Professor Bhik Kotecha was born in Kenya and moved to England in 1972. He grew up in Stanmore and attended Copland High School in Wembley, Middlesex. Following his ambition to study medicine he attended the University of Wales, College of Medicine in Cardiff and qualified in 1984.
He began his surgical career as a surgical house officer with a professorial unit in Cardiff and has many positions including Registrar in Otolaryngology at Hope Hospital / Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, University of Manchester School of Medicine and Senior Registrar in ENT at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London.
Professor Kotecha’s special interest is in the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Sleep medicine is a relatively new field and has, to date, received very little attention. In order to heighten awareness of problems that patients face with snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea, he has appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC World, Anglian TV, The Discovery Channel, GMTV and BBC Radio 4. In addition he has also featured within The Daily Mail.
Professor Kotecha also lectures nationally and internationally on the subject and In 2004, he and his team at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London won the Hospital Doctor award in the category of ‘Sleep Medicine Team of the Year’.
University of Wales – July 1984
Royal College of Surgeons (England) – June 1988
Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) – June 1989
Royal College of Surgeons (England) – October 1990
Royal College of Surgeons – April 1994
University of Sussex
Prizes & Awards
- July 1984 – D.J. Harries Prize in Surgery
- July 1984 – Block Prize in Respiratory Medicine
- July 1991 – Gold Medal – British Academic Conference, Dublin
- October 1992 – TWJ Fellowship to Beziers, France
- October 1993 – Prize for best presentation 17th International Conference of Young Otorhinolaryngologist, St. Petersburg, Russia
- November 2002 – Finalist Hospital Doctor Team of the Year Award – Sleep Medicine Section
- July 2003 – First Prize Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust Innovation Award Scheme funded by NHS Modernisation Agency
- November 2004 – Winner of Hospital Doctor Team of the Year Award – Sleep Medicine Section (Read more)
Professor Kotecha has enjoyed teaching from very early on in his career.
As a demonstrator in anatomy at the University of Liverpool, he used to teach anatomy to medical and dental students. As a Consultant, he actively participates in teaching and training SHOs and SpRs.
He is actively involved in various teaching sessions at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and on the Intercollegiate Fellowship Course at the Institute of Otology and Laryngology.
On a regular basis, he organises and lecture at the Snoring and Sleep Disorder Course, which is held at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.
He has been a clinical examiner for the British Association of Audiological Technicians and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Otology and Laryngology, University College of London.