Mr Michael Kuo

Personal profile

Mr Michael Kuo is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Birmingham Children's Hospital and honorary consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

At the Children’s Hospital, Michael has a comprehensive paediatric otolaryngological practice with a particular interest in paediatric head and neck diseases, thyroid swellings, abnormalities of voice, airway problems, sleep disordered breathing and hearing disorders. He also contributes to the multidisciplinary paediatric cleft lip and palate programme. At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Michael provided a general adult otolaryngological practice from 2001 – 2010. Combining his passions for music and surgery, he collaborated with speech therapists and a voice consultant to provide a laryngological service to professional voice users.

Michael Kuo graduated from the University of Birmingham and was trained in otolaryngology on the West Midlands Higher Surgical Training Programme. A fluent Cantonese speaker, he also trained under Professor William Wei at the University of Hong Kong. He has visited several centres of excellence as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Ethicon Fellow including the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital.

As Simpson Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Michael undertook research in the molecular genetics of head and neck cancer leading to a PhD in 2000. He continued his research as a joint Medical Research Council / Royal College of Surgeons of England Clinical Training Fellow. For his research work, he was  awarded the BMA Albert McMaster Award (1998), the Xomed-Treace Prize (1999) and the Angell-James Prize (2000). In 2001, he was elected to a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Michael continues to pursue clinical research and support basic science research.  He is an editorial board member of the journal “Laryngoscope”.

Michael is committed to both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching. From 2001-2008, he coordinated the teaching programme in paediatric otolaryngology and with Paul Pracy, co-founded the Birmingham-Bristol Intercollegiate Examination Course in Otolaryngology, which is now in its tenth year. From 2005-2008, Michael chaired the education and training committee of ENT-UK and since its inception, has been on the foundation faculty of the British Paediatric Otolaryngology Course.

He was vice-president of the section of laryngology and rhinology of the Royal Society of Medicine and the honorary secretary of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. Currently, Michael is a board member of the European Board Examination in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, seeking to harmonise standards in ENT surgical training across Europe and he chairs the education committee of the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

Professional Membership



  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • ENT - UK

  • British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology

  • European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology

  • Otorhinolaryngological Research Society

  • Royal Society of Medicine

  • Politzer Society

  • Midland Institute of Otology

Clinical Interests



  • Children’s ear, nose and throat disorders

  • Breathing problems in babies and children

  • Hearing problems in adults and children

  • Sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnoea

  • Voice disturbances and hoarseness

  • Swallowing discomfort

  • Nasal obstruction and sinusitis

  • Thyroid swellings and thyroid disease in children

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