Our Speakers

Dr Jean Abitbol

Dr Abitbol is ENT and Phoniatre, Head of Clinic at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris. Passionate for more than 30 years by the scientific and artistic aspect of the voice, he works on vocal cord laser surgery and medical voice imaging. Recognized internationally, he works with American teams on this subject. He was also the oto-rhino who made it possible to watch the human voice by tele-video-endoscopy, in the early 80's.

Most his publications are on voice Surgery (300 articles). He published the first book on Laser Voice Surgery in 1995 where he gathered 5500 cases and described phonosurgery as "an Emotional Surgery". He had written numerous chapters on Laryngology.

He had published 4 books for lay people; "The Odyssey of the voice", "The Power of the Voice", "The Female Voice" and in November 2019 "The Beautiful Story Of the Voice". His last book is between art and science. For him, "Voice is between reasonand science".

Mr Kwamena Amonoo-Kuofi

Mr Amonoo-Kuofi trained in the UK graduating from St Goerge's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1998 with a distinction in Medical Neurosciences.

Kwamena completed his specialist training within the Eastern and London Deanery programmes. Following this he completed an Advanced Specialist Paediatric fellowship at the Starship Children's Hospital Auckland, New Zeland.. He was appointed as Consultant ENT surgeon at University Hospital Southampton in 2014.

His specialist interests include complex Paediatric ENT with interests in complex swallow, airway and voice disorders and their managements. He has a particular interest in research, training and education and is involved in simulation training nationally and regionally.

In his spare time he enjoyes sports (hockey coaching, squash, athletics), long walks and jazz. He lives in Winchester with his wife and three children.

Mr Declan Costello

Mr Costello is a consultant ENT surgeon specialising in voice disorders.  He has recently moved from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire, UK.  Before studying medicine, Mr Costello undertook a music degree at St John’s College, Cambridge, and he continues to sing regularly with professional and amateur ensembles.  He is the Secretary of the British Laryngological Association and has previously sat on the Council of the British Voice Association.  He has taught extensively on courses in the UK and overseas and has published many chapters and books.

Mr Jonathan Fishman

Mr Fishman is a Consultant Laryngologist at the Royal National ENT Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Associate Professor at University College London. He has both an adult and paediatric laryngology practice and runs weekly multidisciplinary voice clinics. He also leads the airway service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He has a dedicated interest in voice disorders and neurolaryngology. He was awarded a PhD in 2013 for his research. He has received numerous awards, grants, prizes and research fellowships and has published widely in the field of laryngology. He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has organised and chaired sessions at National, European and International meetings pertaining to laryngology. He is Senior Editor for the Journal of Laryngology & Otology and is an elected Council Member of the British Laryngological Association, the British Voice Association and a Scientific Council Member of the European Laryngological Society. 

Mr Yakubu Karagama

Mr Yakubu Karagama MBBS, DLO, MSc, FRCS (ORL-HN), PGCertMed.

He is an international renowned laryngologist based at the Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital, London.  He is the lead for the Centre for Voice, Airway and Swallowing Laryngology service at Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Hospital, London. He is the Founder and Course Director for London and Manchester Phonosurgery course, Laser Laryngeal Course and TNO & Dysphagia Course. He is keen in voice research and has obtained an MSc in Advance Voice Research at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2005.  He lectured as keynote speaker in several international meetings. He has presented his research and won prizes at National and international conferences, including North of England Otolaryngological Society meeting, Royal Society of Medicine, British Association Conference of Otolaryngologist (BACO). He has authored and co-authored over 50 publications. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at both University of Manchester and Edge Hill University. He was the first the Secretary of the British Laryngological Association and an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester. www.phonosurgerycourse.com

Mr Konstantinos Marinakis

Kostas Marinakis is a Consultant in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery based in Salisbury District Hospital.

He was born in Athens, Greece. After completing his training in Otolaryngology in the University Hospital of Athens, he gained further experience in East Anglia, London and Hampshire. He worked as a Head & Neck Surgery Senior Fellow and as a Locum Consultant in University Hospital Southampton.

His special interests include Head & Neck Surgery and Laryngology.

Kostas Marinakis is the proud father of a young son.

His interests outside medicine are summarised in the previous sentence.

Mr Nimesh N Patel

Mr Patel is a Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon with a specialist interest in head and neck surgery and laryngology. He has completed Masters degrees in Voice and Swallowing (University of Newcastle), Evidence Based Medicine (Oxford University) and a Diploma in Robotic Surgery (University of Lorraine).

Since August 2004 Mr Patel has been a consultant otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. He leads the multidisciplinary voice, airway and swallowing services. 

He has served as past President of the British Voice Association and is currently Treasurer of the Laryngology and Rhinology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Mr Fabian Sipaul

Mr Sipaul   BMedSci DLO FRCS (ORL-HNS) is a Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon.

He has spent time in several countries and been exposed to different healthcare systems. He is a firm believer in the NHS. Mr Sipaul initially qualified at University College Cork, Ireland and did his subsequent post-graduate training in the UK. In his final year as a Specialist Registrar (SpR), he set up the first Head & Neck dissection course for the region (with the support of his consultants). Upon completion of the SpR Programme in the South-West (subsequently Severn) deanery, he pursued 2 years of overseas post-CCT fellowships. The first was in Christchurch, New Zealand focussing on Head & Neck and later on in Rhinology with Head & Neck Surgery in Adelaide, Australia.

Since his return to the UK in 2014, he has been a consultant at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. His current main interests are in Head & Neck surgery (malignant & benign), skin and sialendoscopy.

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