I am UCL's Professor of Laryngology and a Consultant in ENT Surgery at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. I am one the leading academic Otolaryngologists in the world as measured by the impact of my papers. A specialist in disorders of voice, swallowing and breathing, I have pioneered the use stem cells and tissue engineering in surgery.
Clinically, I have a particular interest in voice, swallowing and pharyngeal pouches, airway disorders such as stenosis, cough and neck lumps. I am part of multidisciplinary voice and airway teams and established with Mr. Guri Sandhu, Mr Khalid Ghuffoor and respiratory, thoracic surgery, anaesthetic and other colleagues a national referral team for complex airway disorders. I treat patients with vocal cord weakness ('palsy'), and am 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, I use the latest technology, such as transnasal oesophagoscopy and transcutaneous vocal cord injection, to treat voice and swallowing problems.
I have 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 information technology. In 2008, I co-led the team which performed the world's first stem cell based organ transplant, and with Prof Elliott at Great Ormond St, co-led the team which performed the same feat in a child in 2010. In 2010 I was also part of the team which performed the world's second (and first functionally reinnervated) laryngeal transplant at UC Davis, California. I was Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year (Science and Technology), 2008, and am a frequent guest speaker at major international conferences. I have published in the Lancet, Nature and the BMJ. With Guri Sandhu and David howard, I founded the British Laryngological Association in 2011, and run a successful annual conference 'Cutting Edge Laryngology'.