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Taran Tatla

Council Member

Mr Taranjit Singh Tatla, PhD, FRCS (ORL-HNS)

Current Clinical Post:

Department of ENT-Head& Neck Surgery, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Academic Affiliation:

Hamlyn Centre for Robotics and Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

Mr Taran Tatla received First Class BSc Honours (Intercalated) in Anatomy (1994) and MBBS (1996) at University College London. In postgraduate years, he made rapid progress through highly competitive and comprehensive basic and higher surgical training programmes, incorporating posts at many of the renowned London teaching hospitals (FRCS (Eng) awarded in 2006). In 2008 he commenced his substantial NHS consultant post at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, specialising in ENT disorders with Head and Neck (H&N) sub-interest. 

He manages a wide variety of adult and paediatric patients. Working in one of the busiest and largest ENT-H&N service providers in London, he contributes as a core member and chair to the Thyroid and H&N Cancer multi-disciplinary teams, providing secondary and tertiary care services. Super-specialist clinics focus on dysphagia and tracheostomy care.

He runs a number of innovative and celebrated national postgraduate training courses for both surgeons and multi-disciplinary staff on the back of his clinical practice. He is Training Programme Director for higher surgical training in ENT (North Thames) and a current council member of the BLA..

Mr Tatla is ENT Specialty Clinical Research Lead for the NIHR NW London Comprehensive Research Network and National ENT research group Industry Co-Champion. He spear-heads a number of pioneering, multi-disciplinary, collaborative research projects focused on targeted community ENT healthcare screening across the age spectrum; paediatric, through adult to elderly patient care. He leads an exciting, multi-centre, collaborative research project based in North West London, developing and piloting a novel point of care 'optical biopsy' tool to facilitate early and accurate disease diagnosis. This has formed the basis of his PhD award at Imperial College London (2018) working with the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery.