Jahangir (Jay) Ahmed is an experienced and highly regarded consultant in ENT, specialising in Head & Neck, Laryngology and Thyroid surgery at Barts-Health and UCLH NHS trusts. He is the current chair of the head and neck MDT at Barts Health and a core member of the Barts Thyroid MDT.
Mr. Ahmed was educated at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College School of Medicine, graduating in 2001 with the Gold medal in Pathology. He also attained an MA in experimental psychology from Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD in molecular oncology (2015) for his work at The Barts Cancer Institute on harnessing viruses for immuno-therapy of cancer.
He completed higher surgical ENT training in London teaching hospitals including The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s, Charing Cross, The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. These are internationally recognized centres of excellence and academia, where he gained quality experience in the breadth and depth of ENT.
Mr. Ahmed has a high-volume practice and expertise in the surgical management of head and neck tumours from all subsites including tonsil, tongue, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), salivary gland and thyroid.
He is one of the core thyroid surgeons in the Barts Health Thyroid Multidisciplinary team (MDT); this is one of the largest thyroid cancer groups in the UK. He is one of the few surgeons on the panel designated to perform neck dissection in thyroid cancer patients with advanced disease.
Mr. Ahmed is skilled in transoral (scarless, through-the-mouth) laser and robotic surgery, with one of the highest-volume transoral robotic surgical practices in the UK.
He has significant experience in managing voice, complex airway and swallowing problems. Uniquely he runs a tertiary level practice in the surgical management of sleep disordered breathing ranging from snoring to severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) refractory to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Indeed, the team’s latest surgical audit has demonstrated tremendous success with 90% of OSA patients on CPAP who were treated by robotic surgery, not needing to use their CPAP machine post operatively.
Mr. Ahmed also performs a significant volume of advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, utilsing advanced technology such as image navigation and is therefore in a unique position to be able to offer safe, state of the art surgical treatment from nasal passage to voice box.
He has a keen research interest in minimally invasive transoral surgery and molecular treatment of cancers. He is a clinical lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. He has published over 30 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and over 12 book chapters in respected surgical and basic scientific textbooks. His research and clinical experience are regularly presented at national and international meetings.
Mr. Ahmed is passionate about education. He holds a PGC in Medical education and is education co-lead at Bart’s health; facilitating a training program for North-Thames higher surgical trainees and junior doctors. He is also part of the faculty in a number of London based instructional training courses in ENT. His involvement in academia and teaching means he keeps abreast of the latest evidence-based treatment protocols and technology in ENT.
Mr. Ahmed has gained a reputation for providing the highest quality care to every patient he treats. He is a firm believer of personalized medicine and aims to provide bespoke, individualized treatment plans for his patients. He will be readily accessible throughout their clinical journey and beyond, to ensure as comfortable an experience as possible.
Outside of medical work, Mr Ahmed has an interest in reading history, gym training and duelling with his son on computer games consoles.
Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
Thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer surgery
Head and neck cancer surgery
Laryngology and airway surgery
Surgery for sleep disordered breathing including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that is resistant to CPAP
Surgery to relieve nasal obstruction
Transoral laser surgery to larynx/ pharynx/tongue/ oesophagus
Endoscopy of the larynx/ pharynx/ oesophagus and biopsy/ excision
Laser tonsillectomy/ palatoplasty
Standard adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy
Palatal repositioning/ reconstruction/ implant/ expansion pharyngoplasty
Sleep nasendoscopy/ drug induced sleep nasendoscopy
Transoral robotic surgery:
Tonsil/ lateral pharynx/ posterior pharynx/ base of tongue/ supraglottis
Salivary gland surgery:
Submandibular gland excision
Sublingual gland excision
Lymph node excision biopsy
Selective neck dissection
Modified radical neck dissection
Radical neck dissection
Open/ percutaneous tracheostomy
Neck exploration following trauma
Level 6 neck disseciton
Thyroglossal duct cyst excision
Laryngology and complex airway:
Microlaryngoscopy and excision of benign lesions of the larynx
Microlaryngoscopy and excision of early cancer/ precancer +/- laser
Thyroplasty: injection/ implant/ external
Management of subglottic/ tracheal stenosis
Botox to larynx
Dilation of larynx and trachea
Complex head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction:
Laryngectomy/ pharyngectomy for cancer and function
Regional myocutaneous flap reconstruction (e.g. deltopectoral/ pectoralis major)
Split skin graft
Botox to upper oesophagus
Endoscopic pharyngeal pouch: stapling/ laser/ division
External pharyngeal pouch excision
Cricopharyngeal myotomy: laser/ open
Dilation of pharynx and oesophagus
Repair of tracheal/ pharyngooesophageal defects
General and rhinology (including paediatrics) :
Turbinate reduction/ laser/ turbinoplasty
EUA nose and post nasal space +/- biopsy/ removal of foreign bodies
Advanced functional endoscopic sinus surgery for benign and malignant disease (with and without navigation)
Anterior FESS (uncinectomy, middle meatal antrostomy,
Posterior FESS (posterior ethmoidectomy, spehenoidectomy)
Frontal sinus procedures including balloon sinuplasty,
Draf’s 1 to 3 (modified endoscopic lothrop)
CSF leak repairs
Manipulation of fractured nose
Rhinoplasty for trauma/ nasal blockage
Examination under anaesthetic of ears and suction clearance/
biopsy/ removal of foreign bodies
Myringotomy and Grommet/ T tube insertion
Type 1 tympanoplasty/ myringoplasty
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea that is not responsive to CPAP
Head and neck cancer surgery: transoral laser and robotic assisted resections, lymph node biopsy, neck dissection;
Thyroid surgery: hemi/ total thyroidectomy, thyroglossal duct cyst excision;
Salivary gland conditions (parotid, submandibular, sublingual gland and ranula excision);
Laryngology, complex airway and swallowing disorders in adults: laser excision of benign and laryngeal lesions, reconstruction of paralysed vocal fold, botox injection, laryngotracheoplasty, endoscopic and external surgery for pharyngeal pouch and pharyngo-oesophageal narrowing;
Rhinology. Management of allergy, sinusitis, nasal polyps, nose bleeds and nasal tumours: septal and turbinate surgery, advanced functional endoscopic sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty, correction of the consequences of nasal trauma including rhinoplasty;
General ENT in adults and children: adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, management of hearing loss, balance (vertigo) disorders, tinnitus, clearance of ear wax/ ear infections, eustachian tube dysfunction, treatment of glue ear with myringotomy and grommets.