It is known why “my 5 year old self [was] impressed enough to adopt a head mirror professionally” (BMJ 2003;326:747 - http://ukpmc.ac.uk/articles/PMC1125652), but I seriously started pursuing a career in ENT after being awarded the Negus-Cawthorne Prize in Otorhinolaryngology as a medical student at King’s College London, and then the national undergraduate prize of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists - Head & Neck Surgeons. Basic surgical training at Barts & The London NHS Trust included rotation in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Higher surgical ENT training within the London Deanery (North Thames) included rotations through centres of clinical and teaching excellence, including in order Northwick Park, St. Bartholomew’s, Royal London, St. Mary’s, Great Ormond Street, Charing Cross, Chelsea & Westminster, Royal Brompton, and last but not least Royal Free and Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospitals. I have since remained at RNTNEH, gaining my Certificate of Completion of Training in 2008, entering the Specialist Register (GMC No. 4473840), and being ultimately appointed as a Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeon in 2009.
I currently offer a full general elective and emergency ENT service for adults and children at RNTNEH and University College Hospital, and collaborate to provide and expand subspecialised Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery, as well as support Paediatric ENT, at spoke sites (viz. Royal Free and Edgware Community Hospitals).
I am formally registered as an Assigned Educational Supervisor on the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme, and as a Foundation Educational Supervisor on the NHS ePortfolio. Being trained in a variety of innovative teaching styles and assessments, I aim to engender reflective practice and lifelong learning in my trainees and students. I am most passionate about simulation-based ENT training, and have assisted in developing and teaching on such courses within the London Deanery and at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
- 1994 BSc(Hons) Anatomy with Basic Medical Sciences (First Class)
- 1997 MB BS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
- 1997 AKC Associate of King’s College London
- 2001 MRCS(Eng) Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
- 2002 DLORCS Diploma in Laryngology & Otology
- 2007 FRCS(ORL-HNS) Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination in Otolaryngology
ENT being a ‘Clinical Programme’ within UCL Partners has galvanised my devotion to clinical research and vitalised my academic ambitions. I aim that my current and future projects contribute to maintaining the international academic and educational prestige of RNTNEH, our NHS Foundation Trust and the wider Academic Health Science Centre.
As well as regularly presenting at national and international academic meetings, I have published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, including a randomised controlled trial, a prospective cohort study, and a Cochrane systematic review. In 2006, I won the Harold Ellis Prize in Surgery in annual recognition of the “outstanding” article in the International Journal of Surgery.