Professor Paleri trained in Otolaryngology in India and the UK. He then completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology in Adelaide and was appointed as Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals in 2005, and as Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at Newcastle University in 2015.
He is one of the few surgeons in the UK with expertise in Transoral Robotic Surgery and Transoral Laser Microsurgery for head and neck cancers, and has accrued the largest experience in Transoral Robotic Surgery in the UK. He has pioneered a new robotic technique to remove throat cancers that recur following previous treatment and is the first surgeon in the UK to perform robotic free flap reconstructions. He is passionate about researching new minimally invasive techniques to treat head and neck cancers.
His research interests are primarily on the processes of care, decision making and functional outcomes in head and neck oncology. He has published over 170 papers, reviews and book chapters on head and neck oncology. He is the chief investigator for the NIHR funded TUBE trial and contributes as co-investigator and principal investigator for several other national trials.
He currently serves as Chairman of the research council for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, and as member of the following national bodies: Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Studies Group of the National Cancer Research Institute, the Interventional Procedures Panel of the National Institute for Health Research, ENT-UK Head & Neck Society and the Guidelines committee for the 2016 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on Upper aerodigestive tract cancer.
He co-edited the fourth and fifth editions of the UK National Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines, and the volume on “Head and Neck Surgery” for the 8th edition of Scott-Brown’s Otolaryngology, the leading multi-volume multi-author textbook in the specialty in the world. He is an Associate Editor for Head and Neck, the top ranked journal in the field, Senior Reviews Editor for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology, one of the oldest journals in the field (est. 1887) and serves on the editorial board for several other leading journals in the specialty.