Profile: Professor Francis Vaz – ENT Surgeon

Francis Vaz is a fully accredited ENT / Head and Neck Surgeon. His NHS Practice is based out of University College London NHS Trust where he holds a full time NHS post. He qualified from the University of London through The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994. He has passed his General Surgical FRCS (1998), his ENT FRCS (1999), his Intercollegiate FRCS (2004) and has been awarded his Certificate of Completion of Specialist training. He has visited institutions around the world (USA, Europe, Australia) to broaden his experience and to bring back an international flavour to his practice.

Francis has published widely on all aspects of ENT surgery and has contributed chapters to major ENT and General Medical textbooks. He has received prestigious awards from The Royal College of Surgeons (Lionel Colledge Fellowship) and also The British Association of Head and Neck Surgeons (BAHNO Traveling Fellowship).

Francis Vaz is a fully accredited ENT / Head and Neck Surgeon. His NHS Practice is based out of University College London NHS Trust where he holds a full time NHS post. He qualified from the University of London through The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994. He has passed his General Surgical FRCS (1998), his ENT FRCS (1999), his Intercollegiate FRCS (2004) and has been awarded his Certificate of Completion of Specialist training. He has visited institutions around the world (USA, Europe, Australia) to broaden his experience and to bring back an international flavour to his practice.

Francis has published widely on all aspects of ENT surgery and has contributed chapters to major ENT and General Medical textbooks. He has received prestigious awards from The Royal College of Surgeons (Lionel Colledge Fellowship) and also The British Association of Head and Neck Surgeons (BAHNO Traveling Fellowship).

Personal Profile

Francis Vaz trained at The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Whilst an undergraduate he intercalated a BSc(Hons) in 1991. He qualified as a doctor (MBBS) in 1994 obtaining a distinction in Clinical Therapeutics. He passed his FRCS (Gen) and FRCS (Otol) through the Royal College of Surgeons of England whilst undertaking his Basic Surgical rotation.

Francis’ ENT training was in the South Thames training scheme and he rotated through Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, The William Harvey Hospital (Ashford), The Medway Maritime Hospital and The Royal Sussex County Hospitals (Brighton). During this time he gained an excellent grounding in basic and super-specialist ENT. In his final year Francis undertook a Fellowship training year at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. This prestigious fellowship was a superb finish to an excellent training scheme.

Presently Francis undertakes his NHS practice as an ENT/ Head and Neck Surgical Consultant at the world famous University College London Hospital. He is part of an excellent team that works well and offers a first class service to the patients they treat and also are attached to a superb academic cancer institution.

In his spare time Francis enjoys golf and keeps fit by swimming. He also enjoys playing an active part in family life with his wife and children.

Publications

Published / Accepted

Vaz F.M, Belcher H.  Rupture of the tendon of flexor digitorum profundus in association with an enchondroma of the terminal phalanx. Journal of Hand Surgery (British and European Volume) 1998 23B: 4: 548 – 549.

Vaz F.M, Callanan V, Leighton S, Risdon A. Congenital Maxillary Cholesteatoma. The International Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology.2000 52; 283-286.

Vaz F.M, Samuel D.  Postcricoid sarcoid mimicking a malignancy. A lesson to remember. Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery 2000 123(1 Pt 1):150.

Vaz F.M, Edwards C, Owen E.  False aneurysm of the splenic artery as a complication of ergotamine overdose. The Journal of the Irish Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons. 2000 29: 4; 201-203.

Harkin H, Vaz F. Evidence based ear care. Primary Health Care. 2000 10: 8; 25-30. (Erratum 10: 9).

Harkin H, Vaz F.  Provision of ear care in the primary care setting. Primary Health Care. 2000 10:10; 30-33.

R Kanegaonkar, Vaz F.  The Sixteenth Temporal Bone Course, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, India : A junior trainees’ perspective. CME Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Bulletin 2001. 5: 14-15.

Withey S, Pracy P, Vaz F, Rhys-Evans P.  Sensory deprivation as a consequence of severe head and neck lymphoedema. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology 2001 115: 62-64..

