Mr Rajiv Bhalla

Consultant ENT and Head/Neck Surgeon (Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon)

BSc(Hons) MD FRCS PGCertMedEd

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Rhinological Society
  • European Rhinologic Society
  • ENT-UK

Clinical Interests

  • Rhinology
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Endoscopic anterior skull base surgery
  • Complex sinus and anterior skull base disease
  • Endoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical techniques
  • Nasal polyps
  • Facial discomfort
  • Nasal discharge, blockage and deformity
  • Revision sinus surgery
  • General adult & children’s ENT surgery
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Raj is an expert in his field (a Rhinologist), and works at 2 major teaching hospitals in the North West of England: Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital.  He trained in the North West and, prior to his appointment as a Consultant, spent 12 months at the Alberta Sinus Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Canada training in advanced endoscopic and minimally-invasive approaches to the sinuses and anterior skull base.

Raj’s NHS practice is exclusively related to complex diseases of the nose, sinuses and anterior skull base.  His private practice directly reflects his NHS practice. He performs a large number of rhinoplasties, including revision rhinoplasty, and sinus cases each year.

He has special interests in surgical technology, surgical simulation and training, and minimally-invasive approaches to diseases of the anterior skull base. He is an invited speaker on many UK and international instructional meetings and courses, and is an extremely keen teacher and trainer.

Raj has affiliations to the British Rhinological Society, ENT UK, the British Skull Base Society, Facial Plastic Society UK ENT, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He runs several training courses of his own for Consultant colleagues and trainees at the Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre, where he is also Clinical Director ( He is responsible for the Manchester Nose and Sinus Centre (, which provides comprehensive care for the nose and sinuses, including balloon sinuplasty and local anaesthetic sinus surgery (LASS).

Very importantly, his private practice is identical to his NHS practice, and he treats children and adults in both. His patients travel from across Greater Manchester and Salford, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside, North Wales, the Isle of Man, and from across the UK, Europe and the Middle East to see him. He has also been invited to perform complex endoscopic skull base operations abroad. 

Some of the skull base conditions he specialises in include:

  • Rhinoplasty, cosmetic and functional
  • Revision sinus surgery (where you have had one or more operations before) or on-going problems with sinus infections
  • CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leakage from the nose
  • Meningocoele (lining of the brain protruding into the nose) and meningoencephalocoele (lining of the brain and brain tissue protruding into the nose)
  • Bone abnormalities (such as osteoma, fibrous dysplasia and ossifying fibroma)
  • Surgery of the frontal sinus
  • Aerosinusitis (pressure problems of the sinuses)
  • Juvenile angiofibroma
  • Tumours of the skull base (such as olfactory neuroblastoma, solitary fibrous tumour, inverted papilloma, chordoma/chondrosarcoma, meningioma, and haemangiopericytoma amongst others)
  • Other unusual conditions of the sinuses and skull base not listed above

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