appointed October 2015).
  • Editorial Board Journal of ENT ‘Master-class’ 2011–Present.
  • Assistant Editor, The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. Cambridge 2008–15.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine. London 2005–08.
  • Journal Articles Reviewer
  • Clinical Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics (Official J Am Acad of Pediatrics)
  • The Surgeon, Journal of Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
  • Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  • International Journal of Audiology
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • The Laryngoscope
  • The Lancet
  • Reports (on behalf of Organisations)
  • The case for minimal equipment for airway endoscopy and tracheostomy for hospitals receiving children for unscheduled care (Chair, Clinical Governance & Audit Committee Scottish ENT Society 2015).
  • Minimal requirements for Otolaryngology clinics in NHS Hospitals (Chair, Clinical Governance & Audit Committee Scottish ENT Society 2014).
  • Should disposable equipment for tonsillectomy be abandoned? A consensus view. (Chair, Clinical Governance & Audit Committee Scottish ENT Society 2014).
  • The provision of emergency service in ENT Surgery (Jointly) (ENT UK 2013).

    Management (NHS)

  • Clinical Leader for ENT and Audiology services 2003-06 and 2012-13
  • Associate Medical Director Professional Governance 2013-16

    Appraisal & Revalidation Work
  • He was Associate Medical Director for Professional Governance and Lead Appraiser 2013–16 for all secondary care consultants and career grade doctors in Tayside (total 540). According to the Government’s Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) report Tayside completed appraisal rate was 45% in 2012–13 (national mean was 85%) it has increased to 94% in 2015–16 and is now above the mean for all Health Boards.


    Clinical Expertise

    Professor has expertise in ear and paediatric ENT surgery. He has a weekly Otology clinic, two Balance disorder clinics a month and a Paediatric ENT clinic once a week. His operating room sessions are on Tuesdays.



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    Selected Papers

  • Hamilton L, Keh S, Spielmann P, Hussain SSM. Locating the posterior semi-circular canal in occlusion surgery for refractory BPPV: a cadaveric temporal bone study. Clin Otolaryngol 2016; 41:190–93.
  • Mohammad S, Khan I, Hey S, Hussain SSM. A systematic review on skin complications of Bone Anchored Hearing Aids in relation to surgical techniques. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2016; 273:559–65.
  • Shakeel M, Spielmann PM, Jones SEM, Hussain SSM. Direct measurement of the Round Window Niche dimensions using a 3- dimensional moulding technique — A human cadaveric temporal bone study. Clin Otolaryngol 2015; 40:657–661.
  • Gewal R, Spielmann PM, Jones SEM, Hussain SSM. Clinical efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of subjective tinnitus: a systematic review. J Laryngol Otol 2014; 128:1028–33.
  • Spielmann PM, McKean S, White RD, Hussain SSM. Surgical management of external ear canal lesions. J Laryngol Otol 2013; 127:246–51.
  • Hilmi OJ, Speilmann PM, Abel EW, Hussain SSM. Do high-speed drills generate high frequency noise in mastoid surgery? Otol Neurotol 2012; 33:2–5.
  • White RD, Ananthakrishnan G, McKean SA, Brunton JN, Hussain SSM, Sudarshan TA. Masses and disease entities of the external auditory canal: Radiological and clinical correlation. Clin Radiol 2012; 67:172–81.
  • Miah MS, Crawford S, White S, Hussain SSM. Tumours of the Ear and Cranial Base: Malignant transformation from benign papillomatosis of the external auditory canal. Otol Neurotol 2012; 33:643–47.
  • Goh AY, Hussain SSM. Sudden hearing loss and pregnancy: a review J Laryngol Otol 2012; 126:337–3.
  • Mohammad SH, Khan I, Hussain SSM. Is cartilage tympanoplasty more effective than fascia tympanoplasty? A systematic review. Otol Neurotol 2012; 33:699–705.
  • Cheong KH, Hussain SSM. Management of recurrent acute otitis media in children: a systematic review comparing the effect of different intervention on recurrence of otitis media, reduction in episodes of otitis media and the period of time that each new otitis media episode lasts. J Laryngol Otol 2012; 126:874–85.
  • Hathorn IF, Hussain SSM. Bilateral acute mastoiditis and subperiosteal abscesses in a child managed by simultaneous mastoidectomies J Laryngol Otol 2012; 126:825–9.
  • Hilmi OJ, Speilmann PM, Abel EW, Hussain SSM. Do high-speed drills generate high frequency noise in mastoid surgery? Otol Neurotol 2012; 33:2–5.
  • Nassif RG, Soliman R, Edwards DH, Kara N, Hussain SSM. Molecular and epidemiological analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus otorrhoea: hospital or community-acquired? J Laryngol Otol 2010; 124:1247–50.
  • McKee H, Spielmann P, Adamson RM, Thiel G, Schenk D, Hussain SSM. Follow-up after middle ear ventilation tube insertion. What is needed and when? J Laryngol Otol 2008; 122:580–3.
  • Neilson LJ, Hussain SSM. The management of Granular Myringitis: A systematic review J Laryngol Otol 2008; 122:3–10.
  • Montague ML, Lee MSW, Hussain SSM. Human error identification: An analysis of myringotomy and ventilation tube insertion Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2004; 130:1153–57.
  • Tonsils
  • Gorman D, Ogston SA, Hussain SSM. Improvement in symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea in children following tonsillectomy versus tonsillotomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Otolaryngol 2017; 42:275–82.
  • Roplekar R, Van M, Hussain SSM Does the Quality of Life (QOL) impact of tonsillitis correlate with SIGN guideline compliance?  Clin Otolaryngol 2016; 41:481–86.
  • Van M, Khan I, Hussain SSM Short term weight gain after adeno-tonsillectomy in children with obstructive sleep apnoea: A systematic review. J Laryngol Otol 2016; 130:214–18.
  • Mak C, Speilmann PM, Hussain SSM. Recurrence of peritonsillar abscess: a two year followup study. Clin Otolaryngol 2012; 37:87–88.
  • Haddow K, Montague ML, Hussain SSM. Post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage: A prospective randomised controlled trial of cold versus bipolar dissection. J Laryngol Otol 2006; 120:450–54.
  • McKean S, Lee MSW, Hussain SSM. Comparative study of post tonsillectomy haemorrhage with the use of Declofenac and Dihydrocodiene for post operative analgesia and review of the literature J Otolaryngol 2008; 37:577–81.
  • Montague ML, Lee MSW, Hussain SSM. Group and save for paediatric tonsillectomy — Is it required routinely? J Laryngol Otol 2007; 121:559–62.
  • Lee MSW, Montague ML, Hussain SSM. The influence of weather on the frequency of secondary post tonsillectomy haemorrhage J Laryngol Otol 2005; 119:894–98.
  • Montague ML, Lee MSW, Hussain SSM. Post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage: Reusable and Disposable instruments compared Eur Arch Oto Rhin Laryngol 2004; 261:225–28.
  • Lee MSW, Montague ML. Hussain SSM. Post tonsillectomy haemorrhage: Cold versus hot dissection. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2004; 131:833–36.
  • Lee MSW, Montague ML, Hussain SSM. The admission of patients with peritonsillar abscess to a general ENT ward and its influence on secondary post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage. Clin Otolaryngol 2003; 28:48–50.
  • Montague ML, Lee MSW, Hussain SSM. Effect of disposable instruments on paediatric post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage rates Int J Pediat Otorhinolaryngol. 2003; 67:S221–23.
  • National Guidelines
  • Hussain SSM. ‘Guideline on Management of sire throat and indications for tonsillectomy’. (Chair) SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) 116. Edinburgh 2010.