F.M.Vaz,, Mr A.M. Neumann Jr, Mr D Albert. Severe epiglottic prolapse and the obscured larynx at intubation. Paediatric Anaesthesia.2002; 12: 537-40.
F Vaz R G Kanegaonkar.  Myringotomy and Ventilation Tube insertion: A practical model. CME Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Bulletin 2002; 6(3): 111

Konstantinidis I, Vaz F, Triaridis S, Fairley J.  Causse Laser Stapedotomy. Results and Patient Satisfaction Rate audit in a District General Hospital.. Hippokratia 2002, 6(1): 15-18.

Chitti-Batelli S, Vaz F, Coman S. Traumatic retropharyngeal heamatoma in a anticoagulated patient: a case report and proposal for a clinical protocol. Acta Otolaryngol 2005; 125(4): 443-445.

Kanegaonkar R, Douse E, Singh S, Vaz F. Benefits of  ‘An introduction to ENT’ for SHO’s. Ann R Coll Surg Eng (Suppl)2005; 87(2): 69

F Vaz, M Harries. Which ‘Office Videostroboscopy System’ ? ENT News 2005: 14(1);  53-55.

Vaz F, Ripley L, Lim D, Kanegaonkar R, Harries M. Visual quality of the nasendoscope with and without the endosheath. J Laryngol Otol 2006; 120: 385-388.

Wasson J, Kanegaonkar RG, Vaz FM, Thomas JN. How we do it:  Diagrammatic recording of tympanomastoid procedures. Clin Oto 2006: 31; 543-4.

Ronald Sroka, Philip Janda, Tina Killian, Christian S. Betz, F Vaz, Andreas Leunig. Comparison of long term results after Ho YAG and diode laser treatment of hyperplastic nasal turbinates. Lasers Surg Med. 2007 Apr;39(4):324-31.

Van Wyk FC, Vaz F, Harries M, Weighill J. Is there a difference in quality of life, comparing summer and winter, in patients who have undergone total laryngectomy? J Laryngol Otol. 2007 Oct 1:1-5.

O’Flynn P, Awad Z, Kothari P, Vaz FM .The first UK report of the applications of flexible CO2 laser in head and neck surgery: how we do it. Clin Otolaryngol. 2010 Apr;35(2):139-42

Lalabekyan B, Hopper C, Norris P, Vaz F, Kalavrezos N. Modification of the mandibular genial osteotomy for “drop down” access to the base of the tongue. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Nov;141(5):648-50

Khemani S, Govender R, Arora A, O’Flynn PE, Vaz FM. Use of botulinum toxin in voice restoration after laryngectomy. J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Dec;123(12):1308-13

Hume-Smith H, Fowler A, Vaz F, Suaris P. Dental implant removal to facilitate suspension laryngoscopy and laser treatment of an obstructed airway. Anaesthesia. 2010 Jan;65(1):78-81

A Riskalla, A Arora, F Vaz, P O’Flynn. Novel use of ultrasound-guided endo-cavitary probeto evaluate an impalpable parapharyngeal mass. J Laryngol  Otol 2010, 124, 328–329.

Khemani S, Govender R, Arora A, Vaz F. A simple modification of the ‘Taub air insufflation test’. Clin Otolaryngol. 2010 Jun;35(3):245-6

O’Flynn P, Awad Z, Kothari P, Vaz FM The first UK report of the applications of flexible CO laser in head and neck surgery: how we do it. Clin Otolaryngol. 2010 Apr;35(2):139-42

Nhembe F, Jerjes W, Upile T, Hamdoon Z, Vaz F, Hopper C. Subglottic carcinoma treated with surgery and adjuvant photodynamic therapy. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2010 Dec;7(4):284-7

Stimpson P, Ahluwalia S, Vaz F, O’Flynn P. A flexible option for organ preservation in head and neck surgery. Clin Otolaryngol. 2011 Feb;36(1):96-7

Stimpson P, Patel R, Vaz F, Xie C, Rattan J, Beale T, Harries M. Imaging strategies for investigating unilateral vocal cord palsy: how we do it. Clin Otolaryngol. 2011 Jun;36(3):266-71

Andreou Z, Randhawa PS, O’Flynn P, Vaz FM. Endoscopic management of an internal laryngopyocele presenting with acute airway obstruction. Case Rep Surg. 2011;2011:873613

