Dr Justin Roe is a consultant clinical-academic and service lead, specialising in swallowing and communication difficulties caused by head and neck cancer, airway disorders and other complex ENT conditions. He received his first degree, majoring in psychology, in 1993 and qualified as a speech and language therapist (SLT) in 1999 from City University, London. He was awarded his MSc in swallowing research with distinction from Newcastle University in 2015 and his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2013.

He has practised at a number of London teaching hospitals. He joined the team at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) in 2016 where he is the clinical lead speech and language therapist (SLT) for the Airways/ Complex Laryngology service. He also works at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH) where he is a Consultant and the Joint Head of SLT. He holds an honorary academic appointment within the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. Dr Roe is involved in a number of national and international working parties and is a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) specialist clinical advisor.

To inform his clinical practice, Dr Roe has spent time at international centres of excellence, including the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center and Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York. Alongside his clinical commitments, Dr Roe’s academic work is focused on head and neck oncology, lung cancer and airway stenosis. He is a co-investigator and co-applicant on a number of clinical trials including international cooperative studies. He is also involved in qualitative research studies and is working in partnership with patients and quality improvement specialists to enhance and co-design care pathways.

Dr Roe has published extensively, including peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care, airway stenosis and ethics. He has presented at scientific meetings and conferences internationally.

He is a member of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO), British Laryngological Association, the Dysphagia Research Society and United Kingdom Swallowing Research Group (UKSRG). He also serves on the scientific committee for the UKSRG and is a BAHNO Council Member. In 2018, he was awarded a prestigious RCSLT Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the 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.