Meet the Speakers

  • Anil Patel

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    Graduated from the University of London in 1991 and appointed Consultant Anaesthetist in 1999 at The Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London

     

    His airway interests include jet ventilation, emergency airway management, airway stenosis, phonosurgery, videolaryngoscopy, the role of Flexible laryngeal mask airways in ENT procedures, difficult airway management for head and neck cancer patients and THRIVE.

     

    Over the last 17 years as a consultant he has anaesthetised over 5,000 patients for laryngeal and tracheal procedures and helped to develop the Venner A.P. Advance Videolaryngoscope. He has presented or published over 100 anaesthesia articles, 23 book chapters and has been invited to lecture on various airway related topics in 32 countries around the world. In 2015 he was elected President of the Difficult Airway Society.

  • Christian Debry

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    Christian Debry, MD, PhD

     

    Christian Debry is professor in ENT, chairman of the department of otolaryngology and Head & Neck surgery at the University Hospital of Strasbourg, France. In 1994, he started his researchs in the elaboration of titanium’s implants for dysfunctional larynx. Numerous patents have been filed and granted since. With the UMR 1121 Inserm (laboratory of biomaterials and bioengineering, Strasbourg) and the Protip SA company (cofounder), he created an artificial larynx which has been implanted in several patients since 2012.

    Christian Debry is also a specialist in skull base surgery and organises courses for “microscopic and endoscopic approach to the skull bases” in Brazil, France, Taiwan, bringing world experts in this field.

     

  • Rehab Awad

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    Dr Rehab Awad:

    MBBCh, MSc, MD, Post-Grad Dip

    Dr Awad graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt in 1996. She worked in Cairo University Hospital as a phoniatrician for 3 years dealing with patients with various communication disorders. She also started developing her laryngeal imaging skills obtaining MSc in Phoniatric Science in 2001 from the same university. In 2005 she obtained post-grad Diploma in Voice Pathology from UCL. From that time onwards she specialised in voice disorders. In 2008 she obtained MD in Phoniatric Science from Cairo University, Egypt. She joined University Hospital Lewisham in 2009 as a highly specialist voice therapist, then as a clinical lead. She is a member of the multidisciplinary voice team at Lewisham Hospital participating in the MDT clinic as well as running the Therapist-Led Clinic. She leads the voice service provided by the speech and language therapy department at UHL covering the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. She actively participates in research projects as well as service development plans in the voice disorders unit.

  • Tori Burnay

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    Tori Burnay  BSc, MRCSLT, MHPC joined the Voice Clinic Services at Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Hospitals in 2003 where she leads a team of voice specialist speech and language therapists working with adults.

    Her formative years involved 10 years specialising in neuro-rehabilitation and in the field of traumatic brain injury and stroke. She was Guest Lecturer in Practical Phonetics at Sheffield Hallam University and served for several years on the Yorkshire Dysphagia Special interest group.

    Tori has been instrumental in the development of Voice Clinic Services at GSTT and set up the SLT-Led Voice Therapy Endoscopy Clinic in 2005. This clinic is also used as a specialist ‘singing in action’ clinic and she works with many performers and professional singers of all genres and experience.

    She is involved with regular supervision and training programmes for both undergraduate and post-graduate medical and speech and language therapy students.

    Tori has contributed to several publications produced by the Voice Clinic Team at GSTT and has presented at many specialist voice meetings. She has taken an active role on the committee of the London Voice Special Interest Group (now the London Voice CEN) from 2004 – 2007 and joined the British Voice Association Education Working Party in July 2013.

    Tori’s clinical work incorporates a busy independent practice which is also based at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.

  • Jean Abitbol

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    Jean Abitbol, M.D. is Otolaryngologist, Head Neck surgeon, a Phoniatrician and a Laser specialist. He performs surgery of the voice and treats voice professionals since 30 years. He did his medical study at the “Faculté de Médecine de Paris (France)”. He was Co-Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery at Beaujon Hospital and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery and Laser research Stell Hospital (Ile de France) from 1981.till 1997. He is in private practice in Paris since 1981

    He was knighted in May 2005 “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur”. by the Ministry of Health on the behalf of the President de la République Française. He was nominated on September 2007 Adjunct Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine of Philadelphia (USA).

