Meet the Speakers

  • 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.

  • Laura Lennox

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    Laura Lennox is a specialist speech and language therapist based in NHS Dumfries & Galloway. Laura qualified with BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy from Queen Margaret College in 2005 and is currently studying for MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice through the Open University. Laura works with adults mainly in acute and outpatient settings with specialist interest in voice, cough and swallowing at the level of the larynx. As part of this role, Laura runs a combined ENT/SLT voice clinic and is Chairperson of the Scottish Voice Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) affiliated with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Laura also provides peer review to the RCSLT online clinical guidelines for Voice and Voice Disorders.
    Contact details:
    Telephone: 01387 241422
    Email: laura.lennox@nhs.net
    Twitter: @SLT_DG

  • Dr Camilla Dawson

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    Camilla is Clinical Lead for Speech and Language Therapy at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, working within head and neck cancer and critical care specialisms. Her doctoral research explored dysphagia following head and neck cancer surgery, in the acute phase of recovery. Camilla undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada, with Professor Stacey Skoretz in 2018. This research portfolio explores the causes and effects of post extubation dysphagia and defines ways to optimise patient outcomes.

     

  • Gemma Clunie

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    Gemma is a Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who specializes in voice and swallowing disorders in benign head and neck disease. She received an MSc (with distinction) from University College London in 2006. She is a current NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London. Her PhD studies focus on the voice and swallowing difficulties of airway stenosis patients. She is based at Charing Cross Hospital in London where she works as part of the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction, Europe’s largest centre for the management of airway disorders.

    http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/g.clunie

  • Dr Barry McGuire

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    Dr Barry McGuire
    MBChB; DRCOG; MRCGP; FRCA.

    Barry McGuire is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Scotland. He trained in anaesthesia in the Scotland and Australia and has particular interest in anaesthesia for Head and Neck surgery, advanced airway management and paediatric anaesthesia.

    Barry is the current President of DAS and founder of the Scottish Airway Group.

    Barry has published on airway management and speaks and teaches on the airway around the world.

    However, his real passion involves two wheels.

  • Claire Slinger

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    Claire Slinger
    Consultant Speech and Language Therapist
    Preston Complex Breathlessness Airways Multi-Disciplinary Team, Lancashire Chest Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.

    Professional Advisor to Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Field of Adult Respiratory care).
    Claire has worked as a Speech and language Therapist since 2001, with a predominantly Speciality ENT caseload. She was the Clinical Lead for Voice Disorders and Head and Neck Oncology at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (2002-2014).

    Claire has had experience of Working in the Clinical field of Laryngeal Dysfunction since 2011. Her areas of interest include Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction (ILO) and Chronic Refractory Cough (CRC) assessment and management.

    Claire has presented her work at National and International Conferences.

    Her current role is as a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and Service Lead for a multi-professional National Tertiary referral Centre for patients with Chronic Refractory Cough and Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction. She leads both the 1-stop assessment clinics for Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction and Chronic Refractory Cough, including running Specialist provocation Laryngoscopy clinics for ILO and CRC. The Lancashire Chest Centre Chronic Refractory Cough service is part of the North West Cough Network.

    Extended scope Interests include: MDT Upper Airway assessments with Consultant Physiotherapist for patients with bulbar symptoms when using Mechanically – assisted cough.

  • Dr Vyas M.N. Prasad

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    Dr Vyas M.N. Prasad is a Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon. He completed his higher surgical training in ENT in the Oxford and London Training Programs. Having gained invaluable experience at The Royal Marsden, Royal Free, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospitals as well as having completed a further year and a half of head and neck training post-FRCS at Barts and the London he returned to Singapore to join the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System. While at NTFGH, he was lead laryngologist and developed and ran the service with a dedicated group of Speech and Language Therapists. He specialised in voice and swallowing disorders as well as head and neck surgery performing minimally invasive surgery utilising lasers, sialendoscopes and open oncological procedures for cancers of the head and neck, thyroid and salivary glands.
    He spent a year at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Mont-Godinne, Belgium) with Professors Marc Remacle and Georges Lawson where he underwent training in head and neck surgery and laryngology with a focus on robotics (flexible and da Vinci), lasers, phonosurgery, minimally invasive surgery and oncology in both children and adults.
    He is a member of the European Laryngology Society, American Bronho-Esophageal Association, reviewer for the European Archives of Otolaryngology, Affiliate of the National Cancer Institute of Singapore and fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He has contributed to several book chapters, is the editor of a textbook of Neurolaryngology and has published and presented widely. He was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in January 2018, National University of Singapore where he was actively involved in the training of residents and medical students in head and neck surgery and laryngology. He is also currently a member of the faculty at Duke-NUS Medical School where he teaches undergraduates Anatomy of the Head and Neck and faculty for the training of General Surgical residents in surgical approaches to the Head and Neck.

