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Last updated: 29 Jun 2020
- Head & neck oncology
I am currently an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon in NHS Lothian and an Honorary Clinical Reader at Edinburgh University.
My background is in ENT surgery, however I chose to specialize in head and neck surgery, for both benign and malignant conditions. Following standard UK higher surgical training, I completed advanced fellowship training in Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London and then further super specialised training in one of the world's most highly regarded head and neck cancer hospitals: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
During this time I developed an interest in the management of thyroid disease, and completed a PhD in 2013.
As well as achieving the highest possible clinical training, I have always been passionate about research. I am current head and neck cancer lead for NHS Lothian. I am involved in multi centre studies in head and neck / thyroid surgery.
In contrast to most UK doctors I am very active in research both in the UK and on an international front. I am a recognised world expert in the management of thyroid cancer, having written a PhD on the subject. I regularly teach and present work on this subject at national and international meetings. My major interest is in the conservative management of well differentiated thyroid cancer.
I have spoken across the UK, Europe and North America on the subject and national and international levels, with special recognition from the Royal Society for Medicine, the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, the New York Head and Neck Society, the American Head and Neck Society and the American Thyroid Association.
Click here to see a summary of my academic achievements.
Having completed my training I worked for 2 years in East Kent as an ENT consultant before taking up my current academic position in Edinburgh.
Areas of interest
Thyroid; head and neck; salivary gland disease; tonsillectomy; laryngeal disease
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
with a sub specialist interest in head and neck and thyroid cancer, NHS Lothian
Honorary Clinical Reader, Edinburgh University
Fellow, NHS Research Scotland
Head and Neck Cancer
Looking after my 2 kids!
NHS Research Scotland–Fellowship 2018-2021
Syme Medal, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2017
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research, June 2013
Currently I have published over 150 journal papers and book chapters. A record of my publications can be read below.
Courses offered to GPs
Head and Neck Cancer National Referral Guidelines
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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Outcomes for thyroid surgery are reported by the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons annually.
My rate of nerve injury in the absence of cancer is around 1%. This has only happened in so called "retrosternal" thyroid glands which extend in to the chest. In Edinburgh I am the surgeon who performs surgery for the most advanced thyroid primary disease with airway invasion.
- MBChB Glasgow University 1999
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2009
- PhD University of AMsterdam 2013
- Clinical Fellow Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London 2011
- Research Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York 2010
- Clinical Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York 2012
Reference number 4614412
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow NHS Research Scotland 2018
Details of entry to specialist register
- Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
- Spire Murrayfield Hospital
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 0131 334 0363
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