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Louisa is a specialist in Paediatric Otolaryngology and Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. She has been a Consultant Surgeon at the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust since 2018. She is the only surgeon to be qualified in both subspecialties within the UK. She has an interest in all aspects of paediatric ENT, but particularly airway, sleep apnoea and palatal dysfunction affecting speech.
She spent two years gaining specialised experience in fellowship positions at both the Evelina Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Louisa has written multiple text book chapters and peer reviewed papers, and is currently the representative for ENT UK on the UK wide surgical Training Interface Group Committee for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. She is also particularly interested in surgical leadership and education and is currently undertaking the competitive Surgical Leadership and Management Programme at Harvard Medical School.
She is a fellow at the Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and a member of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO), European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology (ESPO), British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (BSFPS), ENT UK and the Cleft and Craniofacial Society of the UK and Ireland.
Areas of interest
Between ages 0- 18; adenoid and tonsil surgery; sleep apnoea; hearing loss; grommets; recurrent infections of ear, nose and throat; noisy breathing; nose bleeds; neck lumps; diagnostic airway procedures; primary cleft lip and palate procedures; speech disorders; speech surgery; secondary cleft surgery; tongue tie release
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Paediatric ENT and Cleft Surgeon,
Guys and St Thomas's NHS Trust and the Evelina London Children's Hospital
Sleep apnoea in Pierre Robin Sequence, non cleft speech disorders, otitis media with effusion in cleft patients.
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Ferguson LM and Wynne D. Cleft Lip and Palate. Chapter 17. Volume 2 Scott-Brown’s Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. 8th Edition 2017
Ferguson LM & MacAndie C. From the bathroom to the BAHA. Clinical Otolaryngology. Clin Otolaryngol. 2015 Nov 19. doi: 10.1111/coa.12446. PMID: 26585704
Rimmer J, Ferguson LM & Saleh HA. The versatile applications of polydioxanone plate in rhinoplasty and septal surgery. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012;14(5):323-330. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2012.147
Anwar M, Ferguson LM, Zaid A & Ghufoor K. The Impact of mixing surgical subspecialty patients on wound infection rates. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Jan;269(1):261-4. doi: 10.1007/s00405-011-1578-y
Ferguson LM, Hewitt R & Mace A. Facing a diagnostic dilemma. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Dec 2010
Ferguson L, Vasani S & Sandhu G.The use of lesion localization needles in tracheal resections. Clinical Otolaryngology. January 2011; 36: 1
Ferguson LM & Drummond GB. Acute effects of fentanyl on breathing pattern in anaesthetized subjects. Br. J. Anaesth., March 2006; 96: 384 - 390.
- BSc Pharmacology Edinburgh University 2003
- FRCS ORL-HNS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2016
- MBChB Edinburgh University 2006
- Cleft Lip and Palate Fellowship Evelina London Children's Hospital 2017
- Paediatric ENT Fellowship Royal Children's Hospital , Melbourne, Australia 2016
Reference number 6134636
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Cleft Lip and Palate Training Interface Group Member ENT UK 2020
Details of entry to specialist register
- Specialist ENT, 2018
Affiliations / memberships
Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh, British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO), European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology (ESPO), British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (BSFPS), ENT UK and the Cleft and Craniofacial Society of the UK and Ireland.
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02074875677 (during office hours)