Professor Martin Birchall: Ear, nose and throat surgery

Professor Martin Birchall

Ear, nose and throat surgery


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  • Adult

About me

Professor Martin Birchall is one of the leading academic otolaryngologists in the world as measured by the impact of his research and papers. He has a particular interest in voice (especially vocal cord paralysis or palsy), swallowing (especially pharyngeal pouches), airway disorders such as stenosis, chronic cough and neck lumps. He is part of multidisciplinary voice and airway teams and established with laryngology, respiratory, thoracic surgery, anaesthetic and other colleagues a national referral team for complex airway disorders. Professor Birchall works closely with highly specialised, leading voice and swallowing therapists to obtain the best possible patient outcomes.

He treats patients with vocal cord weakness (‘palsy’), and is trialling a new means of restoring function for them using the drive from unaffected nerves. In a monthly intervention clinic, run with top speech and language therapists, Professor Birchall uses the latest technology, such as transnasal oesophagoscopy and transcutaneous vocal cord injection, to treat voice and swallowing problems. he has a large research group concentrating on the use of innovative technology to manage disorders of the airways, especially the use of tissue engineering, stem cells and robotics.

In 2008, he co-led the team which performed the world’s first stem cell based organ transplant in an adult, and with Professor Martin Elliott at Great Ormond Street Hospital, co-led the team which performed the same feat in a child in 2010. Publications include those in the Lancet, Nature and the BMJ.

In 2010 he was also part of the team which performed the world’s second (and first functionally reinnervated) laryngeal transplant at UC Davis, California. He was Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year (Science and Technology), 2008, and is a frequent guest speaker at major international conferences.

He is President and Co-Founder of the British Laryngological Association, one of the most progressive and patient-engaged professional societies in Otolaryngology. He developed quality standards and audit for the process of head and neck cancer care in the UK.

Professor Birchall is also a highly experienced Expert Witness in medicolegal matters pertaining to his areas of interest.

He is also a sought-after advisor to industry, research councils and government on regenerative medicine and advanced surgical technology.

Outside work, Martin's wife is the UK's biggest Elvis Presley fan, and Martin loves spending time with his five children, as well as cinema and road cycling.

Areas of interest

voice, swallowing, dysphagia, pharyngeal pouch, vocal cord paralysis and palsy, chronic cough, airway stenosis, neck lumps, head and neck cancer, Ehlers Danlos and other hyper mobility disorders affecting the throat.

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Procedures completed

  • E4510

    Fibreoptic examination of trachea (including biopsy/removal of foreign body) - (>50)


  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (>50)


  • E2500

    Diagnostic nasolaryngopharyngoscopy +/- biopsy as sole procedure - (5-50)


  • G1900

    Rigid oesophagoscopy (including biopsy, laser or diathermy destruction of lesions) - (5-50)


  • D2822

    Examination of ear under general anaesthetic (as sole procedure) - (5-50)


  • E3810

    Injection into larynx - (1-5)


  • E2480

    Endoscopic operation(s) on pharyngeal pouch (e.g. Dohlmans Procedure) - (1-5)


  • E2320

    Open operation(s) on pharyngeal pouch - (1-5)


  • E3520

    Microlaryngoscopy/laryngoscopy +/- endoscopic excision of lesion of larynx - (1-5)


  • E4990

    Panendoscopy +/- incisional biopsy - (1-5)


  • F2310

    Excision/destruction of lesion of tongue - (1-5)

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