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Institute of Head and Neck Sciences

Best Institute of Head and Neck Sciences (IHNS) in Kochi.

The first of its kind, the Institute of Head and Neck Sciences (IHNS) treats the complete range of head and neck disorders. The team who manages IHNS, are expert doctors belonging to four major clinical departments:

The above departments are supported by a rehabilitation unit which consists of:

  • Deglutologist (Swallowing therapist)

  • Speech therapist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Dietician

  • Onco-psychologist


Institute of Head and Neck Sciences has unique Disease Management Groups, where a professional team of specialists handle certain diseases and also the pathology related to specific organs requiring multidisciplinary support.


  • Head and Neck Cancer DMG

  • Dysphagia DMG (Head and Neck Surgery, ENT, Gastromedicine and Gastrosurgery, Neurosciences, and a central Swallowing unit with a swallowing therapist)

  • Thyroid Cancer DMG ( Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology)

  • Skull base DMG ( Head and Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT)


Dr. Shawn T Joseph

Senior Consultant - Surgical Oncology, Head & Neck and Director of Institute of Head & Neck Sciences (IHNS)

Qualification

MBBS, MS (ENT), DNB (ENT), MCh (Head & Neck Surgery)

Experience

    Dr Shawn T Joseph started the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Department at VPS Lakeshore
    Hospital in July 2014. Since then the department has grown and developed into one of the
    finest in the country capable of handling the most complex head and neck cancer cases. It is
    one of the few Head and Neck units in the country which does the entire spectrum of head and
    neck cancer surgeries like microvascular reconstruction, transoral laser surgeries for larynx
    cancers and endoscopic skull base surgeries. The Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Department
    at VPS Lakeshore has performed more than 3000 major head and neck cancer surgeries of all
    levels of complexity during the last seven years.

    During this period a strong Head and Neck Cancer Disease Management Group could be
    created by close collaboration with departments like Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology,
    Nuclear Medicine, Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
    Neurosurgery, Pathology, Radiology, Endocrinology and Rehabilitation Sciences.
    To keep a track on the Head and Neck cancer scenario in the community and to improve
    outcomes, data of cancer and surgical outcome measures are documented for periodic analysis
    and improvement. The outcomes at the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Department at VPS
    Lakeshore, measured in terms of surgical margin clearance and survival figures match the best
    internationally.
    The head and neck oncology department at VPS Lakeshore practices “ No facial scar surgery for
    oral cancer” which aims to avoid facial incisions whenever possible for patients with oral cancer. The Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Department here has the largest published series
    facial artery based myomucosal and bone flaps, which is a reconstruction method providing like for like reconstruction in head and neck mucosal defects. He was also the leader of the team which described “TAMMIL”, a new surgery for preserving voice in selected larynx cancers, for patients in whom complete removal of voice box was the only option available before. The technique was published in top peer reviewed international journals. He has also described new surgical techniques in partial resection for larynx cancer and facial nerve identification.
    He is the founder Director of the “ Institute of Head and Neck Sciences”, at VPS Lakeshore
    Hospital.
    He initiated “ Kocher’s Club”, which is an academic club meant for promoting discussion and
    innovation in Head and Neck Sciences.

Other Information

IHNS also comprises of four main clinics that dedicatedly focuses on the symptomatology related to the Head and Neck area:

  • Neuro-otology clinic(Vertigo/Deafness clinic)

  • Sleep and Snoring Clinic

  • Allergy Clinic

  • Facial Nerve Clinic

  • Head and Neck Pain and Screening Clinic


The Disease Management groups and clinics are meant to deliver the best service to our patients by way of multidisciplinary involvement.

Management updates, Morbidity and Mortality assessment and Chemical research discussions take place during the weekly academic club meetings.

The outputs of each treatment are methodically documented, analysed and reviewed by an integrative group of specialists, in order to ensure quality of service, improve critical outlook and also focus on better results.

Dr. Shawn T Joseph

Dr. Shawn T Joseph

Senior Consultant - Surgical Oncology, Head & Neck and Director of Institute of Head & Neck Sciences (IHNS)

News & events

Another Golden Feather Added to The Excellence of VPS Lakeshore

29

Aug

Another Golden Feather Added to The Excellence of VPS Lakeshore

VPS Lakeshore completed 120 liver transplants with a 94% success rate during the hard times of Covid.

Conference held on Kidney Transplants

23

Jul

Conference held on Kidney Transplants

VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi, and Association of Cochin Nephrologists

S.K. Abdulla has been appointed as the new MD

25

Jul

S.K. Abdulla has been appointed as the new MD

Sir SK Abdulla has been appointed as the new Managing Director of VPS Lakeshore Hospital Kochi.

LARYNX 2022 Conference

18

Jul

LARYNX 2022 Conference

VPS Lakeshore, is organising LARYNX 2022, a three-day international conference on laryngology.

CONDUCTED SLEEPCON 2022

13

Jun

CONDUCTED SLEEPCON 2022

Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Update Seminar was organized at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi.

Conference on Minimally Invasive Surgeries

31

May

Conference on Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Conference on minimally invasive surgeries held

SLEEPCON 2022

20

May

SLEEPCON 2022

Department of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

LARYNX 2022

20

May

LARYNX 2022

Organised by Institute of Head & Neck Sciences