    He is one of the founders of the European Laser Association. He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Voice, the E.N.T. News Journal, the Laryngoscope journal, and on the International advisory Board of the “Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”. He is on the Board of the Executive Council as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Voice Foundation, on the Board of the Executive Council as a member of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, and on the Board of the International Association of Phono-Surgery. He is a member of numerous scientific societies : la Société Française d’O.R.L et de Phoniatrie, European Laryngeal Society, the Royal Society of Medicine of U.K, the American Academy of Oto-Laryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and a corresponding fellow of the American Laryngological Association. Phonosurgery. In 1983, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Health of France, he created the Voice Centre in « La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Paris

    In September 2005, he received the certificate of Honour Award at the Foundation of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is the past president of the 20th International Society of Laser on surgery and Medicine (ISLSM).

    His passion doing medical films on Art and Science of the Voice as: movies til 1985 till now; with Discovery Channel.  The last one in June 2013 : the mystery of the voice . In February 2006, for his participation on “The Inner Adventure”, a 90 minutes movie with Arte TV channel, he received “le Grand Prix of the 43e Festival International  “Techfilm 2005” de Prague(République Tchèque)”, and the “Silver World Medal at the New York USA Festivals 2006”.He published in France , in USA and Korea

    His books: In April 1995, he is the author of the 520 pages book: Laser Voice Surgery, who compiles his experience in 15 years and over 5,000 cases in this book. He wrote more than 300 medical publications. He has contributed to many scientific books, His main contributions were: – A chapter -Endocrine Disorders- on the book « Diseases of the larynx » (Ferlito –edited in Sept. 2000 ed. Arnold and in April 2006 with Plural Publishing). – Two chapters -Voice and Hormones; and Imaging of the Larynx- in the book Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders (Rubin – Sataloff – Korovin, September 2002 and 2005). – Two chapters -Laryngeal computed tomography and Laryngeal Laser surgery- in the book of R.T. Sataloff: “The Professional Voice” Plural Publishing 2005 ed. – Two chapters on Laser Voice Surgery in the book “Laser in E.N.T.” edited in October 2002and 2012 (Oswal – Remacle). – A chapter -normal voice maturation: hormones and age – in April 2006, in the book “Voice and Performers” (Benninger) Plural Publishing. In 2006, he published “The Odyssey of the Voice”. It is a 600 pages book for lay people; it is a tremendous journey through the human voice. All these medical and surgical researches contribute to improve the scientific, cultural and artistic knowledge of the human voice.

    He published in April 2016 his last book for lay people: ‘the power of the voice”.and received in May 2016 “the presidential citation” of the American Laryngology Association in Chigago

  • Mered Harries

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    Consultant Laryngologist at Brighton NHS Trust since 1996. Areas of interest include laryngeal framework surgery, professional voice and laryngeal simulation training.

  • Jonathan Fishman

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    Jonathan Fishman is a Senior North Thames ENT Registrar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at UCL with a dedicated interest in laryngology. He was awarded a PhD from UCL in 2013 and has received numerous personal research fellowships, most notably from the Medical Research Council, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Sparks Children’s Charity and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on basic scientific advances in stem cells applications for laryngology and was the recipient of the BLA David Howard Laryngology Prize in 2014.

  • 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.

  • James Graveston

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    James is dual qualified as an engineer and doctor and will shortly be starting his Otolaryngology training. He is working on applying novel soft robotics and advanced control methods to improve the outcomes of those with disorders of the larynx. He is the inventor of RoboVox, a synthetic larynx, which through collaborations with a number of UCL departments and Bristol Robotics Laboratory has garnered significant funding from the Wellcome trust and will shortly be entering animal trials.

