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Mr Kuo is an ear, nose and throat surgeon treating adults and children. He has particular expertise in children’s ENT disorders including paediatric head and neck diseases, thyroid swellings, abnormalities of voice, breathing problems and hearing disorders.


Dr Michael Kuo is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Birmingham Children's Hospital and honorary consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He contributes to the multidisciplinary paediatric cleft lip and  provided a general adult otolaryngological practice from 2001 – 2010. Combining his passions for music and surgery he collaborated with speech therapists and a voice consultant to provide a laryngological service to professional voice users. Mr Kuo is one of the first surgeons in the UK to adopt an endoscopic approach to ear surgery wherever this is suitable in children.



Mr Kuo graduated from the University of Birmingham and

was trained in otolaryngology on the West Midlands Higher

Surgical Training Programme. A fluent Cantonese speaker,

he also trained under Professor William Wei at the

University of Hong Kong. He has visited several centres of

excellence including the Johns Hopkins University as an

Ethicon Fellow, the Boston Children’s Hospital and the

Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital.




Professional Bodies
Board Member European Examination Board in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2012
Chairman - Education Committee European Society for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2012
Council Member British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists 2012
Professional memberships
Royal Society of Medicine
Otolaryngological Research Society
British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists
European Society for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology
British Medical Association


As Simpson Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Michael undertook research in the molecular genetics of head and neck cancer leading to a PhD in 2000. He continued his research as a joint Medical Research Council / Royal College of Surgeons of England Clinical Training Fellow. For his research work, he was  awarded the BMA Albert McMaster Award (1998), the Xomed-Treace Prize (1999) and the Angell-James Prize (2000). In 2001, he was elected to a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was President of the Section of Laryngology and Rhinology of the Royal Society of Medicine 2021 - 2022 and President of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists 2019 - 2021. Michael continues to pursue clinical research and support basic science research.  He was an editorial board member of the journal “Laryngoscope”.


Despite his various academic pursuits, Mr Kuo’s main professional interest is in direct patient care, which takes up most of the energy he has left after keeping up with his children and maintaining some sort of competence on his piano, his skis and his bicycle.


Michael is committed to both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching. From 2001-2008, he coordinated the teaching programme in paediatric otolaryngology and then co-founded the Birmingham-Bristol Intercollegiate Examination Course in Otolaryngology. From 2005-2008, Michael chaired the education and training committee of ENT-UK and since its inception, has been on the foundation faculty of the British Paediatric Otolaryngology Course.

Michael was a board member of the European Board Examination in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, seeking to harmonise standards in ENT surgical training across Europe and he chaired the education committee of the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

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