Aintree HaNC Consultants

Below is a list of our consultants.

Miss Fazilet Bekiroglu

Fazilet Bekirokglu joined the head and neck cancer team as a newly appointed consultant in 2009. She is no stranger to liverpool though having completed her head and neck fellowship within the unit. She qualified in Dentistry at Birmingham in 1992 and Medicine at Cambridge in 2000. In 2002 she got her MA from the University of Cambridge 2002. In 1996 she became a Fellow in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow and in 2003 became a Fellow of Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. In 2007 she gained her intercollegiate exam in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She is one of only a few surgeons each year to be awarded a Head and Neck Fellowship training post and these are highly competitive posts appointed by national interview.


Secretary (Debbie): 0151 529 5290

Mr. Chris Butterworth
BDS(Hons), MPhil, FDSRCS (Eng.), FDS(RestDent) RCS (Eng.) Consultant in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics & Oral Rehabilitation

Chris is a consultant in Oral Rehabilitation based between the regional maxillofacial unit at Aintree and the Liverpool University Dental Hospital. He is the lead clinician for dental implants at the Dental Hospital and also leads the oral rehabilitation service in Merseyside for the rehabilitation of oral cancer patients.

In 2013, He was appointed as Honorary Senior Lecturer in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, Dept Clinical & Molecular Cancer Medicine, University of Liverpool.

He has extensive experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. He is interested in the use of computerized dental implant planning techniques for complex cases and in quality of life outcomes following dental implant treatment.

He is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology and a past president of the British Society of Prosthodontics. He sits on the specialist advisory committee for Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and examines at all levels of postgraduate examinations in Restorative Dentistry. He has contributed significantly to the scientific literature and lectures on a regular basis within the UK. He sits on the Specialist advisory Board for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination at the Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Click on the link for more information about Maxillofacial Prosthodontics & Prosthetics in Liverpool


(Su) Dental Hospital: 0151 706 5205

(Liz) Aintree Hospital 0151 529 5900


Mr Jeff Lancaster

Mr Jeffrey Lancaster MB.ChB.FRCS(ENT).FRCS (OTOL.HNS) was appointed as a consultant Head & Neck surgeon in 2006 at the University Hospital Aintree. Prior to this he attained his medical degree from Liverpool University in 1993 and did all of his post graduate training in the North West of England before entering the specialist registrar for Otolaryngology in 2005. 
He has a general head and neck practice encompassing all benign and malignant conditions of the upper aero-digestive tract including thyroid and salivary gland pathologies. He has developed a sub-specialist interest in trans-oral laser resections of head and neck malignancies and is on the faculty of the RCS trans-oral laser surgery course held annually in Liverpool. This allows tumours to be removed through the mouth avoiding the need for complicated open surgical reconstructions and ultimately speeding up patients' recovery time with better long term function. 
He has a keen interest in surgical audit focussing on clinical effectiveness. His main research interest centre around laryngectomy patients; both in reducing their post operative complications and improving their long term speech and swallowing function. This has led to the development of the post laryngectomy videofluoroscopic botox clinic for neo-pharyngeal spasm disorders. 
He operates solely at UHA but his current catchment area includes not only North Liverpool but also the Isle of Man and South Cheshire. 

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon MBChB, FRCS, MD

Department of ENT / Head and Neck: 0151 529 5259

Mr Roland is a Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust.

Mr Roland covers general adult and paediatric ENT surgery which includes otology, rhinology, laryngology. I perform head and neck surgery (salivary and thyroid gland surgery), facial plastic surgery (cosmetic rhinoplasty and prominent ear correction), otoplasty and facial skin lesion surgery for the removal of skin cancers from the head and neck. He also covers allergic rhinitis.

Mr Roland is an opinion leader regularly invited to lecture at local, national and international forums, and an examiner on behalf of the Royal Colleges. He is extensively published in the medical literature with over 50 peer reviewed publications.

Private contact details

Telephone 08444 990 617
Private secretary Mrs Alison Caplan
Private secretary telephone 0151 522 1840
Private secretary email
Mr Sankalap Tandon
BMedSci, BMBS (Nottm), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

Sank Tandon has been working as a consultant surgeon in the Aintree head and neck unit since September 2009. He qualified in medicine from Nottingham University in 1998 and commenced his basic surgical training in the Merseyside region. He went on to enter his higher specialist training in ENT and head & neck surgery in Liverpool.

In 2008 Sank became the Interface head and neck fellow in Aintree undertaking a period of advanced head and neck training including thyroid, complex benign and trans-oral laser surgery. He also spent time in Boston, USA in a clinical fellowship in laryngeal surgery and office-based management of laryngeal and voice pathology. He gained his intercollegiate fellowship in April 2008 becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His academic interests include basic science and clinical research. He has undertaken a formal period of research as a clinical research fellow in Aintree and the University Of Liverpool School of surgery and oncology, on the role of p53 in head and neck cancer and is currently working towards his MD.

Sank is the clinical governance and IT lead for the ENT department; his areas of clinical interest are trans-oral laser surgery, thyroid, voice conditions and adult airway work.

Professor Richard Shaw
MD, MBChB(Hons), BDS, FRCS(OMFS) RCPSGlasg, FDS RCSEng Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Head & Neck Surgery

Richard Shaw was appointed to the regional cancer centre in May 2007. This follows a highly successful surgical career undertaken mainly in the UK but also in the USA. He is no stranger to Liverpool, having spent 6 years training here, initially as an SpR before taking up a head and neck fellowship post. During his training, he has undertaken valuable research mainly into the genetic aspects of head and neck cancer. His research has been published in the leading cancer journals and has been presented at many significant international meetings. Richard is a well-respected clinician who combines his academic research career with the clinical management of cancer patients within the regional cancer centre.

