Medical Advisory Board

Facial Palsy UK has recruited a Medical Advisory Board made up of leading practitioners from a range of professions of relevance to facial palsy (ear, nose and throat surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology, neurology, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, maxillofacial surgery, medical research and dentistry).

Mr Patrick Addison
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Patrick Addison is a consultant plastic surgeon in Edinburgh with an interest in adult and paediatric facial paralysis. Having completed a head and neck fellowship in Toronto, a centre of excellence for facial paralysis surgery, he returned to the UK in 2008. He undertakes a wide range of facial reanimation work including microvascular reconstruction and has written one textbook chapter on facial paralysis.

Mr Omar Ahmed
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Omar Ahmed has been a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, since February 2005. Omar was instrumental in setting up the Northern Facial Nerve Centre in 2006, the first multidisciplinary team for the management of facial paralysis in the Northeast of England. He has extensive experience in reconstructive surgery, specialising in reconstruction after facial palsy, head and neck cancer, and skin cancer. Omar is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Special Interest Group of BAPRAS.

Katerina Anesti
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Katerina Anesti is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where she is a core member of the Peninsula head & neck cancer network. She undertook fellowships in NZ, USA and Taiwan, specialising in Head & Neck Reconstruction and microsurgery and developed further skills in facial reanimation surgery. She has an interest in complex head & neck reconstruction and offers a multidisciplinary approach to both adults and children with facial palsy including free tissue transfer.

Mr Tim Blackburn
Consultant Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgeon
Tim Blackburn has been at Manchester Royal Infirmary since 2008 after graduating from King’s College London medical school followed by training in London, Liverpool and Manchester with visiting fellowships for facial reconstruction & reanimation surgery in Toronto, Boston and Milan. He performs reanimation surgery in the interdisciplinary team in Central Manchester across the co-located Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Eye and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals and has chaired the MDT for the Manchester Facial Nerve Centre 2008-2014. As a member of both the Manchester skull base & head neck oncology teams serving 3.2 million population, he has wide experience in complex facial reconstruction and reanimation surgery.

Mr Dominic Bray
Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dominic Bray trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London. After completing his ENT/ Head and Neck surgery specialist training in London, he sub-specialised in facial plastic surgery with a research and clinical interest in facial reanimation following facial paralysis, and now works independently as a facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon at 70 Harley Street, London. He has personally suffered a facial palsy, giving him a unique insight and empathy into the condition as a physician and as a patient.

Mr Jonathan A. Britto
Consultant Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon
Jonathan Britto is a consultant paediatric craniofacial surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, with an interest in paediatric smile reconstruction. He has previously held a consultant post in adult head and neck reconstruction and the rehabilitation of adult facial palsy. He has an interest in the multidisciplinary care of adults and children with facial paralysis.

Lorraine Clapham
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist
Lorraine Clapham has been the Lead Physiotherapist in Neurosciences at Southampton University Hospital Trust since 1978. Her work includes the rehabilitation of patients with facial disorders. In 2000, she established a clinic dedicated to patients with facial paralysis. She is committed to improving both access to treatment and evidence-based practice for patients with facial paralysis and is one of the founder members of Facial Therapy Specialists UK.

Professor Jonathan Cole
Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology
A consultant at Poole Hospital and Professor in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Bournemouth, Jonathan Cole was educated at Oxford and The Middlesex Hospital, London. His research has focussed on chronic pain, motor control, sensory loss, and the first person experience of neurological conditions. He has written two books on the relations between face and self.

Mr Demetrius Evriviades
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Demetrius Evriviades trained at Oxford and in the Trent region. He undertook an Advanced Surgical Fellowship with Dr Ralph Manktelow, an expert in the treatment of facial palsy, in Toronto, Canada. A consultant at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, he has a particular interest in facial reconstruction, the treatment of facial paralysis and microvascular facial reanimation surgery.

Mr Adel Fattah
Consultant Paediatric Plastic and Microsurgeon
Adel is a consultant at the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust whose primary specialty is facial palsy reconstruction. He trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto with Dr Ron Zuker. He has established a multidisciplinary team that provides holistic care for all aspects of facial palsy in children.

Professor Rosalie Ferner
Consultant Neurologist
Rosalie Ferner studied at the Medical School of Newcastle, and gained experience in oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. She has been a consultant neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 1999. Her specialist clinical work is in tumour suppressor conditions – neurofibromatosis 1 and 2, schwannomatosis and von Hippel Lindau disease. She was appointed Professor of Neurology in 2010.

Professor Michael Gleeson
Consultant ENT and Skull Base Surgeon
Michael Gleeson trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, the University of Southampton, Seattle and Zurich. He is Professor of Otolaryngology and Skull Base Surgery at University College Hospital, Emeritus Consultant Otolaryngologist to Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and Honorary Consultant Skull Base Surgeon to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Throughout his career, he has focused his attention on skull base and parotid surgery.

Sally Glover
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Sally Glover has worked as a clinical specialist in neurosciences since 1992. She is currently based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Sally has a particular interest in facial neuromuscular rehabilitation following Bell’s palsy, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma), facial nerve transplant and surgical reanimation. She is a specialist botulinum toxin injector for patients experiencing synkinesis and dystonia.

