David Albert

David Albert - Ear, Nose and Throat team
 Mr David Albert is the Senior Consultant and Head of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

He first came to GOSH in 1984 when he trained under John Evans, father of paediatric ENT in the UK. He now has 30 years experience in the field, and has been an innovative force in paediatric ENT in the UK and abroad.

"As a father, I know the sense of responsibility one feels in making the right decision for one’s child."

David Albert


Mr Albert has covered all areas of Paediatric ENT especially:

  • laryngeal surgery – endoscopic and reconstructive

  • paediatric cholesteatoma

  • papillomatosis

  • choanal atresia

He has developed a number of surgical techniques in the UK including single stage laryngotracheal reconstruction, cricotracheal resection and various endoscopic techniques such as cricoid split and posterior grafting. He also developed bipolar tonsillectomy and suction diathermy adenoidectomy.

He is currently studying the benefits of intracapsular partial tonsillectomy which is common in the USA but little used in the UK.


Mr Albert trained in London and in Cincinnati with Robin Cotton before becoming the first full time paediatric otolaryngologist in the UK in 1989. He is invited to lecture widely around the world and runs the Dialogues in Paediatric ENT course.

He was recently President of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology and as General Secretary is organising the next meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology.

Research Interests

He has an active research interest in Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis and is developing a National Database and Tissue Bank.

His other current interest is in complex decision making from ventilation tubes for otitis media to tracheal reconstruction. His recent audit of intracapsular tonsillectomy shows less pain in a UK setting.



Cynthia Williams 0207 813 8220