Professor Hisham Khalil

Professor Hisham Khalil

Head of Peninsula Medical School

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)


I consider myself an educationalist, a surgeon, a clinical supervisor, a researcher and manager. I am a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I see one of the principal functions of the ‘Educator’ is to act as a ‘role model’ for their students and trainees, inspiring them, making them aware of their potential and helping them realise their ambitions. Throughout my career, I have been committed to learning and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees in Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. This has been at multiple levels including curriculum design, quality assurance, mentorship, educational innovations, and learning resources.

I'm an active clinical researcher with an interest in new models of healthcare delivery, nasal obstruction, rhinosinusitis and sino-nasal cancer.
My Current Posts and Roles include:

Head of the Peninsula Medical School, Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences

Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust since August, 2004
I have a special interest in Rhinology and endoscopic anterior skull base surgery. I completed a Doctorate Degree (MD) in North Wales on patients with noise-induced hearing loss. I completed my specialist training in ENT Surgery in the South West of England training scheme. My surgical fellowship in Rhinology was in Fulda, Germany. 

Non-Executive Director,Universityy Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Board

Non-Executive Director, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

ENT NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead, South West Peninsula
I lead on aspects of clinical research in the Peninsula in his role as ENT CRN lead.

GMC Associate
As an Educational Associate, I contribute to the quality assurance of medical programmes at a national level.

External Assessor, Irish Medical Council
This involves the accreditation of joint medical programmes in Ireland and other countries e.g. Malaysia

Member of Panel of Assessors for Specialist Training, Medical Council of Ireland

Assistant Editor, Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Current/Recent Collaborations:
1.Senior Editor of a 'Springer' Book publication (International Collaboration); Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery; A case based approach.
2. A project with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the East Cornwall Group of Practices, on a New Model for Healthcare Delivery
3.Joint Staff Development Events with Health Education England.working across the South West
4. Students Matter Conference with the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences 

Enterprise Activities
1. Led a project to review the process for recognition of medical specialties in the Republic of Ireland
2. Lead for a project to develop a Communication Skills App for Nurses for the Nuffield Health group.
3. Led on a project to develop a mobile app for Globus Pharyngeus patients. 
4. led a project to develop a 'Communication Skills' app for healthcare professionals.


MB.CH.B., Alex (Distinction with Honours), 1987, 

Masters in Otolaryngology, 1991
FRCSI, 1993,
FRCS, Otol (Glasg), 1994
Doctorate Degree in Otolaryngology (MD), 1996
FRCS (ORL-HNS), Glasg, 2002
Dip. Med. Ed (Bristol), 2010
Masters in Clinical Education, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, 2014
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy(Advance HE), 2015
National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy(Advance HE), 2017

Professional membership

Advance HE(Higher Education Academy)
Specialist Register, Otolaryngology, General Medical Council
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Full membership of ENT UK
Member of the British Medical Association
British Rhinological Society
Otorhinological Research Society
South West Laryngological Association

Roles on external bodies

Interim Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of plymouth (August 2018-September, 2019)
Non Executive Director, University Hospitals NHS Trust
Chair of the Peninsula Otolaryngology Specialist Training Committee (2012-2018)
ENT NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead, South West Peninsula
Educational Associate, General Medical Council
External Assessor, Irish Medical Council
Member of Quality Panel, Health Education England South West
Professor of Otolaryngology, Alexandria University
Deputy Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, Nuffield Health, Plymouth

Teaching interests

 I have an interest in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education. I led the PCMD BMBS Curriculum review with the introduction of an induction week for year 5, consolidation weeks for year 4 and an enhanced patient safety curriculum. I led the PU PSMD Grand Rounds Pilot with Dr Adele Hill and Dr James Edwards in 2014/2015, now part of the core curriculum.I was the chair of the PSMD years 3 and 4 curriculum working group which developed the enhanced years 3 and 4 PSMD curriculum. As the previous Quality Lead for the medical school, I coordinated the quality management activities of the school and the completion of the Medical School Annual Return (MSAR).

My Undergraduate Medical Education activities include delivery of plenaries, tutorials, special study modules and workshops and patient safety,. I also contribute to teaching and learning in the Peninsula Dental School and the Physician Associates Programme.

