King Edward VII's Hospital, London


University College London Hospital (NHS base)




Researching, Developing & Teaching Minimally Invasive Head & Neck Surgery 



Professor Mark McGurk MD FRCS FDSRCS DLO


Mark McGurk provides a highly specialist service in oral/head and neck cancer, reconstruction and salivary gland disease. He is part of the North London Head and Neck Cancer Group and leads specialised surgical teams at some of the best hospitals in London.

His independent practice is at King Edward VII's Hospital, London Bridge Hospital and The Harley Steet Clinic His NHS base is at University College London Hospital where his research and teaching is also based.

He uses the major resources of London teaching hospitals to develop and improve surgical techniques which he then disseminates through publications, lectures and courses for practicing surgeons, medical students and health professionals. He constantly evaluates the very latest technology with regard to its potential for improving surgical procedures.

He has helped to change the practice of salivary gland surgery away from excision to gland preservation surgery. His aim is to continue to advance and improve head and neck surgery overall, enabling smaller and less traumatic surgical techniques to be more widely available.

Professor McGurk moved to University College Hospital in September 2016. Between 1992 and 2016 he led research at King's College Oral & Maxillofacial Department. The department at King's did not have a research record before Professor McGurks's appointment in 1991. Research Output while at KIng's College 1992 - 2016 (prior to relocating at UCLH in 2017)

He has started a charity Head and Neck Foundation to support cancer research and surgical progress. He is trustee and medical director of Project Harar, a surgical charity working in Ethiopia.


Clinical Practice

His clinical practice has centred on oral/head and neck cancer surgery and the minimally invasive management of salivary gland disease (obstructive salivary gland disorders, tumours, stones, ranulae, strictures) He is dedicated to the advancement of minimally invasive surgery for the head and neck, focusing on salivary gland disease and mouth cancer.


His research has focused on early diagnosis of head and neck cancer, factors leading to complications of surgery and the introduction of minimal surgery to the treatment of head and neck cancer.


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He has written influential books on salivary disease and has published extensively with 200+ original articles in peer-reviewed journals; five major textbooks on cancer and salivary gland disease and has contributed to eight major academic textbooks.

He was awarded BMA Medical Book Of The Year Award 2013.


His work has led to the development of a range of less traumatic surgical procedures for the head, neck and mouth, allowing smaller, less traumatic operations to be performed where more radical surgery was often the normal practice.

This work culminated in a European trial on sentinel node biopsy which he leads. This has led to a 75% reduction in neck dissection for early mouth cancers.

He has pioneered a new way to treat odontogenic tumours (ameloblastoma) which preserves the mandible and maintains normal facial appearance. 

Prof McGurk chaired the High Claims committee for The Medical Protection Society.


Professor McGurk lectures widely at national and international conferences and runs annual surgical master classes on salivary gland surgery in London, Paris and Erlangen for maxillofacial and ENT consultants. Most recently (2017) he is leading a national training program at University College London Hospital to introduce Sentinel Node Biopsy to the UK.


He is past president of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and past editor of the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He examines at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and is consultant at University College London Hospital  King Edward VII's Hospital and London Bridge Hospital.

Mark McGurk undertook his undergraduate BDS degree at Sheffield University in 1976. This was followed by 3 years of junior surgical posts in oral and maxillofacial followed by a six month period visiting maxillofacial units in the United States. He returned to Sheffield to complete a medical degree in 1984. He held a lecturer post at Manchester University and was awarded a DLO and an MD during this period. He was appointed consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon to Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham in 1991, and in 1992 professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals Foundation Trust.





Project Harar - Surgical charity work in Ethiopia






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