Northwick Park Hospital

Northwick Park Hospital (NPH) is one of the biggest and busiest acute hospitals in the capital city covering a one million population base. It employs more than 8000 medical, nursing and support staff with combined revenues of approx. £450 million

Dr. Taran Tatla (Scientist in charge): Consultant in ENT-Head and Neck Surgery, endoscopy of the upper aero-digestive tract, minimally invasive (endoscopic) methods for disease management (diagnostics and surgery). Health Education England (NW London) Training Program Director for ENT Higher Surgical Training. Prof. Paul Sibbons: microsurgery, endovascular training, endoscopic polypectomy and tissue ablation

NPH has pioneered clinical translation of emerging endoscopic optical imaging modalities such as OCT and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy in the larynx, as well as commenced studies on other organs and tissues in vivo including oral cavity and skin of the face and neck. Two OCT systems installed by the KENT team supported by NIHR. Both teaching and research are supported by unique on-site preclinical facilities (small and large animals).

UG/PG training of doctors and multi-disciplinary health professionals. NPH ENT Dept. was awarded the prestigious 2011 Elizabeth Paice London Deanery Educational Excellence Award for Best PG Training Department. NPH ranks high in UG training surveys for clinical sites hosting medical UGs from Imperial College London. It ranks amongst the best in the country on the General Medical Council national training survey for medical PGs


  • ‘Dual Instrument for in vivo and ex vivo imaging in an ENT department‘ R. Cernat, T.S.Tatla, J.Pang, P.J.Tadrous, A.Bradu, G.Dobre,G. Gelikonov, V.Gelikonov, and A.Podoleanu Biomed. Opt. Express 3(12):3346-56. (2012), 10.1364/BOE.3.003346
  • Optical diagnostics in head and neck cancer‘, T.S.Tatla, A.Podoleanu, D.S.Elson, Recent advances in otolaryngology 9, Eds. H.Sudhoff, M. Bhutta, Publisher: JP Medical London, Book Chapter, ISBN:978-1-907816-89-5,1-19 (2015).