Dr Gordon McKenzie


Yorkshire Cancer Research Doctoral Research Fellow and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Otolaryngology

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a Doctoral Research Fellow working with the TRANSFORM Group as part of a £4.9million Yorkshire Cancer Research grant. I am employing my skills as a software engineer, researcher and clinician to develop and validate an NHS mHeath service to enable comprehensive geriatric assessment of older patients with head and neck cancer.


Gordon McKenzie studied Medicine and Surgery as a graduate at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this, he read a BSc in Biomedical Science at The University of Sheffield achieving First Class Honours, graduating top of his cohort and being awarded the Society of Biology Top Bioscience Student Award 2009.

In 2014, he was awarded MBChB with Honours, graduating in the top 1% of the cohort and amassed numerous academic awards: the pre-clinical medicine prize, Leith-Neuman prize in pathological studies, Frank Ker Prizes for outstanding performance in the fieId of infectious disease (clinical medicine and clinical sciences), the Arthur Thompson Travel Scholarship, Owen Wade prize for medical education and Distinctions in pre-clinical medicine and clinical sciences.

He has also been awarded Regional and National Awards from the Midland Institute of Otology, ENT-UK, Royal Society of Medicine, Anglo-French Medical Society and the Association of Surgeons in Training. His research projects have been presented at National and International Conferences and he has multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Gordon is also a software engineer and specialises principally in fullstack javascript development (utilising Angular, Node.JS and NoSQL), however, he also utilises Python for data science including natural language processing, and has experience with LAMP stack development.


His past research interests include the endothelin axis and molecular pathology of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Research during his Academic Foundation Programme identified COSMIC mutations in nine previously unassociated genes in the sinonasal inverted papilloma-squamous cell carcinoma spectrum.

He has held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Otolaryngology within the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. Gordon studied Graves' disease immunobiology using microfluidic technology with the academic team attached to Hull York Medical School and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Gordon recently secured a full-funded, Yorkshire Cancer Research Doctoral Research Fellowship and is currently exploring the utility of mHealth on improving the assessment of older patients with head and neck cancer.

Early esteem indicators include £8,000 worth of grant awards.


Medical education is important to Gordon, having lectured nationally and founding and creating the DO-HNS VLE (dohnsvle.co.uk). He also developed the learning resources for Hull York Medical School MBBS undergraduate Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery teaching and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (AFHEA).


View Gordon's publications on ORCID

Key/selected publications

McKenzie GAG. Evidence-based out-of-hours hospital medicine. Postgrad Med J. 2018 Oct 29.

McKenzie GAG, Rook W. Is it possible to predict the need for sternotomy in patients undergoing thyroidectomy with retrosternal extension? Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Jul;19(1):139-43.

McKenzie GAG, Hinsley EE, Hunter K, Lambert DW. The endothelin axis in head and neck cancer: a promising therapeutic opportunity? J Oral Pathol Med. 2014 Jul;43(6):395-404.

External roles

Founder, Editor-in-Chief and creator of Diploma in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) Virtual Learning Environment - DO-HNS VLE

Honours and awards
  • British Journal of Surgery Prize awarded by BAETS for best short paper presentation – 1st prize (2017)
  • Royal Society of Medicine: Laryngology & Rhinology Section; short paper and poster prize – 1st prize (2016)
  • The Professor Harold Ellis Medical Student Prize for Surgery finalist (2014)
  • Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT)–Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification bursary (2014)
  • Owen Wade Prize (joint first) for medical education project (2014)
  • Arthur Thomson Travel Scholarship for clinical elective to McGill University and the Peruvian Amazon (2013)
  • Sir Arthur Thomson Trust Award to present at the Royal Society of Medicine (2013)
  • Anglo-French Medical Society James Tudor Prize for best presentation of elective project (2013)
  • Anglo-French Medical Society Miss Ford Bursary to undertake elective clerkship at McGill University (2013)
  • Royal Society of Medicine: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section; salivary gland meeting – 1st prize (2013)
  • Southdown Trust elective award towards humanitarian project in the Peruvian Amazon (2013)
  • Midland Institute of Otology Shenoi Essay Prize (2013)
  • ENT-UK Undergraduate Student Essay Prize (2012)
  • Pathological Society Bursary for vacation research project (2012)
  • SurgSoc National Conference Best Poster Award (2012)
  • Frank Ker Prizes for outstanding performance in the field of infectious disease in both clinical medicine and clinical sciences (2012)
  • Leith-Neumann Prize (joint second) for pathological studies (2012)
  • GEC Year 1 Prize for highest overall performance in pre-clinical phase of MB ChB (2011)
  • Society of Biology Top Bioscience Student for highest overall ranking in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (2009)

Key/selected presentations

McKenzie GAG, Green V, Greenman J, England RJE. The effect of corticosteroids on the release of immune modulating factors from Graves’ disease tissue maintained using microfluidic culture. EJSO. December 2017 Volume 43, Issue 12, Page 2395

McKenzie GAG, McFarlane T, Hing S, Thomas G, Sandison Aet al., 2017, Novel Mutations in Sinonasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Detected Using Next Generation Sequencing, 106th Annual Meeting of the United-States-and-Canadian-Academy-of-Pathology (USCAP), Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: 329A-329A, ISSN: 0023-6837