Mr Sean Loughran

Consultant ENT Head Neck and Thyroid Surgeon


I am an Adult and Paediatric ENT/ Head Neck and Thyroid Surgeon working at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital as a consultant since 2005. I see and treat most aspects of ENT in adults and children but specialise in the diagnosis and management of head and neck and thyroid disorders.

I have a particular interest and expertise in managing thyroid nodules and tumours as well as an interest in throat and voice disorders including globus (abnormal sensation in the throat). I perform tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, grommets, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, parotid and submandibular salivary gland surgery, laryngeal surgery, neck dissection as well as internal nasal surgery such as septoplasty and sinus surgery.

I undertook registrar training in the West of Scotland and completed my FRCS examination in 2004 gaining the gold medal which is awarded to the best candidate in the UK. I then undertook sub-specialty training in the Northern region in head and neck oncology. I began working as a consultant in 2005 and I am currently lead thyroid surgeon for adult and paediatric thyroid surgery at Manchester Foundation trust. I am regional lead for paediatric head and neck and thyroid cancer as well as for medullary thyroid cancer.

I am the chair of the Clinical Standards Group for all of Surgery at Manchester Foundation trust a role which ensures quality of standards in all surgical specialties at the largest trust in the UK. I also have a national role on the Special Advisory Committee for ENT overseeing the training of all ENT trainee doctors in the UK. Prior to this role I was until August 2019 the Training Programme Director for ENT supervising ENT training in the North West including Greater Manchester and Liverpool. I also sit on the Executive Committee for the Asia Pacific Thyroid Society – one of only four UK members.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Sean Loughran at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

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Additional information

Special clinical interests: Adenoidectomy, coblation, ENT surgery (adult and paediatric), parathyroidectomy, thyroidectomy, tonsillectomy.

BSc Hons / University of Manchester / 1990
BSc Hons

MBBS (Hons) / University of Newcastle / 1995
MBBS (Hons)

FRCS (ORL-HNS) / Royal College of Surgeons England / 2004

Professional memberships

British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO)

British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgery (BAETS)


Asia Pacific Thyroid Society (Executive Committee)

Professional leadership

Surgery Clinical Standards Group Chair Manchester University Foundation Trust
Member of Special Advisory Committee (SAC) ENT London

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Salford Royal Hospital

Outside of work I enjoy golf and fishing as well as a new interest in ballroom dancing, despite having two left feet.