  • Julian McGlashan

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    Julian McGlashan FRCS(Otol.) is a Laryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon at the Queen’s Medical Centre Campus at Nottingham University Hospitals. He specializes in voice and laryngeal disorders, thyroid and head & neck surgery. He works as a part of a multiprofessional Voice Disorders Service team. His main research interests are in voice measurement, imaging of the vocal folds, the effects of gastric reflux on the upper aerodigestive tract and the singing voice. He lectures widely in the UK, and abroad and is actively involved in teaching on postgraduate courses. He is a past-president of the British Voice Association.

  • Maggie Kuhn

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    Maggie Kuhn is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Clinical Director of Center for Voice and Swallowing at University of California Davis. Her clinical practice includes complex voice, swallowing and airway disorders across the lifespan. She works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive, contemporary care to the patients of Northern California and beyond. She has focused her research efforts into improving functional outcomes of head and neck cancer survivors.

  • Mark Watson

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    Mr Mark Watson qualified in Birmingham in 1981, and trained in the Midlands and the North East of England as an Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck surgeon. He has worked in Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals since 1992.  His clinical special interests include voice disorders, head and neck tumours, and reflux disease.  Along with Jane Shaw, he established the Doncaster Voice Clinic in 1992, and has worked in the field of laryngology since.  The Doncaster voice team have helped to introduce injection medialisation under local anaesthesia into widespread UK practice, and teach regularly on this and laryngopharyngeal reflux management.

  • Paul Bryson

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    Paul C. Bryson, MD is the section head of laryngology and director of the voice center at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. He completed his residency training at the University of North Carolina and fellowship training in laryngeal surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

  • Emil Schwarz Walsted

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    Dr Emil Walsted is a physician and visiting research fellow at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he explores the physiology and mechanisms of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction under the supervision of Dr James Hull. He currently undertakes a PhD in Respiratory Medicine at Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. Combining his past experience as a computer programmer with his medical degree and a general interest in respiratory physiology and exercise, he employs technology in innovative approaches to describe and explain laryngeal dysfunction in relation to exertional breathlessness.

  • Lesley Cavalli

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    Lesley Cavalli qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) in 1988, with a degree in Speech Sciences from University College London. Before starting her clinical career she worked for a short time as a Research Assistant at UCL, as part of a team developing computer based synthesised speech. She has worked as the Lead Voice Therapist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) NHS Foundation Trust since 1997 and has been Joint Head of SLT Services there since 2012. She has previously worked at both the Charing Cross and Royal London Hospitals. Since completing her Master’s degree at City University in 1997, she has combined her clinical role with a Lectureship in Voice at University College, London. She has previously worked in both adult and paediatric Joint Voice Clinics, but her current post at GOSH focuses on the specialist SLT assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a wide range of complex ENT-related conditions, including psychogenic voice disorder, PVFD, airway reconstruction and congenital and acquired paediatric ENT pathology. She has worked collaboratively with Annie Elias, Speech and Language Therapist and Peter Butcher, Clinical Psychologist, for many years. As a team they have presented and published in the area of psychogenic voice and are authors of the publication: Understanding and Treating Psychogenic Voice Problems: A CBT Framework (2007).

  • Romana Kuchai

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    Miss Romana Kuchai  DLO, MD, FRCS (ORL-HNS)

    Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon

    Imperial College NHS Trust

    Miss. Romana Kuchai was appointed as a Consultant ENT Surgeon in 2010 at Imperial College NHS Trust as part of the Imperial Airway Reconstruction Unit. She undertook her specialist training in North Thames Deanery. Whilst at Imperial College she has developed a specialist interest in vasculitides affecting ears, nose and throat with a focus of her clinical work within The Vasculitis MDT Clinic at Hammersmith Hospital where she jointly manages both laryngeal and rhinological cases affected by this complex of pathologies. She supervises research looking at advances in diagnostics of systemic autoimmune conditions through their correlation with specific rhino-laryngeal mucosal inflammatory markers.

