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Peter Rhys Evans has over 200 publications including 6 books, a number of book chapters and many original articles. Most of these relate to his work over the past 30 years into new innovations and discoveries in the field of head and neck cancer research with other scientists supported by his head and neck cancer charity Oracle Cancer Trust. His 32 chapter textbook “Principles and Practice of Head and Surgery and Oncology”, first published in 2003 with a second edition in 2009, won several prestigious awards. Some other notable publications include:
  • Rhys Evans PH (1979) Scopophilia Meanderans – an unusual presentation of Munchausen’s Syndrome. Journal of Laryngology & Otology 93: 1, 67-74
  • Rhys Evans PH & Das Gupta AR (1981)  The use of pectoralis major myocutaneous flap for one-stage reconstruction of the base of the tongue.  Journal of Laryngology and Otology 95; 8, 809-816.
  • Schwaab G, Rhys Evans PH, Vandenbrouck C & Luboinski B (1983)  Les carcinomes de la paroi posterieure du pharynx traitees par chirurgie premiere.  Journal of European Radiotherapy  4: 4, 175-179.
  • Rhys Evans PH, Frame JW  &  Brandrick J (1986) A review of the carbon dioxide laser surgery in the oral cavity and pharynx.  Journal of Laryngology and Otology 100; 1, 69-77
  • Comis SD, Rhys Evans PH, Osbourne MP,  Pickles JO, Jeffries DJ    (1986)  Early morphological and chemical changes induced by CIS Platinum in the guinea pig organ of Corti. J L O 100; 12, 1375-83
  • Keyserlingk J, Breach NM &  Rhys Evans PH (1989)  Recent experience with reconstructive surgery following major glossectomy.  Arch Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 115; 331-338.
  • Rhys Evans PH (1991) Tracheo-oesophageal puncture without tears; the forceps technique. Journal of Laryngology and Otology 105: 748-749
  • Rhys Evans PH (1992) The paranasal sinuses and other enigmas: an aquatic evolutionary theory Journal of Laryngology and Otology 106, 214-225
  • Rhys Evans PH (1997). Skull pneumatization and the aquatic ape theory. J of Morphol 232: 314
  • Ladas G, Rhys Evans PH, Goldstraw P (1999). Anterior cervical transternal approach for the resection of benign tumours at the thoracic inlet. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 67 (3): 785 789
  • Yii NW, Patel SG, Rhys Evans PH, Breach NM (1999) Management of the N0 neck in early cancer of the oral tongue. Clinical Otolaryngology 24: (1) 74-79.
  • Watters GWR, Rhys Evans PH, Breach NM (1999). Salvage partial laryngectomy for recurrent carcinoma of the larynx. Clinical Otolaryngology 25: (2) 146-152
  • Ingrams D, Rhys Evans PH (2000). Strategies for the management of recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology, 9, 2
  • Chau I, Kelleher MT Cunningham D, Rhys Evans PH et al. (2003). Rapid access multidisciplinary lymph node diagnostic clinic analysis of 550 patients. British Journal of Cancer 88,354-361
  • Garg A, Dwivedi RC, Sayed S, Katna R, Komorowski A, Pathak KA, Rhys-Evans P, Kazi R. Robotic surgery in head and neck cancer: a review. Oral Oncol. 2010 Aug;46(8):571-6
  • Khode SR, Dwivedi RC, Rhys-Evans P, Kazi R. Exploring the link between human papilloma virus and oral and oropharyngeal cancers. J Cancer Res Ther. 2014 Jul-Sep;10(3):492-8.
  • Rhys-Evans PH, Cameron M. Surfer’s Ear (Aural exostoses) provides hard evidence of Man’s aquatic past. (2014) Journal of Human Evolution (2014) 29; 1-3: 75-90.

Major Recent International Presentations

  • Aural Exostoses Provide Fossil Evidence of an Aquatic Phase in Man’s Evolution . Arris and Gale Lecture. ENT UK annual conference. London, Sept 2017
  • Surfer’s Ear Provides Fossil Evidence of an Aquatic Phase in Man’s Evolution . Garnett – Passe Biennial Conference,; Brisbane, Australia Sept. 2016
  • Functional Preservation of Speech and Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer 2013 International Head and Neck Tumour Conference, Shanghai, China Oct. 2013
  • Changing Role in Management of Oropharyngeal Cancer in One Institution over 160 years.  IAOO Conference, Rhodes May 2013
  • Management of the Difficult Thyroid . Baylor Head and Neck Lecture, Head and Neck Conference. Dallas, Texas Sept. 2011
  • Is there a Role for Single Modality Surgery for HPV-related Oropharyngeal Cancers?   IAOO Conference, Toronto, Canada July 2009

Oracle Cancer Trust

In 2001 he became increasingly concerned about the lack of resources for head and neck Cancer research and started fund raising, setting up the charity Oracle Cancer Trust, which is now by far the largest head and neck cancer research charity in the UK. As Founder and Chairman of the charity he is pleased that over the past 15 years it has raised over £6 million for a comprehensive research programme, and at present we are helping to fund 14 PhD projects. HRH Princess Alexandra was one of our early supporters and was our Patron for six years.  Since the beginning of 2018 our current Patron is Sir Michael Monpurgo.

We have a number of fund-raising events and in 2018 we shall celebrate our 13th annual Christmas concert at St. John’s, Smith Square with the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge and the Thames Chamber Orchestra on 3rd December, our 8th annual Golf Day at Burhill Golf Course in the summer and our annual Research meeting at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in the autumn. Details can be found on our website:

Human Evolution

One of Peter’s main research interests over the past 30 years, outside his work in head and neck cancer, is in early human evolution and the controversial ‘Aquatic’ or ‘Waterside’ theory of evolution from our ape ancestors. Since 1992, when he published his first paper on ‘The paranasal sinuses and other enigmas, an aquatic evolutionary theory’, he has been involved in 3 different programmes with Sir David Attenborough, including 2 international conferences and the recent BBC Radio 4 series on the controversial subject of the ‘Waterside Ape’ Theory.
He was recently awarded the prestigious Arris and Gale Lecture for 2017 from the Royal College of Surgeons (dating from 1645) for this research and he has recently finished writing a book: “The Waterside Ape – An Alternative History of Human Evolution” which is due to be published later in 2018.