Richard Oakley

Head and neck surgical oncology consultant


Richard Oakley has been a surgical oncology (cancer) consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust since 2010.

Richard worked in California as a clinical instructor in head and neck surgical oncology (cancer) at Stanford University Hospital for 2 years. 

He is the Chair of the pan-Thames training committee in ear, nose and throat (ENT).

He is the programme director for higher surgical training in south London.

Education and training

  • Surgical oncology fellowship, clinical instructor, head and neck surgical oncology, American head and neck society, Stanford University Hospital and clinics, United States of America
  • Higher surgical training, South Thames London Deanery
  • Basic surgical training, Cambridge University teaching hospitals
  • Medicine, University College London
  • Dentistry, King's College London

Research interests

  • Optimising outcomes and equal access for all head and neck cancer surgery through an enhanced recovery programme and mental health support
  • Medical education


  • Distinctions in final surgery, pathology, clinical pharmacology MBBS
  • Merit final for medicine and surgery (MBBS)
  • Esther White memorial prize
  • Trainer or the year, Stanford University Otolaryngology, 2008 to 2009

Last updated: January 2023

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