Professor Hisham Mehanna PhD, BMedSc, MBChB, FRCS, FRCS(ORL-HNS)

Professor Hisham Mehanna

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (interdisciplinary research)
Director, Institute for Global Innovation and Institute for Advanced Studies
Director, Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education (InHANSE)

Contact details

Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Robert Aitken Building
Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Professor Hisham Mehanna is the chair of head and neck surgery, and is the Director of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education (InHANSE) at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences.

Hisham is a head and neck and thyroid surgeon with clinical interests in recurrence in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He has a keen interest in clinical and translational research, heading a research team of 20 researchers, and holding over £15million in research grants. His research has changed clinical practice across the world. 

His experience of multi-disciplinary research in the field of cancer biology and treatment has made him a strong proponent of multi- and inter- disciplinary research, as the way to provide new insights and approaches to address intractable global challenges. 

As Deputy PVC, Hisham has responsibility for promoting interdisciplinary research across the University. Also as Director of the Institute for Global Innovation (IGI) and the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Hisham strives to ensure that the Institutes inspire, support and deliver world-leading, multi- and inter-disciplinary research that seeks to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, that affect humanity at a global level. The IGI’s research themes revolve around the factors that challenge, and sometimes threaten, the sustainability and resilience of individuals, communities, countries and the world as a whole. Themes include resilient cities, water challenges in a changing world, clean cooling, pollution solutions, antimicrobial resistance, ageing and frailty, gender inequality, artificial intelligence and 21st century transnational crime. 


  • PhD, Assessment of Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancers. Erasmus University 2010
  • FRCS (ORL-HNS) 2002
  • FRCS Glasgow 1998
  • MBChB (Hons)  University of Glasgow 1994
  • B.Med.Sc (Hons) University of Kuwait 1990 


Hisham runs several post graduate courses and meetings, including the international biennial ‘Controversies in the management of head and neck cancer’ meeting. He also serves on the organising committee of several large international conferences, and has served on faculty of many conferences and courses. He is currently the Academic Chair for the British Academic Conference of Otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery (BACO International) 2021.

Postgraduate supervision

Hisham supervises several PhD, Masters and intercalating BSc students, in topics ranging from translational research to bioinformatics to clinical research

Other activities

  • Chair, Head and Neck Cancer International Group, 2019-present 
  • Council Member, University of Birmingham, 2015-2019
  • President, British Association of Head Neck Oncologists, 2017-2019
  • Secretary, Head and Neck Cancer International Group (HNCIG), 2016-2020
  • Chair, UK’s National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Group, 2012-2018


Recent publications


Lorenc, A, Wells, M, Fulton-Lieuw, T, Nankivell, P, Mehanna, H, Jepson, M & PETNECK2 Research Team 2022, 'Clinicians’ views of patient-initiated follow-up in head and neck cancer: a qualitative study to inform the PETNECK2 trial', Clinical Oncology, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 230-240.

Rischin, D, Mehanna, H, Young, RJ, Bressel, M, Dunn, J, Corry, J, Soni, P, Fulton-lieuw, T, Iqbal, G, Kenny, L, Porceddu, S, Wratten, C, Robinson, M & Solomon, BJ 2022, 'Prognostic stratification of HPV associated oropharyngeal cancer based on CD103+ immune cell abundance in patients treated on TROG 12.01 and De-ESCALaTE randomised trials', Annals of Oncology.

Nieto, H, Thornton, C, Brookes, K, Nobre De Menezes, A, Fletcher, A, Alshahrani, M, Kocbiyik, M, Sharma, N, Boelaert, K, Cazier, J-B, Mehanna, H, Smith, V, Read, M & McCabe, C 2022, 'Recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer: a systematic appraisal of risk factors', Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 107, no. 5, pp. 1392–1406.

Fu, T, Scheffler, P, Forner, D, Noel, C, Huang, SH, Gilbert, R, Goldstein, D, O'Sullivan, B, Mehanna, H, Waldron, J & de Almeida, J 2021, 'A cost-utility analysis comparing CT surveillance, PET-CT surveillance, and planned postradiation neck dissection for advanced nodal HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer', Cancer.

Shaban, M, Raza, SEA, Hassan, M, Jamshed, A, Mushtaq, S, Loya, A, Batis, N, Brooks, J, Nankivell, P, Sharma, N, Robinson, M, Mehanna, H, Khurram, SA & Rajpoot, N 2021, 'A digital score of tumour-associated stroma infiltrating lymphocytes predicts survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma', Journal of Pathology.

