Professor Richard Douglas

PH 09-520 0646

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Richard Douglas is a specialist ORL surgeon with clinical and research interests in nasal, sinus and medial skull base conditions. He is a consultant surgeon at Gillies and Auckland City Hospitals and is a Professor of Surgery at The University of Auckland.

He trained in medicine and surgery at the University of Auckland, graduating in 1986. After qualification and completing his house officer years, he spent three years undertaking doctoral research toward an MD degree. He spent two years in the UK where he passed the MRCP exams and then completed his FRACP training in Auckland before leaving for Melbourne for a fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at The Alfred Hospital. He returned to be the Clinical Director of the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Service at Auckland Hospital. He held this post for three years before deciding to pursue training in ORL surgery. This was undertaken in Auckland and Hamilton, and in 2005 he completed a specialist rhinology and skull base fellowship in Adelaide. 

Richard has always had a commitment to research and teaching with more than 120 career academic publications so far with particular research interests including the role of bacteria in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis and improving healing after sinus surgery. He has active collaborations with local scientists in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine at The University of Auckland and with research groups in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom .

He continues an active involvement in under- and post-graduate university and clinical teaching and also is a frequent attendee and speaker at local and international meetings.

He is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society (currently President), American Rhinologic Society and Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy 

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Rhinology Clinic at Mauranui

I offer a specialised practice that is wholly focused on the management of conditions affecting the nose, sinuses and medial skull base. This includes medical and surgical management of rhinitis and chronic sinusitis (particularly refractory cases), nasal obstruction, and benign and malignant tumours of the sinuses and skull base. Extended endoscopic procedures, including the closure of CSF leaks, dacrocystorhinostomy and medial orbital decompression (in association with an oculoplastic surgeon), are also part of my practice.

I work closely with a clinical immunologist and allergist (Dr Marianne Empson, FRACP, FRCPath), so that the potential role of allergy or immunodeficiency in inflammatory nasal and sinus conditions can be diagnosed and managed appropriately.

Ascot Radiology has recently installed a state of the art CT scanner in Mauranui Clinic, so it will usually be possible to have CT scans performed on the day of consultation. This scanner and its radiologists will be focused on the management of ear, nose and throat conditions

Mauranui Clinic is a new, purpose built suite of specialist consulting rooms situated opposite Dilworth School at 86 Great South Rd. 

My practice is an affiliated Southern Cross Provider.


- Endoscopic sinus surgery

- Revision endoscopic sinus surgery

- Inferior turbinate surgery

- Septoplasty

- Frontal sinus drillout procedure (modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure)

- Sinonasal and medial skull base tumour resection

- CSF leak repair

- Orbital decompression and tear duct surgery (in association with an oculoplastic surgeon)

Procedures are performed in the operating theatres at Gillies Hospital, 160 Gillies Ave, Epsom

Patient Care



To arrange a consultation at Mauranui Clinic with Prof. Richard Douglas, please call Ginny on 09-520 0646

Suite 7, mauranui clinic
86 Great south rd
(Opposite dilworth school)

Mauranui clinic, gillies hospital and auckland city hospitals

Department of Surgery
The University of Auckland
Mobile +(64) 27 2186083