Richard Oakley


Head and neck surgical oncology consultant


Richard Oakley became a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2010. 

After degrees in dentistry and medicine he completed ear, nose and throat (ENT) higher surgical training in London and the south east.

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

While at Stanford he researched head and neck cancer stem cells under Dr John Sunwoo at their institute for cancer stem cell research.   

He is the Chair of the pan-Thames training committee in ENT.

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

Education and training

  • dentistry, Kings College London
  • medicine, Royal Free and University College London
  • basic surgical training, Cambridge University teaching hospitals
  • higher surgical training, South Thames
  • clinical instructor, head and neck surgical oncology, Stanford University Hospital and clinics, Palo Alto, California, USA (American head and neck society approved surgical oncology fellowship)

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 MBBS: surgery, pathology, clinical pharmacology
  • merit final MBBS: medicine
  • Esther White memorial prize
  • trainer or the year, Stanford University Otolaryngology, 2008-2009.

Last updated: June 2022

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