Organising Committee

  • Chadwan Al Yaghchi

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    Mr Chadwan Al Yaghchi is a consultant otolaryngologist at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction and Imperial Voice and Swallowing Centre. He completed his higher surgical training in Ear Nose and Throat in London North Thames regional rotation. During his training he developed a specialist interest in laryngology with a specialist interest in airway stenosis and dysphagia.  In addition to his adult service, he is an honorary consultant at The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust where he manages children with complex airway, respiratory and swallowing conditions.

    Mr Al Yaghchi holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology from Queen Mary’s University of London with a special research interest in oncolytic viruses in head and neck cancers. In addition he has an active clinical research program in voice, airway and swallowing disorders.

    Mr Al Yaghchi is a founding member of the British Laryngological Association and served on the council since 2013. He is currently the associate honorary treasurer.

  • Sam Majumdar

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    Sam Majumdar is a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and Laryngologist at the Academic Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School Dundee. He is a Hon. Senior Lecturer of Dundee Medical School and has been a Regional Surgical Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for 4 years. He is also an associate of the Faculty of Surgical trainers of this college. Sam graduated in Medicine from Nottingham Medical School. He also did a research degree looking at the expressions of tumour suppressor genes. He was previously trained as a registrar in maxillofacial surgery in the South Yorkshire region and had obtained a Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Sam had his surgical training in Nottingham, Derby, Doncaster and Sheffield under some renowned Laryngologist, Head & Neck and Paediatric Surgeons like Patrick Bradley, Julian McGlashan, Sean Mortimore, Mark Watson, Andrew Parker and Peter Bull. Since moving in Dundee, he has developed Specialist Voice and Swallowing Disorder service at Ninewells Hospital Dundee. His main interest is laryngology, neurolaryngology, difficult airway, pharyngeal and swallowing disorders. He runs weekly voice and swallowing disorder clinics and operating lists. He also specialises in paediatric voice pathology. His research interest is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Laryngeal microenvironment. He has written chapters in textbooks and published papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a passionate believer unified approach to the management of disorders and diseases of the upper aerodigestive tract.

  • Sally Kaighin

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    Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

    Ninewells Hospital

    Sally has worked as an NHS SLT for over 23 years,  specialising in voice & laryngectomy in 2000 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  Together with Mr Majumdar she has set up a weekly multidisciplinary voice clinic and is trained in laryngeal endoscopy.  Teaching of both SLT and medical students is an integral part of her job.


    Sally has chaired the Scottish Clinical Excellence Network for Voice and currently chairs the Tayside Voice Network.  Recent completed projects include voice information packs for both the paediatric   and gender identity services and a vocal cord dysfunction pack is planned.

  • Dr Justin Roe

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    1. Clinical Service Lead – Speech and Language Therapy (Airway/ ENT Service), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
    2. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London
    3. Joint Head of Speech and Language Therapy, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


    Justin is a clinical-academic and service lead, specialising in dysphagia in benign and malignant head and neck disorders. He completed his first degree, majoring in psychology, in 1993. He qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1999 from City University, London. He was awarded his MSc in dysphagia research with distinction from Newcastle University in 2015 and his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2013. In 2019, Justin commenced a post-doctoral research fellowship awarded by the Imperial Health Charity and Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.


    Alongside his clinical commitments, Justin’s academic work is focused on head and neck oncology, lung cancer and airway stenosis. He is involved in a number of national and multinational cooperative studies. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care, airway stenosis and ethics and spoken at scientific meetings and conferences internationally.


    Justin is a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Specialist Advisor for head and neck cancer and palliative care. In 2019, he was elected as a member of the Council of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists. He was made a Fellow of the RCSLT in 2018.


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