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Hamish Sillars - Otolaryngologist

Private Service, ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Hamish Sillars is an otologist, neurotologist and lateral skull base surgeon in both public and private practice in Auckland.

Hamish Sillars is Auckland’s most experienced surfers ear surgeon.

Hamish graduated from Auckland University, completing Specialist Otolaryngology training and was awarded the Australasian fellowship in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 1991. 
A second fellowship was undertaken in 1992 in Otology, Otoneurology and Skull Base Surgery at the prestigious St Vincent’s Hospital Unit in Sydney, qualifying with distinction and trained in a full range of complex otologic procedures at this tertiary referral unit. 

On returning to Auckland in 1993, he was appointed as a part time consultant at Auckland City Hospital, involved here in the management of patients with general otologic disorders as well as those with the highest high level of complexity of the ear, skull base and intracranial compartment. 

He has served as Secretary of the NZ Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and for many years was the Auckland representative on the Training, Education and Accreditation Committee.
Understanding the absence of an adequate laboratory for specialist trainees in ear surgery he established New Zealand’s only comprehensive ear training facility at Greenlane Hospital commencing regular courses in 1998.
In recognition of these achievements in 2015 he was awarded, by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the honour of a Certificate of Outstanding Service.

In the public hospital he remains involved uniquely in otologic surgery, managing local cases as well as those referred from colleagues from other health boards when additional skills, knowledge and operative techniques are required to adequately resolve their complex disorders.

He is a senior lecturer at the Auckland Medical School and an active participant in Registrar and Fellow training.

On a private basis Hamish engages in a similar scope of otologic practice but also sees paediatric patients, and those with disorders of the nose, the nasal airway and sinuses as well as dealing with a wide range of general ENT disorders.


His interests also include:

  • Disorders of the ear canal including surfer’s ear and chronic infections
  • Chronic disease of the ear drum, the middle ear and the mastoid
  • Surgery of the lateral skull base and acoustic neuromas
  • Surgical management of disorders of balance
  • Paediatric and general ENT
  • Nose and sinus surgery


Referral Expectations

Appointments are best scheduled by phone with additional details forwarded by email, fax or EDI via your GP.


A base fee applies depending on the degree of clinical complexity and with additional procedures potentially occurring additional charges.

Hamish is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for the Otolaryngology (Ear, nose & throat) catergory. This includes : 

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy
  • Aural toilette
  • Biopsy
  • Consultations
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Epley manoeuvre
  • Grommets
  • Intratympanic injections
  • Nasal cauterisation
  • Nasopharyngoscopy
  • Open septoplasty (septorhinoplasty)
  • Septoplasty
  • Skin lesion removal under IV sedation or general anaesthetic
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Turbinoplasty


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Procedures / Treatments

  • Recurrent Acute Otitis Media/Glue Ear

    Otitis Media is inflammation or infection of your middle ear (the space behind your eardrum) and is often associated with a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.… More

  • Tonsillitis

    Your tonsils are the oval-shaped lumps of tissue that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… More

  • Surfer's Ear "Exostoses"

    Dr H Sillars – subspecialist ear surgeon
    160 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland… More PDF

  • Perforations of the Tympanic Membrane

    Ruptured Eardrum (Tympanic Membrane Perforation)
    This is when a hole or tear occurs in the thin membrane (eardrum) that separates the ear canal from the middle ear.  Causes may include middle ear infections, traumatic injury or sudden changes in air pressure.… More

  • Chronic Infections of the Middle Ear and Mastoid Including Cholesteatoma

    This is an abnormal growth of skin in the middle ear that increases in size over time and may cause damage to surrounding tissue and structures.… More

  • Otosclerosis

    When the growth of one of the tiny bones in your middle ear, the stapes, changes from hard to soft and spongy, it leads to the condition called otosclerosis.… More

  • Vestibular Schwannoma

    Vestibular Schwannoma or acoustic neuroma is is a slow-growing, benign (non-cancerous) overgrowth of tissue on the nerves that affect you hearing and balance.… More

  • Hearing Loss Including Pathologies of the Middle Ear as Well as More Deeply Seated (Including Meniere’s Disease )

    Hearing Loss
    Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More

  • Nasal Airway Obstruction due to Deformities of the Septum

    Deviated Septum
    The thin wall between the nostrils (septum) is often uneven or crooked, making one nostril narrower than the other.… More

  • Recurrent or Chronic Sinusitis

    In the facial bones surrounding your nose, there are four pairs of hollow air spaces known as sinuses or sinus cavities.… More

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Contact Details

Suite 7
Gillies Hospital Specialist Centre
160 Gillies Avenue
Auckland 1023

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Suite 7
Gillies Hospital Specialist Centre
160 Gillies Avenue
Auckland 1023

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Suite 7
Gillies Hospital Specialist Centre
160 Gillies Avenue
Auckland 1023

This page was last updated at 3:42PM on August 7, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Hamish Sillars - Otolaryngologist.