Professor Birchall

  • Aphonia (loss of voice)
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Pharyngeal Pouch
  • Tonsillitis
  • Voice disorders

Professor Martin Anthony Birchall

GMC: 3014279

Professor Martin Birchall is a world-leading academic, renowned surgeon, and pioneer in the field of laryngology. He is a specialist in voice, swallowing and breathing problems as well as coughs and neck lumps. He co-led the first team that used stem cell-based organ transplants and continues to dedicate himself to pioneering life-altering techniques via his active research and presence in the field.

He is currently the principal investigator on four clinical trials, including one which is exploring a new way to restore voice functions using the drive from unaffected nerves. He treats vocal cord weakness (palsy) using the latest technology such as laryngeal reinnervation and transcutaneous vocal cord injections and is an expert in managing pharyngeal pouches (Zenker's diverticula) using techniques including lasers and transnasal oesophagoscopy. He is a supporter and medical advisor to a number of charities including the National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs, Shout Against Cancer and Youth Against Crime.


  • Professional experience

    • Consultant, The Platinum Clinic, London
    • Consultant, The Chesterfield Clinic, Bristol
    • Consultant in Otorhinolaryngology, Royal National Throat, Head and Neck Surgery, Nose and Ear Hospital, London
    • Consultant ENT Surgeon, University College London Hospital
    • Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal Free London Hospital
    • Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Liverpool
    • Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Liverpool
    • Reader in Head and Neck Surgery, University of Bristol
    • Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
  • Public positions

    • Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, UCLH
    • Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital
    • NIHR Senior Investigator
  • Education

    • Addenbrooke's Hospital School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
    • University of Cambridge, Jesus College (1979-1985)
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (General Surgery, ENT and ORL), 1988, 1989, 1994
    • Doctor of Medicine, University of Cambridge, 1994
    • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2011
  • Professional membership

    • Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences
    • President, British Laryngological Association
    • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
    • European Laryngology Society (past committee member)
    • Otorhinolaryngological Research Society (past president)
    • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Teaching posts

    • Professor of Laryngology, University College London
    • Professor of Laryngology, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital
    • Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Liverpool, 2004-5
    • Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, John Farndon Professor of Surgery, University of Bristol, 2006-2009
  • Publications and conferences

    • 1. Ansari T, Lange P, Southgate A, Greco K, Carvalho C, Partington L, Bullock A, MacNeil S, Lowdell MW, Sibbons PD, Birchall MA. Stem Cell-Based Tissue-Engineered Laryngeal Replacement. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2016 Sep 9.
    • 2. Arulanandam S, Hakim AJ, Aziz Q, Sandhu G, Birchall MA. Laryngological presentations of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: case series of nine patients from two London tertiary referral centers. Clinical otolaryngology : official journal of ENT-UK ; official journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Cervico-Facial Surgery 19 Jul 2016
    • 3. Lange P, Shah H, Birchall M, Sibbons P, Ansari T. Characterization of a biologically derived rabbit tracheal scaffold. Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials 15 Jul 2016
    • 4. Baki MM, Menys A, Atkinson D, Bassett P, Morley S, Beale T, Sandhu G, Naduvilethil G, Stevenson N, Birchall MA, Punwani S. Feasibility of vocal fold abduction and adduction assessment using cine-MRI. Eur Radiol. 2016 Apr 16
    • 5. Birchall M, De Coppi P. Novel approach to in-vivo oesophageal regeneration. Lancet. 2016 Apr 8
    • 6. Nayyer L, Jell G, Esmaeili A, Birchall M, Seifalian AM. A Biodesigned Nanocomposite Biomaterial for Auricular Cartilage Reconstruction. Adv Healthc Mater. 2016 Mar 16
    • 7. Crowley C, Klanrit P, Butler CR, Varanou A, Platé M, Hynds RE, Chambers RC, Seifalian AM, Birchall MA, Janes SM. Surface modification of a POSS-nanocomposite material to enhance cellular integration of a synthetic bioscaffold. Biomaterials 83:283-293 01 Mar 2016
    • 8. Bogan SL, Teoh GZ, Birchall MA. Tissue Engineered Airways: A Prospects Article. J Cell Biochem. 2016 Feb 8
    • 9. Butler CR, Hynds RE, Gowers KH, Lee DD, Brown JM, Crowley C, Teixeira VH, Smith CM, Urbani L, Hamilton NJ, Thakrar RM, Booth HL, Birchall MA, De Coppi P, Giangreco A, O'Callaghan C, Janes SM. Rapid Expansion of Human Epithelial Stem Cells Suitable for Airway Tissue Engineering. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Feb 3
    • 10. Mehrban N, Teoh GZ, Birchall MA. 3D bioprinting for tissue engineering: Stem cells in hydrogels. International Journal of Bioprinting 2(0) 03 Jan 2016
    • Cutting Edge Laryngology London 5th – 7th Oct 2016
    • EAM meeting Mallorca 26th – 30th July 2016
    • BAPS Amsterdam 21st – 23rd July 2016
    • ELS Congress meeting Genoa 8th – 11th June 2016
    • WCBIP congress Florence 8th-11th May 2016
    • John F Daly Lecture, NYU Department of Otolaryngology 2nd April 2016
    • 11th Annual Advanced Practices in Voice and Dysphagia, Bally’s Resort in Las Vegas 21st-23rd Feb 2016
  • Prizes and awards

    • Morgan Stanley Briton of the Year (Science and Technology, 2008)
    • One of only four ENT surgeons listed in the Sunday Times "Top 100 Surgeons" list (2011)
    • BMA Jobson-Horne Prize for contributions to Otolaryngology (2009)
    • Morgan Stanley/Daily Telegraph Great Briton award 2008 (Science & Technology)
    • Wellcome Clinical Leave Fellowship (2001)

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Aphonia (loss of voice)
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Pharyngeal Pouch
  • Pharyngitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Voice disorders

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    15-17 Lodge Rd NW8 7JA - London (Central London)
    (+44) 02038840558
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    3 Clifton Hill BS8 1BN - Bristol
    (+44) 02038840558


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