St Andrews professor honoured for his work helping people hear

Professor Richard Ramsden MBE (Photo courtesy of Knutsford Guardian)
Professor Richard Ramsden MBE (Photo courtesy of Knutsford Guardian)

One of the country’s leading ear surgeons, originally from St Andrews, says he is delighted to have been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Richard Thomas Ramsden (70) moved to London in the 1970s to train in ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgery and worked as consultant and professor in Manchester from 1977 until retiring towards the end of last year.

He led a team at the Central Manchester University Hospital Trust and in 1988 introduced the technique of cochlear implants, which restore a level of hearing to people suffering from profound hearing loss.

At the time, Prof Ramsden and the team had to raise a considerable amount of money to establish the project as the NHS didn’t want to fund it.

Since then, the programme has been rolled out for children and young adults.

Recognised as one of the leading experts in Otolaryngology, he was much in demand and did a lot of lecturing around the world towards the end of his career.

Prof Ramsden said it was very nice to received an MBE for his work.

“Getting an award at the end is like the icing on the cake and it is a bonus,” he said.

Since retiring, he has moved to Oxfordshire to be nearer to his five children and his grandchildren, but despite living in England for many years, he still regards St Andrews at home.

Prof Ramsden said: “I was brought up in Wormit and went to Madras College from 1956 to 1962, and then proceded to do my medical degree (MBChB) at St Andrews.

“I am still a member of the New Club and will be back in St Andrews for The Open in the summer.”