NHS Tayside Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine Dr John Irwin is retiring after more than 35 years service with the NHS.
After graduating in 1975, Dr Irwin trained in audiological medicine which is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders in adults and children. He took up his consultant post in Tayside in 1985.
He was the first Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine in Scotland and has remained the only consultant working in adult audiovestibular services north of the border.
Dr Irwin has been influential in developments within audiology not only in Tayside, but also across the whole of Scotland and the rest of the UK.
He chaired the Scottish Audiology Services Advisory Group from 2008 to 2012 and is currently President of the British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians.
He has had a lead role in the implementation of newborn hearing screening for all babies across Scotland and in the development, implementation and monitoring of quality standards for adult hearing rehabilitation services in Scotland.
Following his retiral, Dr Irwin plans to pursue his love of travelling and has planned trips to Boston, India and the Antarctic.
He is also looking forward to tackling his garden and spending more time with his family.