Professor John Carmel Watkinson

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgeon

MBBS, MSc (Nuclear Medicine), MS, FRCS (General Surgery), FRCS (ORL), DLO

"Spire Parkway has a friendly atmosphere, with helpful colleagues and everyone is working together to help each other."

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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


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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Additional information

Clinical interests

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

Research and publications

Current NHS posts

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London

Personal profile

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

Contact information

Telephone 0121 704 5530