Meet the ENT team
Key members of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department include:
Professor Ray Clarke - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Ray had a short career in the civil service in Ireland before he studied medicine. He qualified in Dublin and did his ENT training in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and New York. Ray has been a consultant at Alder Hey for over twenty years. His first consultant job was at Alder Hey and the Royal Liverpool, but he decided to focus on Alder Hey and became one of the first whole-time children’s ENT doctors in the NHS. Ray has a long-standing interest in the education and training of doctors and students, and was awarded the ‘Silver Scalpel’ as best surgical trainer in the NHS in 2004. He is now part-time at Alder Hey and works as Associate Dean, looking after young doctors across the Northwest of England. He has written and edited a number of textbooks on ENT, mainly on ENT problems in children, and is a keen reader of history and fiction. He did an Open University BA in Literature, and as Ray and his wife are grandparents to three lively boys they still keep in touch with the youngsters!
Miss Sujata De - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Sujata De has been a Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK since 2007. Prior to that, she completed her ENT registrar training in the West Midlands and Mersey regions, followed by a Fellowship in Paediatric ENT at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Her clinical interests include paediatric airway, paediatric ear surgery including endoscopic ear surgery, microtia and bone anchored hearing devices, Downs syndrome, Craniofacial surgery and complex breathlessness also known as EILO (exercise induced laryngeal obstruction).
She has an interest in teaching, training and clinical research. She has taught on a number of courses, has presented at national and international conferences and has a number of publications in medical journals. She has been awarded the 'Trainer of the Year' trophy by the Junior Doctors at Alder Hey twice.
She is a member of the Specialised Surgery in Children Clinical Reference Group and an elected member of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO) Council. She holds an honorary appointment with the University of Liverpool and is Chair of the Health Education England North West Training and Education Committee for ENT Surgery.
Mr Ravi Sharma MBBS (Delhi), FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCS(Edinburgh), DLO (Dublin), M Phil (Keele), PGCERT Medical Education (Chester) - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Mr Sharma’s practice involves airway assessment and treatment of children with complex breathing disorders, with principal interests in diagnosing, investigating and treatment of children with blocked noses, hearing problems and sleep disorders arising from enlarged tonsil and adenoids. He has pioneered Mr Sharma has a special interest in treatment of drooling and Nose allergy in children.
Mr Sharma is the clinical Director for ENT and Audiology at Alder Hey hospital. He is the ENT liaison for the regional Cleft services providing hearing surgery and airway assessment for children with cleft palate, serving the population of the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man. He has developed specialist clinics in Paediatric Allergy and complex airway patients with consultant colleagues from Paediatric Allergy and Long term ventilation.
He does joint anterior skull base surgery with the neurosurgical and ophthalmic colleagues. He has developed a rapid response multidisciplinary team at Alder Hey to assist babies diagnosed with airway problems in their mum’s womb – EXIT procedure and ensured all the consultants have similar experience.
Qualifying in Delhi, India, in 1987, Mr Sharma has extensive overseas experience working in India and Bahrain. He completed his higher surgical training from Yorkshire Deanery and went on to have focussed specialist training Paediatric ENT Surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital culminating in a year’s fellowship at Evelina Children’s Hospital, London (part of Guys and St Thomas Hospital Trust. He also did a visiting Rhinology fellowship with Professor Stammberger in Austria. He has been a consultant at Alder Hey since 2007.
Educational and teaching experience/educational role at Alder Hey
Mr Sharma is the Foundation Program lead consultant at Alder Hey and appointed as the Associate clinical tutor in mid2018. He is responsible for assigning trainees from four different base hospitals to posts at Alder Hey. He is an educational supervisor for one and clinical supervisor to three speciality training registrar of North West Deanery. As the clinical tutor, he is responsible for improving the standards of trainers within the Trust. He is a honorary clinical tutor for medical students of Liverpool University.
He has secured recognition of the Paediatric ENT Fellowship programme at the hospital from the Royal College of Surgeons, London, being the only children’s hospital in the country to have to have such an accolade in the country
His contribution to Education has included conducting courses on Coblation Adenotonsillectomy (2013, 2014), North of England ENT Society meeting (2014, 2018) and ‘Northern Paediatric ENT Simulation day’ in 2014 and planning another one out in 2019. He chaired a session on ENT problems in Neurodisabled children at the International British academic conference, Liverpool, 2015 and was invited to give a talk on the North East neurodisability meeting in 2017.
Mr Sharma is on the teaching faculty of the Inter-collegiate examination preparation course at Bradford and Foundation trainees’ basic ENT course at Wigan. At Alder Hey he teaches on the A&E course for doctors and nurses (Edge Hill and John Moores University, Liverpool). He contributes to the Foundation teaching and the Regional registrar’s teaching days.
Mr Sharma is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons for the Diploma in Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and the MRCS examination.
On a personal level, he enjoys making new friends, dog walking and reading books. He loves family life with his wife and two daughters, in University education.
