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Treatments & Specialties

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial and Head and Neck Surgeon

Professor Mark McGurk

Professor Mark McGurk

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial and Head and Neck Surgeon

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Head & Neck Surgery

Professor 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 Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham in 1991, and in 1992 professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the King’s College London - Guy’s and Thomas’ Hospitals Foundation Trust. He is part of the South East London Head and Neck Cancer Group and provides a highly specialist service in oral/head and neck cancer and reconstruction.

Professor McGurk’s clinical practice has centred on oral / head and neck cancer surgery and the minimally invasive management of salivary gland disease. His research has focused on early diagnosis of head and neck cancer, factors leading to complications of surgery and the introduction of minimally surgery to the head and neck cancer.

He has championed minimally invasive surgery for benign parotid tumours and obstructive salivary gland disorders. He has led a European trial of sentinel node biopsy which has led to a 75% reduction in neck dissection for early mouth cancers (first in the UK).

His work has changed the practice of salivary gland surgery away from excision to the gland preservation surgery (first in the UK).

Professor McGurk lectures widely at national and international conferences and runs annual masterclasses on salivary gland surgery in London, Paris and Erlangen for maxillofacial and ENT consultants. 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 RCSI.

He has been a board member of Dental Protection Ltd, and chairman of the High Claims Committee. He is the lead surgeon and board member of Project Harar Charity (projectharar.org).

Professor McGurk has published extensively (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) with 190+ original articles in peer reviewed journals; 5 major textbooks on cancer and salivary gland disease and contributed to 8 major academic textbooks. He has been awarded BMA Medical Book Award 2013 Highly Commended Surgical Specialties.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, traumatic injuries, and developmental or genetic deformities of the face, mouth, dentition, jaws and neck. Functional, pathologic and cosmetic problems are managed by these physicians.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry, which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Oral and maxillofacial pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research, diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations, and management of patients.

Special interests

Dento-alveolar surgery (wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, buried roots, difficult extractions); salivary gland disease (stones, ranulae, strictures, infection, tumours); head and neck cancers and lesions; facial skin lesions and cancers; tumours of the jaw; neck lumps; mucoceles; cysts; tongue tie; trauma and facial fractures. 

Consulting Address

St Thomas Street, The Shard



Consulting Sessions:

Monday PM, Thursday AM/PM at The Shard


Sarah Nixon


020 7403 3876


020 7357 6824








NHS Base:

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital