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+44 (0)207 935 4444
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+44 (0)203 219 3315
The London Clinic
Professor Birchall uses the latest in imaging technology to view the throat of patients with voice, swallowing and breathing problems. He also see patients with chronic cough and is an expert in treating pharyngeal pouches.

Specialties and sub-specialties

Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery

Professional profile

I am one of the world's leading laryngeal specialists with 150 papers and £2M in laryngeal related grant income every year.
I trained in London, Liverpool and Australia and was Professor in Bristol, Liverpool and now UCL London, as well as having an honorary position at the University of California Davis, where I co-led the team which performed the world's second documented laryngeal and tracheal transplant.
I am one of only four ENT surgeons listed in the Sunday Times 'Top 100 Surgeons' list, 2011, and was Briton of the Year (Science and Technology), 2008.
I lead a cutting edge research group working on stem cell and transplantation approaches to serious airway disease. I led the groups which performed the world's first stem cell based organ transplants in an adult (2008) and a child (2010).
I have published on the effects of reflux on the throat, as well as on many aspects of head and neck disease. In clinic, I use the latest in imaging technology to view the throat of patients with voice, swallowing and breathing problems. I also see patients with chronic cough and am an expert in treating pharyngeal pouches, with 75% of my practice being patients referred from other consultants due to the difficult nature of their problems.
I am a highly experienced expert witness available for legal cases involving the head and neck, voice and throat issues.

Clinical interests

  • Voice
  • Swallowing
  • Airway
  • Chronic cough
  • Neck lumps

Current posts

  • Professor of Laryngology
    University College London
  • Consultant ENT Surgeon
    University College London Hospital, London
  • Consultant ENT Surgeon
    Royal Free London Hospital, London
  • Hon Professor of Laryngology
    University of Bristol, UK
  • President
    British Laryngological Association

Medical training

Year qualified 1985
  • Cambridge, UK 1979-1985

Languages spoken


Personal interests

I have been a keen long distance runner since childhood, and continue to date. I am interested in sport, cinema and art. I have five children.


A nurse with a patient

Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

Concierge service

Chauffeur loading suitcases into a luxury car

We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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Main numbers

General enquiries: +44 (0) 207 935 4444 Appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7693 Self-pay: +44 (0) 203 219 3315

Other numbers

Concierge service: +44 (0) 203 219 3323 International office: +44 (0) 203 219 3266 Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708

Your call may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Medical service numbers

Breast services appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653 Diagnostics appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653 Endoscopy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7760 Eye centre appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7768 Haematology appointments: +44 (0) 207 535 5503 Kidney services appointments: +44 (0) 207 224 5234 Liver services appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7719 Physiotherapy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7651 Radiology appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653

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