Bresadola, L, Weber, D, Ritzel, C, Lower, M, Bukur, V, Akilli-Öztürk, Ö, Becke, J, Mehanna, H, Schrörs, B, Vascotto, F, Sahin, U & Kong, A 2021, 'Comprehensive genomic and transcriptomic analysis of three synchronous primary tumours and a recurrence from a head and neck cancer patient', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 22, no. 14, 7583.

Mehanna, H, Mistry, P, Golusinski, P, Maio, PD, Nankivell, P, Snider, F, Ferrante, AMR, Montalto, N, Nicolai, P, Marcantoni, A, Grandi, C, Zavatta, M, Grego, F, Malec, K, Hosal, S, Suslu, N, Kuscu, O, Torrealba, I, Valdes, F, Sharma, N, Ayuk, J, Monksfield, P, Irving, R, Dunn, JA, Kay, M & Borsetto, D 2021, 'Development and validation of an improved classification and risk stratification system for carotid body tumors: a multinational collaborative cohort study', Head and Neck, vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 3448-3458.

Pansini, PF, do Valle, IB, Damasceno, TCD, de Abreu, PM, Có, ACG, López, RVM, Lenzi, J, Rocha, RM, Souza, ED, Curado, MP, Mehanna, H, Nankivell, P, de Podestá, JRV & von Zeidler, SV 2021, 'Differential expression of potential biomarkers of oral squamous cell carcinoma development', Head and Neck Pathology.

ART DECO Trial Management Group, Nutting, CM, Griffin, CL, Sanghera, P, Foran, B, Beasley, M, Bernstein, D, Cosgrove, V, Fisher, S, West, CM, Sibtain, A, Palaniappan, N, Urbano, TG, Sen, M, Soe, W, Rizwanullah, M, Wood, K, Ramkumar, S, Junor, E, Cook, A, Roques, T, Scrase, C, Bhide, SA, Gujral, D, Harrington, KJ, Mehanna, H, Miah, A, Emson, M, Gardiner, D, Morden, JP & Hall, E 2021, 'Dose-escalated intensity-modulated radiotherapy in patients with locally advanced laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers: ART DECO, a phase III randomised controlled trial', European Journal of Cancer, vol. 153, pp. 242-256.

Fouad, S, Landini, G, Robinson, M, Song, M & Mehanna, H 2021, 'Human papilloma virus detection in oropharyngeal carcinomas with in situ hybridisation using hand crafted morphological features and deep central attention residual networks', Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, vol. 88, 101853.

Vreugdenhil, M, Fong, C, Sanghera, P, Hartley, A, Dunn, J & Mehanna, H 2021, 'Hypofractionated chemoradiation for head and cancer: data from the PET NECK trial', Oral Oncology, vol. 113, 105112.

Payne, K, Brooks, J, Taylor, G, Batis, N, Noyvert, B, Pan, Y, Nankivell, P & Mehanna, H 2021, 'Immediate sample fixation increases Circulating Tumour Cell (CTC) capture and preserves phenotype in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: towards a standardised approach to microfluidic CTC biomarker discovery', Cancers, vol. 13, no. 21, 5519.

Vreugdenhil, M, Fong, C, Iqbal, G, Roques, T, Evans, M, Palaniappan, N, Yang, H, O'Toole, L, Sanghera, P, Nutting, C, Foran, B, Sen, M, Al Booz, H, Fulton-Lieuw, T, Dalby, M, Dunn, J, Hartley, A & Mehanna, H 2021, 'Improvement in dysphagia outcomes following clinical target volume reduction in the De-ESCALaTE Study', Clinical Oncology.

Other contribution

Shaban, M, Raza, SEA, Hassan, M, Jamshed, A, Mushtaq, S, Loya, A, Batis, N, Brooks, J, Nankivell, P, Sharma, N, Robinson, M, Mehanna, H, Khurram, SA & Rajpoot, N 2021, A digital score of tumour-associated stroma infiltrating lymphocytes predicts survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma..


Shaban, M, Raza, SEA, Hassan, M, Jamshed, A, Mushtaq, S, Loya, A, Batis, N, Brooks, J, Nankivell, P, Sharma, N, Robinson, M, Mehanna, H, Khurram, SA & Rajpoot, N 2021 'A digital score of tumour-associated stroma infiltrating lymphocytes predicts survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma' arXiv. <>

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  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Global Development and Research