Mr Vik Veer went to University College London Medical School and came first in Head & Neck Anatomy and Neuroanatomy exams.
He went on to secure a place on the Barts & Royal London Surgical Training Rotation where he gained valuable experience in Brain Surgery, Heart & Lung surgery, Colorectal surgery, Breast Surgery, Orthopaedics, Urology, Vascular Surgery and of course ENT.
The majority of his advanced ENT training took place in the Newcastle region, along with placements at the Evelina Paediatric Hospital at St Thomas’ Westminster London, and time with world-renowned surgeons in France, Italy and Australia.
During his training he won the prestigious National Ear Surgery competition (Royal Society of Medicine Temporal Bone Competition)
He has attended far more than the required number of educational courses required to be a competent surgeon, and has aimed to achieve excellence in all of his techniques. Many of his supervisors stated that he was one of the most talented surgeons they had ever trained.
Mr Vik Veer's first appointment was as a temporary consultant at James Cook Hospital where he treated Head & Neck cancer. After this he secured his permanent NHS consultant post at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital, and Queens Hospital, BHR trust.
Much of Mr Vik Veer’s research is now focused on surgery for snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and Otology. Below are the details of the current research that Mr Vik Veer is undertaking:
- Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Device Implantation
Mr Vik Veer is a leading figure in the multicentre international clinical trials for a bilateral hypoglossal stimulation device for severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Stimulation of the hypoglossal nerves stops the tongue from falling back into the throat during sleep, which is one of the most common causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This new device will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will greatly improve the lives of many patients suffering with this condition.
- New Classification for Drug Induced Sedation Endoscopy (Sleep Nasendoscopy)
Drug Induced Sedation Endoscopy (DISE), or otherwise known as Sleep Nasendoscopy, is a technique that uses a very light sedation to induce natural sleep. Once the patient is asleep a small optic fibre camera is passed through the nose and then the surgeon can see where in the throat the obstruction and snoring noise is coming from. The Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital is where this technique was invented, and now it is globally accepted and used. Mr Vik Veer is researching a new classification for this technique and is presenting it on an international stage.
- Smart Phone Snoring & Sleep Apnoea App
Mr Vik Veer is in collaboration with software engineers to develop snoring & sleep apnoea applications for smart phones. This will help diagnose life threatening conditions and provide valuable information for research to improve the treatments for these conditions.
- Cochlear Implantation
Mr Vik Veer has experience with Cochlear implants, Bone Anchored Hearing aids and other hearing implants. He is currently conducting research on these devices to make surgery safer and improve the final results.
- Other Research
- Mr Vik Veer has conducted personal and published work on tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. His work is based on reducing the pain suffered by patients, the chance of symptoms returning, and most importantly reducing the risk of bleeding after the operation. Please see the tonsillectomy page for more information.
- The final cosmetic result of scars is of the upmost importance to Mr Vik Veer. This can often be an unpleasant reminder of a minor operation, and so every effort is taken to hide and minimise a scar so that it becomes as invisible as possible. Personal results and audits backed by up-to-date evidence for these techniques are used to provide the best possible outcomes. In brief Mr Vik Veer uses a quickly dissolving suture with a waterproof coating (so patients are able to bathe afterwards). Several other techniques are used to improve the final result, and Mr Vik Veer will welcome questions about this.
- The experience of the patient through the entire journey of referral, consultation, surgery, and discharge is currently under scrutiny. The hope is that this process can be made clearer, safer, and more pleasant for his patients.
- Snoring & Sleep Surgery and Otology Reviewer for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology
The Journal of Laryngology and Otology (JLO), is the oldest ENT medical journal in the UK, and Mr Vik Veer has the honour of reviewing Snoring & Sleep Surgery and Otology medical research articles before they are approved for publication. Previously Mr Vik Veer was the Webmaster for the JLO and set up the new website
- Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea reviewer for ENT News
Mr Vik Veer also reviews medical research articles for ENT News for Snoring and Sleep Apnoea articles.
- Medical Device Innovation
Mr Vik Veer is designing new medical devices which will be used to better treat ENT conditions:
- Potassium Titanyl Phosphate Laser Camera
This idea was presented at the Royal Society of Medicine Dragon’s Den event. The device allows surgeons to directly see the areas that they are treating with the laser rather than bouncing lasers off mirrors within the ear. This is especially difficult as the main nerve to the face, the balance system and hearing systems are all millimetres away during these operations. This device would make this treatment far safer for patients and surgeons alike.
- Pinna Clip
This device is used after trauma to the outside of an ear to prevent long term disfiguring alteration of the shape of the ear. It avoids having a large bandage around the head for weeks and avoids using to stitch through the ear whilst a patient is awake. This reduces infections and leads to better cosmetic results.
- Tinnitus Apps
There is ongoing development of a smart phone app that will allow patients to create a specific sound which will mean they can no longer hear their tinnitus any longer. This will help patients when normal tactics for dealing with tinnitus aren’t working.
- Snoring Solutions
There are a number of devices currently being evaluated that will help patients reduce their snoring without the need for surgery. Many of these improve the airflow through the upper throat and thereby reduce the flutter that occurs in these areas.
Teaching, Charity work, & other interests
Mr Vik Veer is the founder and director of Prepared for ENT. A registered charity that provides educational courses for ENT doctors. These courses are the highest rated courses of their type in the country and are delivered by senior ENT surgeon volunteers. No one, including Mr Vik Veer, receives any money for the time they put in to these courses. So far any profit gained from these courses has been sent to Africa to make a chicken farm and also to create a specialised high calorie broth for malnourished children in local hospitals.
Programme Director for the School of Surgery
Mr Vik Veer is setting up a new School of Surgery at BHR Trust hospitals. This is to provide high quality training for junior doctors so that hospitals can become safer and more efficient. It will also allow more doctors to become consultants and GPs. This would reduce the overall shortage of doctors and reduce the need for locums, which are a significant financial burden on the NHS.
During his training Mr Vik Veer went backpacking around Asia and the South Pacific with his beautiful wife. Now he has two young boys, he hopes go travelling again once the boys are a little older.