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.
Following house jobs, I moved to Liverpool where I completed my surgical training in Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery (ORL-HNS), 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 November 2003, switching to a Clinical Senior Lecturer post at the University of Liverpool in November 2006 and securing promotion to a Readership in March 2010. In November 2011 I was awarded a Personal Chair in Head and Neck Surgery.
I am a co-founder of the Mersey Head and Neck Oncology Research Group (MHNORG), the Mersey Deanery Chair of STEC for ORL-HNS; a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (H&N) Clinical Studies Group and the Surgery and Local treatments sub-committee; a reviewer for the NIHR HTA Research Programme and the UICC International Cancer Fellowships; the ORL-HNS representative on the Foreign and Commonwealth Pro Bono Medical Panel and an editor for the Cochrane ENT Disorders Group and I am the ENT.UK representative on a NICE committee which has the remit to develop national policy on the use of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Head and Neck cancer patients.