- About BAHNO
- Council Members 2021
Vinidh Paleri President
Professor Vinidh Paleri is Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor of Robotic and Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery, Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Honorary Professor of Head and neck Surgery at Newcastle University. Vin is also the Director of the newly created International Centre for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer.
Vin 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.
He is the primary or co-recipient for over £5 million in grant funding, has published over 190 papers, and has edited the following works: fourth and fifth editions of the UK National Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines, and "Head and Neck Disease" volume for the 8th edition of Scott-Brown's Otolaryngology, the leading multi-volume multi-author textbook in the specialty in the world. He is also chief editor for the forthcoming 6th edition of Stell & Maran's Textbook of Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology. He currently serves on the following national bodies: ENT-UK Head & Neck Society, and Laryngology & Rhinology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is an Associate Editor for Head and Neck, the top ranked journal in the field, and Trustee for the Oracle Cancer Trust.
Cyrus Kerawala Past President
Cyrus Kerawala graduated with honours degrees in both medicine and dentistry from the University of London, passing the Intercollegiate Examination in Maxillofacial Surgery in September 1998. He worked as a Consultant in Guildford and Basingstoke for eight years before joining the head and neck unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2008. He now conducts an exclusive head and neck oncology practice with research interests focussing on microvascular reconstruction, marginal control of disease and trans-oral robotic surgery.
Cyrus is author of a textbook on Maxillofacial Surgery and has written numerous chapters in other books. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to the fourth edition of the UK National Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines. He devotes a significant amount of time to teaching, professional training and continuing medical education. He has presented over 120 papers at international and national meetings, and has been invited to lecture throughout Europe, the Middle East, America, Asia and Australia.
Cyrus was the Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for six years until December 2012. He is currently a clinical advisor for NCEPOD, an associate advisor for the Health Service Ombudsman and Chair of the Intercollegiate Board in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was the Clinical Lead for the NICE guidelines on head and neck cancer which were published in February 2016 and Chair of the NICE guidelines on oesopho-gastric cancer published in January 2018.
Cyrus was Honorary Treasurer of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists for three years before assuming the two-year term of the office of its President in May 2019
Peter Brennan Honorary Administrative Secretary
Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Portsmouth, UK with an interest in head and neck and salivary gland cancers. He has a personal chair in surgery in recognition of his research and education profile, publishing over 570 papers with many on cancer biology. He is editor of 5 major textbooks including the 2 volume definitive textbook for OMFS, Maxillofacial Surgery 3rd Edition, Operative OMFS, Oxford Handbook of OMFS and is also lead editor for forthcoming and much anticipated Gray’s Surgical Anatomy due out in November 2019.
Peter is recent past Chairman the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (MRCS and DONHNS) and current research lead for MRCS for the 4 Surgical Colleges, and has formally validated the MRCS. His extensive work on human factors (HF) collaborating with airline pilots, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Red Arrows has resulted in many changes to theatre practice, improvements in patient safety for other medical teams and a change in the MRCS exam delivery nationally and he has just been awarded a PhD on HF and safety
Ceri Hughes Honorary Conference Secretary
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with a specialist interest in Head & Neck cancer including thyroid disease.
Trained predominantly in South West of England with a one year fellowship at Sydney Head & Neck Cancer Institute under the auspices of the late professor Chris O’Brien.
Has been involved in the centralisation of Head & Neck services within Bristol.
James O'Hara Honorary Treasurer
James O'Hara is a consultant otolaryngologist, in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a specialist head and neck surgical onocology practice.
He has a large transoral robotic surgical practice offering minimal access cancer treatment, and a growing interest in surgery for dysphagia.
He has led the Northern head and neck MDT until 2019, and has recently taken on a new role within the Northern Cancer Alliance, leading on the urgent referrals pathway.
He has a developing research portfolio and is a co-applicant on 4 large multicentre randomised controlled trials.
Andrew Schache OMFS rep
Andrew is a Clinical Academic Head & Neck Surgeon (OMFS) based in the Liverpool Head & Neck Centre (LHNC).