My Postgraduate Education activities include supervision of MD and MSc dissertations. I also have an interest in Surgical Training and Technology-enhanced Learning. I am passionate about developing high quality learning resources for undergraduate students and postgraduate health care professionals.I am the senior editor of the Plymouth Clinical Manual and I have l led the development of student-led podcasts. I have recently led a project through a Health Education England South West Grant to develop a communication skills app for Healthcare Professionals viable to download for free in the Apple store and through Google (Peninsula Communication Skills)

I led the PSMD Engaged-Student Learning team that took part in the Higher Education Academy(HEA) national initiative in 2014-2015. 

I'm currently leading the development of a learning support app for healthcare students through an Advance HE grant.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Assessor for the Irish Medical Council

Research interests

I am the ENT National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Lead for the South West Peninsula

Current Research Projects include:

1. Principal Investigator at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for the NAIROS NIHR Portfolio study. This is a study led by a research team in Newcastle to  investigate alternative treatments for patients with nasal obstruction.

2.Chief Investigatorof a study on Alteration of Taste following ENT surgery, University Hospitals NHS Trust.

3. Lead author for a Cochrane Review for surgical interventions for Chronic Rhinosinusitis without Polyps

4.Lead researcher for study on interventions to support University students with mental health problems. University of Plymouth.

 Future ResearchProjects:

1.Principal Investigator, MACRO study (NIHR Portfolio study due to start in 2018)

 Previous NIHR Research Activities 

1. Principal Investigator for the Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiologic Survey (CRES)study in Plymouth

2. Principal Investigator, Plymouth, of the commercial, NAVIGATE study 

My research interests include:

ENT Clinical Trials, Clinical Education Research , Systematic Reviews, Clinical Outcomes, Surgical Simulation

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Masters in Clinical Education to Plymouth University Students

Masters in Otolaryngology to Alexandria University Student

MD to Alexandria University Student

Grants & contracts

  • Contract to Review Processes for Recognition of Medical Specialties. Medical Council of Ireland, 2017
  • HE South West Peninsula Innovation Fund, 2015
  • Teaching Fellowship Award, University of Plymouth, 2014
  • Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) Division of Medical Education Awards in 2013 and 2014.
  • Plymouth University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PSMD) Division of Medical Education Award in 2014
  • Peninsula Deanery Innovation Fund Award, 2012
  • Successful Business Case for ENT Research Fellow, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2013, recurring annually.
  • Successful set up of NIHR accredited ENT Academic Clinical Lecturer Post, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS trust

