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Prof Hisham Mehanna is a world-renowned ear, nose, throat and head and neck surgeon, with an international reputation in the management and research of head and neck and thyroid cancer.

Prof Mehanna joined the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham in November 2012 as the Chair of Head and Neck Surgery, and the Director of the world-renowned Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education (InHANSE). Before that, he was a consultant specialist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and the Birmingham Heart of England Foundation Trust between 2004-2012.

Hisham graduated from Glasgow Medical School with honours in 1994.  He went on to complete his ear nose and throat surgery specialist training in the West of Scotland, before undertaking a specialist training fellowship in advanced head and neck, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery at the Auckland Regional Head and Neck Unit in New Zealand. 

Prof Mehanna has been awarded many accolades, eponymous (named) lectures, visiting professorships, and positions of esteem. He also served current President of the Head and Neck Cancer International Group, a collaboration of 20 national groups around the world. He was also the President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, the UK's multidisciplinary professional body for head and neck clinicians, between 2011 and 2019, and the Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute's head and neck group between 2012 and 2017.

Clinical interests


Hisham is one of only a few surgeons in the UK who performed endoscopic (keyhole) surgery of the thyroid and parathyroids, and one of a few ENT surgeons trained in microvascular reconstruction techniques for head and neck cancer.

His clinical interests include: Thyroid and parathyroid surgery including difficult and complex cases; for example, overactive thyroid (thyrotoxicosis) and retro-sternal goitre (thyroid extending in to the chest), Difficult and complex head and neck and salivary surgery, including the management of recurrent head and neck cancer, Voice and laser surgery, Swallowing problems, Parotid and Salivary surgery, Nasal allergy, sinusitis and polyps Tonsillitis 

Research interests

Prof Mehanna holds more than £12 million in research grants, awarded by the Department of Health, Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council and industry. Hisham’s research interests focus on improving treatments of head and neck conditions and thyroid disease. He runs several national and international studies, including identifying better treatments for Human papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer, and better diagnosis of patients with thyroid cancer. He has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, the world's leading medical journals.

Education interests

Hisham is invited to lecture all over the world, and has given several eponymous (named) and plenary lectures, and several visiting professorships. He has also run several international conferences and courses, as well as being a member of the scientific committees of some of the world's main head and neck conferences. 


Hisham has three children, which take up a lot of his free time. He also enjoys scuba diving, reading and has recently taken up drumming.

Education & Training


PhD, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


F.R.C.S. (ORL-HNS) Ad hom, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Royal College of  Surgeons of England, UK


Fellowship in advanced head and neck and thyroid surgery and in micro vascular surgery, Auckland Head and Neck Unit, New Zealand


F.R.C.S. (ORL-HNS) Glasg., Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK


F.R.C.S. Glasg., Clinical Surgery in General, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK


M.B., Ch.B. (hons), University of Glasgow, UK

Research Publications

Prof Mehanna has published over 125 books, chapters and  peer-reviewed articles in some of the top medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. Below are some of his main publications.

November, 2018

Mehanna H, Robinson M, Hartley A, Kong A, Foran B, Fulton-Lieuw T, Dalby M, Mistry P, Sen M, O’Toole L, Booz H, Dyker K, Moleron R, Whitaker S, Brennan S, Cook A, Griffin M, Aynsley E, Rolles M, DeWinton E, Chan A, Srinivasan S, Grumett, J, Leemans C, Buter J, Henderson J, Harrington K, McConkey C, Gray A, Dunn J, on behalf of the De-ESCALaTE HPV Trial Group. 

Radiotherapy plus cisplatin or cetuximab in low-risk human papillomavirus-positive  oropharyngeal cancer (De-ESCALaTE HPV):  an open-label randomised controlled phase 3 trial.

August, 2014

Mehanna H, Al-Maqbili T, Carter B, Martin E, Campain N, Watkinson J, McCabe C, Boelaert K, Franklyn JA.

Differences in the Recurrence and Mortality Outcomes Rates of Incidental and Nonincidental Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 21 329 Person-Years of Follow-Up.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Aug;99(8):2834-43.

doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-2118

April, 2016

Mehanna H, Wong WL, McConkey C, Rahman JK, Robinson M, Hartley AG, Nutting C, Powell N, Al-Booz H, Robinson M, Junor E, Hulme C, Smith AF, Hall P, Dunn J. 

PETCT – guided surveillance versus planned neck dissection in advanced nodal disease of  head and neck cancer treated by chemoradiotherapy. 

N Engl J Med. 2016 Apr 14;374(15):1444-54.

doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1514493

Novermber, 2012

Al Maqbali T, Tedla M, Weickert MO, Mehanna H.

Malignancy Risk Analysis in Patients with Inadequate Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) of the Thyroid.

PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49078.

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049078

To see a full list of Prof Mehanna’s publications, please click on the read more button below


President, Head and Neck Cancer International Research Group, 2019-present.

Chair of the Academic and Scientific Committee, British Academic Conference on Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2018-present

Adjunct Professor in Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgery, University of Southern Denmark 2017-present.

President, British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists 2017-2019.

Founding Secretary, Head and Neck Cancer International Research Group, 2016-2019.

Chair, National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Group 2011-2017.

Honorary Member, The Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology of India, 2018.

Honorary Member, German Society of ORL-HNS, 2018.

Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2019.

Presidential Plenary Presentation, European Society of Medical Oncology, Munich Oct 2018.

RM Tiwari Oration lecture, Indian Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology Annual Meeting, Kolkata, Oct 2018.

Faculty, International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies' World Tour, 2018.

Nunn Lecture, British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting, London,  May 2016.

University of Birmingham’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Business Advancement, 2015. 

Plenary Lecture, American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago 2015.

Sullivan Visiting Professor and Lecture - Wharton-Elia-Sullivan Day,Toronto, May 2015.

Guthrie Lecture, ENT Scotland Winter Meeting, Edinburgh, November 2014.

Two High Commendation Awards for research from American Head Neck Society, 2010.

Best systematic review published in Clinical Otolaryngology, 2008.


Guthrie Fellowship by the Scottish Otorhinolaryngological Society 2002 – 2003.

The College Travelling Fellowship. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons,Glasgow, 2002.

Andrew Baxter Prize for Best Presentation, Registrars’ Meeting of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at Glasgow, May 1998 and May 2002.

Guthrie Award, by the Scottish Otorhinolaryngological Society to attend BACO 1999.
Scottish Innovation John Logie Baird Inventor of the Year award – regional winner, 1999.

Practice Locations

BMI The Priory Hospital

Priory Road, Edgbaston , Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7UG

Tel: +44 121 440 2323

BMI The Meriden Hospital

University Hospital Site, Clifford Bridge Rd, Coventry CV2 2LQ, United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 24 7664 7070

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