Lisette Collins - Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Lisette Collins - Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Lisette is an experienced Consultant in Head and Neck/Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


She has an extensive history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Research, Clinical Research, and  Medical Education.


She specialises in diagnosis of all aspects of head and neck, as well as thyroid pathology for both the NHS and private organisations. In addition to her qualifications in Dentistry and Pathology she also holds a BSc in biochemistry and a Master's in genomic medicine.


Lisette teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at King's College London as well as nationally to specialty trainees in pathology, oncology, maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine. She continues to be engaged in medical education curriculum design and examination.


Lisette is a NHS Consultant at:

  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust proving specialist services for London and the South East.
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead


Private Consultancy in her specialist areas of:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial pathology
  • Head and Neck pathology
  • Fibro-osseous lesions of the jaws and craniofacial skeleton
  • Genomic medicine
  • PD-L1 diagnostics, including quality assurance, national and international training.

 Education and  Training

  • Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  is a specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services for people who have been damaged or disfigured through accidents or disease.  East Grinstead 2021-Present
  • Honorary Lecturer at King College London in Histopathology
  • Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Guy's and St Thomas'​ NHS Foundation Trust London – Providing specialist services for patients from across London, and the south east of England 2019
  • Substantive consultant in oral and maxillofacial pathology, head and neck pathology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, February 2020 to current
  • Locum consultant in oral and maxillofacial pathology, head and neck pathology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, September 2019 to February 2020
  • Specialty registrar in oral and maxillofacial pathology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, September 2014 to August 2019
  • General dental practitioner, dental foundation year 1, Gentle Dental Care, Southampton, August 2012 to August 2013
  • Dental foundation trainee year 2, oral medicine and restorative dentistry, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff, August 2013 to August 2014
  • Cardiff University Bachelor of Dental Surgery Dentistry 2007 – 2013
  • University of Warwick Degree (BSc.) Biochemistry 2003 – 2006

Acheivements and Awards

  • Best Audit Presentation Prize, 4Os Audit Meeting, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital- 2019
  • Genomic Medicine Prize, University of Sheffield-2019
  • StR/Early Career Researcher/Postgraduate Research Prize, BSOMP -2018
  • StR Clinical Poster Prize, BSOMP & SFOPOM Joint Meeting -2017
  • Best Presentation, Dental Foundation Training Year 2 -2014
  • Cardiff University Orthodontic Prize - 2012
  • University Undergraduate Scholarship - 2011
  • Luis Cohen Prize for Anatomy - 2008
  • Rita Cohen Prize for Biochemistry - 2008

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • UK Thyroid Cancer Network
  • UK Endocrine Pathology Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOP)
  • European Society of Pathology
  • British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (BSOMP)
  • British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO)




  • Mutational analysis of Ossifying Fibroma, University of Sheffield, 2016-2017
    • Investigated the feasibility and suitability of DNA extraction for genomic analysis from decalcified formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue
    • Conducted whole exomic analysis of ossifying fibroma variants to explore the genetic origins between cemento-ossifying fibroma, juvenile psammomatoid ossifying fibroma and juvenile trabecular ossifying fibroma
    • Performed bioinformatics analysis including alignment, variant calling, variant annotation and prioritisation using online analytic software (Galaxy, Ensembl VEP, ClinVar and SIFT)
    • Results presented at the British Society of Oral Pathology Annual Scientific Meeting, Sheffield, 2018 and the European Congress of Pathology, Bilbao, 2018

Winner - University of Sheffield Genomics Prize



  • Identification of the immunosuppressive factor(s) produced by oral progenitor cells, Cardiff University, 2012
    • Funding by research grant application to Cardiff University Research Opportunities Program (CUROP)
    • Undertook protein purification,1D and 2D gel electrophoresis to successfully refine investigative techniques
    • Presented poster at Cardiff University Research Opportunities Program (CUROP) conference


