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.
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 appointment as Professor of Head and Neck Surgery in November 2011. In 2007, I co-founded the Mersey Head and Neck Oncology Research Group (MHNORG).
I am Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Otolaryngology and national lead for the Head and Neck Domain of the 100K Genome Project.
My main clinical interests relate to function-sparing cancer surgery. In particular, transoral laser microsurgery (TLM).
My research interests can be divided into four main themes:
- Basic/translational research: including the molecular biology of radioresistance, cellular motility and the differential treatment response seen between HPV+ve and –ve oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas.
- Early and late phase Clinical Trials: Joint Chief Investigator respectively for three CR-UK funded H&N studies: PATHOS, PATHOS-T & EORTC 1420 and co –investigator for the CR-UK funded AMG-319 as well as HARE-40 window studies.
- Clinical outcomes research: with a particular interest in swallowing and voice outcomes following TLM
- Cancer Inequalities: and their impact on incidence and outcome for patients with head and neck cancer