  • Dr Kishore Sandu

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    Dr Kishore SANDU is the Head of the Airway Sector – a quaternary care center of excellence in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, Switzerland.

    Awarded the Privat Docent from the University of Lausanne, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to more than 100 international conferences, as an expert speaker on compromised and critical airway in neonates, infants and children.

    He is involved doing outreach airway surgeries in 11 countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He works with the Terres des Hommes Organization based in Switzerland that works actively for children from the sub Saharan countries.

    Dr Sandu is a member of the Swiss association of ENT surgeons and the Swiss Head & Neck surgeons working group. His current research activity includes development of  bio-engineered tracheal graft.

     

  • Domingos Tsuji

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    Domingos Hiroshi Tsuji holds a medical degree from the University of São Paulo – School of
    Medicine (1985) and has a Medical Residency in Otorhinolaryngology at the Clinics Hospital of Sao Paulo University Medical School. He obtained his Doctorate degree (1997) and “Full-Professor” degree (2002) in Otorhinolaryngology at the same University. He completed a two-year specialization in Laryngology and Phonosurgery at Keio University Medical School – Tokyo – under the guidance of Prof. Hiroyuki Fukuda from 1988 to 1990.

    He is a former president of the Brazilian Academy of Laryngology and Voice (2004 -2005) and
    served as the President of Brazilian Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery in 2016. Currently, he is Associate Professor and Post-Graduation Coordinator at the ENT Department of the University of São Paulo School of Medicine. He is also responsible for the coordination of the Voice Group at Clinics Hospital of the University of São Paulo. He works in the area of otorhinolaryngology, mainly in the area of Laryngology and Phonosurgery. He develops intense scientific and didactic activity within Brazil and abroad (mainly in Latin America) dealing mainly with issues related to vocal disorders, laryngeal semiology, phonosurgery and basic laryngology research. More recently, due to the good results obtained with Endoscopic Neuromyectomy of the TA Muscle for the Treatment of Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia, he has been more frequently involved in sharing his technique and experience in several national and international otorhinolaryngological meetings.

    Published works in scientific Journals: 106; Chapter in books: 35; Published Books: 09.

  • Lucian Sulica

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    Lucian Sulica, M.D. is the Sean N. Parker Professor of Laryngology in the Department of
    Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where he has been a faculty
    member since 2006. He is the founding Director of the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice.
    Dr. Sulica completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, and his medical studies
    at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

    His practice is limited to voice disorders. He has a special interest in medical and microsurgical
    treatment of injuries of the vocal fold from voice use, particularly in performers, and in
    neurologic voice disorders, including vocal fold paralysis and paresis, spasmodic dysphonia and
    tremor. Dr. Sulica has also been a leader in the development of procedures for the treatment of
    voice disorders in the office, without the need for general anesthesia.

    Dr. Sulica's research and clinical investigations have been devoted to establishing clear,
    evidence-driven principles for the treatment of voice conditions. Dr. Sulica has authored more
    than 80 journal articles and 30 book chapters, and has edited two books, Vocal Fold Paralysis
    and Classics in Voice and Laryngology. He is as passionate about teaching as he is about
    clinical care and research, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad.
    Dr. Sulica has served as Secretary of the American Laryngological Association since 2014, ,
    and is a member of the American Bronchoesophagological Society, and the American
    Laryngologic, Rhinologic and Otologic Society (the Triologic Society).

  • Tetsuji Sanuki

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    Prof. Tetsuji Sanuki graduated from Ehime University and spent his fellowship at Isshiki clinic Kyoto Voice Surgery Center with Emeritus Professor Nobuhiko Isshiki. He has been an Associate Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, since 2017. He is a member of the Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Japan, the Japanese Broncho-Esophagological Society, the Japanese Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and the Association for research in Otolaryngology. Dr. Sanuki’s major interest is in phonosurgery, particularly in frame-work surgery.
    Dr. Sanuki’s current work involves the development and testing of a medical device (titanium bridges) used in a surgical approach (type 2 thyroplasty) for adductor spasmodic dysphonia. Part of this work involved him leading a clinical trial from 2014 to 2017 in order to gain approval for the device to be covered under the Japan national health insurance system. In addition, Dr. Sanuki has been active in spreading type 2 thyroplasty outside of Japan, and is a frequent lecturer at many conferences and workshops. Domestically, Dr. Sanuki is pioneering the development of a registry for spasmodic dysphonia, which employs a series of diagnostic criteria.