Key publications are highlighted

Khalil H, Grech-Marguerat D, Stavrakas M, AbuShaala A, Hart R & Chatterjee A 2020 'Speech Therapy in the Treatment of Globus Pharyngeus: Development of a Mobile Application to Improve Patient Access' EJENTAS
Abushaala A, Stavrakas M & Khalil H 2019 'Microdebrider-Assisted Rhinophyma Excision' Case Reports in Otolaryngology 2019, 1-5 , DOI PEARL
Elwany S, Radi S, Khalil H, Talaat I & Belasy K 2018 'Cluster of differentiation 8 T-cell population in the laryngeal mucosa of smokers with laryngeal cancer' Journal of Laryngology and Otology 132, (12) 1134-1134 , DOI
Philpott CM, Erskine S, Hopkins C, Kumar N, Anari S, Kara N, Sunkaraneni S, Ray J, Clark A & Wilson A 2018 'Prevalence of asthma, aspirin sensitivity and allergy in chronic rhinosinusitis: data from the UK National Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study' Respiratory Research 19, (1) , DOI PEARL
Atfeh M, Singh K & Khalil HS 2018 'Orbital infections: a complete cycle 7-year audit and a management guideline' European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology , DOI PEARL
Yuen J, Varadarajan V, Stavrakas M, Muquit S & Khalil H 2018 'A Case of Invasive Sinonasal Carcinosarcoma: The Importance of Early Detection' Case Reports in Otolaryngology , DOI PEARL
Khalil H, Wanner A, Bentley A & Hellier E 2018 'What is known about mental health interventions for students in higher education? A review of reviews' PROSPERO Publisher Site
Kapoor S, Catton R & Khalil H 2018 'An evaluation of medical student-led podcasts: what are the lessons learnt?' Advances in Medical Education and Practice Volume 9, 133-138 , DOI PEARL
Philpott C, Erskine S, Smith R, Hopkins C, Kara N, Farboud A, Salam M, Robertson A, Almeyda R & Kumar BN 2017 'Current use of baseline medical treatment in chronic rhinosinusitis: Data from the National Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study (CRES)' Clinical Otolaryngology , DOI
Phang SY, Whitehouse K, Lee L, Khalil H, McArdle P & Whitfield PC 2016 'Management of CSF leak in base of skull fractures in adults' British Journal of Neurosurgery 30, (6) 596-604 , DOI PEARL
Erskine SE, Hopkins C, Clark A, Anari S, Kumar N, Robertson A, Sunkaraneni S, Wilson JA, Carrie S & Kara N 2016 'SNOT-22 in a control population' Clinical Otolaryngology 42, (1) 81-85 , DOI PEARL
CRES group 2016 'A case-control study of medical, psychological and socio-economic factors influencing the severity of chronic rhinosinusitis' Rhinology Journal PEARL
Edmond M, Neville F & Khalil HS 2016 'A comparison of teaching three common ear, nose, and throat conditions to medical students through video podcasts and written handouts: a pilot study' Advances in Medical Education and Practice , DOI PEARL
Atfeh MS & Khalil HS 2015 'Orbital infections: five-year case series, literature review and guideline development' The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 129, (7) 670-676 , DOI
Philpott C, Hopkins C, Erskine S, Kumar N, Robertson A, Farboud A, Ahmed S, Anari S, Cathcart R & Khalil H 2015 'The burden of revision sinonasal surgery in the UK--data from the Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study (CRES): a cross-sectional study' BMJ Open 5, (4) e006680-e006680 , DOI PEARL
McDonald S, Hilton MP, Khalil H & Dowley A 2015 'Local nasal immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , DOI
Sayma M, Hyne R, Sharma M, Kyle L, Abo Khatwa M, MacKay-Davies I, Poulios A & Khalil HS 2015 'From Inpatient Notes to Outpatient Followup: Enhancing the Rhinology Service in a Tertiary Centre through Student Led Projects' International Journal of Otolaryngology 2015, 1-5 , DOI PEARL
Stubbs D, Poulios A & Khalil H 2014 'Benign sinonasal capillary haemangioma' Case Reports 2014, (oct06 1) bcr2014207070-bcr2014207070 , DOI
Mahalingappa YB & Khalil HS 2014 'Sinonasal malignancy: presentation and outcomes' The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 128, (7) 654-657 , DOI
Cheang PP, Atfeh MS & Khalil HS 2014 'Nasal valve surgery for nasal obstruction: A systematic review' Otorhinolaryngologist 7, (2) 80-88
Su N, Cheang PP & Khalil H 2013 'Do rhinology care pathways in primary care influence the quality of referrals to secondary care?' The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 127, (4) 364-367 , DOI
Eweiss AZ & Khalil HS 2013 'The Prevalence of Frontal Cells and Their Relation to Frontal Sinusitis: A Radiological Study of the Frontal Recess Area' ISRN Otolaryngology 2013, 1-4 , DOI PEARL
Khalil HS, Foxton CR & Mitchell-Innes AM 2011 'Septoplasty with alar battens for the treatment of alar collapse: how we do it' Clinical Otolaryngology 36, (6) 575-578 , DOI
Eweiss AZ, Ibrahim AA & Khalil HS 2011 'The safe gate to the posterior paranasal sinuses: reassessing the role of the superior turbinate' European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 269, (5) 1451-1456 , DOI
