About Mr Yakubu Karagama

ENT Surgeon


Sub-specialties: Laryngology, Ear Nose and Throat, Swallowing Disorders, Breathing Problems, Surgery for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Snoring, Sinusitis, Blocked Ears, Ear Infections, Dizziness, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis.

Mr Yakubu Karagama is an ENT Surgeon with a special interest in voice, swallowing, airway disorders, snoring, and sleep apnoea base at OneWelbeck.


Bookings: bookings.ent@onewelbeck.com

Tel: 020 3653 2007

Mr Yakubu Karagama is an ENT Surgeon with a special interest in voice, swallowing, airway disorders, snoring, and sleep apnoea base at OneWelbeck.

Areas of Expertise

Mr Yakubu Karagama treats a range of conditions including:

He offers the following treatments:

  • Vocal Cord Injection
  • Thyroplasty
  • Microlarngoscopy
  • Pharyngoscopy
  • Laser Laryngeal Surgery
  • Laser Cricopharyngeal Myotomy for Pharyngeal Pouch
  • Snoring surgery
  • Sleep Apnoea surgery
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
  • Botox injection for Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Botox Injection for Inability to Burp
  • Balloon dilatation pharyngeal stricture
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Septoplasty
  • Turbinoplasty/turbinate reduction
  • Functional sinus surgery
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery

About Mr Yakubu Karagama

Mr Yakubu Karagama is an internationally-renowned ENT Surgeon. He specialises in general Ear, Nose and Throat problems. Additionally, Mr Karagama has a special interest in professional voice problems, general voice disorders, swallowing disorders, airway issues, snoring, sleep apnoea, and nasal & sinus problems. 

Mr Karagama leads the laryngology service at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital, one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals in London. He is the founder and course director for the London and Manchester Phonosurgery course. Mr Karagama is keen on voice research, having obtained an MSc in Advance Voice Research at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2005. 

Mr Karagama has presented his research and won prizes at national and international conferences, including the North of England Otolaryngological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the British Association Conference of Otolaryngologists (BACO). 

He has authored and co-authored over 50 publications, is a visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College, London. Mr Karagama was Secretary of the British Laryngological Association. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester.

Mr Karagama is a leading surgeon in hypoglossal nerve stimulation implant in the treatment of sleep apnoea, and performed the first UK cases in 2022.

He has been invited as a key note speaker in several international and national conferences in the field of laryngology. Mr Karagama also supervises resident doctors and medical students.


Additional Information


  • Poster 2nd Prize Award for Best Poster Presentation, British Rhinological Society 6th Annual Meeting, London, 2007.
  • Merit MSc Advanced Clinical Research in Voice, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2005.
  • Registrar’s prize for best oral presentation, North of England Otolaryngological Society Autumn Meeting, Wakefield, 2005.
  • Munro Black Registrar’s prize for best oral presentation, Northern Deanery Otolaryngological CPD meeting held in Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, 2005.

International speaker

  • Faculty, 23rd Congress da FORL, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept 2024
  • Faculty, 1st Helsinki Winter Laryngeal dystonia course, Finland, Jan 2024
  • Organising committee, 1st Joint Conference of British Laryngological Association and Union of European Phoniatrics at RSM, London, United Kingdom, Sept 2023 
  • 18th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology, Dubai, UAE, May 2023
  • Faculty, Neurolaryngology Workshop, Jena, Germany, Nov 2023
  • Faculty, 9th Laryngeal reinnervation course, Rouen, France, Nov 2023
  • Faculty, Neurolaryngology Workshop, Jena, Germany, Nov 2022
  • Faculty, Pan European Voice Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug. 2022
  • Faculty, 8th Laryngeal reinnervation course, Rouen, France, Nov 2022
  • Faculty, Neurolaryngology Workshop virtual, Jena, Germany, Nov 2021
  • Faculty, 7th Laryngeal reinnervation course, Rouen, France, Nov 2021
  • Faculty, 5th Laryngeal reinnervation course, Rouen, France, Nov 2019
  • Faculty, Neurolaryngology Workshop, Jena, Germany, Nov 2019
  • Speaker, Voice Istanbul Conference, Istanbul, Türkiye, Sept 2019
  • Speaker, CEORL-HNS, Brussels, Belgium, June 2019
  • Faculty, 4th Laryngeal reinnervation course, Rouen, France, Jun 2019
  • Speaker, Turkish Otolaryngology Congress, Antalya, Türkiye, April 2019


  • Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • Member and Council, British Laryngological Association
  • ENT UK
  • European Laryngological Society
  • International Phonosurgeon Association
  • Union of European Phoniatricians
  • British Association of Performing Arts

Clinical Posts

  • OneWelbeck, London
  • Circle Health Group, Blackheath Hospital, London
  • Circle Health Group, The Alexandra Hospital, Manchester
  • HCA, London Bridge
  • Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, London

Research Highlights

  • Office-based transnasal oesophagoscopy: Evaluating the safety, efficacy and application in head and neck cancer patients.
    Grewal R, Tantichirasakul N, Miller BJ, Watson N, Karagama Y.
    Clin Otolaryngol. 2022 Jan;47(1):218-223. doi: 10.1111/coa.13868. Epub 2021 Oct 7.
    PMID: 34581024


  • Breathing Synchronised Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation with Inspire for Untreated Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea/Hypopnoea Syndrome: A Simulated Cost-Utility Analysis from a National Health Service Perspective.
    Blissett DB, Steier JS, Karagama YG, Blissett RS.
    Pharmacoecon Open. 2021 Sep;5(3):475-489. doi: 10.1007/s41669-021-00266-7. Epub 2021 Apr 28.
    PMID: 33913119


  • Abelchia: inability to belch/burp-a new disorder? Retrograde cricopharyngeal dysfunction (RCPD).
    Karagama Y.
    Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2021 Dec;278(12):5087-5091. doi: 10.1007/s00405-021-06790-w. Epub 2021 Apr 24.
    PMID: 33893849


  • Applications of Office-Based 445 nm Blue Laser Transnasal Flexible Laser Surgery: A Case Series and Review of Practice.
    Miller BJ, Abdelhamid A, Karagama Y.
    Ear Nose Throat J. 2021 Feb;100(1_suppl):105S-112S. doi: 10.1177/0145561320960544. Epub 2020 Sep 24.
    PMID: 32970490


  • Use of proton pump inhibitors to treat persistent throat symptoms: multicentre, double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial.
    O'Hara J, Stocken DD, Watson GC, Fouweather T, McGlashan J, MacKenzie K, Carding P, Karagama Y, Wood R, Wilson JA.
    BMJ. 2021 Jan 7;372:m4903. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m4903.
    PMID: 33414239