Professional background

Ms Schilling is a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon specialising in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. She is honorary associate professor of the Head and Neck Academic Centre (HNAC) in the division of surgical and interventional science at University College London.

Ms Schilling completed undergraduate degrees in medicine (Imperial College) and dentistry (King College London) as well as a research PhD in oral cancer.

Ms Schilling is co-director of HEADSTART, Royal College of Surgeons accredited national training program for sentinel node biopsy.

Research interests

  • Technology driven surgery
  • Fluorescence based tumour imaging
  • Early diagnosis
  • Patient centred outcomes


“Response to ASCO clinical practice guideline for management of the neck in squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx” Schilling et el. Journal oncology practice (2019).

Surgical consensus guidelines on sentinel node biopsy in patients with oral cancer Schilling et al. Head & Neck. 2019 Aug;41(8):2655-2664. doi: 10.1002/hed.25739. Epub 2019 Mar 21

The EANM practical guidelines for sentinel lymph node localisation in oral cavity squamous call carcinoma. Giammarile, F, Schilling C, Gnanasegaran G, Bal G et al. EJNM. (accepted 2019)

Application of Sentinel Node Biopsy to Non-Oral Head and Neck Cancer. Patel B, Schilling C. Application of Sentinel Node Biopsy to Non-Oral Head and Neck Cancer. Clin Rhinol an Int J 2018;11(2):00-00.

Intraoperative sentinel node imaging versus SPECT/CT in oral cancer – a blinded comparison. Schilling C, Gnanasegaran G, Thavaraj S, McGurk M. EJSO (2018) Dec; 44(12):1901-1907.

Biopsy of the sentinel lymph node in oral squamous cell carcinoma: analysis of error in 100 consecutive cases. Holden AM, Sharma D, Schilling C, Gnanasegaran G, Odell EW, Sassoon I, McGurk M. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Jul 12. pii: S0266-4356(18)30213-4 doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2018.06.019.

Sentinel node biopsy for oral cancer; where are we now? Schilling C, Shaw R, Schache A, McMahon J, Chegini S, Kerawala C, McGurk M. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017 Oct;55(8):757-762

Sentinel Node in Oral Cancer: The Nuclear Medicine Aspects. Tartaglione G1, Stoeckli SJ, de Bree R, Schilling C, Flach GB, Bakholdt V, S et al. Clin Nucl Med. 2016 Jul;41(7):534-42

Augmented reality visualization in head and neck surgery: an overview of recent findings in sentinel node biopsy and future perspectives. Corrado Profeta A, Schilling C, McGurk M. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2016 Jan 22.

Sentinel European Node Trial (SENT): 3-year results of sentinel node biopsy in oral cancer. Schilling C, Stoeckli S, Haerle S, Broglie M et al. Eur J Cancer. 2015 Dec;51(18):2777-84

Role of Intraoperative Sentinel Node imaging in the Head and Neck. Schilling C, Corrado Profetta A, Gnanagasaran G, McGurk M. Clin Transl Imaging (April 2015) 3:217–223

Three-dimensional imaging and navigated sentinel node biopsy for primary parotid malignancy: New application in parotid cancer management. Schilling C, Gnanasegaran G, McGurk M. Head & Neck. 2014 Sep;36(9)December 2013.

The relative cost of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early oral cancer. O’Connor R, Pezier T, Schilling C, McGurk M. J Craniomaxillofacial Surg Mar 2013 doi: 10.1016/j.jcms.2013.01.012


Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery (Springer). Chapter 17 Sentinel Node Biopsy. C Schilling, R Sawhney. In press (2019)

Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Oxford University Press). Cascarini L, Schilling C, Gurney B, Brennan P. OUP 2012 ISBN 0199583293. Second edition published July 2018.

Chapter: Radioguided Surgery in Oral cancers: Hybrid imaging and Hybrid tracers. C Schilling, M McGurk. Gamma Cameras for interventional and Intraoperative Imaging CRC Press (2106) SBN 9781498729284.