Rollin M, Morley S, Hopper C, Vaz F. The evolving role of the head and neck radiologist in the operating theatre. EJSO 2012 Nov;38(11):1106-1133

Rollin M, Katsoulis K, Vaz F, O’Flynn P. Laryngectomy funding: mind the gap. Clinical Otolaryngology 2012;37(suppl.1):73-117

Rimmer J, Giddings CE, Vaz F, Brooks J, Hopper C. Management of vascular complications of head and neck cancer. J Laryngol Otol. 2012 Feb;126(2):111-5

Maqsood SE, Hughes JP, Vaz FM. Trends in advertised NHS otolaryngology consultant posts 2007-2011.Clin Otolaryngol. 2012 Feb;37(1):91

Abbas S, Jerjes W, Upile T, Vaz F, Hopper C. The palliative role of PDT in recurrent advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma: Case series. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2012 Jun;9(2):142-7

Hamdoon Z, Jerjes W, Al-Delayme R, Upile T, Vaz F. Radiation-induced high-grade spindle cell sarcoma of the sternomastoid muscle: a case report. Head Neck Oncol. 2012 Oct 15;4(3):68

Lechner M, Frampton GM, Fenton T, Feber A, Palmer G, Jay A, Pillay N, Forster M, Cronin MT, Lipson D, Miller VA, Brennan TA, Henderson S, Vaz F, O’Flynn P, Kalavrezos N, Yelensky R, Beck S, Stephens PJ, Boshoff C. Targeted next-generation sequencing of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma identifies novel genetic alterations in HPV+ and HPV- tumors. Genome Med. 2013 May 29;5(5):49.

Story W, Sultan AA, Bottini G, Vaz F, Lee G, Hopper C . Strategies of airway management for head and neck photo-dynamic therapy. Lasers Surg Med. 2013 Aug;45(6):370-6.

Lechner M, Fenton T, West J, Wilson G, Feber A, Henderson S, Thirlwell C, Dibra HK, Jay A, Butcher L, Chakravarthy AR, Gratrix F, Patel N, Vaz F, O’Flynn P, Kalavrezos N, Teschendorff AE, Boshoff C, Beck S. Identification and functional validation of HPV-mediated hypermethylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Genome Med. 2013 Feb 5;5(2):15

Gratwicke JP, Alli A, Rollin M, Vaz F, Rees J, Vincent A, Edwards M. Paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome and sensory ganglionopathy with papillary thyroid carcinoma. J Neurol Sci. 2014 Jun 15;341(1-2):183-4

Algharib AM, Sultan A, Parekh J, Vaz F, Hopper C. Endoluminal tracheal stenting prior to head and neck PDT. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2014 Sep;11(3):444-6

Mairembam P, Jay A, Beale T, Morley S, Vaz F, Kalavrezos N, Kocjan G. Salivary gland FNA cytology: role as a triage tool and an approach to pitfalls in cytomorphology. Cytopathology. 2015 Feb 6. doi: 10.1111/cyt.12232

Rollin M, Jaulim A, Vaz F, Sandhu G, Wood S, Birchall M, Dawas K . Caustic ingestion injury of the upper aerodigestive tract in adults. . Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015 May;97(4):304-7

Book Chapters / Guidelines

Charles Giddings, Francis Vaz Chapter 37 : Dysphagia. Logan Turner’s Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat. CRC press 2015

M Harries, F Vaz Chapter 21. Special senses: Disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Clinical Medicine Kumar & Clarke . Elsevier 2015

Harkin H; Vaz F.M Chapter 17 The Ear and Hearing. Nursing Adults. 1st Edition Mosby Publishing Company London.

F Vaz. Chapter 18 Paediatric Tracheostomy. Tracheostomy management 1st Edition: Greenwich Medical Ltd .

Harkness P, Narula A, Harkin H and Vaz F. A guide to the management and referral of common ENT conditions. GSK 2003.

F Vaz. ENT An Introduction and Practical Guide (Multiple contributions). Hodder Arnold(2011).

Mr Francis Vaz
Consultant ENT / Head and Neck Surgeon
University College London Hospital
Co-Editor of The Otorhinolaryngologist

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Further Information:

What to expect at an ENT consultation.