My Background

Rahul Kanegaonkar was born in Neath, South Wales.

He studied Medicine at University College London Medical School where he completed an Intercalated BSc in Anatomy in 1992, and graduated in Medicine in 1995. Whilst at University College London he was awarded both the Maurice Elton Prize in Oncology and the FMR Walshe Prize in Neurology.

Rahul completed his Basic Surgical Training at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and was awarded Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1999.

Having decided on a career in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery he completed the Diploma in Laryngology and Otology in 2000 and secured a Higher Surgical Training post on the South Thames Rotation. As part of his training he also spent a year as a Fellow at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery. He was awarded the FRCS (Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery) in 2006 and was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training in 2007.

During his training he developed a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and vertigo. He is a Consultant at Medway Maritime Hospital where he recently initiated a "One-Stop" NHS Balance service. He previously developed the Specialist Multidisciplinary Balance Clinic at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. This Balance Clinic was featured on the 24th August 2010 edition of BBC Radio 4's Case Notes programme, describing the latest diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and balance problems. Treatments available for patients with vertigo and balance disorders were also discussed, including that for Meniere's disease.

Rahul was also interviewed for the BBC News 24 feature on the commonest cause of vertigo, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This was broadcast in January 2011.

He has also been interviewed for articles published in SAGA magazine and Reader’s Digest. He has written several books on ENT, Dizziness and Vertigo, and Hearing.

He has an interest in Medical Innovation having developed the D+R Balance and D+R Therapy platforms. These iPhone applications have the potential to more accurately diagnose balance disorders, and improve all forms of musculoskeletal physiotherapy through remote monitoring and supervision (i.e. this reduces the number of hospital attendances needed for the patient).