From Felix to the Helix, and from the Cradle to the Grave – Semon’s Contribution to Thyroid Surgery

Mr John Watkinson delivered his Semon Lecture on the 1st of November 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His lecture started by focussing on Sir Felix Semon and his contributions to the history of ENT. He then looked at his own experience of thyroid and head and neck surgery and how surgeons in those fields work and what is expected of them. He finished by thanking those that came before him in pioneering the role of ENT surgeons in plastic and thyroid surgery and alluding to the greater role ENT surgeons would likely have in the future of endocrine surgery.


Professor Michael Gleeson’s Introduction

Mr John Watkinson trained at the Royal Free Hospital and went on to specialise in thyroid and head and neck surgery. His career has since gone from peak to peak, with a number of committee positions, including President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, President of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons, and President of the Royal Society of Medicine Laryngology Section. He has also published hundreds of research articles and is chief editor of a number of books, including Scott Brown and Stell and Maran. Mr Watkinson has delivered a number of eponymous lectures over the years, both nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics.


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