His academic interests are broad and cover both HPV positive and negative Head & Neck malignancy, with a focus towards development and delivery clinical trials. He is an active member of both the NCRI H&N Clinical Group and its surgery and localised therapies (S<) subgroup. He is also a young investigator on the EORTC H&N group.
Andrew is the lead for education within the LHNC, a remit which spans undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education in Head & Neck surgery and more broadly in OMFS.
His clinical practice covers both ablative & reconstructive H&N surgery including providing support for the reconstructive component of the regional skull base service. He contributes to the Sentinel Lymph Node service at Aintree Hospital and has a clinical interest in expanding assessment and/or use of surgical technology.
Michael Nugent OMFS rep
I’m a Maxillofacial surgeon based at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
I studied Dentistry in Liverpool then Medicine in Manchester. My surgical training started in the Northwest rotation before transferring to the Nothern Deanery. I completed a TIG Head and Neck fellowship in Newcastle and Sunderland prior to starting as a consultant.
I have an interest in reconstruction and research. I’m currently CI for the Litefrom trial.
Stuart Winter ENT rep
Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Oxford. Senior Lecturer, University of Oxford.
Current positions: BAHNO – Chair Guidelines and Protocols Committee ENT-UK Head and Neck Council National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group Oxford Head and Neck Surgical lead
Previous positions: NICE: Updating Cancer of the upper aero digestive tract: assessment and management in people aged 16 and over (NG36). Guidance development group.
Jarrod Homer ENT rep
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery/ Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon
Manchester Head and Neck CentreManchester Academic Health Sciences Centre
Manchester University Foundation Trust/ University of Manchester
Professor Jarrod Homer is a consultant surgeon at The Manchester Head and Neck Centre, Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust and also has a chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Manchester.
He leads the Manchester H&N cancer service. He has published >100 research papers and has supervised several MD/PhD’s in H&N cancer. He introduced surgeon performed neck ultrasound scanning in 2003 and runs an international course in neck ultrasound. His clinical practice encompasses all of head and neck /thyroid cancer, with a particular interest in conservation laryngeal surgery, sinonasal and antero-lateral skull base cancers. He is currently editor of the next (6th) UK Multidisciplinary Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancer.
Omar Ahmed Plastic Surgery rep
Omar A. Ahmed has been a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, since February 2005. He has extensive experience in reconstructive surgery, specialising in Head and Neck Cancer, Facial Paralysis, and Skin Cancer, He is a core member of the Head and Neck Cancer and Skin Cancer multidisciplinary teams in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is a past chairman of the Head and Neck Special Interest Group of BAPRAS. In 2006 he was instrumental in setting up the Northern Facial Nerve Centre, the first and only one-stop clinic for the management of patients with facial paralysis in the Northeast of England.
Mr Ahmed is currently a plastic surgery representative on BAHNO Council and a medical advisory board member of Facial Palsy UK. He has published extensively and remains actively involved in clinical research. He is an Associate Editor of PRS, and a regular journal reviewer for PRS, JPRAS, Head and Neck, and Clinical Otolaryngology.
Sinclair Gore Plastic Surgery rep
Sinclair Gore is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based in Oxford, UK. After graduating from Cambridge University he trained in Plastic Surgery in Sydney, London & East Anglia with numerous visits to specialists in Europe and North America. Thereafter he completed four specialist fellowships in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery including an international head & neck surgery fellowship in Sydney, Australia. His NHS practice has a specialist focus on Head & Neck cancer surgery and complex facial reconstruction including nasal reconstruction and partial laryngeal reconstruction.
He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and as well as a Masters degree (MD) in skin cancer molecular biology, he has completed postgraduate diplomas in aesthetic surgery and medical education. His current research interests include the role of sentinel node biopsy in melanoma, functional outcomes in complex H&N reconstruction and aesthetic outcomes in reconstructive rhinoplasty.