  • 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.

  • Louise Occomore

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    Louise Occomore MSc BA MRCSLT

     

    Louise obtained a first class honours degree in Linguistics from UCL before working at UCL researching child language disorders. She returned to education to gain her clinical qualification in 2006 (MSc in Speech and Language Sciences) at UCL. Louise developed an interest in Head and Neck and ENT disorders during her studies and has spent several years working with this patient group.   

     

    Louise currently works as Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Head & Neck and ENT at Barts Health NHS Trust and is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer MDT. She also works in independent practice with patients presenting with voice and swallowing disorders, and has a special interest in swallowing rehabilitation and instrumental assessment.  

     

    Louise has published articles in the use of electropalatography in rehabilitation of dysarthria, and on working with patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. She has an interest in service improvement and was given an award for Innovation in Healthcare from Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University Innovation.

  • Amen Sibtain

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    Dr Amen Sibtain specializes in the treatment of Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Head and Neck cancers. He has particular expertise in chemoradiotherapy and cutting edge radiotherapy techniques and immunotherapy.

    Dr Sibtain worked at the Royal Marsden, Mount Vernon and The Middlesex hospitals before he was appointed to Barts. He was awarded his MD degree from the University of London for research in tumour hypoxia. He is a past President of the Oncology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, an examiner in oncology for the Royal College of Radiologists and oncology advisor for BBC Drama. He is a member of the medical advisory panel for Macmillan, former  Programme Director for Clinical Oncology Specialist Training Committee for the London Deanery, former  Chairman of the Head and Neck Tumour Board for North East London, and the Clinical Lead in Head and Neck Cancer at Barts. He has edited the book ‘Towards the Prevention of Cancer’, published in November 2007 by the RSM press and ‘Physics For Clinical Oncologists’ published by Oxford University Press in 2012

     

  • Paul Carding

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    Paul Carding is currently Professor of Speech Pathology at Australian National Catholic University (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne). He is also Senior Research Fellow at University College London UK, Honorary Professor at Newcastle University, UK and Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University, UK. Professor Carding has 25 years of senior clinical experience in voice disorders working in a national centre of excellence at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). He has secured over $8 million in nationally funded research grants. Professor Carding has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, 3 books and 9 book chapters. He has also supervised over 20 PhD and Masters students to completion.

  • Prof David Howard

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    David qualified at St George’s Hospital, London, in 1972, and following 6 years of initial training in general surgery and orthopaedics, he commenced ENT and head and neck surgery in 1978. He became Senior Lecturer in Laryngology at University College London in 1984 and Honorary Consultant at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

    He has a career-long interest in laryngology with multiple honorary consultant appointments in London and the UK. His research and teaching have involved many national and international presentations and projects.

    He was appointed Professor of Head & Neck Oncology at Imperial College and Imperial NHS Trust Hospitals in 2007.

    David has retired from full-time NHS and University work but continues with  busy commitments to  High Altitude and Critical Care medical research with the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment at University College, London, and teaching /surgery at Korle Bu Hospital,Accra, Ghana.

  • Fiona Robinson

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    H Fiona Robinson: Advanced Practitioner Speech and Language Therapist

     

    Fiona Robinson qualified as a Speech Therapist from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1980. In 2004, she was awarded Master of Science (Advanced practice – Voice) from the University of Newcastle with study into the efficacy of voice therapy for vocal fold paralysis, and in 2016 Post-Graduate Certificate (Medical) Education from the University of Nottingham.

    In 2006, in recognition of her contribution to the speech and language therapy profession in the UK, Miss Robinson was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

     

    Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and rehabilitation of speech and swallowing disorders related to head and neck cancer, including surgical voice restoration, and the management of dysphonia.

    Currently she is working as a freelance clinical trainer, and as a clinician in independent practice and within the NHS.

