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Mr Elias Francis-Khoury

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeon


Practices at: The Harbour Hospital

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Personal Profile

Mr Elias Francis-Khoury is a consultant ENT surgeon, based in Bournemouth and Poole, with a leading regional practice founded on world class training who practices general otolaryngology, with a special interest and International Fellowship level training in Ear, Nose and Children’s ENT problems.

The conditions he commonly treats are:

- Ear Disease (infections, hearing loss, tinnitus and their causes including perforations, surfer’s ear, otosclerosis),
- Nasal blockage (Septoplasty/ Turbinoplasty),
- Sinusitis (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, including balloon sinuplasty),
- Ear deformity (Pinnaplasty, including incisionless),
- Nasal Appearance (Rhinoplasty),
- Tonsillitis, Snoring and sleep apnoea.

Wherever possible he uses his extensive minimal and microsurgery experience to make the appropriate surgical treatment safer, with shorter recovery and often without the need for a general anaesthesia. 

Mr Francis-Khoury studied at King’s College, University of London and Caius College, University of Cambridge, undertook his basic surgical training on the Oxford rotation and completed his ENT specialist training in London’s best known hospitals (including Great Ormond Street, Royal National ENT Hospital, St Mary’s, Charing Cross, St Bartholomew’s, UCLH and Royal Free) and then a further two years of fellowship (advanced optional training in a leading international centre) in Toulouse University Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ /Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Mr Francis-Khoury was awarded the fellowship of European Board of Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, with the distinction of having set a record for highest examination grade in the written part (having also been awarded the year’s highest written grade of the British equivalent, the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons).
He has worked with the NHS for over twenty years and currently practices at the University Hospitals Dorset where he has held the head of department role. He is the co-author of surgical textbook chapters on rhinoplasty, nasal sinuses, and ear infections. His research into his areas of practice, as well as on voice and head and neck cancer has been published in numerous peer reviewed articles. His professional affiliations have included the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the European Rhinological Society, and British counterparts.

Outside of his regular practice, Mr Francis-Khoury has been a volunteer surgeon in warzones with the International Medical Corps, a university lecturer and whenever the evidence is supportive will favour dietary, exercise and mindful interventions for the treatment of many conditions in his area of expertise.

Please note that The Harbour Hospital does not offer paediatric services, and therefore appointments for those under 18 years of age will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding.

Fellowship training

  • Otology & Hearing Implant Fellow (Paediatrics and Adult) (Guys & St Thomas' Hospitals, London 1yr)
  • Otology, Paediatric ENT & Skull base surgery (University Hospitals of Toulouse, 1yr)
  • Facial Plastics and Sinus Surgery (Imperial College Hospitals, London, 6 months- registrar upgrade)

Higher surgical training

  • London rotation: Inc Imperial College, University College, Barts & the London & Great Ormond Street Hospital

Basic Surgical Training

  • Oxford rotation

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

Subspecialty fellowship (optional post-specialisation) training in:
  • Otology (ear and balance)
  • Paediatric ENT
  • Rhinology (nose and sinuses)
  • Rhinoplasty (functional and cosmetic)

Specialist interests

Examples of special interest to which Elias applies such local anaesthetic or more minimal practice include:

  • Ear surgery: repairing perforated eardrums (tympanoplasty), bones of hearing (ossiculoplasty & stapes surgery/stapedecomy) and all more minor ear procedures
  • Sinus surgery: Balloon Sinuplasty (a minimally invasive treatment for sinus disease with longer term benefit in selected cases)
  • Snoring surgery
  • Balloon sinuplasty (a minimally invasive treatment for sinus disease under local anaethesia)
  • Coblation tonsillectomy (a technique of tonsillectomy aiming to reduce post-operative pain and bleeding risk)
  • Pinnaplasty/Otoplasty (cosmetic correction of prominent ears) incisionless in selected cases
  • Rhinoplasty (for cosmesis or better breathing)

Research Interests

Dr Elias Francis-Khoury is co-author of the following surgical textbook chapters:

  • Management of Cerebrospinal fluid leaks (from nasal sinuses) in Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery - 2nd Edition
  • Otitis externa (outer ear infections), Facial nerve paralysis, Skull base tumours (Vestibular Schwannoma) in “Pocket Tutor - Otolaryngology”
  • Author of numerous peer reviewed scientific research publications
  • Closed Rhinoplasty in “Facial Surgery: Plastic and Reconstructive”

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Poole & Bournemouth Hospitals

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • British Cochlear Implant Group
  • British Medical Association
  • Fellow of the European Board of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons