Prof. Paul O'Flynn, Consultant ENT Surgeon

Prof. Paul O'Flynn MBBS FRCS

Consultant ENT Surgeon


Areas of expertise

  • General ENT (adults and children)
  • Neck lumps (thyroid, parotid)
  • Sinus issues
  • Tonsillectomies
  • Ear drum repair
  • Septoplasty

Recommendations for Prof. O'Flynn

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Recommended by:

  • byDr Ruth Whitby, GP

    Recommended ENT specialist

  • byDr Philippa Ruth Kaye, GP

    For head and neck

  • byMr Neil Dorward, Neurosurgeon

    Prof. Paul O'Flynn is a very good ENT opinion.

  • by Mr Paul Stimpson, Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

    A very knowledgeable and experienced Head and Neck Surgeon.

  • byDr Ruth Whitby, GP

    Recommended ENT specialist

  • byDr Philippa Ruth Kaye, GP

    For head and neck

  • byMr Neil Dorward, Neurosurgeon

    Prof. Paul O'Flynn is a very good ENT opinion.

  • by Mr Paul Stimpson, Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon

    A very knowledgeable and experienced Head and Neck Surgeon.

  • Address

    • The Wellington Hospital

      Wellington Place, St John's Wood, London, NW8 9LE

    • Platinum Medical Centre

      15-17 Lodge Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 7JA

    • Telephone or video consultation


  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    250 Euston Road, London, Greater London, NW1 2PG

  • About Prof. Paul O'Flynn

    GMC number: 2569400

    Year qualified: 1982

    Place of primary qualification: University of London

    Professor Paul O’Flynn is a highly experienced ENT specialist and surgeon with a global practice. Since qualifying in 1982 he has developed an astounding career treating patients with a wide range of head and neck issues.

    Professor O’Flynn explained to myHealthSpecialist why he chose to specialise in ENT:
    “It’s the Interactions and relationships you can build with patients, through supporting their entire journey, from diagnosis to impact of treatment. It’s also the creation of bespoke treatment plans where I’m able to bring multi-functional teams together to provide the best care.”


    • National Silver Clinical Excellence Award
    • Intercollegiate FRCS examiner and Board member for FRCS examination in Otolaryngology
    • Medical advisor to the International Hospital Group
    • Academic advisor to Laryngology and Voice Association
    • Member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the HCA Wellington Hospital
    • President of the Laryngology and Rhinology section 2013-2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine
    • Elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2012
    • RCS Council lead for surgical commissioning and QA and accreditation
    • Chair of the North London Cancer Network, Head & Neck tumour board
    • Honorary Professor at the Deenanath Mangeskhar Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India
    • Chair of the Head and Neck Multi-Disciplinary Team
    • ENT Head and Neck lead at UCLH
    • Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and subsequently at London's University College Hospital

    Areas of expertise

    • Adenoidectomy
    • Airway management of tracheostomy and decannulation
    • Airway reconstruction
    • Allergic rhinitis (hayfever)
    • Broken nose
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Deafness
    • Deviated septum
    • Ear infections
    • Ear wax removal
    • Eardrum perforations
    • Ear drum repair
    • Endoscopic anterior skull base surgery
    • Epistaxis (nose bleeding)
    • Facial palsy
    • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
    • Functional nasal surgery
    • General ENT (adults and children)
    • Grommet insertion
    • Head & neck tumours
    • Head and neck cancer surgery
    • Hearing loss
    • Laryngeal (larynx) cancer
    • Laryngitis
    • Microscopic laryngeal surgery
    • Neck lumps (thyroid, parotid)
    • Noisy breathing
    • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
    • Otitis externa
    • Otitis media (glue ear)
    • Removal of tumors of the ear and skull base
    • Rhinitis
    • Salivary gland cancer
    • Salivary gland diseases such as parotid glands, neck lumps and thyroid
    • Septoplasty
    • Sinus issues
    • Sinus surgery (sinusitis)
    • Stopping nose bleeds (nasal cautery)
    • Surgery for nasal blockage & polyps
    • Surgery of the larynx for cancer
    • Swallowing disorder (dysphagia)
    • Thyroglossal duct surgery
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Tonsil and adenoid infections
    • Tonsillectomies
    • Tonsillitis
    • Tympanoplasty
    • Vocal cord disorders
    • Vocal fold/laryngoscopy

    Frequently asked questions

  • Why do you do what you do?

    It's all about people for me. I chose my speciality because of the phenomenal tutoring and education at UCH at the time. New, lifesaving technology was emerging. It just looked like an amazingly interesting field. I was able to combine that with neurosurgery and plastic surgery to develop skills around reconstruction and diagnostics.

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    Typically, an ear, nose and throat patient will be presenting with deafness, blocked ear, pain in the ear, blocked nose, lumps in the neck, among other symptoms.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    Septoplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery, tonsillectomy, tracheostomy and carotid surgery. For outpatient procedures, typically microsuction and flexible nasal endoscopy to look at the vocal cords and the back of the tongue. Inpatient procedures would include everything from a big thyroid surgery, tracheostomies, septal surgery, sinus surgery, operations on the ear, repair of ear drums, among others.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    Thyroid, carotid surgery and airway management. I support the Neuro Rehab unit at the Wellington Hospital and many patients are referred with severe neurological problems for example brain tumours, trauma or post cardiac arrest hypoxic damage, have tracheostomies which we're trying to close, or new tracheostomies put in as part of their ICU care. Subsequently trying to rehabilitate swallowing and voice disorders.

  • Professional memberships

    Royal College of Surgeons
    General Medical Council
    Royal Society of Medicine

    Articles by Prof. Paul O'Flynn

    Identification and functional validation of hpv-mediated hypermethylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

    Endoscopic management of an internal laryngopyocele presenting with acute airway obstruction

    A head and neck 'two-week wait' clinic: cancer referrals or the worried well ?

    Squamous cell cancer of the temporal bone: a review of the literature

    Follow-up in head and neck cancer: patients' perspective

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