  • Use of gap repair cloning in yeast to isolate ricin A chains, University of Warwick, 2006
    • Analysed the significance of cleavage site to inactive mutation positioning using polymerase chain reaction, SDS-PAGE and western blot techniques
    • Supported and expanded existing university research by collaborating with post-doctoral researchers


Research Training

  • Good Clinical Practice, National Institute for Health Research, 2019
  • Research and Human Tissue Legislation, Medical Research Council, 2019



Book Chapters

  • Martin L, Hunter KD, 2016, Chapter 3: Histopathological and molecular characterisation of squamous cell tumours. In: Essentials for Clinicians: Head and Neck Tumours, Histopathological and molecular characterisation of squamous cell tumours, The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Martin LHC, Hankinson P, Khurram SA (2019) ‘Beauty is only mucosa deep’ A retrospective analysis of oral lumps and bumps caused by cosmetic fillers. British Dental Journal, 227(4):281-284. DOI: 10.1038/s41415-019-0622-y.
  • Lockhart D and Martin LHC (2019) My Speciality, BDJ Student, 26, 25 (2). DOI:0.1038/s41406-019-0010-8
  • Basheer HA, Pakanavicius E, Cooper PA, Shnyder SD, Martin LHC, Hunter KD, Vinader V, Afarinkia K (2018) The relevance of hypoxia to CCR7 expression in head and neck cancers. Oral Oncol, 80:64-73. DOI:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2018.03.014
  • Martin LHC and Speight PM (2017) Odontogenic cysts – an update, Diagnostic Histopathology, DOI:
  • Howe TE, Khurram SA, Hunter K, Martin LHC, Fry AM (2017) Accuracy of staging of oral squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue: should incisional biopsy be done before of after magnetic resonance imaging? British journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery, 55(6):298-299 DOI:10.1016/j.bjoms.2016.09.004
  • Padayachee N, Martin LHC, Syyed N, Sood V, Carton A (2017). An Unusual Case of Palatal Swelling. Hyalinising Clear Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report. Oral Surgery, 10(1):52-55 DOI: 10.1111/ors.12220
  • Martin LHC, Kennedy G, Thorne L, Ayliffe P, Speight PM (2017), An Unusual Case of Osteoid Osteoma Occurring Simultaneously with an Ameloblastoma: A Case Report. Oral Surgery, 10(2):100-104 DOI: 10.1111/ors.12224
  • Martin LHC, Speight PM, (2015), Odontogenic Cysts, Diagnostic Histopathology, 21(9):359-369. DOI 10.1016/j.mpdhp.2015.07.005
  • Zegalie N, Speight PM, Martin LHC (2015), Ossifying fibromas of the jaws and craniofacial bones, Diagnostic Histopathology, 21(9):351-358. DOI 10.1016/j.mpdhp.2015.07.004
  • Thorbury L, Ryan K, Martin LHC, Hunter KD, Hegarty AM (2015), Amyloidosis presenting in the head and neck: a report of two cases, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 76(10):600-601. DOI 10.12968/hmed.2015.76.10.600


Abstract Publications

  • Martin LHC, Hunter K, Speight P, Farthing P & Khurram SA (2018) Beauty is only mucosa deep - an analysis of oral lumps and bumps caused by cosmetic fillers. VIRCHOWS ARCHIV, Vol. 473 (pp S104-S104)
  • Martin LHC & Speight P (2018) Mutational analysis of ossifying fibromas of the jaws and craniofacial skeleton. VIRCHOWS ARCHIV, Vol. 473 (pp S47-S47)
  • Martin LHC, Zegalie N, Speight P (2017) Ossifying fibromas of the head and neck: A clinical, radiological and histopathological review, Virchows Archiv. 471:S156
  • Khurram SA, Martin LHC, Speight P (2017) Clear cell lesions of the head and neck: The spectrum of histological features, Virchows Archiv. 471:S155


N.B. Martin LHC previous name

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Royal College of Pathologists Membership No: 20007531
Indemnity: MDDUS- Membership No. D19677

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