Local Organising Committee

  • Guri Sandhu

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    Guri Sandhu is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon at Imperial College and The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospitals in London, with honorary contracts at The Royal Brompton, University College and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and University College London. Mr Sandhu graduated from the University of London in 1990 having trained in Medicine at The Royal London Hospital. As a Registrar he trained in ENT at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and in Paediatric ENT at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Mr Sandhu is a Laryngologist with a special interest in laryngotracheal stenosis but also manages voice and swallowing disorders. He has experience in performing the full spectrum of endoscopic and open surgical procedures on the larynx, pharynx and airway. Many of these procedures he has pioneered himself. He lectures nationally and internationally on these subjects and has an active research programme. He was responsible for setting up The National Centre for Airway Reconstruction in London which comprises a multidisciplinary team of specialists with an interest in airway problems. This unit has treated the largest number of adult patients with laryngotracheal stenosis in Europe.

  • Chadwan Al Yaghchi

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    Chadwan Al Yaghchi is an Otolaryngology Specialty Registrar at The London Deanery North Thames rotation.

    He graduated from Damascus University Medical School and started his Otolaryngology training in Al Mouasat University Hospital, Damascus, Syria before moving to the UK.

    He is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at The Barts Cancer Institute working on viral gene therapy for head and neck cancers.

  • Martin Birchall

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    Martin is one of the leading Academic Otolaryngologists in the world, one of the leading academic surgeons in Europe and an international figure in the field of translational regenerative medicine. His work is dedicated to the successful translation of innovative technologies, especially in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, with a focus on alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life for those with disorders of the head and neck, voice and swallowing. He aims to achieve these aims through forming partnerships with the very best scientists and surgeons in the appropriate fields. These multidisciplinary teams focus on clear therapeutic targets. He has supervised 9 PhD and 5 MD students, raised over £4 million in peer-reviewed grant money, including from MRC, NIH and Wellcome Trust (nearly £2 million held presently) and has published 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers plus numerous reviews and reports. He is Director of UCL Partners ENT Programme and was named Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year in 2008.

  • Sue Jones

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    Sue Jones is Head of Speech, Voice and Swallowing Services at University Hospital of South Manchester. Sue has specialised in Clinical Voice Disorders since 1984 and now works exclusively in this field. She has been instrumental in developing the voice clinic services at UHSM and now acts and as expert advisor SLT, leading a team of voice specialists and performing/interpreting laryngeal examinations.

    Her particular interests are in developing competencies for practice and in staff development in voice disorders. Sue carried out research into the relationship between severity of dysphonia and voice-related quality of life as part of a Masters Clinical Research programme at Newcastle University. This has led to further interest in and study of the perceptual analysis of voice disorders.

    For the last seven years Sue has developed her skills in working with professional singers including classical, musical theatre and rock and pop genres. 

    Sue is an adviser to RCSLT on voice disorders and co-author of the RCSLT Position Paper on Endoscopy for Voice Disordered Patients. Sue has lectured nationally and internationally and is involved in ongoing research projects into voice disorders.

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