Mr Adam Donne - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Mr Donne has been a consultant at Alder Hey for 10 years. He was trained in Manchester and did a Fellowship at Evelina Childrens Hospital in London. He has done a PhD in molecular biology of Human Papillomavirus and respiratory papillomatosis. He treats all paediatric ear, nose and throat conditions. His specialist area is congenital and acquired airway conditions. He is the clinical lead for the National Respiratory Papillomatosis registry. This is an area of current research and has published in this field. He has set-up a paediatric voice clinic with a Speech and Language therapist (Mrs Dawes).
Mr Ian Street - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Ian graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1997 and underwent basic surgical training in Singapore after finishing his National Service in the 7thSingapore Infantry Brigade.
He trained in ENT subsequently in Brighton, Birmingham and South Yorkshire, spending a year as a Paediatric ENT fellow in Sheffield Children's Hospital in 2013.
Ian joined Alder Hey in 2014 and has an interest in general Paediatric ENT.
Mr Sunil Sharma BSc (Hons) FRCS (ORL-HNS) - Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon and Otologist
Sunil Sharma has been a Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK since 2018. Prior to that, he completed his ENT registrar training in the North Thames (London) region, working at hospitals such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he also went to university. This was followed by a clinical fellowship for a year in Paediatric ENT Surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and a clinical fellowship for a year in Paediatric Otology and Implantation at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
His clinical interests include paediatric ear surgery including endoscopic ear surgery, cochlear implantation and middle ear implants, microtia and bone anchored hearing devices, and Craniofacial surgery.
He has an interest in teaching, training and clinical research. He is Education Sub Lead for the Health Education North West and has an honorary appointment with the University of Liverpool. He has organised and taught on a number of national and international courses. He also has over 40 publications in medical journals and has over 70 presentations at national and international conferences. During his training he was also selected to complete a research project on vascular angiogenesis in Tokyo, Japan, where he spent 4 months. He has also been selected for the NIHR Research Scholars Programme.
Outside of work, he works as an expedition medic, having successfully led expeditions to Everest Base Camp and the High Atlas Mountains, raising £5,000 for charities including the British Heart Foundation and International Porter Protection Group. He is also a keen long distance runner, having run the London Marathon, raising £1,700 for Sense UK for deafblind children.
Mr Madhan Krishnan - Locum Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
Madhan Krishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College, India and did his postgraduate training in ENT at Madras Medical College, India.
He joined Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2016. He has special interest in Otology and particularly Total Endoscopic Ear Surgery.
He is a keen badminton player and also participates in half marathons.
Dr Soumit Dasgupta MBBS DLO MS FRCS MSc FIAOHNS FRCP - Consultant Audiovestibular Physician and Clinical Lead in Paediatric Audiology, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
Honorary Visiting Professor, Otology and Skull Base Surgery, University of Siena, Italy
Dr Dasgupta is a fully accredited Audiovestibular Physician with more than 24 years of combined experience in Otorhinolaryngology and Audiovestibular Medicine. Since May 2014, he has been working as a Consultant Audiovestibular Physician and Clinical Lead in Audiology in Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where he has established a unique state of the art tertiary and quaternary dedicated paediatric balance unit and pioneered a latest vestibular function test in children. He also leads the Sheffield Vertigo and Balance Centre which is a fully integrated private multidisciplinary adult balance unit.
He is an honorary visiting Professor in Otology and Skull Base Surgery in the University of Siena, Italy and holds an honorary lecturer position in the department of Audiology and Deafness in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester, a visiting lectureship at the MSc Neurology course in the University of Sheffield. He is an external examiner for the Otology and Audiology taught course at the University College London.
He is well published in peer reviewed journals, contributed in text books and has presented extensively at the regional, national and international levels as invited lecturer and as faculty. He has established Alder Hey as a global centre for paediatric vestibular disorders attracting observers from all over the world and runs the unique Alder Hey paediatric vestibular course.
He reviews for index journals and is an expert adviser to the General Medical Council. He is a member of the working group on balance in the European Academy of Otology and Neuro-otology; a founding member and secretary of the International Vertigo Academy and the chairman of the Education subcommittee of the British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians.
He was awarded the Pat Jobson Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of Audiovestibular Medicine by the British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians and bestowed with an honorary fellowship of the Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology and Head neck Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians of UK for outstanding contributions to the field of Audiovestibular Medicine.
His special interests are in balance medicine, paediatric audiovestibular medicine and noise induced hearing loss.
Senior: Walid Afifi
Junior: Sidra Iqbal
ENT Specialist Nurses
Dr Alison Flynn PhD
ENT Nurse Practitioner
RGN, RSCN,BA (Hons)
A motivated experienced nurse with past experience adults and now paediatric health care setting. Within my present role I care for and am lead nursing professional for children and their families with tracheostomies and complex healthcare needs. I provide training, expert advice and liaison in this field. I also am lead nurse for the tongue tie service and care for children with ear problems; providing nurse led clinics in this area of health care. I am a Doctor of Philosophy and my thesis was on : A Narrative inquiry into the stories parents tell of having a child with a tracheostomy.