Associate Professor Patel completed medical school and otolaryngology training in Sydney. He then pursued nearly three years of advanced ear surgery training in the US, completing otology/neurotology fellowships at New York University and the University of Utah. His graduating thesis was in stem cell therapy of the inner ear. Associate Professor Patel's current interests include cochlear implants, acoustic neuroma surgery, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma and chronic ear infections. He also has a particular interest in children's ear, nose and throat disorders including sleep disordered breathing, ear infections and glue ear (otitis media with effusion).
As well as working at Macquarie University Hospital, Associate Professor Patel holds appointments at Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private and Norwest Private Hospitals. He has published more than 20 articles, presented in over 50 national and international meetings and regularly teaches scholars, registrars, residents, interns and medical students. More recently, Associate Professor Patel introduced minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery to Macquarie University Hospital after undertaking further training in North America. Endoscopic ear surgery allows nearly scarless ear surgery with less pain and quicker healing times. He is also Director of the Kolling Deafness Research Centre, based at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.
He is a member of the Indigenous Health Committee for the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons and performs indigenous outreach work in remote New South Wales.
Associate Professor Nirmal Patel's Ear Surgery youtube channel can be viewed at:http://www.youtube.com/user/lexingtona12?ob=0&feature=results_main