Mr Colin Hopper

Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon

Colin Hopper is a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at UCLH as well as the programme director for the MSc and MClin Dent program at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Colin has worked at the National Medical Centre since 1991, leading various research projects on the use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of oral squamous cell carcinoma. This is currently one of the worlds largest programmes.

He is the international authority on photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancer, and his work has produced over 100 publications. His specialist areas of interest include photodynamic therapy (PDT) and optical diagnosis for tumour diagnosis, mapping and surveillance.

Current Appointment

Senior Lecturer/Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon UCL Eastman Dental Institute London.
Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, University College London Hospitals
Senior Research Fellow National Medical Laser Centre London


Qualified Medicine 1980 Dentistry 1976 Guys Hospital
Senior Registrar University College Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead

Current Appointments

Academic head of unit of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of Maxillofacial, Diagnostic, Medical and Surgical Sciences, UCL Eastman Dental Institute London

Honorary Consultant at:-
St Mary’s Hospital, London, The Royal Free Hospital, London
The Whittington Hospital, London, The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London


About 100 publications with a recent emphasis on photodynamic therapy and optical diagnostics

Educational Activity

2002-present Programme director of the MSc and MClin Dent programmes at UCL Eastman Dental Institute
2004 – present Chairman of Examiners for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Surgical Dentistry UCL and UL

Main Research Interests

Photodynamic therapy in the treatment of head and neck cancer with almost 1,000 treatments over the last 16 years.
Optical diagnostics for tumour diagnosis, mapping and surveillance

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