‘The essence of wisdom is the ability to make the right decisions on the basis of inadequate evidence.’  Alan Gregg 

‘Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.’ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

It is therefore important for your treating doctor to always be mindful about what is good advice, what is not and to critically appraise new developments.

Professor Winter remains committed to the idea that research will benefit his patients. It allows him to be able to discuss current and future developments and to advise his patients about potential research developments.

Also the advent of the internet has allowed a lots of so called research to be put out for patients to find and read. Professor Winter wants to always be in a position to be able to critically evaluate those findings and make sensible recommendations that he and his patients can discuss.


Professor Winter has almost a high number of peer review publications (scan your phone’s camera over the QR code or follow this link here):


Professor Winter has been an invited speaker at and has presented and had his work presented at a number of national and international conferences, including:

  • British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology (BACO), Manchester 2018
  • ENT UK Master Class. 2018
  • International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) World Tour, Birmingham
  • Salivary Cancer/Parapharyngeal Space and Carotid Body Tumours panel 
  • 8th Annual Royal Marsden Head and Neck Conference
  • NICE guidelines and laryngeal cancer 
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Florida, US 2017
  • 7th European Congress on Head and Neck Oncology (ECHNO), Budapest 2016
  • 3rd Congress of European ORL-HNS Prague, Czech Republic. 2015
  • 4th World Congress of the international Academy of Oral Oncology, Rhodes, 2013


Active Research
Professor Winter is a lead applicant on a number of national studies and co-applicant on others. He has supervised a number of PhDs and MDs.


Principal Investigator
Professor Winter has and is the Oxford principal investigator on a number of National studies. 

These include:

  • Head & Neck 5000
  • PATHOS A Phase II/III trial of risk-stratified, reduced intensity adjuvant treatment in patients undergoing transoral surgery for Human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer
  • Predictor
  • AMG 319

One of the many advantages of being part of a study is that your surgeon has to have his results critically appraised. As part of the PATHOS study Professor Winter is able to demonstrate peer review ability to achieve clear surgical margins when treating tonsil/ tongue base cancers


National Research Positions
Professor Winter was first appointed to the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group in 2014.


Professor Winter is the chair of Heads Up a regional charitable group fund raising for Head and Neck Cancer. In 2018 Heads-Up merged with the Oracle Cancer trust to form a larger organisation with a greater ability to fund projects. Professor Winter is  a member of the research Board for Oracle Cancer Trust. 


Medical Doctorate
Before being appointed as a consultant Between 2003 and 2005 Professor Winter undertook a period of full time research with Cancer Research UK at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford under the supervision of Professor Adrian Harris. This research involved exploring the role of hypoxia in head & neck cancer. After completion of my thesis the work was submitted to the University of Bristol and I was awarded the degree of Medical Doctorate (MD). 



Clinical Lead for Head and Neck Surgery at Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, see here.

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