Vinidh Paleri
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


MBBS, Madras, 1991
MS (Otolaryngology), Madras, 1994
FRCS (General Surgery), Glasgow, 1997
FRCS (Otolaryngology), London, 1998
FRCS (ORL-HNS), Intercollegiate Board, 2003


Otorhinolaryngological Research Society
British Association of Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons; secretary for Head and Neck council from 2008
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists; executive council member from 2012
British Medical Association

Honours and Awards

1. Philip Stell prize, Otorhinolaryngologic Research Society, 2004
2. Young Investigator award, Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society, 2004
3. Royal Society travelling fellowship, 2004
4. Royal Society of Medicine Research Prize, 2003
5. George Seed prize, North of England Otolaryngology Society, 2002
6. Munro-Black prize, 2002
7. Best poster prize, European Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, 2001
8. Grand Prize and First place in the International Contest on Otolaryngic Allergy, 1996
9. Indian Association of Anatomists Prize, 1994

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily on the processes of care, decision making and functional outcomes in head and neck oncology. I have published over 90 papers and reviews and 10 book chapters on head and neck oncology. I am Chief Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research funded study, "A feasibility randomised controlled trial of tube feeding methods in patients undergoing chemoradiation for head and neck cancer (TUBE trial)". I am also PI for three other trials within Newcastle Hospitals.

Other Expertise

My clinical interests and practice is primarily devoted to benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck (thyroid gland, salivary glands, mouth, throat and voice box, voice and swallowing problems)

Esteem Indicators

1. I am regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings

A. Northern Otolaryngology Trials Office EBM days: 2003, 2004 and 2007

B. Inaugural meeting of ENT-UK/Head and Neck Group, 2007

C. South West Head and Neck Study Day, 2007 and 2011

D. Newcastle ENT/Radiology Course, February 2007 and 2010

E. Joint Anglo-American Meeting organized by the British Association of Otolaryngologists-  Head and Neck Surgeons, Dublin, 2008

F. World Tour Education Programme organized by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies, 2009

H. 7th International Head and Neck quality of life meeting, 2010 (Keynote speaker)

I. ENTUK national meeting, 2010

J. British Association Head and Neck Oncologists, 2011

K. Expert opinion in ENT 2011 and 2013

L. Australian Society of Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons, 2012 (Keynote speaker)

M. European Society of Laryngology 2012 (Keynote speaker)

N. British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology 2012

O. South Wales Cancer Network Head & Neck Cancer Workshop 2012

2. I am a peer reviewer for Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences, Head and Neck and Oral Oncology (All within top 5 IF in the field) and an Associate Editor for Journal of Larygology and Otology

3. Member of Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group, National Cancer Research Institute (

4. Secretary for ENTUK HN, the head and neck group of the British Association of Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons and member of council for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists

5. I represent the British Association of Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons as an expert for a Health Technology Appraisal, led by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

6. Member of International Head and Neck scientific group (

1. I have co-edited the 4th edition of the national "Head and Neck Cancer: Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines" (Sept 2011). With 38 chapters written by 127 authors, it is endorsed by the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons,  British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists and British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons. Also available in electronic format with enabled web links (, this will support the delivery of evidence based practice across the UK for the next 3-4 years.

2. I am editor for "Head and Neck Malignancy" section for the national elearning project e-Learning for ENT (ElefENT), run by the British Association of ENT Surgeons.  This was launched on 4 July 2012 with 20 sessions.

3. I led the group that put together the programme for Head and Neck cancer sessions for the 10th international British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology, attended by 1200 delegates.

4. I am curently editing the section on "Head and Neck Disease" for the forthcoming 8th edition of Scott-Brown's Otolaryngology, the leading multi-volume multi-author textbook in the specialty in the world. I have now commissioned 80 chapters from an international authorship, planned for publication in July 2015.

5. Developed and run the "Newcastle Head and Neck Dissection Course" for 5 years with an international faculty and delegates. Excellent course feedback and this template used to teach higher surgical trainees. 

6. Co-organise Cleveland International Hands on Laser Course for the last 6 years: emphasis is on patient safety

7. Invitations to teach at surgical courses

A.      Cleveland International Hands on Laser course (2005-2012): As one of four core faculty, I am involved in deciding course content and delivery

B.      Birmingham International Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Course (2005 and 2006)

C.      European Head and Neck Course (2009 and 2012)

D.      Newcastle/Gray’s Inn Road Intercollegiate FRCS ENT Exam Revision Course (2005 to date)

E.       Iowa Head and Neck Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Course, University of Iowa, USA (2009)

F.       ENT Masterclass, Royal College of Surgeons, London (2009-2012)

G.     Masterclass in Head and Neck Surgery (2009-2012)

H.      Royal Marsden Head and Neck course (2010)

8. I served as member of the question writing panel for the Intercollegiate exit exam in Otolaryngology from 2005-2008.

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