Medical Advisory Board

Facial Palsy UK has recruited a Medical Advisory Board made up of 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). The members of our Medical Advisory Board provide input regarding the content on the website, advice leaflets and to help promote this under-recognised condition to the wider medical community and to ensure all our material is accurate and based on clinical practice.

Patrick AddisonMr 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.

Omar AhmedMr 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.

Tim BlackburnMr 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.

Dominic BrayMr 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.

Jonathan BrittoMr 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.

Dan ButlerMr Daniel Butler – Plastic Surgery Trainee

Daniel Butler is a plastic surgery trainee in London having graduated from University College London Medical School. Whilst at The Royal Free, Daniel developed an interest in facial reanimation surgery and hopes to practice within this field after completing his training. He also has an interest in healthcare management and service organisation and is currently undertaking an MBA to extend his skillset within these areas.

Jonathan ColeProfessor 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.

Demetrius EvriviadesMr 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.

Adel FattahMr 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.

Sally GloverSally 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.

Richard IrvingMr 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.

Georgios Kontorinis 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.

Raman MalhotraMr 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.

Paolo MatteucciMr 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.

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.

Charles NdukaMr 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 NevilleCatriona 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.

Ahmed SadiqProfessor 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. Professor Sadiq has an interest in facial palsy management and is a medical adviser to the British Acoustic Neuroma Association.

Chris SkilbeckMr 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.

Nick ThomasMr 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.

William TownleyMr 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.

Kallirroi TzafettaMs 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 WalkerWendy Walker – Neurological Physiotherapist

Wendy qualified as a physiotherapist 30 years ago and specialised in neurological physiotherapy. She works extensively with patients with facial paralysis and 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 YouattMargaret 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.

Sarah Healey – Patient Representative

Sarah Healey is the patient representative on the Medical Advisory Board. Sarah has had a facial palsy for thirty years following the removal of an acoustic neuroma. In her professional career as a nurse she has managed community nursing services and has been a member of a local Research Ethics Committee. Now retired, Sarah is a governor at Chailey Heritage Foundation which includes a school for children with complex physical disabilities.

Please note that by appearing on our website and as part of our medical advisory board, we are not providing recommendations of healthcare professionals’ clinical practice.

Last reviewed: 02-09-2019    ||    Next review due: 02-12-2019