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John Watkinson is a General ENT Surgeon who has considerable experience in treating a wide range of Ear, Nose & Throat conditions. He has a special interest in Head & Neck and Thyroid and Parathyroid surgery (including minimally invasive techniques).
He qualified from the Royal Free Hospital, University of London in 1979, and trained in ENT, Head and Neck and Plastic Surgery at Guys Hospital and The Royal Marsden. He has Fellowships in General Surgery and Otolaryngology together with an MSc in Nuclear Medicine and MS in Surgery. He is an elected member (by thesis) of the American Triological Society, as well as the American Head & Neck Society. He held visiting professorships at both Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Duke in Carolina, USA before completing his training with a further Plastics Fellowship at Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow
He was a Consultant Head and Neck and Thyroid surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham NHS Trust (1992 – 2017), and recently Consultant Thyroid Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, London (2016 – 2017). He is currently Honorary Paediatric Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Locum Surgeon at Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust as well as being an Anatomy Lecturer at UCL London. He has a private practice at The Cromwell Hospital (where he is Business Director of the Endocrine MDT), and the Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
John Watkinson qualified from the Royal Free Hospital (UCL) and trained in ENT, Head & Neck and Plastic Surgery at Guys and the Royal Marsden. He has Fellowships in General Surgery and Otolaryngology, a MSc in Nuclear Medicine and a MS in Surgery. From 1992-2017 he was a Consultant Head and Neck and Thyroid surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where he had a large clinical and research thyroid practice. He also worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, London (2016-2017). He has helped orchestrate or supervise over 40 Higher Degrees, and in 1998 was Hospital Surgical Doctor of the Year. He has been involved in National Guidelines, and organised the Birmingham Head and Neck course (1997-2006).
He is currently Honorary Paediatric Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Locum Surgeon at Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Business Director of the Endocrine MDT at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital as well as Senior Honorary Anatomy Demonstrator at UCL.
Areas of interest
Thyroid disorders / surgery; Parathyroid; Head and neck surgery (oral-maxillo-facial)
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Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Robert William O'Brien Fee Assured
- Dr Jean-Pierre Lilley Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant ENT/Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at The Priory Hospital, Birmingham,& Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull.
Business Director of the Endocrine MDT & Consultant ENT/Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon a BUPA Cromwell Hospital, London
Honorary ENT/Head & Neck and Thyroid Consultant Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Honorary Senior Anatomy Demonstrator at UCL
Currently, I am supervising two MD projects in London under the supervision of
Professor Dae Kim. These are looking at circulating DNA in differentiated thyroid cancer and also minimally invasive techniques in parathyroid surgery. We have also carried out a meta-analysis and systemic review on the outcomes for hemi v total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer and I am now part of the hot trial (hemi v total) looking into this. I have also recently examined an MD for Mr James England as a prima facie case for his publications on all aspects of thyroid disease within the University of Hull.
I have also been working with Professor Dae Kim and Professor Kevin Harrington in the INCR labs at The Royal Marsden where we looked at the treatment (utilising an orthotopic mouse model) of thyroid cancer using immune therapy techniques. In the near future we will be publishing the results of these research projects in a number of papers during 2019.
Travelling, watching all sports, fishing and fine wine
Silver – April 2007 - 2016
I have written extensively on all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery, in particular Thyroid Surgery. These can be accessed at www.getahead.org.uk. I am the major editor for Stell and Maran’s Head and Neck Surgery (4th and 5th editions) and chief-editor for Scott Brown’s Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
He is Chief Editor of both the textbooks Stell and Maran and Scott Brown and recent author of the neck section in Gray’s Anatomy. He was President of BAHNO; 2009-2011, and then President of BAETS; 2011-2013. He was also President of the RSM Section of Laryngology (2014-2015) and Chair of the Semon Lecture Committee (UCL) from 2013-2017. John has given a number of eponymous lectures, which include the Stell, John Palmer, the Leegard, Hunterian, the Wilde Discourse, RSM Presidential Address and the Thomas Tatum Lecture. In 1994, he helped co-found The Get A-Head Charitable Trust.
- MBBS Glasgow 1979
- FRCS General Surgery , Edinburgh 1984
- FRCS ,ORL London 1986
- MSc Nuclear Medicine London 1987
- DLO London 1986
- MS London 1991
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Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- 1. Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant ENT/Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon.appointed 1992 University of Birmingham , NHS Trust The Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2017
- 2. Consultant Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon. The Royal Marsden and Brompton Hospital NHS Trust appointed 2016 2016
Affiliations / memberships
Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) 2009 -2011
College Assessor RCSE (2011 – date)
Member of Thyroid NCRI (2010 - 2016)
President of BAHNO (2009-2011)
President of BAETS (2011-2013)
President RSM Section of Laryngology (2014-2015)