Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

2001 - 2002

A gregarious, bon-viveur with a formidable local and national reputation as an ENT surgeon, Kevin Gibbin was chosen as President of the Society for the 2001/2 session.

Kevin Gibbin was educated at The King's School Peterborough (where John Dexter, brother of Colin Dexter of Morse fame, taught him!) He went on to Downing College Cambridge in 1962 and coxed the 1st May Boat and later the Goldie Crew in 1964.  He undertook his clinical studies at St Mary's Hospital, London and qualified MB BChir (Cantab) in 1968.

After house appointments at St Mary's he laid the foundations to his surgical career by becoming a Demonstrator in Anatomy at Cambridge University from 1969 to 1970 and then trained formally in otorhinolaryngology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, the University Hospital of Wales and The Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport from 1971 to 1978.

He was appointed Consultant to University Hospital, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham in 1978. His major interests are in all aspects of otological surgery including cochlear implantation and bone anchored hearing aids, with special emphasis on the management of deaf children. In the last 15 years he has co-ordinated the cochlear implantation programme at the Queens Medical Centre and was clinical director of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery from 1996 -2001.

A prolific author and writer, Kevin Gibbin has published (and continues to publish) regularly in books and journals on cochlear implantation, paediatric airway problems and aspects of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) for medical students. He is much in demand at local, national and international meetings being President of the Midland Institute of Otolaryngology from 1999 - 2001, President of the British Association for Paediatric Otolaringology from 1998 - 2000 and President Elect of the Section of Otology of the Royal Society of Medicine for 2004.

It is always said that if you want a job doing well, you ask a busy person. This proved a useful principle when Council invited Kevin to be to become President of the Nottingham Medico Chirurgical Society for the session 2001/2. He had been a regular attender at meetings over the years, was very well known, and had served as secretary several years earlier.

A man of many interests outside medicine, Kevin packed into his life multiple enthusiasms from flying, fast cars and fine wines though he is careful to ensure that they do not mix! In addition to a vintage Bentley his garage bulged with cars for every occasion. He owned a part-share in a plane and not infrequently fly’s i.e. to Brittany for Sunday lunch, using his plane also for long-distance national travel to meetings. A member of the British Medical Pilots' Association, he is President Elect for 2003 - 05.