About this event

  • Date and time Fri 5 Feb 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology

Join the Laryngology and Rhinology section for a webinar which will give an insight into in office treatments on the larynx. Speakers will include: Chad Al Yaghchi, Declan Costello, Ramon Franco, Markus Hess, Christella Antoni. 

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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*Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

*The Laryngology & Rhinology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd and Medtronic for their valued support of the 2020-2021 Academic Programme.  

Key speakers

Declain Costello

Declan Costello

Consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon

Speaker's biography

Declan Costello is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon specialising in voice disorders (a laryngologist). He studied music at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar under Christopher Robinson, and went on to study medicine at Imperial College. As a singer himself, he has a particular interest in treating voice disorders in performers. Having worked for ten years in Birmingham as a consultant, he moved to Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire in 2018. He has published a number of books and has written many chapters, including the chapter on “Larynx” for the 42nd edition of “Gray’s Anatomy”. In the middle of 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, he helped to coordinate research on the perceived dangers of singing and aerosols. This research led to the UK government opening up performing after a prolonged period of enforced silence.

Ms Christella Antoni

Consultant Speech & Language Therapist

Speaker's biography

Christella Antoni is a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist specialising in a wide range of voice work from voice disorder to performance voice. She is the leading U.K expert in the field of transgender voice. Qualifying in 1995 from UCL, Christella worked for 15 years as a Lead Voice Clinician for both Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust at Charing Cross Hospital and West London Mental Health Trust. Currently she works primarily in independent practice. In addition, she continues to co-run the Joint Voice Clinic with Mr Guri Sandhu within the ENT department at Charing Cross Hospital.

Mr Chadwan Al Yaghchi

 Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon

Speaker's biography

Mr Chadwan Al Yaghchi is a consultant Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon with a subspecialist interest in adult and paediatric laryngology. He manages the full spectrum of throat disorders including airway stenosis, voice disorders, swallowing difficulties in adults and children.

He completed his higher surgical training in Ear Nose and Throat in London North Thames regional rotation where he worked in some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals including Charing Cross Hospital, University College London Hospital and Royal London Hospital.

Prof. Dr. Markus Hess, MD

Director, Deutsche Stimmklinik, Hamburg, Germany


Speaker's biography

Dr. Hess graduated from University Medical School, Düsseldorf, and Freie Universität, Berlin. Since 1991 board-certified otolaryngologist and since 1995 board-certified phoniatrist. He accepted 1998 a position as full professor at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Professorship for Phoniatrics. He is co-founder and Head of the first Voice Clinic in Germany (Deutsche Stimmklinik, 2014).

He specialized in the care of the performing voice and the treatment of all kinds of voice disorders. Dr. Hess has long-standing experience in performing endoscopic and open surgical procedures on the larynx. He has invented many techniques for diagnostics and surgical interventions in laryngology and holds a patent on LED-stroboscopy. Dr. Hess brings a multidisciplinary approach to such patients as public speakers, singers, and actors. His surgical patients receive cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques in laryngeal microsurgery as well as office-based voice surgery in topical anaesthesia. Dr. Hess has authored and co-authored over hundred peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, book chapters, and textbooks. He is chair of Pan European Conferences (PEVOC) since 2015, a founding member of the ‘German Society of Phonosurgery’, founder and Executive Board member of the European Academy of Voice (EAV), Past-President of the international Collegium Medicorum Theatri (CoMeT) 2015-2018 and serves in multiple capacities on many international editorial and scientific boards and committees. Dr. Hess teaches regularly at national and international voice conferences and gives own courses in cutting-edge phonosurgery techniques.

Ramon A Franco Jr, MD

Medical Director of the Voice and Speech Lab Laryngology Fellowship Program Director Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School


View programme

The professional voice

Professional voice emergencies

Dr Ramon Franco

Larynx- In office treatments

Dr Markus Hess

Comfort break and sponsored industry presentation

XION Imaging Solutions for Voice given by Owen Pemberton, Commercial Director, DP Medical

Panel discussion on voice

Chair Chadwan Al Yaghchi

Declan Costello, Ramon Franco, Markus Hess, Christella Antoni


Closing remarks