    Fiona contributes widely to the SLT profession in the UK in a range of specialist clinical advisory roles and through her involvement in the development of national policies and guidelines as a RCSLT clinical adviser. She represents RCSLT on the BACO Academic committee.

    Fiona’s clinical academic and research interests include seeking therapies and interventions which provide optimal outcomes in speech, voice and swallowing after treatment for head and neck cancer. She presents at conferences as an invited speaker and contributes to research publications.

    Her role as Speech Therapy section Editor for the journal ‘Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery’ enables her to bring the evidence to underpin best practice to a wide readership.

     

    H Fiona Robinson DipST MSc PG Cert(MedEd) FRCSLT

  • Kate Heathcote

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    Kate has been a consultant Laryngologist at Poole Hospital Foundation Trust on the South Coast of England since 2013. As fellow to Prof Jean Paul Marie in Rouen, France, she learnt techniques of laryngeal reinnervation which she has continued to develop, research and introduce into the UK. A further laryngology fellowship at the RNTNE focused on airway procedures with Guri Sandhu and Phonosurgery with John Rubin.  She has a comprehensive NHS laryngology service in Poole offering a Laryngology Treatment Clinic and Voice Clinic. She is working at disseminating good practice and educational content via the BLA.

  • Julia Selby

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    Julia works at the Royal Brompton Hospital as the Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Voice, ENT and Respiratory Disorders. She is one of a few therapists in the country with significant expertise in treating patients with chronic cough, laryngospasm, vocal cord dysfunction and psychogenic disorders. She works closely with Dr James Hull in the multi-disciplinary upper airway service, which also includes a physiotherapist, psychologist and ENT consultant.

     

    She is currently chairperson of the FEES and VF Clinical Excellence Network and a member of the RCSLT Respiratory Forum. She has a growing private practice and plans to set up a charity for patients with voice disorders.

     

    Before qualifying as a therapist, Julia carried out research in the field of voice, culminating in gaining her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She has recently collaborated on a book chapter with Dr Hull and is looking forward to conducting more research in the future.

  • Christopher T Wootten

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    Christopher T. Wootten, M.D., is an assistant professor of Otolaryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his internship in General Surgery and his residency in Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also completed a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is the director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Service supervising the treatment of ear, nose and throat-related disorders in children at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its satellite locations. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of Pediatric Otolaryngology, with an emphasis on advanced reconstructive surgery for the adult and pediatric airway, multilevel diagnosis and management of refractory pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, operative management of resonance disorders, and the diagnosis and management of pediatric hearing loss. His research interests include the cellular and molecular basis of acquired laryngotracheal stenosis, the multidisciplinary staging of aerodigestive inflammation, and endoscopic device design and application to natural-orifice surgery in the head and neck.  For these endeavors, he holds institutional grants, and he is an investigator on the North American Airway Collaborative (NoAAC), funded by a large Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant.

  • Prof Daniel Sifrim

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    Daniel Sifrim is a Gastroenterologist, trained in Argentina and Belgium, with both clinical and scientific interest in oesophageal benign disorders. He contributed with the development of diagnostic techniques for oesophageal motility disorders and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (high resolution manometry, oesophageal impedance and salivary pepsin measurements). He is Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University and director of the Upper GI Physiology Unit at the Royal London Hospital.  His research focused on pathophysiology of GORD, including gastric motility, transient lower oesophageal sphincter relaxations, types of refluxate measured with impedance-pHmetry and more recently, oesophageal mucosal permeability and its role in hypersensitivity. He has contributed to research in GORD treatment i.e. the use of prokinetics like ERY and AZY, TLOSRs inhibitors and more recently the development of mucosal topical protective strategies.