Secretary: Debbie - 0151 529 5290

Professor Simon N Rogers
BDS MBChB (Hons) FSD RCS (Eng), FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Max) MD

In January 1999 Simon was appointed Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University Hospital Aintree and Honorary Reader, University of Liverpool. He is part of the multidisciplinary head and neck team and specialises in oral and oropharyngeal cancer and microvascular free tissue reconstruction. He has an interest is in health related quality of life (HRQOL) following oral cancer. He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2002 for his research into the relationship between function and quality of life following primary surgery for oral and oropharyngeal cancer. He has several ongoing HRQOL studies, has published widely on this topic, and has been invited to speaker at many national and international scientific meeting. In 2003 and again in 2007 he was invited to join the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) Head and Neck cancer Clinical Studies Group. He has organised several courses, notably anInternational HRQOL workshop hosted at Liverpool, the most recent held in November 2008.

In 2005 he was awarded the BAOMS Surgery Prize (Citation BJOMS 2005; 43:374) and in 2009 gave the BAHNO Nunn Lecture.

Simon was given a Personal Chair from Edge Hill University (EHU) in April 2007. He is involved in the Faculty of Health at EHU as part of the newly founded Evidence-based Practice Research Centre (EPRC). The Unit building is located on the University Hospital Aintree site. The EPRC brings together a number of highly experienced and enthusiastic researchers, building a team of dedicated research and administrative staff with a strong experience in research with track records in delivering high quality projects. We are actively seeking multidisciplinary collaborative partners locally, nationally and internationally. The EPRC is primarly concerned with clinically-based research including investigations into chronic diseases, quality of life, and supportive and palliative care, Health and social care professional education with a particular interest in practice-based investigations, and Health services research incorporating the use of evaluative research methodologies.

Secretary (Gillian): 0151 529 5287

Professor T M Jones

Professor of Head and Neck Surgery 
Liverpool CR-UK Centre
School of Cancer Studies
5th Floor UCD
Daulby Street
Liverpool L69 3GA
Tel: 0151 706 4170
Fax: 0151 7065798
Mob: 07702 816 180

Honorary Consultant Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon
Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Tel: 0151 529 5248
Fax: 0151 529 5263

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of London, completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at Queen Mary College before studying medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, graduating in 1993. Following house jobs, I moved to Liverpool where I completed my surgical training in Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery (ORL-HNS), during which time I developed a sub-specialist interest in Head and Neck surgical oncology.

I was appointed to an NHS consultant post at University Hospital Aintree (UHA) in November 2003, switching to a Clinical Senior Lecturer post at the University of Liverpool in November 2006 and securing promotion to a Readership in March 2010. I am a co-founder of the Mersey Head and Neck Oncology Research Group (MHNORG), the Mersey Deanery Chair of STEC for ORL-HNS; a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (H&N) Clinical Studies Group and the Surgery and Local treatments sub-committee; a reviewer for the NIHR HTA Research Programme and the UICC International Cancer Fellowships; the ORL-HNS representative on the Foreign and Commonwealth Pro Bono Medical Panel and an editor for the Cochrane ENT Disorders Group and I am the ENT.UK representative on a NICE committee which has the remit to develop national policy on the use of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Head and Neck cancer patients.

My main clinical interests relate to function-sparing cancer surgery. In particular, the use of transoral laser techniques to remove cancers of the larynx (voice-box), oropharynx and hypopharynx (throat), thereby leaving patients with better speech and swallowing function after surgery. I have developed the largest transoral laser surgery practice for the removal of head and neck cancers in the UK. Each January I run a live-surgery course at UHA designed to train young surgeons and other consultants in these techniques. My research interests can be divided into 3 main themes

1. Basic/translational research: Much of this research is conducted in collaboration with Dr Mark Boyd, Reader in Molecular Oncology ( However, we also collaborate with Professor Philip Rudland and Professor Ross Sibson at the University of Liverpool (, Professor Tony Ng, Richard Dimbleby Professor of Cancer Research, King's College London ( and Professor John Greenman, University of Hull ( The main research themes include the molecular biology of radioresistance and cellular motility, with particular emphasis on the p53/MDM2/MTBP and the HER RTK pathways. Currently, 2 PhD and 5 MD students are working on research projects relating to these themes.

2. Clinical Trials: I am the Chief Investigator for two national CR-UK funded early phase clinical trials: REALISTIC and IMCAT. REALISTIC is designed to assess the safety of a therapeutic vaccine (ADXS11-001) in patients with Human Papilloma Virus associated oropharyngeal carcinoma, whilst IMCAT is designed to assess the effectiveness of transimmunization in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. These trials are conducted in collaboration with the Liverpool Clinical Trials Unit ( and the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (
In addition, I am the local Principle Investigator on two national multi-center trials; PET-NECK and DETERMINE ( and a co-investigator on a CR-UK funded phase III clinical trial designed to assess the effectiveness of induction TPF in patients with locally advanced but operable head and neck cancer, for which my colleague Mr Richard Shaw is the Chief Investigator (

3. Clinical outcomes research: We continually publish on the outcomes of our clinical work. I have a particular interest in voice outcomes following transoral laser surgery; currently 1 MD student is working on a research project designed to investigate the difference in voice quality between patients treated with radiotherapy or transoral laser surgery for early vocal cord cancer.