About this event

  • Date and time Fri 1 Nov 2019 from 9:15am to 12:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology

Join Professor Tim Woolford in his Presidential Address to hear about the importance of surgical training not only for trainees, but also for the trainer, and Mr John Watkinson about Semon's contribution to Thyroid Surgery.

Professor Woolford will give a lively and personal reflection of his career as a sub-specialist facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and explain why being a surgical teacher has improved the quality of his patient care and surgical outcomes. He will also describe key lessons learned from performing several hundred facial plastic and reconstructive surgery cases.

This year's Semon's lecture, entitled 'From Felix to the Helix, and from the Cradle to the Grave – Semon’s contribution to Thyroid Surgery', will be given by the prestigious Mr John Watkinson, Honorary Paediatric ENT, Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at l Great Ormond Street Hospital.

This event is free for all RSM members.

On the same day, in the afternoon, there will be the Joseph Toynbee memorial lecture and Presidential address from the Otology Section, also free for members - click here to view. Join us for both events.

For a full history of the Semon Lectures from 1913 to the present day, click here.

All ENT events are free for RSM members. The Otology president, Mr Chris Aldren, and the Laryngology and Rhinology president, Prof Tim Woolford, have written on ENT and Audiology News magazine about the programmes for each section:

Save the dates and join us for another academic year of high quality education and networking.

The Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology Section would like to thank DP Medical, KARL STORZ, Medtronic and Oticon Medical for supporting their Academic Year 2019 to 2020 Programme of Events.

We would also like to thank our exhibitors for this event:

Advanced Bionics, MED-EL, Minim Healthcare, Mitchell Wealth Management Ltd and Stryker.

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Professor Tim Woolford

Professor Tim Woolford

Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary; Honorary Clinical Professor, Edge Hill University

Speaker's biography

Tim Woolford is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and an Honorary Clinical Professor at Edge Hill University where he leads an MCh in Rhinology & Facial Plastic Surgery.

His surgical practice is almost entirely dedicated to nasal plastic & reconstructive surgery. He writes and teaches widely on the subject in the UK and overseas.

Tim is Associate Editor of the JLO, past President of FPS UK and President Elect of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Laryngology and Rhinology.

Mr John Watkinson

Mr John Watkinson

Honorary Paediatric ENT/Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon,l Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

John Watkinson qualified from the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1979, and trained in ENT, Head and Neck and Plastic Surgery at Guys Hospital and The Royal Marsden. He has Fellowships in General Surgery and Otolaryngology, an MSc in Nuclear Medicine and MS in Surgery. He is an elected member (by thesis) of both the American Triological Society and the American Head & Neck Society. He held visiting professorships at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and then Duke in Carolina, USA before completing his training with a further Plastics Fellowship at Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow.

He was a Consultant Head and Neck and Thyroid surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham NHS Trust (1992 – 2017), and Consultant Thyroid Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London (2016 – 2017). He is currently Honorary Paediatric Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), and lectures in Anatomy at UCL, London.

He had a large thyroid clinical and research practice, supervised over 30 Higher Degrees and in 1998 was Hospital Surgical Doctor of the Year. He has published on all aspects of Head & Neck and Thyroid surgery; organised the Birmingham Head and Neck course (1997-2006) and is Chief Editor of several major textbooks including Scott Brown, Stell and Maran,Tips & Tricks in Endocrine Surgery, and has edited the latest Neck Section in Gray’s Anatomy. He was President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (2009-2011), President of British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (2011-2013) and is the first ENT surgeon to hold that honour.

He was President of the Royal Society of Medicine Laryngology Section (2014-2015). He has been involved in a number of National guidelines including NICE, BTA, BAHNO, DAHNO and ENT-UK, and was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in 2009 from The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was appointed by [Dame] Tessa Jowell to serve on ARSAC (Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee) for the Government (1994 – 2002). From 2003 – 2010 he was an examiner for the Part III FRCS-ORL Exam. In 2015, he was awarded the Jobson Horne Prize by the BMA for his lifetime contribution to medicine in

ENT, and in 2019 was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the President and Counsel of BAHNO. John was also a member of the NCIN and NICR national committees.

John has given a number of eponymous lectures including the Stell memorial lecture (2005), John Palmer (Toronto 2007), the Leegard lecture (2009), Hunterian (2009), the Wilde Discourse (2011), RSM Presidential Address (2014) and the Thomas Tatum Lecture (2016). In 1994, together with Adrian Drake-Lee, the Warwickshire Cricketers, Dr Hilary Jones, the late Roy Castle and Peter Scudamore he co-founded The Get A-Head Charitable Trust (www.getahead.org.uk).

John is married with two children, enjoys travelling, watching all sports, fishing and fine wine!


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Semon lecture: From Felix to the Helix, and from the Cradle to the Grave – Semon’s contribution to Thyroid Surgery

Mr John Watkinson, Honorary Paediatric ENT/Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon,l Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break
Presidential address: A career in rhinology & facial plastic surgery: Learning through teaching

Professor Tim Woolford, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Question and answer session
Closing remarks
Close of session
Presidential lunch

Pre-registration required



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