Michael Dilkes, MBBS, MS, FRCS

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Dr. Dilkes is a consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon with 23 years of experience that has given him a good working knowledge of all aspects of ENT. He specializes in tonsillectomy, snoring, sleep apnea, allergy, blocked nose surgery, laryngology, head and neck cancer, laser surgery, and photodynamic therapy.

Dr. Dilkes uses laser technology coupled with computers to treat his patients. His clinical experience as a laser surgeon is unrivaled in the UK. He is also one of the more experienced Head and Neck Cancer Surgeons in the country. Having spent 20 years as one of the main cancer surgeons at Barts, Dr. Dilkes retired at the age of 54 to pursue work in medicolegal and private practice.

He maintains an active interest in Teaching and Research and is a clinical lecturer (Honorary) at University College London. He has lectured at conferences and meetings throughout the world, particularly on the subject of Head and Neck Cancer, and Laser surgery.

He was awarded discretionary points at Barts for his work in Head and Neck Cancer and sitting on National Committees for Photodynamic Therapy. Additionally, he received the JLO Travelling fellowship prize, allowing him to travel extensively studying Ear Nose and Throat Institutions around the world, particularly in the USA, Switzerland, and Germany.

In his free time, Dr. Dilkes enjoys watching football, playing squash, engaging in water-based activities, and venturing outdoors.


Professional Highlights

  • Private Consultant ENT Surgeon in London including some NHS operating
  • Consultant ENT Surgeon, Lead Clinician for Head and Neck Cancer in the NorthEast Thames Multidisciplinary Team during his tenure at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London (Barts Health)
  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of London
  • Dilkes has personally performed over 800 major head and neck resection, benign and malignant, and has laser resected over 100 cancers of the head and neck region.
  • He has performed over 2000 laser tonsillectomies using local or general anesthetic, 200 laser turbinectomies and turbinoplasties, over 200 laser resections of benign vocal cord disease, and many other laser procedures for a wide range of ENT problems.


Professional Memberships

  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • ENT-UK
  • General Medical Council



  • Masterclass in Medicolegal/ Expert Witness work by Kings Fund, Cavendish Square London


Published Books

  • Author, Stop Snoring
  • Sub-Editor, Gray’s Anatomy
  • Author, Stop Allergy
  • Author, Stop Wrinkles
  • Chapter author, Key Topics in Otolaryngology


Some Other Publications

  • Lancet, 335, 1230, Rapid diagnosis of testicular choriocarcinoma by urinary pregnancy tests – 1990
  • Jun 20;339(8808):1552 Smoking and quinsy – 1992
  • Lasers Med Sci. 12:260-268. A comparison of novel light sources for photodynamic therapy – 1997
  • Wavelength of laser used in ENT surgery – 2006
  • Journal of Laryngology and Otology 110:816 Laser surgery in the UK – a consultant survey – 1996
  • Journal of Royal Society of Medicine – open, 16-018.R1 Primary mediastinal seminoma presenting as a neck lump in a young Caucasian male – 2016
  • Lasers for cosmetic surgery – 1999
  • Surgical case reports 2010(9):4 The value of imaging before biopsy of the postnasal space – 2010
  • Laser treatment of early larynx cancer – 2011
  • J Otol Rhinol Vol: 2 Issue: 3 Bilateral synchronous tonsil cancer case series – 2013
  • Audit of radiologically placed gastrostomy tubes – 2012
  • Carotid artery balloon occlusion test prior to carotid artery resection – 2006
  • The use of adjunctive intraoperative photodynamic in Head and Neck Cancer – 2000
  • Analgesia requirement in laser tonsillectomy compared to traditional dissection tonsillectomy – 2009
  • Cytology as a diagnostic tool in thyroid cancer – 2006
  • Results of a national survey on attitudes to uvulectomy – 2005



  • MBBS from London University, St Mary’s Hospital
  • Primary FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons)
  • FRCS, General FRCS (Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons), Edinburgh
  • FRCS (GS-Otology), General and ENT FRCS, London
  • FRCS (ORL-HNS), Intercollegiate FRCS (Exit exam for training)
  • Master of Surgery (MS), London


Last modified on: 24-01-2023