Professional background

Nick Hamilton graduated from the University of Manchester in 2006. He received training in plastic surgery, neurosurgery and general surgery before moving onto specialist training in ENT in 2010. During this time, he was trained at London’s leading centres of excellence, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Imperial College and the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital and gained expertise in all areas of general ENT and Laryngology.   

During training, Nick developed an interest in restorative surgery for voice, swallow and airway disorders. He went on to complete a PhD at UCL, which explored new methods to treat scar tissue within the voice box and airways and gained several national awards for this work. He has since achieved further funding to develop his findings into new clinical therapies and has lectured nationally and internationally on this subject.  

At the end of training, he was awarded a Lionell College and Cutler’s travel scholarship and completed an eight-month fellowship at the MGH Voice Center, Boston, USA. He was trained in the surgical management of complex voice and airway disorders and gained expertise in the care of the professional voice user. He also learnt a number of clinic-based procedures which is helping to build a new outpatient-based treatment service for patients at UCLH. 

Nick was appointed as a consultant laryngologist and ENT surgeon at the Royal National ENT Hospital in April 2022. He is part of the UCLH Laryngology department which consists of a world-renowned team of voice scientists, laryngeal surgeons and speech and language therapists.  

Research interests

Mr Hamilton’s research is focused on delivering novel safe and effective biological therapies for patients with chronic voice and airway disorders. His work takes place within the UCL Head & Neck Academic Centre which is part of the UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences. Further information on his research and other projects within the centre can be found here


  • Hamilton NJI et al. COVIDTrach: a prospective cohort study of mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19 undergoing tracheostomy in the UK. BMJ Surg Interv Health Technol. 2021;3(11) 
  • Green FR, Shubber NM, Koumpa FS, Hamilton NJI. Regenerative medicine for end-stage fibrosis and tissue loss in the upper aerodigestive tract: a twenty-first century review. J Laryngol Otol. 2021;135(6):473 
  • Tait A, Proctor T, Hamilton NJI, Birchall MA, Lowdell MW. GMP compliant isolation of mucosal epithelial cells and fibroblasts from biopsy samples for clinical tissue engineering. Sci Rep. 2021;11:12392 
  • Hamilton NJI. Head & neck regenerative cell therapies. A practical guide to patient & public involvement in lab-based research. University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre. Dec 2020. 
  • Andrews P, Alfonso L, Ottaviano G, Scarpa B, Grant J, Gaudioso P, Bordin A, Marchese-Ragona R, Leoni D, Cattelan A,  Kaura A, Gane S, Hamilton NJI, Choi D, Andrews A. Olfactory and taste dysfunction among mild-to-moderate symptomatic COVID-19 positive health care workers: An international survey. Nov 2020. Laryngoscope 
  • Hamilton NJI, Wilcock J, Hannan SA. A lump in the throat: larygopharyngeal reflux. No 2020. British Medical Journal.  
  • Hamilton NJI et al. COVIDTrach; the outcomes of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients undergoing tracheostomy in the UK: Interim Report. British Journal of Surgery. 2020.  
  • Hamilton NJI, et al. Bioengineered airway epithelial grafts with mucociliary function based on collagen IV- and laminin-containing extracellular matrix scaffolds. European Respiratory Journal. 2020;55(6) 
  • Hamilton NJI, Hynds R, Gowers K, Tait A, Butler C, Hopper C, Burns A, Birchall M, Lowdell M, Janes SM. Using a 3D collagen matrix to deliver respiratory progenitor cells to decellularized trachea in vivo. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2019;25(2):93-102. 
  • Hamilton NJI, Morley H, Haywood M, Arman S, Mochloulis G. Continuous intraoperative nerve monitoring in thyroidectomy using automatic periodic stimulation in 256 at-risk nerves. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2019 Jul;101(6):432-435.