     

     

  • Stellan Hertegård

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    Stellan Hertegård MD, PhD , Adjunct Professor in Phoniatrics at Karolinska Institutet and Senior Consultant in Phoniatrics and Laryngology at Karolinska University Hospital Stockholm Sweden. Stellan Hertegård is specialized in the diagnostics and treatment of all types of voice and swallowing disorders. His research area has focused around 2 main directions; development of methods for diagnosis of voice disorders and quantification of voice function, in particular development of high speed imaging as a clinical tool. Another direction is the development of bio-implants for treatment of vocal fold disorders and since 2004 development of stem cell therapy for treatment of vocal fold scarring, a clinical trial on humans is ongoing

  • Professor Alyn H Morice

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    Professor of Respiratory Medicine

    Head of Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research

    Hull York Medical School, University of Hull

    Professor Morice attended Cambridge University and St George’s Medical School before House jobs and SHO training in London.  He then undertook research into asthma therapy at St Mary’s Hospital followed by Lectureship at Cambridge.  He then moved to Yorkshire, firstly in Sheffield and now is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, at the Hull York Medical School, University of Hull.

     

  • Dr Nathan V. Welham

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    Nathan V. Welham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Surgery (Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, USA. He completed his undergraduate, graduate, and early clinical training in speech-language pathology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; followed by a Ph.D. (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics minor) and clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Welham specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with organic, neurological, and functional voice disorders, resonance disorders, and upper airway disorders such as paradoxical vocal fold motion. He is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

    Dr. Welham’s research program in vocal fold biology has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2007. His group investigates a series of clinically-motivated topics, including vitamin A transport and the role of macula flavae stellate cells in vocal fold biology, vocal fold injury and repair, and vocal fold tissue engineering. Dr. Welham holds a particular interest in the application of systems biology tools to better understand the vocal fold’s biological complexity. His collaborative work spans the fields of biochemistry, cell and matrix biology, immunology, and materials science.

     

     

  • Kate Allen

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    Dr Kate Allen is a veterinary surgeon and senior lecturer in equine sports medicine at the University of Bristol. Kate’s research interest is primarily the management of diseases that affect equine athletic performance and in particular the diagnosis, cause and management of exercise induced upper respiratory tract collapse. Kate undertook a clinical residency in equine sports medicine at the University of Bristol. Subsequently she completed a PhD entitled ‘Development of an evidence base for the study of dynamic palatal dysfunction in thoroughbred racehorses’. Kate was heavily involved in the development of telemetric endoscopy and is very experienced in clinical exercise testing both in the field and on the high-speed treadmill.

    Kate was the first UK veterinary surgeon to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She subsequently became the first RCVS recognised specialist in equine sports medicine.

     

  • Dr Clark Rosen

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    Clark A. Rosen, MD, FACS, is Director of the UPMC Voice Center and Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He received his otolaryngology training at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and the University of Tennessee Voice Institute. A board-certified Otolaryngologist and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Voice Foundation, Dr. Rosen specializes in the care of the performing voice and the treatment of voice disorders. He is a leading physician-scientist in the area of voice disorders research and author of numerous articles in professional journals. He teaches regularly at national and international voice conferences, and his ground-breaking textbook on operative techniques in laryngology was published by Springer in 2008. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Laryngology, Dr. Rosen was the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award conferred by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Rosen initiated and directs a Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the UPMC Voice Center.

  • Lucy Hicklin

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    Lucy Hicklin is a consultant ENT surgeon with a special interest in Neurolaryngology. She qualified in 1988 from The Royal Free Hospital and trained in London and the South East. She has been a consultant at St Georges Hospital since 2003. She runs both a general Voice clinic and a Botox injection clinic where she treats patients with Spasmodic Dysphonia and more complex patients with additional head and neck dystonias. Many of the patients need assessment and treatment for dysphagia. She lives in London with her husband and 3 children.

  • Sue Jones

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    Sue Jones
    Sue Jones is Head 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.

  • Dr Jason Dunn

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    Dr Jason Dunn is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Guy’s and St Thomas‘ Foundation Trust Hospitals, with a special interest in endoscopic therapy for early Upper GI cancer. He studied at GKT medical school, graduating in 2000. He was awarded MRCP (London) in 2005 and appointed as a consultant in 2012. Dr Dunn has a special interest in Barrett’s oesophagus and is proficient in Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) techniques. He is the Early Diagnosis Lead for the London Cancer Alliance.

