I obtained my medical degree before passing my MRCS exam first time and then returning to dental school for my ‘second degree’. Maxillofacial surgeons are unique in that they hold both medical and dental degrees (are both qualified doctors and dentists). As part of my training I spent five years at one of the UK’s busiest trauma centres in East London. My training and experience from there still shapes some of my practice today.
At the end of my higher surgical training I passed the FRCS (OMFS) exam and was awarded the Gold Medal (awarded to one trainee per year for the highest achievement in the exam - both written and clinical). I was then awarded a Royal College of Surgeons fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery where I was given further specialist training in cosmetic surgery of the face. I was appointed as a consultant since 2015.
I have developed expertise in managing TMJ disorders and facial growth problems and lead the East of England regional centre for TMJ disease at Luton. I treat disease or functional problems of the jaw joints (TMJ/TMJD). This includes the management of facial pain, hypermobility disorders, Ehlers-Danlos, arthritis, locking, clicking and dislocations of the joint. I treat facial development and and post traumatic growth concerns. This includes unwanted appearances of the nose, teeth, chin as well as misalignment of the jaws or facial bones, facial asymmetry and abnormal bite.
I diagnosis and manage benign and cancerous skin lesions of the face. I am Deputy Chair of the Skin Cancer Service at Bedford Hospital. This involves bringing new research to the MDT (multi-disciplinary team) and adjusting local cancer guidelines accordingly, as well as providing expert opinion on patient management. I am fully trained in dermoscopy, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical treatment of facial skin cancers.
My subspecialty interest is these three areas, but I also treat all general oral, and oral and maxillofacial diseases/pathology.
In addition to my clinical work I have had a practical and research interest in patient safety for many years. In particular, I have expertise in Clinical Human Factors including safety in the operating theatre and situational awareness. I am a qualified HF trainer and jointly run training courses for healthcare professionals. I am a keen rock climber and cyclist, as well as a mechanic and spend time repairing and restoring cars.
Oral cancer awareness and referral
Diagnosis and management of TMJ disorders