Mr Wale Olarinde came to Sheffield to train in Ear Nose Throat/Head & Neck Surgery after completing his basic surgical training in the West Midlands and Greater London. He trained in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgery including head and neck surgery at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Doncaster Royal Infirmary & Rotherham General Hospital. He received further subspecialist training in head and neck cancer surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. He was a visiting fellow at Kiel University Teaching Hospital in Germany where he received training in the resection of throat cancers with lasers. He has a large thyroid and parathyroid practice and is a core member of the North Trent Thyroid cancer multidisciplinary team that the discusses the management of all suspected and confirmed thyroid cancers in the region. He has pioneered day surgery thyroid and parathyroid surgery (where appropriate) at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
He has a keen interest in the conservative excision of tumours, training medical students and prevention of head and neck cancers. Mr Olarinde has attended (and continues to attend) conferences and meetings to keep up to date with evidence-based treatments for his patients.
He is a core member of the North Trent Head and Neck cancer multidisciplinary team that takes responsibility for working out the best treatment for every patient with a head and neck cancer in the North Trent region which includes Sheffield, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Worksop. He has been involved in audits with the multidisciplinary team and writing guidelines for treating complex head and neck cancers. He participates in entering clinical data in to a national database to compare practice with national standards.
Mr Olarinde is involved in local based charity organisations in South Yorkshire. He is a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Sheffield. He enjoys travelling and meeting people of other cultures. He has partnered with the West African College of Surgeons and other health care professionals since 2012 and participated in surgical charity work in Liberia, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroun, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria.
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Pioneering surgical practice
Mr Olarinde uses the most up to date diagnostic endoscopic equipment for throat and voice complaints to ensure patients suspected to have cancer are thoroughly assessed. At Thornbury Hospital, this involves the use of narrow band imaging technology during endoscopy which he routinely uses to assess patients. His team at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have pioneered the digital archiving of endoscopic images for comparison to help early detection of recurrent throat cancer and facilitate the sharing of images with other health care professionals who are involved in the care of head and neck cancer patients.
Mr Olarinde has pioneered day case thyroid and parathyroid surgery in his NHS practice in Chesterfield. This is replicated in his private practice at Thornbury Hospital when appropriate and safe. He has also popularised laser procedures to improve swallowing in patients with benign swallowing conditions.