Mr Carl Hardwidge
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Carl Hardwidge undertook his medical and neurosurgical training at Southampton University and in Cardiff, Liverpool and Birmingham. A consultant at Hurstwood Park Hospital, Haywards Heath, he has a keen interest in skull base surgery. With Bob Tranter and Nick Saunders, he set up the Sussex Skull Base team and helped develop the British Skull Base Society. Carl is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex University Medical School.

Mr Richard Irving MD FRCS (ORL-HNS)
ENT Consultant Neurotologist, Skull Base Surgery
Qualifying from King's College Hospital in 1985 and trained in London, Cambridge and San Francisco; Richard was appointed Consultant in Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth and Children’s Hospitals in 1997. He provides a regional and national service for patients with complex ear disease. His clinical interests are in the rehabilitation of hearing with auditory implants, vertigo, facial paralysis and the management of skull base tumours. Richard is widely published in all aspects of otology and serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of international journals. He is the current President of the British Society of Otology, and Secretary of the British Society for The History of ENT.

Dr Virginia Kingsmill
Consultant Restorative Dentist
Ginny Kingsmill is a senior clinical lecturer at Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in dentistry from Guy’s Hospital and completed a PhD at University College London, before undertaking a five-year specialist training programme in Restorative Dentistry. She also works as a consultant at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester and at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

Mr Georgios Kontorinis
Consultant ENT Surgeon and Neurotologist
Having obtained his ENT training and his MD in Hannover Medical School in Germany, Georgios Kontorinis completed advanced fellowships in paediatric Otolaryngology in Sheffield Children’s Hospital and in complex Otology, auditory implantation and Skull Base surgery in Manchester University Hospitals. Since 2013 he’s been a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Skull Base Surgeon at the Institute of Neuroscience in Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. He has a special clinical and research interest in hearing and balance disorders as well as in facial nerve palsy.

Mr Brian Leatherbarrow
Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon
Brian Leatherbarrow completed his basic ophthalmic training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, followed by sub-specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa, USA. A consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, he has over 25 years of experience in ophthalmology. His major areas of expertise are oculoplastic, orbital, and lacrimal surgery. He has treated a large number of patients with facial palsy in conjunction with colleagues in ENT, plastic surgery and neurosurgery over the last two decades, continually striving to improve the surgical techniques available to his patients.

Mr Raman Malhotra
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon
Raman Malhotra graduated in medicine and surgery from the University of Bristol. He completed his ophthalmic surgical training at the Western Eye Hospital in London, in Oxford, and in Adelaide, Australia. He is based at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. His specialist interests include facial nerve palsy rehabilitation, reconstructive eyelid and orbital surgery, endonasal lacrimal surgery and aesthetic eyelid rejuvenation.

Mr Paolo Matteucci
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Paolo Matteucci is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary specialising in complex head and neck and facial reconstruction. He has extensive experience in microvascular reconstruction in the head and neck and a special interest in facial palsy management. To this end he has set up a Multidisciplinary Team in Hull to manage the holistic needs of facial palsy patients. He continues to work hard with local commissioners to improve patient’s access to specialist care.

Mr David A. Moffat
Consultant in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
David Moffat has been a consultant surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Associate Lecturer of the University of Cambridge since 1981. In addition to running a general ENT service he has established the Department of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery with his neurosurgical colleagues. This is now one of the leading units in the UK, attracting referrals from all over the country and abroad.

Miss Philippa Moth
Locum Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Philippa Moth trained at The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. She completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a specialist interest in minimal-access surgery. She has recently been appointed as a Locum Consultant at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust looking after patients with complicated pregnancies and benign gynaecological conditions.
Philippa has firsthand experience of the physical and psychological challenges of facial palsy, having suffered a Bell's palsy in pregnancy.

Mr Charles Nduka
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Charles Nduka trained at Oxford and Imperial College before joining the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, in 2006. Having developed an interest in facial palsy, he launched with colleagues a multidisciplinary team that covers Sussex, Kent and part of Surrey, and receives referrals from across the country. Charles Nduka is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee and acting CEO of Facial Palsy UK.

Catriona Neville
Extended Scope Practitioner Physiotherapist
Catriona Neville works as an extended scope practitioner physiotherapist in the field of facial palsy at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, which she joined in 2002. In 2007, she set up the Facial Palsy Clinic with Charles Nduka. In 2010, Catriona Neville and three colleagues founded Facial Therapy Specialists UK, a group supporting and training therapists in this field across the UK.

Rupert Obholzer
ENT/Skull Base Consultant
Rupert Obholzer is a consultant ear, parotid and skull base surgeon at Guys and Kings College Hospitals, London. He trained in London, with fellowships in Skull Base and ear surgery in Sydney and back in London. Rupert now runs the multidisciplinary facial nerve service at Guy's, and is a joint lead of the Neurofibromatosis and Skull Base teams.