Khalil HS, Reddy VM, Bos-Clark M, Dowley A, Pierce MH, Morris CP & Jones AE 2011 'Speech therapy in the treatment of globus pharyngeus: how we do it' Clinical Otolaryngology 36, (4) 388-392 , DOI
Khalil HS, Eweiss AZ & Clifton N 2011 'Radiological findings in patients undergoing revision endoscopic sinus surgery: a retrospective case series study' BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 11, (1) , DOI PEARL
Clifton N, Klingmann C & Khalil H 2011 'Teaching Otolaryngology skills through simulation' European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 268, (7) 949-953 , DOI
Edmond M, Clifton N & Khalil H 2010 'A large atypical osteoma of the maxillary sinus: a report of a case and management challenges' European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 268, (2) 315-318 , DOI
Dass D, Christoforidou A & Khalil H 2010 'A 2-cycle prospective audit of the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in adult rhinology patients' Clinical Audit , DOI
Reddy VM, Judd O & Khalil H 2010 'Investigation of the influence of ambient temperature, atmospheric pressure and water vapour pressure on epistaxis admission rate' RHINOLOGY 48, (3) 348-351 Author Site , DOI
Eweiss A, Mukonoweshuro W & Khalil HS 2010 'Cavernous sinus thrombosis secondary to contralateral sphenoid sinusitis: a diagnostic challenge' The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 124, (8) 928-930 , DOI
Mackie S, Malik T & Khalil H 2010 'Endoscopic Resection and Topical 5-Fluorouracil as an Alternative Treatment to Craniofacial Resection for the Management of Primary Intestinal-Type Sinonasal Adenocarcinoma' Minimally Invasive Surgery 2010, 1-4 , DOI PEARL
Barua N, Hilton DA, Mukonoweshuro W, Khalil H & Pobereskin L 2010 'Persistent CSF Rhinorrhoea, Pneumocephalus, and Recurrent Meningitis Following Misdiagnosis of Olfactory Neuroblastoma' Case Reports in Medicine 2010, 1-4 , DOI PEARL
McDonald SE, Slater J, Powell R, Khalil HS & Garth RJN 2009 'A randomised controlled trial comparing Rapid Rhino Mannheim and Netcell series 5000 packs following routine nasal surgery' RHINOLOGY 47, (1) 41-44 Author Site
McDonald S, Hilton MP, Khalil H & Dowley A 2009 'Local nasal immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis' , DOI
Khalil SH & Adams MW 2009 'Clinico-radiological considerations in the treatment of frontal sinus mucoceles' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 130, (4-5) 267-271 Author Site
Khalil HS 2008 'The diagnosis and management of globus: a perspective from the United Kingdom' Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 16, (6) 516-520 , DOI
Judd O, Medcalf M & Khalil HS 2008 'Air rifle pellet injury to the middle ear, a very rare occurence' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 129, (4-5) 297-299 Author Site
Khalil HS & Nunez DA 2007 'Functional endoscopic sinus surgery: Current perspectives' Otorinolaringologia 57, (4) 183-188
Khalil HS, Naraghi AH & Nunez DA 2007 'Dislocation of the Turbinate: A Rare Complication of Middle Turbinate Surgery' Ear, Nose & Throat Journal 86, (6) 348-350 , DOI
Duvvi S, Khattab A, Khalil HS & Nunez DA 2006 'Short falls in epistaxis management. A Nationwide Survey in UK' Clinical Otolaryngology 31, (6) 560-561 , DOI
Khalil H & Nunez DA 2006 'Functional endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , DOI
Oluwasanmi AF, Thornton MR, Khalil HS & Tierney PA 2006 'Effect of tonsillectomy on recurrent sore throats in adults: patients' perspectives' The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 120, (2) 1-5 , DOI
Rajkumar K, Khalil HS, Elloy M, Sheffield E & Baldwin DL 2005 'Histopathological changes in the human larynx following expanded polytetrafluroethylene (Gore-Tex®) implantation' BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 5, (1) , DOI PEARL
Bockmühl U, Khalil HS & Draf W 2005 'Clinicoradiological and Surgical Considerations in the Treatment of Cholesterol Granuloma of the Petrous Pyramid' Skull Base 15, (04) 263-267 , DOI
Khalil HS, Khattab A, Duvvi S, Ali A & Birchall M 2004 'Schwannoma of the postcricoid region: report of a first case' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 125, (1) 55-57 Author Site
Khalil HS & Windle-Taylor PC 2003 'Canal wall down mastoidectomy: A long term commitment to the outpatients?' BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 3, (1) , DOI PEARL
Khalil HS, Feldman M & Bridger MW 2003 'A simple assessment of quality of life in head and neck cancer patients; what can it tell us?' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 124, (4) 211-214 Author Site
Mayaleh HA, Khalil HS, Portmann D & Négrevergne M 2003 'Otoplasty for prominent ears in children. The technique adopted in the Portmann Institute' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 124, (2) 135-136 Author Site
