Professor John Carmel Watkinson

Professor John Carmel Watkinson

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgeon
MBBS, MSc (Nuclear Medicine), MS, FRCS (General Surgery), FRCS (ORL), DLO

Practising at

Spire Parkway Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor John Carmel Watkinson at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

I treat head and neck conditions, thyroid disease - including thyroid cancer, as well as performing parathyroid surgery.

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Professional profile

I qualified from the Royal Free Hospital, University of London and trained in ENT and Head and Neck and Plastic Surgery at Guys Hospital and the Royal Marsden. Since 1992, I was a Consultant ENT, Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham NHS Trust, until 2017. I spent one year at the Royal Marsden (2016 - 2017) as a Consultant Thyroid Surgeon. I also work at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

I specialise in ENT, head and neck, thyroid and parathyroid surgery (and can offer minimally invasive techniques) thyroid disease including benign thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. I have a large thyroid practice and contribute to an active thyroid research programme.

I've carried out approximately 5,000 head and neck treatments and 3,000 thyroidectomies.

In addition to my clinical work, I am the current chairman of the Semon Committee at the University of London.

I have published on all aspects of Head and Neck surgery; organised the Birmingham Head and Neck course for 10 years, and I am now the Chief Editor of Stell and Maran. I edited the Plastic Surgery section of the recently published Scott-Brown and am Chief Editor. I have a large UK thyroid clinical and research practice and have helped orchestrate or supervise over 40 Higher Degrees.

Together with Mr Adrian Drake-Lee, the late Roy Castle and Peter Scudamore, I helped establish the ‘Get-A-Head’ Charitable Trust which to date has raised over eight million pounds and has helped fund the purchase of vital equipment, research and education. Further information can be obtained at

Clinical Interests

Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Parathyroid disease
Thyroid surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / Royal Free Hospital, University of London / 1979
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

American Thyroid Association
British Medical Association
The Royal Society of Medicine
British Nuclear Medicine Society
Otorhinolaryngological Research Society
British Association of Otolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons (BAOL)
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologist/Head and Neck Surgeons (BAHNOS)
British Association of Surgical Oncologists (BASO)
Midland Institute of Otology (MIO)
British Association of Endocrine Surgeons (BAETS)
American Academy of Head and Neck Surgeons (by election)
British Thyroid Association
European Society of Endocrine Surgery (ESES)

Professional leadership

Ex-officio President of the British Association of Head & Neck Oncologists (2009 - 2011)
Ex-officio President of the British Association of Endocrine Surgery (2011 - 2013)
Ex-officio President of the section of Laryngology RSM (2014 - 2015)
Current chairman of the Semon Committee (UCL) (2013 - to date)

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Current NHS posts

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London

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Research and Publication

I have published on all aspects of head & neck and thyroid surgery and I am currently Chief Editor of both the head and neck textbooks produced by Stell and Maran, and Scott-Brown.


Who Should Treat Thyroid Cancer? A UK Surgical Perspective
August 2010

Fifteen years' experience in thyroid surgery
October 2010

Germline ESR2 mutation predisposes to medullary thyroid carcinoma and causes up-regulation of RET expression
May 2016

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Personal Profile

I enjoy family life, friends and travelling. I love all aspects of sport, but especially fishing. 

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Private contact details

Telephone 0121 704 5530