Professor Justin Roe is a consultant speech and language therapist specialising in voice, airway, and swallowing disorders arising from a range of conditions, including the assessment and rehabilitation of problems resulting from head and neck cancer and its treatment. He also has extensive experience in supporting people diagnosed with lung and other cancers with voice and swallowing difficulties.
He is the clinical service lead at the Complex Laryngology Service/ National Centre for Airway Reconstruction at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also the professional lead and joint head of the department of speech, voice and swallowing at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He is a professor of practice (speech and swallowing rehabilitation) in the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London. In addition to his roles in the UK, he holds an honorary appointment in the head and neck/ speech pathology units at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.
Justin has contributed to many key policy and position papers and acted as an expert adviser to a number of organisations, including National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Macmillan and NHS England, and the Clinical Oversight Group for RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance. He was elected as a council member for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists in 2019 and the British Laryngological Association in 2020.
Justin was awarded a PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, after evaluating functional and quality of life outcomes following treatment with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. He actively participates in a number of high-profile Cancer Research UK and National Institute for Health Research portfolio studies. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, articles, national guidelines, book chapters, and invited reviews. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences internationally including meetings held in Australia, Canada, Europe, India and the US.
Justin was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2018 and was awarded an MBE in 2021 in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of the SLT profession.
Swallowing and communication difficulties, airway stenosis, head and neck cancer, benign head and neck disease
Research & publications
As well as being a reviewer for several scientific journals, Dr Roe has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on topics including head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care, airway stenosis and ethics and presented at scientific meetings and conferences internationally.