Khalil HS, Bridger MW, Hilton-Pierce M & Vincent J 2003 'The use of speech therapy in the treatment of globus pharyngeus patients. A randomised controlled trial' Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol (Bord) 124, (3) 187-190 Author Site
Khalil HS, Toynton S, Steventon N, Adams W & Gibson J 2001 'Radiological difficulties in tire diagnosis of fibrous dysplasia of the sphenoid sinus and the cranial base' RHINOLOGY 39, (1) 49-51 Author Site
Khalil HS 2001 'Effect of Smoking on the Outcome of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery' Oto-Rhino-Laryngologia Nova 11, (6) 284-287 , DOI
Waddell A, Saleh H, Robertson N, Khalil HS & Bridger MWM 2000 'Thyroglossal duct remnants' Journal of Laryngology and Otology 114, (2) 128-129
Abd-Elsalam S, El-Sawy S & Khalil H 1997 'The effects of electromagnetic fields on some neuroepithelial structures in the inner ear of rats. Bull. Alex. Fac. Med, 1997; 33 (4): 537-548' Bull. Alex. Fac. Med
AUF I, OSBORNE JE, SPARKES C & KHALIL H 1997 'Is the KTP laser effective in tonsillectomy?' Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences 22, (2) 145-146 , DOI
Abu Shaala A, Sargent H, Howlett J & Khalil H 0 'A New Approach to Managing Patients with Sino-nasal Disorders; the Rhinology Panel' British Journal of Hospital Management
Khalil H; Weatherby S; Bankhead M 2018 Plymouth Clinical Manual. Second Edition. Plymouth TeL Med
Khalil H, Poulios A & Jaworski K 2015 Practical ENT for General practitioners.
Khalil H; Weatherby S 2012 Plymouth Clinical manual. First Plymouth
Khalil H 2011 ENT Clinical Manual. Sixth Plymouth Peninsula Medical School
Kernick D & Goadsby P 2008 Headache A Practical Manual. Oxford University Press
Conference Papers
Khalil H, Stavrakas M & Murgatroyd S 2018 'Challenges in the management of sino-nasal cancer. A ten-year experience' European Rhinologic Society Meeting, London 4-/-0/2018 4-/-0/2018
Stavrakas M, Varadarajan V & Khalil H 2018 'Microdebrider-assisted rhinophyma excision: a case series' European Rhinologic Society Meeting London 4-/-0/2018 4-/-0/2018
Khalil H 2018 'Active participation in projects as a strategy to engage students in their learning' Ottawa-ICME Abu Dhabi 3-/-0/2018 3-/-0/2018
Mollett G & Khalil H 2018 'Evaluation of a longitudinal placement pilot. Challenges and lessons learned' Ottawa-ICME Abu Dhabi 3-/-0/2018 3-/-0/2018
Khalil H & Wisdom H 2017 'Embedding Raising Concerns in the Culture of Our Faculty. How we did it' Helsinki 8-/-0/2017 8-/-0/2017
Cresswell M & Khalil H 2017 'Resolution of epistaxis associated with Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia with septal button placement. An unexpected outcome' IFOS 2017 Paris, France 6-/-0/2017 6-/-0/2018
Khalil H, Rashid M & Stavrakas M 2017 'Effect of water versus saline for carboxymethylcellulose nasal packing' IFOS 2017 Paris, France 6-/-0/2017 6-/-0/2017
Stavrakas M & Khalil H 2017 'Speech therapy in the treatment of globus pharyngeus' IFOS 2017 Paris, France 6-/-0/2017 6-/-0/2017
Khalil H & Prior J 2016 'A pragmatic approach to curriculum review' AMEE 2016 Barcelona, Spain 8-/-0/2016 8-/-0/2016
Khalil H, jones G, chatterjee A, Joyner M & Watkins C 2016 'Engaged student learning: How we did it' Canadian Conference for Medical Education 2016 Montreal 4-/-0/2016 4-/-0/2016
Hill A, Edwards J & Khalil H 2015 'A novel staff - student partnership promoting biomedical-clinical science integration within an undergraduate medical program' International Association of Medical Science Educators San Diego, CA, USA 6-/-0/2015 6-/-0/2015
Awad Z, Williams R, Ronan N, Hickey SA, Khalil H, Evans A, Jones T, Skinner D, Kumar BN & Rainsbury J 2015 'Papers presented at the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training Annual Meeting, 20 June 2014, Exeter, UK' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 Cambridge University Press (CUP) , DOI
Khalil H, Ellis K & Mole R 2014 'Student Assistantship. The Peninsula Medical School Experience' Canadian Conference on Medical Education - “Transforming Healthcare through Excellence in Assessment and Evaluation”. Ottawa 4-/-0/2018 4-/-0/2018
Fahmy FF, Osborne J, Khalil HS & Rodgers B 1998 'Well-differentiated liposarcoma of the hypopharynx' 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 Cambridge University Press (CUP) 880-882 , DOI
Other Publications
Khalil H 2014 The effectiveness of use of virtual patients for medical students. Masters Dissertation. 01/01/1900 01/01/1900
Khalil H 1996 Dizziness in patients with noise-induced hearing loss. A clinical and audiological study. 01/01/1900 01/01/1900
Khalil H 1991 Chenopodium Oil as a new topical antifungal agent in otomycosis. An in-vivo study. 01/01/1900 01/01/1900

Additional information

Author of 3 English Poetry books;Random Thoughts, Sunset Moments and the Nature of Hearts.

Interested in Landscape Photography