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Dr Polly Richards

Dr Polly Richards

Consultant Head and Neck Neuroradiologist

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Dr Richards is a Consultant Head and Neck and Neuroradiologist, specialising in ENT and Maxillofacial Radiology, with a particular interest in neck ultrasound and biopsy techniques including of the thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland, lymph nodes and neck lumps.

After a pre-clinical degree at Oxford University, Dr Richards qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1991.  Her general radiology training was in Bristol and at Bart’s Health before 18 months of specialist training in Neuroradiology on the London Pan Thames scheme and a further 18-month Head and Neck Radiology Fellowship as Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr Richards was appointed Consultant Radiologist to Barts Health NHS Trust in 2002 where she introduced specialist head and neck ultrasound and was pivotal in developing a successful one-stop clinic.  She still leads the Bart’s Health Head and Neck Radiology service in supporting the hospital’s busy Head and Neck Cancer and Endocrinology departments.

Outside of her NHS practice, Dr Richards has held several committee member roles for the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging, including two years as Chair of the society, as a member of the Royal College of Radiologists DDMFR Examining Board and a contributor to regional and national advisory groups such as the Head and Neck Cancer Pathway Board for the North Central and East London Cancer Alliance.  She has been invited to lecture at several international meetings including the European Societies of Radiology and Head and Neck Radiology and has contributed a number of chapters to academic books on thyroid and parathyroid disease.

Head & Neck and Neurological Radiology
Sub specialty interests
Ear Nose and Throat, Maxillofacial, Thyroid, Salivary Gland, Skull Base, Sinuses, Orbits, Lymph Nodes, Neck Lumps, Temporomandibular Joint ('TMJ')
Medical training
Year qualified: 1991
Oxford University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School
NHS Trust(s) name
Barts Health NHS Trust, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Professional & other roles
  • Lead in Head and Neck Radiology at Bart’s Health NHS Trust
  • Former Chairman of the British Society of Head and Neck Imaging
Awards & accolades
  • Fellow of the European Society of Head and Neck Radiology
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