BLA CONNECTIONS | Series 3,   Episode 2 

Handover of the BLA Presidency from Mr Mark Watson to Mr Guri Sandhu

In this episode, Natalie chats with the current President and Immediate President of the BLA,  Guri Sandhu and Mark Watson.

Mark Watson FRCS has worked in Doncaster and Bassetlaw since 1992 where he has held a number of leadership posts. He has served as a regional and national representative and lead for many regional and national ENT and head and neck groups and committees. Under his leadership, the BLA has fostered innovation and connectivity, with the development of the BLA Connect app for the 2019 conference which has evolved into a free resource, and the launch of this podcast. Mark shares his most memorable times as President of the association, including the success of the 2019 BLA Connect conference in the face of multiple adversities. And of course, most notably leading the BLA through the Covid-19 pandemic, taking the lead in producing guidelines for its members, in particular, the 2020 BLA Tracheostomy Guideline, updated for the second wave of Covid-19.

Guri Sandhu is a founding member of the BLA and current President of the Laryngology & Rhinology section at the RSM. He is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon at Imperial College and The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospitals in London, as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and University College London. He is a pioneering laryngologist with a special interest in laryngotracheal stenosis. In 2016 he received the Isshiki award for his outstanding contribution to laryngology. Guri tells us what he hopes to achieve in his presidency, with the key aim of raising the profile of laryngology and firmly establishing it as a discipline in UK ENT, as well as fostering collaboration with other associations and giving a platform to the rising stars in UK laryngology.

The panellists also look to the future of the BLA, including the upcoming virtual Annual Conference on 24 September 2021, with the hope of live courses and meetings running again in 2022. And the important goal of achieving proper recognition for laryngology training is discussed.

More details about the BLA’s Annual Conference are available at The VIRTUAL BLA Annual Conference 2021 | BLA (

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