Medical legal expertise
I am a Consultant ENT surgeon and was departmental lead for 27 years, at the West Middlesex University Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. I resigned from this post in March 2017. I maintain a private practice based at the BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex and have a busy medico-legal practice. I conduct 8 clinics per week and 3 operating lists. I was trained at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School which is now part of University College London, and qualified in 1979. My qualifications are MB.BS, FRCS (Otolaryngology-England, 1986), Specialist Accreditation in Otolaryngology (Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1989).
My ENT training was from the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital, The Royal Surrey County Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, where I carried out research in Middle and Inner ear diseases and conditions. I am a general ENT surgeon with special interests in Middle and Inner Ear diseases and surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Thyroid surgery and paediatric ENT diseases and surgery.
I have published some 30 papers in peer-reviewed and practice journals on topics in Otolaryngology, more in Otology and conditions of the ear.
I was awarded the TWJ travelling fellowship in research in 1987 and I worked in Toronto in the Temporal Bone Research Laboratory.
I won the Xomed-Treace National Competition in original ear research in 1988 and presented my findings to the American Academy of Otolaryngology in San Diego, California, US.
I have been a medical expert in medico-legal work for over 24 years and have been asked to prepare reports by solicitors for both patient -claimants and hospital -defendants. The ratio is approximately 60:40 respectively. I also have been involved in personal injury cases and occupational health claims. I have sat on regular Police Pension Appeal Boards as an expert and provide relevant reports regarding disability from injury in service (tinnitus and hearing loss). I have worked with a number of UK police forces. I was an Independent Medical Referee (IMR) for a large number of Pension Appeal cases in 2017 and 2018.
I keep up to date in the medico-legal field by attending regular courses in different aspects of the work. I have attended the following recent courses:
- Expert Witness Skills-How to Avoid the Pitfalls. Organised jointly by Royal Society of Medicine and BPP University School of health in London in July 2015 and was delivered by Counsel from Goldsmith Chambers.
- Excellence in Report Writing. Bond Solon, London. 12 December 2016
- Witness Familiarisation Programme. Bond Solon, London. 16 May 2017
(part of CUB programme)
I was awarded the Cardiff University/Bond Solon certificate for Expert Witnesses in October 2017. I have attended the Bond Solon Conference for Expert Witnesses annually since November 2017.