Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery was launched in 1993. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery are divided into 11 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
H. Fiona Robinson
Miss H. Fiona Robinson is an Advanced Practitioner Speech and Language Therapist. She qualified as a Speech Therapist from Birmingham Polytechnic, UK in 1980, and in 2004, she was awarded Master of Science (Merit) (Advanced practice – Voice) from the University of Newcastle, UK, with a study into the efficacy of voice therapy for vocal fold paralysis.
In 2006, in recognition of her contribution to the speech and language therapy profession in the UK, Miss Robinson was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), UK.
She has completed a post-graduate certificate in Medical Education at the University of Nottingham, UK with a particular interest in the development of E-learning.
Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and rehabilitation of speech and swallowing disorders related to head and neck cancer, including surgical voice restoration, and the management of dysphonia.
Currently she is working within the National Health Service (NHS) as an Advanced SLT Practitioner at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, with Severn Healthcare Technologies as a freelance clinical SLT specialist adviser and trainer, and is Director of SVS Associates, a company which runs skills training for speech and language therapists.
Fiona is a founder member and past-Chair of the National Clinical Expert Network (RCSLT) in head and neck oncology. As a RCSLT Clinical Adviser she contributes widely to the SLT profession in the UK in the development of national policies.
Dr Jo Patterson is the Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University, UK and Lead Speech & Language Therapist in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) at Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK.
Jo qualified from City University in 1991 and specializes in head and neck cancer rehabilitation. She completed her Masters in Advanced Dysphagia in 2004 at Newcastle University. She was awarded a NIHR doctoral fellowship in 2005 and a post-doctoral fellowship in 2010. She continues to balance her time between clinical and academic work.
Her research portfolio includes a number of funded feasibility and pilot studies investigating eating and drinking interventions in head and neck cancer. She is a co-applicant on a number of multi-center randomized control trials related to dysphagia, funded by NIHR and CRUK. She is involved in numerous international research collaborations across Europe, USA and Australia. Jo has published several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She currently supervises four PhD students. She is a Fellow and Professional Advisor for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, represents Speech & Language Therapy on the ENT national specialty group, is a council member for British Association Head and Neck Oncologists and sits on the Head and Neck CSG Epidemiology and Survivorship group.
Johannes J. Fagan
Johannes J. Fagan is Professor and Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has authored 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. A major interest has been to advance head and neck surgery in Africa and the Developing World. To this end he self-publishes two free open access textbooks, “The Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery” and the “Open Access Guide to Audiology and Hearing Aids”.