Anastasios (Tas)  Kanatas

Anastasios (Tas) Kanatas



  • Professor / Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon Leeds Teaching Hospitals and University of Leeds
  • Chairman –Public engagement Committee, British Association of Head and Neck Oncology (BAHNO)
  • Spokesperson- British Association of Head and Neck Oncology (BAHNO)
  • BAOMS council representative to the UK cancer services committee (Deputy)
  • Head of research (OMFS)-Head and neck MDT Leeds
  • Chair of the UK Head and Neck Cancer awareness week 
  • Royal College of Surgeons Advisory Appointments Committee and BAOMS Regional Specialty Professional Advisor-Yorkshire
  • Examination committee Global Online Fellowship The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS)
  • NIHR reviewer to health and social care research
  • Professional member of the ACCEA Yorkshire and Humber sub-committee
  • External examiner for MSc Oncology-Birmingham University
  • BAOMS Regional Clinical Outcome Lead-Yorkshire
  • NHS representative to the Leeds Dental Institute research and innovation committee (since 2016)
  • Core member of the Surgery and local therapies sub-group-NCRI (since 2015)


  • Lead for Oral and Maxillofacial Research
  • Head and Neck Research Lead at Yorkshire and Humber

Research interests

I am an Oral and Maxillofacial (OMFS) surgeon; the majority of my work is clinical in the NHS, in Leeds. I have specialised in the clinical care of patients with malignant disease and this has fuelled my research interest. Over the years, I have developed an extensive research portfolio (over 200 publications) in OMFS. 

The conclusions of my published work in the last 10 years, relating to Health-Related-Quality of life (HRQOL)  have been taken into account by several International and UK teams (Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Vienna, Munich, Duisburg) for surgical outcome assessment. My HRQOL work has an impact on real lives, locally and globally. My research work illustrates the successes in working in a multidisciplinary manner building teams across research groups within and external to the University of Leeds. I have brought a total of £1.91 million,

I am the co-author of the one of the most successful textbooks in OMFS: An Introduction to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Second Edition. I am also an author of chapters in Issues in Head and Neck Oncology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Ward Booth Maxillofacial Surgery. I am the  senior editor of one of the most successful textbooks in Dentistry: The Oxford handbook of Clinical Dentistry, 7th Edition.

I am involved in collaborative research and lead teams from the universities of Liverpool, Leeds, St Andrews, Aachen, and Vienna, as well as the Technical University of Munich regarding the following themes:

1.    Function-preserving surgery in the treatment of oral and facial cancer

2.    Anatomical, laboratory, and clinical aspects of microvascular free-flap surgery

3.    Survival analyses of patients with head and neck cancers

4.    Oral cancer genomics

5.    Quality of life after head and neck cancer 

6.    Usefulness of the Patient Concerns Inventory during routine head and neck reviews


  • MD
  • FRCS

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • General Medical Council
  • Higher Education Academy
  • NCRI

Student education

I have been involved in student education since my appointment in Leeds. My team (Maxillofacial) got nominated for a Clinical Teaching Excellence award in 2017 and we received the Clinical Teaching Excellence award in 2018, from the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. Specifically, the following are details of my work.

General teaching:  I have been a clinical teacher (since 2014) responsible for training four groups of second year medical students in clinical skills. I have been a supervisor for several third-year clinical anatomy (BSc) students.

In-theatre teaching: I regularly accommodate students in head and neck oncology and reconstruction operations and oncology clinics, including access to the entire oncology multidisciplinary team. This includes ear nose and throat, clinical oncology, plastic surgery, speech and language therapy and dietetics departments.

Clinical training (registrars): I am a committed clinical trainer in Head and Neck surgery and I currently I am the Clinical Supervisor of three registrars (I supervised 12 in total since 2014).

Masters and doctoral supervision: I am recognized internationally as an authority in health-related quality of life and outcomes as well as microvascular tissue transfer. I have supervised 2 Phd students to completion (University of Aachen)

Research degree Examination: 

  • 2016 Dental extraction and post-operative radiotherapy Medical Doctorate, University of   Queensland, Brisbane 
  • 2018 Amelioration of trismus during and beyond a course of radiotherapy in head and neck cancer patients PhD thesis, Faculty of Biology, University of Manchester
  • MSc in clinical Oncology, external examiner, University of Birmingham


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