     

    He was awarded a CRUK clinical fellowship at UCL and studied use of optical diagnostics and minimally invasive therapies for the treatment of Barrett’s oesophagus. He gained his PhD in 2011 and has presented his work at national and international meetings. His work on treatment of Barrett’s oesophagus with RFA, and the use of biomarkers to predict cancer progression, has won prizes and been published in high impact factor journals.

     

    Dr Dunn is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Upper GI collaborative research group at Guy’s and St Thomas‘ and Kings College London. Dr Dunn also holds an Honorary lecturer post at OsloUniversity in the Institute of Medical Informatics. He is PI on several clinical trials and current research interests include: predicting cancer progression in Barrett’s oesophagus using Image cytometry DNA ploidy analysis; oesophageal microbiome in Barrett’s oesophagus; use of Lugol’s iodine to assess dysplastic field change of the squamous oesophagus and target Radiotherapy; RFA for symptomatic cervical inlet patch.

  • Martin Birchall, UK

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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.

  • Marianne Bos-Clark

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    Marianne is the Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Voice and ENT at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and a Lecturer at the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth. Marianne completed an MSc in Voice Disorders at Newcastle University in 2004 and has over fifteen years of specialist experience in managing voice disorders. Research interests include Solution Focused Brief Therapy in voice therapy, the therapeutic application of the Estill model of voice, and the effectiveness and content of voice therapy intervention– particularly in functional dysphonia. Marianne is currently involved in several research projects and is training to be a Certified Master Teacher of Estill.

  • Dr Marie-Helene Marion

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    Dr Marie-Helene Marion is a medical graduate from the University of Paris who specialized in movement disorders in London (1981;1984-1986) with late Professor David Marsden. She pioneered in France the use of Botulinum toxin injections in Neurology and in particular for the jaw and larynx and the use of Apomorphine infusion in Parkinson’s disease.

    She moved back to UK in 1999 to work for 12 years as a consultant neurologist, running a movement disorder unit at St George’s Hospital in London and senior lecturer as St George’s medical school.

    She is now the director of the London BTX centre and the chair of the British Neurotoxin Network, which gathers neurologists in UK, running Botulinum toxin clinics. She is a medical adviser for the UK dystonia society and blogs for patients with dystonia.

    Over the years she has written numerous articles and given lectures on the uses of Botulinum toxin in dystonia and on Parkinson’s disease.

  • Patricia Gillivan-Murphy

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    Patricia Gillivan-Murphy works at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin as a Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist. She carries a clinical caseload of patients with voice and swallowing disorders, teaches at an undergraduate and post graduate level, and engages in clinical research. She achieved a Masters in clinical research (voice) in 2004 and a PhD in 2013 both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She has published research findings from studies on voice treatment effectiveness in teachers and voice tremor characteristics in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Christella Antoni

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    Christella qualified in 1995 from the National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences (UCL). After an initial career background in general adult speech therapy, including dysphagia and dysphasia, she began to specialize in the field of voice and stammering. Her clinical work is currently divided between her specialist post within the ENT dept at Charing Cross Hospital ( Imperial College NHS Trust) and her private practice in Marylebone

    Christella works with a wide variety of voice disordered patients including those with vocal pathology and post ENT surgery patients. Additional specialisms include restoration of singing voice for both classical and modern singing, spoken and singing voice development and voice modification for transgender individuals.

    Christella’s recent publications include’Principals of Speech & Language Therapy’ in Practical Laryngology (2015) ed’s. Declan Costello & Guri Sandhu. Taylor Francis Publishing.

  • Alexander Gelbard M.D.

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    Alexander Gelbard M.D.

