I completed my undergraduate education at the University of London, completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at Queen Mary College before studying medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, graduating in 1993.
I completed my surgical training in Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery (ORL-HNS) in Liverpool, during which time I developed a sub-specialist interest in Head and Neck surgical oncology.
I was appointed to an NHS consultant post at University Hospital Aintree (UHA) in 2003, switching to a Clinical Senior Lecturer post at the University of Liverpool in 2006. I was subsequently appointed to a Readership in 2010 and a Personal Chair in Head and Neck Surgery in 2011.
In 2018, Liverpool Head and Neck Centre (LHNC) was launched and I was appointed as the inaugural Director. LHNC is a formal collaboration between Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT), Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust (CCC), The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool and comprises one of the largest clinical research facilities for H&N cancer in the world, comprising >200 clinicians & researchers to deliver research-led improvements in patient care.
In addition to the Directorship of LHNC, I am Director of Research and Innovation for LUHFT, National Lead for the Genomics England Head and Neck Clinical Interpretation Partnership and a Non-Executive Director of CCC.
My main clinical interests related to function-sparing cancer surgery. In particular, the use of transoral laser techniques to remove cancers of the larynx, oropharynx and hypopharynx, thereby leaving patients with better speech and swallowing function after surgery. With colleagues, we have developed, in Liverpool, one the largest transoral laser microsurgery practice for the removal of head and neck cancers in the world.