Ricard Simo

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Consultant ENT and head and neck surgeon and clinical lead for head and neck surgery


Ricard Simo is a consultant otorhinolaryngologist head and neck surgeon. He is the clinical lead for head and neck surgery and the surgical lead in thyroid cancer. Before joining us, he worked at University Hospital Lewisham for five years.

Ricard provides a dedicated head and neck oncological surgery, thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland surgery service. As a member of the head and neck and thyroid oncology teams, he provides cancer services to south east London and a tertiary service for complex head and neck oncology and thyroid surgery. He is also the chairman of the South East London head and neck cancer tumour working group.

Ricard has published over 70 original articles in peer reviewed medical journals and has authored five chapters in national and international head and neck surgery textbooks.

He is an honorary senior lecturer and clinical advisor at Guy’s, King's and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. Ricard is actively involved in training and teaching undergraduate students and postgraduate doctors and GPs, and is a faculty member of several national and international head and neck courses. 

Ricard is a reviewer for several otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery journals and has been an invited speaker in major national and international meetings and conferences.

He is a council member of the ENT-UK head and neck group and the section of laryngology and rhinology of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Ricard also has an interest in complex and revision head and neck surgery which stems from his tertiary head and neck practice.

Education and training

  • University of Barcelona, 1988
  • Otorhinolaryngology head and neck surgery training at Shrewsbury, Nottingham and Manchester
  • Awarded travelling fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow to undertake further training in head and neck oncology and thyroid surgery in Philadelphia, USA

Research interests

  • Head and neck oncological surgery
  • Thyroid surgery including large multinodular goitres and thyroid cancer
  • Antibiotic therapy in head and neck surgery
  • Management of the occult primary in head and neck cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer


  • LCEA Level 8
  • Microbiology and antibiotic treatment of head and neck abscessess in children - prize for the best oral presentation at the annual meeting of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists, Bristol (October 1996)
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow travelling fellowship to visit the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvannia (May - June 1999)
  • Diagrammatic recording of head and neck tumours - prize for the poster presentation at the 33rd annual meeting of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, London (April 2000)
  • Certificate of Teaching - South Thames Department of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, University of London, London (October - November 2000)
  • Surgical management of occult primary carcinoma of the head and neck - prize for the best oral presentation, Royal Society of Medicine (March 2012)

Last updated: June 2022

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