Rupert Obholzer


ENT/skull base consultant


Rupert Obholzer is a consultant surgeon specialising in disease of the side of the head (skull base) and ear. He works at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' auditory implant centre, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and at King's College Hospital.

Rupert spends most of his clinical time looking after patients with tumours around the base of the skull, either within the head itself, the bone of the skull, or at the top of the neck. The commonest tumours in this location are paragangliomas (Glomus tumours) or Schwannomas.

He also manages complex ear disease, and hearing loss requiring reconstruction or auditory implants.

Education and training

  • Hampton School, Hampton
  • St Catherine's College, Oxford University – Botany (1988 - 1991)
  • Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (1992 - 1997)
  • Specialist registrar training in ENT – North Thames Rotation (2002 - 2008
  • Fellowship in skull base surgery and cochlear implants – Sydney (2008 - 2009)
  • Fellowship in skull base and parotid surgery – Guy's Hospital (2009-2010)

Research interests

Measurement and optimisation of quality of life in skull base surgery.


  • Richard Blackwell Scholarship, 1989-1991
  • Olympic Bronze medal, 1996
  • TWJ fellowship, 2008
  • Nan Blofeld fellowship 2009

Last updated: April 2022

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