After qualifying from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1971, Mr Rhys-Evans trained in ENT/head and neck, and reconstructive surgery before spending a year doing a postgraduate degree in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at the University of Paris.
In 1981 he was appointed Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Birmingham University Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and in 1986 was invited to take on the post of Chief of ENT/Head and Neck Surgery at The Royal Marsden.
His special interests are in thyroid and salivary gland disease, including benign and malignant tumours, and in tumours of the neck, mouth, tongue, throat and larynx (voice box). As an early pioneer in new techniques of laser surgery and reconstruction since the 1980s, Mr Rhys-Evans and his team have developed many innovative techniques over the years.
With over 250 scientific publications, including four books, he has been an active contributor to the specialty. His award-winning textbook Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, published in 2003 with a second edition in 2009, won a prestigious prize from the University of London for the ‘best international publication in Otolaryngology’ during the preceding five years. His valued reputation in his specialty is reflected in his membership of international societies and committees, and in presenting over 320 major lectures in 26 different countries. He has been listed in the UK Good Doctor Guide since 1994.
For the past ten years Mr Rhys Evans has been Executive Chairman of the Oracle Cancer Trust, based at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research. Since 2001 he has been responsible for raising over £3 million for head and neck cancer research and, with his colleagues, establishing a very active research programme.