1 December-30 June 2021
Virtual BACO International
BACO Executive Committee

Gerard O'Donoghue
Hisham Mehanna
Programme Chair

Catherine Spinou
BACO Project Lead & Treasurer

Nirmal Kumar
President ENT UK
Shahed Quraishi
Sponsorships Lead

Paul Nankivell
Programme Vice Chair

Philippa Tostevin
Director of Education ENT UK
Andrew Swift

Sheneen Meghji

Richard Irving
Local Organising Chair
Emma Stapleton
Communications Chair

Ann-Louise McDermott
Local Organising Vice Chair
Academic Planning Committee

Prof Hisham M Mehanna
Academic Chair, BACO 2021

PhD, BMedSc (hons), MBChB (hons), FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Professor Hisham Mehanna is the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Interdisciplinary Research), and Director of the Institute for Global Innovation, at University of Birmingham.

Hisham’s main clinical interests are head and neck cancer recurrence surgery. Prof Mehanna established and ran the UK’s first clinic dedicated to the multi-disciplinary treatment of head and neck cancer recurrence.

Hisham has a keen interest in clinical and translational research, heading a research team of 20 researchers, and holding over £16 million in research grants. The main area of his research resolves around improving the management of head and neck cancer through the use of innovative treatments and dynamic risk stratification and assessment. His research spans translational research, early and late phase clinical trials. He is chief investigator of several multicentre and multinational clinical trials, including the PET NECK trial, published in the NEJM in 2016, and the De-escalate study, published in Lancet 2018.

He is also the current President of the Head and Neck International Group, and the immediate past President of the British Association of Head Neck Oncologists (BAHNO), and the past Chair of the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute’s head and neck group, responsible for all head neck cancer research in the UK.

Paul Nankivell
Head & Neck programme

Prof Carl Philpott
Rhinology & Allergy programme

Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology
Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon & Rhinologist
James Paget and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals

Joanne Patterson
Largngology & SLT programme

Joanne Patterson is a Professor of Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Liverpool, and balances her time between clinical and academic activities. She leads the Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship theme as part of the Liverpool Head and Neck Cancer Centre.

Michelle Wyatt
Paediatric programme
Michelle Wyatt is a Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist and Head of the Departments of ENT Surgery, Audiology and Cochlear Implantation at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University of London.  Michelle qualified in 1992 from Cambridge University and following a Fellowship at Great Ormond Street was appointed as a consultant there in 2004.
Her practice is purely paediatric and her main interest is in the management of complex airway pathology with referrals both from the UK and internationally.  She is the ENT surgeon to the nationally funded Great Ormond Street Craniofacial team.
Michelle sits on the council of the Section of Rhinology and Laryngology at the Royal Society of Medicine and is President Elect of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology. She is a Specialist Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and has been heavily involved with the paediatric guidelines section of the National Tracheostomy Safety Project.

Kate Heathcote
Laryngology & SLT Programme

Having completed laryngology fellowships in Rouen and London, Kate established the Centre for Airway, Voice and Swallow in Poole. The Centre offers advanced laryngology procedures to NHS patients and has attracted high level funding from the Robert White Legacy Fund enabling the service to develop further. The Robert White Centre for Airway Voice and Swallow at Dorset University Hospitals offers the full range of in-office laryngology procedures including vocal cord injections, and transnasal biopsy, balloon dilation and laser treatments. Kate is working with her colleague Reza Nouraei at the centre to develop more effective and efficient patient pathways for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients.

Professor Hesham Saleh
Facial Plastics Programme

Hesham is a Professor of Practice in Rhinology at the Imperial College London and Consultant Rhinologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon at Charing Cross and Royal Brompton Hospitals. He directs one of the leading tertiary referral rhinological services in Europe with dedicated staff including psychology and specialist nursing. Hesham runs a specialist joint medical/surgical Nose Clinic with Professor Stephen Durham at the Royal Brompton Hospital treating the largest number of patients in the UK with cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis and severe combined upper/lower airway conditions. Hesham is also Board Certified by the International and European Boards of Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery and is the President of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS)/Immediate Past President of the British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (BSFPS). He is the Past President of the section of Laryngology & Rhinology in the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and past council member of the British Rhinological Society (BRS). He is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Journal of ENT Masterclass and member of the Editorial Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is widely published in rhinology/rhinoplasty and is a regularly invited speaker worldwide.

Tim Mitchell
Professional Standards and Guidelines Programme

Tim Mitchell has been a Consultant ENT Surgeon in Southampton since 2000. He has a subspecialty interest in ear surgery and auditory implants. He has a major interest in education and assessment, having been an MRCS examiner for 15 years, Chair of the Court of Examiners overseeing the MRCS and Diploma of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Otolaryngology and Audiovestibular Medicine. He is an honorary member of the Medical Women’s Federation. In 2017, he was elected to the Council of RCS England and was elected as Vice President in 2020. He is a trustee of ENT UK.