  • Albert Merati

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    Dr. Merati is an internationally recognized leader in Laryngology.  Following medical school at the University of Washington under Charlie Cummings, he completed his Otolaryngology training at the UCSD, including one year of NIH research training.  From there, Dr. Merati went to Vanderbilt to study Laryngology with Dr. Robert Ossoff at the premier training institution for academic laryngologists. This time at Vanderbilt also included work with Dr. Jim Netterville on laryngeal framework surgery.  Following very productive years at the University of Kansas and at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Merati returned to his native Seattle to head up the Laryngology program at the University of Washington, now widely recognized among the leaders in clinical care, scholarship, and training in the nation.   He has over 110 peer reviewed publications and also is the lead editor for the Textbook of Laryngology. Dr. Merati has served as Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology and also on the Councils of the Triological Society and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.  Dr. Merati has earned two Distinguished Service awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and currently serves the executive committee of the AAOHNS in the role of President-Elect.  Dr. Merati is also the President-Elect of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. 

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Vinidh Paleri MS FRCS (ORL-HNS)

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    Vinidh Paleri MS FRCS(ORL-HNS)
    Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
    Professor of Robotic and Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery, Institute of Cancer Research, London

    Vin Paleri was appointed as Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals in 2005, and as Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at Newcastle University in 2015. In 2017, he took up the post of Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospitals, the worlds first cancer hospital famed for its cutting-edge research. He is also Professor of Robotic and Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.
    He is one of the few surgeons in the United Kingdom with expertise in Transoral Robotic Surgery and Transoral Laser Microsurgery for head and neck cancers and has accrued the largest experience in Transoral Robotic Surgery in the UK. He has pioneered a new robotic technique to remove radiorecurrent and radioresidual cancers and is the first surgeon in the UK to perform robotic free flap reconstructions.
    His research interests are primarily on the processes of care, decision making and functional outcomes in head and neck oncology. He has published over 170 papers, reviews and book chapters on head and neck oncology. He is the chief investigator for the NIHR funded TUBE trial and contributes as co-investigator and principal investigator for several other national trials. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the research council for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, and as member of several national bodies. He co-edited the fourth and fifth editions of the UK National Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines, and the section on “Head and Neck Disease” for the forthcoming 8th edition of Scott-Brown’s Otolaryngology, the leading multi-volume multi-author textbook in the specialty in the world. He is an Associate Editor for Head and Neck, the top ranked journal in the field, Senior Reviews Editor for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology, one of the oldest journals in the field (est. 1887) and serves on the editorial board for several other leading journals in the specialty.

  • Sam Majumdar

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    Sam Majumdar is a Laryngologist and full-time consultant surgeon. He is a honorary Senior Lecturer at the University Medical School and Ninewells Hospital at Dundee. He is the lead clinician for voice and swallowing disorders at this centre.

    Sam Majumdar graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham Medical School. He also did a research degree looking at the expressions of tumour suppressor genes in head and neck cancer. He was previously trained at a registrar level in maxillofacial surgery in the South Yorkshire region. Sam 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 Laryngologists, Head & Neck and Paediatric Surgeons.

    Since moving in Dundee (Scotland) over a decade ago, he has developed specialist voice and swallowing disorder service at the Ninewells Hospital. His main interests are Voice pathology, laryngology, neurolaryngology, difficult airway, pharyngeal and swallowing disorders and TNO (Transnasal Oesophagoscopy/endoscopy). He runs weekly voice and swallowing disorder clinics and operating lists. He also specialises in paediatric voice, difficult airway and laryngeal pathology.

    Sam Majumdar is a founder member of the British Laryngology Association and at present a council member. Sam has specialist interest in the diseases of the Larynx, Pharynx, cervical Oesophagus (throat) along with Voice and Swallowing disorders. He is also a pioneer in the development of Transnasal Oesophagoscopy and Laryngopharyngeal Simulation Surgery.

    Sam Majumdar is passionate about teaching and training. He has been course convenor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for several years. He is the innovator and co-director of the highly acclaimed Advanced Laryngeal & Pharyngeal laser & endoscopic Surgery course at the Dundee Healthcare Simulation Centre https://dihs.dundee.ac.uk/courses/ent-thiel/advanced-laryngeal-and-pharyngeal-laser-endoscopic-surgery-course

    Sam Majumdar is a Fellow of the Scottish Patients Safety programme run by the Health Improvement Scotland. He is also the Deputy Lead for Scotland for Quality Improvement (Faculty of Medical leadership and Management). He is a doctoral research candidate at the University of Dundee where he is engaged in exploring how healthcare delivery systems, clinical microsystems, leadership, followership and organisational culture.

    Sam Majumdar has published widely in the medical literature and peer reviewed journals; presented the national and international academic and given invited & key notes speeches. He has published widely in the medical literature on all aspects of ENT surgery and is co-author of chapters on seminal textbooks.

  • Declan Costello, UK

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    Declan Costello is a Consultant Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon at Wexham Park and Heatherwood Hospitals (Slough and Ascot). He previously worked for ten years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and moved in December 2018. 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.

  • 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.

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