Mehmet Sen Oncology rep
Dr Mehmet Sen completed his medical school training in Izmir and specialist training in radiation oncology in Istanbul, Turkey. He later subspecialised in head and neck cancer and set up a multidisciplinary academic unit in 1991 in Dokuz Eylul University Medical School. He was appointed as Professor of radiation oncology in 2001and was clinical lead for the head and neck cancer unit until he left his post.
He chaired the Turkish Oncology head and neck cancer studies group between 2001 -2003 and also contributed to ESTRO teaching courses as a teacher in the Evidence Based Oncology course between1999-2004.
He moved to the UK in 2004 joining Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary senior lecturer and was the lead for the nonsurgical head and neck team (2008-2019).
He contributed to the NCRI head and neck clinical studies group as a member (2006-2015) and then chair of the systemic treatments and radiotherapy subgroup (2006-2011). During this time notable achievements included establishing links between national and international research groups and chaired the EORTC Head and Neck - radiotherapy subgroup (2011-2015)
His research interest includes improving outcomes by combined treatments and evaluation of recurrence patterns. He is currently contributing to on-going national randomised clinical trials as local PI, National lead, TMG member and safety chair. He is chair of the steering committee of the annual York head and neck cancer one day educational event. He became chair of BAHNO International committee in 2019.
Claire Paterson Oncology rep
Dr Claire Paterson is an NHS consultant clinical oncologist in head and neck cancers at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow and honorary senior lecturer, University of Glasgow. She holds a NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Senior Fellowship. She is a leads clinical research in head and neck cancer in the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) RadNet Glasgow Centre. These roles have enabled her to develop and deliver clinical studies in head and neck cancer as well as contribute to several multi-centre studies as local principal investigator or UK chief investigator.
Dr Paterson serves on the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network advisory board for head & neck cancers and is an active member of the NCRI head and neck surgery and localised therapy sub-group. She has published several peer reviewed papers and is currently undertaking a research MD evaluating the use of diffusion weighted MRI as a predictive biomarker of response to radiotherapy in poor prognosis oropharyngeal cancer.
Adam Jones Pathology rep
Lorna McCaul Restorative Dentisty rep
Rob Issac Associate Members' rep
Justin Roe AHP rep
1. Consultant/ Joint Head – Department of Speech and Language Therapy: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
2. Clinical Service Lead (Airways/ Complex ENT): Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
3. NIHR Imperial BRC/ Imperial Health Charity Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London
Justin is a clinical-academic and service lead, specialising in dysphagia in benign and malignant head and neck disorders. He is the Clinical Service Lead at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction/ ENT Service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist/ Joint Head of Service at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. His academic base is at the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London.
Justin 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. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care, airway stenosis, co-design and ethics and spoken at scientific meetings and conferences internationally. Justin is a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) 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.
Florence Cook AHP rep
Florence underwent her dietetic training at the University of Nottingham, where she graduated in 2013. She is currently completing her MSc in Clinical Nutrition at University College London.
Florence has worked as a Head & Neck Dietitian at University College London Hospital for the last 5 years and she sits on the British Dietetic Association Head & Neck Oncology sub-group committee.
Florence’s research interests lie in decision making for enteral feeding in head and neck oncology service-users, including patients experiences with home enteral tube feeding. Florence is also interested in the impact of nutrition on body composition and treatment outcomes.
Maria Smith BAHNON Representative
Base: Royal Alexandra Hospital/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital - NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Maria has been a Macmillan Head & Neck Cancer CNS working within NHS Greater and Glasgow & Clyde for the past 19 years. Since developing this role within the Clyde area she has gained extensive experience in supporting Head & Neck Cancer patients throughout their disease trajectory. Maria has recently helped develop on-line Head & Neck Cancer teaching modules now available on the LearnPro platform. She is also actively involved in developing and updating Head & Neck cancer related policies, guidelines and patient information which keeps her focused on improving patient care. She has been an active member of the BAHNON Committee since December 2013 and took up the position as Chair in February 2020. This challenging role has allowed her to network further afield sharing good practice as well as continuing to provide the best level of service for this patient group.