Simon Lloyd
Otology & Audiology Programme

Professor Lloyd is a consultant Neurotologist and Skull Base Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester, UK. He is also Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Manchester. He works within the Manchester Skull Base Unit, the Richard Ramsden Auditory Implant Centre and the Manchester NF2 Service. These are amongst the largest centres of their kind in the UK. He is also part of the UK’s largest adult and paediatric ABI service. Professor Lloyd teaches extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and runs the Manchester Skull Bass Course and the Combined Universities Advanced Otology Course. He is part of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre in Hearing, a University/NHS translational research collaboration between Audiology and Otolaryngology funded through a £20 million NIHR grant.

Anne Schilder
Research Programme

Anne Schilder is Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University College London Ear Institute, Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) UCLH Biomedical Research Centre Hearing Theme and National Specialty Lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network ENT.

Mat Daniel
Research programme


Mat is a Consultant Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologist. He trained in the East Midlands and in Sydney, and obtained a PhD in the fields of Glue Ear microbiology / biofilms and drug delivery. He is involved in a variety of research projects including clinical trials, and collaborates with researchers, clinicians and industry across the UK and abroad. He has a Masters in Medical Education, is the undergraduate lead for ENT at The University of Nottingham, and has a special interest in Coaching & Mentoring.

Professor Manohar Bance
Otology & Audiology Programme

Professor Manohar Bance is the inaugural Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant at the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust (Addenbrookes), appointed in 2017. Prior to his arrival in Cambridge, he was Professor and Head of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University in Canada, and Director of the EAR Lab there. Professor Bance's research and clincial interests focus around disorders of the ear, particularly hearing and balance disorders. His current lab focuses on machine-neural interfaces, i.e. how to stimulate the auditory system with implanted electronic prostheses, cochlear implants. He has very strong collaborations with Engineering, and much of his work is around how to bioprint models of the ear with embedded sensors that can interrogate the biologic structures we can grow on these materials. Another major interest is in developing new diagnositic and rehabilitation technologies using machine-learning and feedback technologies. Professor Bance's research lab mixes engineering, clinical, computational and biological students and research associates in interdisciplinary research space.

Michael Kuo
Paediatric Programme

Originally from Hong Kong, Michael read medicine at the University of Birmingham. A short spell under the guidance of Professor William Wei at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, sent him down the path of head and neck oncology. A Royal College of Surgeons research fellowship and an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship allowed him to pursue a PhD in the molecular genetics of head and neck cancer. He was elected to a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2000. Then he saw the light and his career switched into the path of paediatric otolaryngology when it was maturing as its own subspecialty, and more specifically paediatric airway / head and neck surgery when endoscopic and minimally invasive airway surgery was expanding. He is the immediate past-president of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the president-elect of the Section of Laryngology and Rhinology of the Royal Society of Medicine. 
Michael is currently Her Majesty’s High Sheriff of the West Midlands. Although he cannot welcome you in person to the county, he hopes virtual BACO will tempt you to come and visit in the Covid-safe future.

Vijay Pothula​
Global Health Programme

Joined as a consultant ENT and Head and Neck Surgeon at Wigan in 2001. He is the current chairman of ENT UK Global Health and also runs a charitable project in India for the past 15 years providing comprehensive care for children with deafness.

Dheeraj Karamchandani
SFO Programme

Mr Karamchandani graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003 and completed his higher surgical training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in the West Midlands. He is a Consultant ENT Surgeon with a special interest in Rhinology skull base and facial plastics at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. He is passionate about medical education and is the current Chairman of SFO UK. He has a wide portfolio of academic and research interests. He is course director on a number of surgical dissections courses and runs a viva course in the West Midlands. He has an interest in the use of innovative technologies such as 3D printing and augmented reality in clinical practice. 
Rhinology Programme
Affiliations – University Hospitals Birmingham/ Birmingham Children’s Hospital/ University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

After completing 18 months of advanced clinical fellowships in sinus and skull base surgery in Nottingham, UK and South Africa, and then a further 3 months visiting in internationally acclaimed centres in America, Germany and Switzerland, Shahz Ahmed
was appointed as Consultant Rhinologist and Skull Base Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust in 2010.

He was awarded his PhD in December 2013 investigating chronic sinus disease and continues a strong academic profile with regular publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He specialises in all aspects of advanced sinus surgery as well as revision surgery, computer assisted sinus surgery and pituitary and skull base surgery. 
Shahz Ahmed is faculty on a number of courses in the UK and abroad and runs an international clinical fellowship program.  He enjoys teaching and travelling and is faculty on numerous courses around the world.

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