Richard Price
Consultant Facial Plastic Surgeon
Richard Price Qualified from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in London and trained as a Plastic Surgeon in Manchester and Preston. He undertook fellowships in Australia (Melbourn and Adelaide), specialising in Head & Neck Reconstruction and microsurgery. He joined Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2007 and is the Lead Clinician for Head & Neck Reconstruction in Cambridge. He has a specialist interest in Facial Palsy and Facial Reconstruction, particularly in association with skull base tumours patients with neurofibromatosis types 1 & 2.

Professor Nichola Rumsey
Nichola Rumsey is Professor of Appearance Research at the University of the West of England. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). Following the completion of her PhD, ‘Psychological Problems Associated with Facial Disfigurement’ in 1983, Nichola has built an international reputation for her research in this field. She was awarded honorary membership of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2009.

Mr S. Ahmed Sadiq
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon
Ahmed Sadiq qualified from the University of London in 1987, and completed his ophthalmology training in London and Nottingham. He leads the Multi-disciplinary Facial Function Clinic based at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, where he has worked as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon since 1998. Mr Sadiq has an interest in facial palsy management and is a medical adviser to the British Acoustic Neuroma Association.

Dr Romi Anirban Saha
Consultant Neurologist
Romi Saha studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford and undertook his specialist neurology training in London. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular neuroscience. Since 2010 he has been Clinical Lead for Neurology at Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Saha has a specialist interest in Parkinsonian disorders and dystonia; he leads a Movement Disorders network including allied therapists and nurse specialists across Sussex.

Mr Nicholas Saunders
Consultant ENT Surgeon
Nick Saunders is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon in Brighton and Worthing. Having trained in London, he undertook a one year fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney before being appointed as a consultant in 2005. His clinical practice encompasses both adult and paediatric ENT, with his main areas of interest being otology and skull base surgery.

Helen Sharma
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist
Helen Sharma has worked as a specialist neurological physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital, London, since 2006. She trained at Manchester University, before completing a Masters degree at Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh. She has sub-specialised in neuromuscular rehabilitation following facial palsy and vestibular rehabilitation. Helen is committed to best practice for patients with facial palsy and is looking forward to developing an FPUK support group for the London region.

Mr Chris Skilbeck
ENT Skull Base Fellow
Chris Skilbeck has recently completed the Skull Base Fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, following his training in ENT, otology and Skull Base surgery in London. Whilst in Cambridge, he undertook to complete a research degree into balance in Neurofibromatosis 2. Qualifying in 2002 from Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals he has developed an interest in facial palsy throughout his training. In 2007 he was awarded the Nan Blofeld Award to enable him to spend time at the Facial Nerve Center in Boston, USA. Chris continues to contribute to the development of the facial palsy MDT clinic at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London.

Mr Nicholas Thomas
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Nick Thomas qualified from the London Hospital in 1988 and completed his neurosurgical training in major hospitals around London, as well as Ohio State University, USA. Nick Thomas was appointed to King’s College Hospital in 1998. His interests cover lateral skull base surgery (including vestibular schwannoma surgery and neurofibromatosis 1 and 2), endoscopic anterior skull base surgery (including pituitary disease), and complex spine surgery.

Mr William Townley
Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
William Townley is a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ in London where he is a lead clinician in the facial palsy service and a core member of the head & neck reconstruction team. He trained in Oxford and developed further skills in facial palsy in various international units including Toronto, Vancouver, Boston and France. He has an interest in complex facial reconstruction and offers a comprehensive surgical service to both adults and children with facial palsy including free tissue transfer.

Mr Robert Tranter
Consultant ENT Surgeon
Now retired, Bob Tranter was an ENT consultant at Brighton and Sussex University NHS Hospital Trust for 30 years. He was involved in head and neck cancer work, major ear surgery and skull base surgery. The facial nerve was an important structure which he encountered undertaking parotid surgery, ear surgery and acoustic neuroma surgery. In addition, he was associated in the diagnosis and treatment of facial palsy.

Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Kallirroi Tzafetta is a consultant plastic surgeon at St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. Ms Tzafetta is a core member of the Essex Head and Neck Network and performs head and neck reconstructive procedures following cancer removal, trauma, and to restore facial function and symmetry that have been affected by facial paralysis.

Wendy Walker
Neurological Physiotherapist
Wendy qualified as a physiotherapist 30 years ago and specialised in neurological physiotherapy. At The Lindens Clinic, Sale, Manchester, she works extensively with patients with facial paralysis. She is a member of the Facial Function Clinic, a specialist multidisciplinary clinic based at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital which allows patients to be assessed by a dedicated rehabilitation team including ENT & skull base, plastic and ophthalmic surgeons.

Margaret Youatt
Team Leader Physiotherapist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Margaret qualified as a physiotherapist from Kings College Hospital in 1982 and completed an MSc by Research at University of East Anglia in 2009. She has been working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust for 28 years and her work includes facial rehabilitation for people with facial nerve palsy from a variety of causes. She is committed to raising awareness of the impact of facial nerve palsy and the availability of facial rehabilitation. She started the Norwich Facial Palsy Support Group in November 2014.

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Last reviewed: 12/11/2015
Next review due: 04/08/2016