    Dr. Gelbard is a board certified Otolaryngologist at Vanderbilt University specializing in adult laryngeal and tracheal disease. He completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, and his medical school in New Orleans at the Tulane School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Dr Gelbard completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as a clinical fellowship in Laryngeal Surgery at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Dr. Gelbard has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on adult airway disease. He currently is Co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Aerodigestive health, Principle investigator of an externally funded (PCORI) prospective multi-institutional study of adult airway disease, and director of the multi-institutional North American Airway Collaborative (NoAAC).

  • Declan Costello, UK

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    Declan Costello is a Consultant Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Having completed a degree in music at St John’s College, Cambridge (where he was a choral scholar), he trained in medicine at Imperial College. His specialist ENT training was undertaken in Oxford, and he undertook fellowships in London and Brighton. His clinical work is largely focused on laryngology, with a particular interest in medialisation injection under local anaesthetic, and on the care of professional voice users.

  • Gerhard Foerster, Germany

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    Dr. med. Gerhard Förster is consultant / general ORL surgeon at the ENT department of SRH Wald-Klinikum Gera, Germany with a special interest in laryngology. He is part of the developmental team of the laryngeal pacemaker under his chief Andreas Müller since 2006 in collaboration with Med-El, Innsbruck, Austria. In this project he focuses on patient selection / larynx EMG, electrode insertion techniques, preclinical animal trials and the human feasibility study.

    He graduated from medical school in 1999 in Magdeburg, Germany, was resident at the ENT department of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from 1999 until 2004 and works in Gera since 2005 as registrar and since 2012 as consultant. His medical thesis were on Schwann cell augmented nerve regeneration in sciatic nerves of rats, 2002 in Magdeburg.

  • Khalid Ghufoor

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    Khalid Ghufoor qualified from the Royal London Hospital School of Medicine, London, UK in 1990.  He initially trained in General Surgery, achieving his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1995. He trained in Otolaryngology on the North Thames ENT Training Programme. During his training he developed specialist skills in minimal access surgery for benign and malignant lesions of the larynx, pharynx and oral cavity.

    He also worked in the skull base centre at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He was appointed to the Consultant Staff of St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals in 2002, and as Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary Westfield Medical College and at The Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital in 2006.

    His principal interest lies in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery but he continues to maintain a general adult and paediatric ENT practice. He is currently Lead Clinician and Head of the ENT, Head & Neck  Surgery Department at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He is also the ENT Training Programme Director for North Thames in the London Deanery, as well as a Clinical Tutor at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He specialises in benign laryngotracheal airway disorders, sleep apnoea and snoring, voice disorders and in tumours of the upper aerodigestive tract. He is part of the multidisciplinary team at the Head and Neck Unit, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and the airway reconstruction multidisciplinary team.

  • James Hull

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    Dr James Hull is Consultant Respiratory Physician with an interest in Asthma andUnexplained Breathlessness at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS FoundationTrust.He is also clinical lead for the chronic cough service has a specialist interest in vocalcord dysfunction and exercise–induced laryngeal obstruction.

  • Guri Sandhu, UK

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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.

  • Sophie Scott, UK

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    Sophie Scott is a British neuroscientist
    Professor Scott is Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London (UCL), researching the neuroscience of voices, speech, and laughter. She is also Deputy Director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
    Scott is from Blackburn, UK. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science at UCL in 1994 and went on to work in Cambridge at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (formerly Applied Psychology Unit) in Cambridge. She returned to UCL as a Research Fellow in 1998. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in 2001 and has been funded by them since. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Experimental Psychology Society.

  • Philippe Schultz

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    Philippe Schultz, MD, PhD,  is Professor in Laryngology and Head & Neck surgery at the University Medical Center of Strasbourg (France). He was graduated in the same town in 2001. He is responsible for the department of Head &Neck Surgical oncology. He is part of the development of an artifical larynx since 2000 under the supervision of Professor Christian Debry and  in collaboration with Protip and the Inserm department 1121 Biomaterials-Bioingineering.

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