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Who is Dr Stephen O'Hanlon? Having been told many times at the British Origami Society convention that 'you're nothing like I expected' or 'you're much younger than I imagined', I decided to write a small section about myself and my origami.

Dr Stephen O'Hanlon MA(Oxon) MBBChir(Cantab) MRCS DOHNS MSc MRCGP

I am a General Practitioner with a clinical interest in Ear, Nose, and Throat surgery. I live with my wife in West London and practice medicine in South London. As well as my medical and academic interests, I am an expert in the international art of Origami, or paper-folding.

I created my first website in 1998 to showcase some of my work, typing in all the code longhand. This version of the website uses various Web 2.0 applications and hopefully is a little more user friendly.

I have been folding for many years now. Initially, the 'paperfolds' in the Rupert Bear annuals first attracted my interest. This led me to obtain a book by Robert Harbin, which taught me the basics of Origami. I carried on with simple folds until I went to university, where access to the internet allowed me to see what books were available worldwide. It also put me in contact with other folders via newsgroups and the origami mailing list. I am a member of the British Origami Society.

I also enjoy art and photography, especially urban wildlife photos. You can see some of my other creative interests in the other sections of this site.


I receive quite a lot of e-mail about my website, a lot of which ask many similar questions. To save having to reply to the same question many times, I have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions below.

Could you send me diagrams for your dragon?
Almost all of the models that I have provided diagrams for have been scanned and placed on this website. A lot of models that I fold are 'one-offs' and have not been diagrammed. Many more I intend to diagram at some point, but have yet to do so. Also, I do not send diagrams by e-mail; I place them on this website instead. If I have not said that there are diagrams for a particular model, then assume that they don't exist!

Could you send me diagrams for Kawahata's Stegosaurus?
I only place models of my own creation on this website. I do not include works by others, although I would present submissions where permission of the author has been given. I also cannot send diagrams by other artists via e-mail. This is a breach of international copyright, and deprives the author of his or her share of whatever money the book makes. Instead, I recommend that browsers buy or borrow books, or join one of the origami organisations such as the BOS.

Why do you use hand drawn diagrams, rather than computer drawn diagrams?
Hey, I'm a busy doctor. It takes ages to produce a set of diagrams by hand alone, and I don't really have time to learn have to produce good quality computer diagrams. Experimentation so far has been rather disappointing and I just cannot get the arrows to look right! Maybe, if I ever produce a book, I'll use computer diagrams. In the meantime, my totally free diagrams will be drawn by hand.

May I use your diagrams for my lecture/magazine/website?
I prefer to be e-mailed if anyone wants to use my work. I am usually happy for lecturers to distribute diagrams for personal use only, so long as my name and the website address is distributed. For professional lectures, I may insist on payment, although for small groups, schools and charitable work, the only payment I ask is an e-mail or photo to tell me how it went. For magazines, I usually only ask for a copy of the final magazine and an advert for my website. I don't really like the distribution of diagrams on other peoples website - there is enough duplication on the web already. However, webmasters should feel free to add a link to the index.html page of this website.

Can I display your models at a public event or an exhibition of my folding?
I'd be delighted for folders to display my designs folded by their own hands. All photos of such work are treasured by myself. All I ask is that people mention my name and this website if asked.

How do you come up with your ideas?
One of these days I'll finish an 'advanced' section on this website for experienced folders wanting to create their own designs. In the meantime, Ill suggest the following - Join an origami society, fold every model you have diagrams for (no matter how insignificant), set yourself targets, fold about 5 disasters for each successful model and buy LOTS of paper!


Selected Medical Publications

  • A multidisciplinary audit of clinical coding accuracy in otolaryngology: financial, managerial and clinical governance considerations under payment-by-results. SA Nouraei, S O'Hanlon et al. Clin Otolaryngol 2009 34(1): 43-51. An audit of 1,200 patients looking at the accuracy of HRG coding. This project was awarded the runner up award in the 2009 Health Service Journal Awards.
  • The role of neuronal mechanisms in allergic rhinitis. S O'Hanlon, S Keh, H Saleh. Otorinolaryngol 2008 58(1): 1-14. A review of the link between nerve fibres and immune cells in allergic rhinitis published in an Italian journal.
  • Neuronal markers in allergic rhinitis: expression and correlation with sensory testing. S O'Hanlon, G Sandhu et al. Laryngoscope 2007 117(9): 1519-27. A pilot study looking at neuronal mechanisms in allergic rhinitis.
  • Origami in Dynamic Hip Screw Surgery. S O’Hanlon. Injury 2006; 37(10): 1028-1029. A discussion on links between origami and hip surgery.
  • Thromboprophylaxis in ENT surgery – A national survey. S O’Hanlon, PJ Andrews, JP Harcourt. Int J Clin Pract 2006; 60(12): 1250-1253. A national audit comparing DVT prophylaxis in ENT departments with universal recommendations.

Selected Origami Publications

  • British Origami Society Convention Spring 2011 - Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Wapti Planete Nature 2009 - Origami dinosaur
  • The Biggest ever book of origami 2009 - Nick Robinson - Rabbit
  • British Origami 226 June 2004 - Sheep
  • British Origami 216 October 2002 - Rhino
  • British Origami Society Convention Autumn 2000 - Apatosaurus

Other sites

There are a few other places on the internet where I lurk as 'Fishgoth'. You might find some of these places interesting...

  • - a medical website for GMC registered doctors only.
  • The Origami Forum - a place to discuss all things orgami related.
  • Flickr - I sometimes post drafts of my work, or photos on Flickr.
  • Facebook- I'm on facebook under my real name, but if you want to discuss origami, please use this page instead.
  • B3ta - please wash brain after use. Occasionally, not safe for work.
  • Ganfyd - Get a note from your doctor. A medical wiki for doctors, rather than for the public.