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Mr Neil Sharma

Consultant Head and Neck, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgeon | University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust | Associate Professor University of Birmingham


Neil graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002, and completed his higher surgical training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2017. He was awarded his PhD in 2014 and continued post-doctoral research in Birmingham while completing his clinical training. He served as President for the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training between 2016 and 2017.

Neil received further advanced Head, Neck, Endocrine and reconstructive surgery training under the internationally renowned surgeons Mr Nick McIvor and Mr John Chaplin in New Zealand, before returning in 2018 to the University of Birmingham as a Clinician Scientist and Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham .

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and is on the Specialist Register for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery with the General Medical Council. He is an active member of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons, for which he also sits on the  Executive Committee, the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, ENTUK and the Society for Endocrinology.

Neil has lectured and published widely on the subject of head and neck/thyroid cancer. He has a strong clinical and translational research focus on thyroid disease, and has a significant research portfolio on qualitative research in head and neck cancer as well as global surgery to improve outcomes for head and neck malignancies.


Neil has a strong interest in all aspects of head and neck surgery. His main focus is on surgical oncology, carrying out more than 100 thyroid operations per year. He specialises in complex and revision thyroid surgery for benign and malignant disease and those with a genetic predisposition to thyroid cancer.


He leads the thyroid cancer surgery service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and runs the regional genetic thyroid oncology clinic. He also works with the ENT team at Birmingham Children's Hospital, operating on children affected by thyroid and parathyroid disease.


Neil's research is based at the Institute for Head and Neck Studies and Education, which is part of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, at the University of Birmingham.

His main research interest is thyroid disease and cancer. He completed his PhD examining novel therapeutic targets for radio iodine-refractory thyroid cancer and has continued to have a strong translational research interest. He is site lead for a number of national multi centre trials in to thyroid disease and thyroid cancer, and is a member of the trial steering group for the ELaTION multi-centre clinical trial, assessing the role of ultrasound elastography in diagnosing thyroid cancer.


Neil has lectured extensively on head and neck/thyroid disease and cancer. He is on the faculty for the ENT Masterclass, delivering lectures on thyroid and salivary gland surgery, and has given lectures at the RSM and BACO.  Neil is also part of the faculty for the Keele Head and Neck dissection course, and has taught on numerous courses for ENT doctors.

He is the deputy lead for Intercalated Clinical Sciences degree course, and module lead for Statistics and Bioinformatics.  He also lectures first and second year medical students on thyroid disease and cancer, and MSc Clinical Oncology students on head and neck malignancies.

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