I am UCL Professor of Laryngology and a surgeon specialising in the management of disorders of the airway, voice and swallowing. Since my Fellowship in head and neck surgery in Australia in the early 1990's, I have been committed to the pursuit of new ways of restoring normal quality of life to patients with diseases of the head and neck. I performed work defining the immunology and innervation of the larynx, and this work culminated in 2010 with the world's first combined laryngeal and tracheal transplant. Completed jointly with surgeons at the University of California Davis, the Californian lady recipient talks, swallows and leads an active life today. In 2008, I contributed to the world's first stem-cell based tissue engineered organ transplant in an adult and in 2010, the first in a child (Great Ormond Street). Since then, I have worked with teams at UCL to develop clinical grade products for tissue-engineered laryngeal and tracheal replacement and reconstruction. I am presently PI on two projects seeking to harness soft robotics technology to unmet clinical motor needs, especially those in the head and neck. I was named Daily Telegraph-Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year for Science and Technology in 2009, am founding member and immediate Past President of the British Laryngological Association and Medical Director of the National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs.
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