Desmond Nunez

Attending Otolaryngologist
Degrees / Designations 
  • MBA University of British Columbia 2018
  • FRCSC Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Otolaryngology 2012
  • MD University of Leicester UK Clinical Pathology laryngeal Cancer 1997
  • FRCS(ORL) Royal College of Surgeons Ed., Eng., Glas., & Ire. (UK) Otolaryngology 1994
  • FRCSEd Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (UK) Surgery in General & Otolaryngology 1986
  • DOHNS Royal College of Surgeons (England) Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery 1986
  • MB, BS University of West Indies (Jamaica) Faculty of Medicine Medical Degree 1982
Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Vancouver General Hospital Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre 4th Floor, ENT Clinic 2775 Laurel Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Academic Appointment 
Associate Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Diagnosis and Therapy 
Surgery and Rehabilitation
Other Areas of Research 
otitis media
hearing loss

Dr Nunez has a wide experience in general ear, nose and throat surgery including endoscopic sinus surgery, rhinoplasty and botulinum toxin therapy, but maintains a sub-specialist interest in diseases of the ear and hearing.

He has a continuing interest in research and medical education, having over 100 peer reviewed journal, abstract and text book publications. Dr Nunez is also an assistant editor of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology.

Current Projects 
  1. Clinical effectiveness of post-operative surgical dressings in patients undergoing middle ear surgery. The aim is to determine if in patients undergoing middle ear surgery, postoperative packing of the external ear canal can be abandoned without increasing the risks of postoperative infection, ear canal disfigurement or reducing the subjective and functional outcomes achieved with ear canal packing.
  2. Aetiology of vestibular disorders - Clinical syndromes presenting to an otolaryngology based Balance disorders clinic have been determined. Case series data demonstrated that routine measurement of lateral semi-circular canal caloric response is unnecessary in determining the side of choice for unilateral adult cochlea implantation. The effect of isolated vestibular system lesions on balance function is currently being investigated.
  3. Preliminary work on the feasibility of growing inner ear cell explants has shown that post mortem harvested porcine cochlea are a viable source for inner ear cell cultures. The cells grown have morphological and genetic markers consistent with inner ear origin. These cells would serve as a model system to study inner ear disease and progressive hearing loss in humans.