I have joined the evidENT team as a NIHR clinical lecturer, and will complete my ENT surgical training in the North Thames Deanery alongside this post. I am really happy to have become part of the team at this point in my career, and bring translational research experience to the team.
I graduated from my medical degree in Belfast in 2004, and prior to graduation obtained a first class honours degree in Therapeutics and Pharmacology. Before moving to London, my medical career has brought me to Perth (Western Australia), Manchester and Northern Ireland, where I have undertaken surgical training and higher specialist training in ENT/Head and Neck Surgery.
Since the beginning of my ENT research career, I have had a clinical interest in the care of patients suffering from head and neck cancer, and I have undertaken various clinical and research projects in this area. In 2015, I graduated with a PhD in surgical oncology having taken three years out of training to complete this, and my research area was cancers of the head and neck that are caused by the human papillomavirus. In particular, I investigated the predictive utility of various diagnostic tests, as well as the importance of patient-related and molecular factors in improving survival.
As well as my PhD, I have a Masters in medical education, and enjoy integrating teaching activities into my work. I am a member of the Royal College of Edinburgh’s Trainees’ Committee, and represent the college at BMA Junior Doctor Committee meetings and other events.
My role in the evidENT team will focus on clinical trial recruitment and development, and I look forward to working with surgical and oncology colleagues in London to deliver this. I plan to undertake translational research projects that link laboratory based research to patient outcomes.