I trained extensively in the UK and practiced as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in South East London’s Teaching Hospitals: Guy’s, St. Thomas’ and King’s College before leaving the NHS to practice privately and ultimately, having married a New Zealander and produced two children, I moved here to New Zealand.
For me original research, I gained a PhD thesis and was honoured by the award of a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I have the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS), I went on to complete my specialist training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, gaining the Specialist Intercollegiate Fellowship to become Board Certified in the UK (ISB) and Europe (EBOPRAS) in 2003.
I am listed on the Vocational Register of the Medical Council of New Zealand as a Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (MCNZ) and I am a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and an International Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) – in which I have served on the international committee since 2005.
My NHS practice involved General Plastic and Trauma Reconstructive Surgery. I held a joint appointment to work with colleagues in the St John's Institute of Dermatology and participate in Specialist Clinics dealing with treatment and reconstruction after Melanoma and Non-melanoma skin cancers and for children and adults with pigmented and vascular skin blemishes. I also ran the Plastic Surgery laser service at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals and had clinical and research interests in breast reduction surgery and surgical rejuvenation after weight loss. I am an active clinical researcher and my work is published extensively and cited in peer-review scientific and surgical journals.
Since emigrating to New Zealand, my practice has settled into two main areas: skin cancer and cosmetic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic rejuvenation (such as Botox and fillers). My aesthetic expertise lies in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation of the face, breasts and abdomen – including body-contouring surgery. In recent years I have developed a special interest in the cosmetic improvement of patients after dramatic weight loss either through dieting or gastric reduction or redirection surgery. These patients often have multiple problem areas that require specialized cosmetic techniques applied alone and in combination to remove their excess skin and soft tissues in order to improve both their appearance and their self-esteem. Because of their surgery, they also have problems stemming from nutritional deficits which affect healing.
I am driven to stay at the forefront of my specialty and I am proud to have been invited recently to revise the chapter I wrote for the first time in 2008 on diseases of the skin in the next edition of “Bailey and Love” – one of the World’s most successful surgical textbooks having sold over a million copies. This was published in 2013. I have also authored another chapter on Skin and Skin Surgery in the Handbook of General Surgery (due to be published by the Informa in 2013).
I travel frequently to attend international symposia and meetings, and to observe international colleagues: learning what is new, what works and what does not. Likewise I welcome colleagues from NZ and abroad to visit and observe my practice.
I am an affiliated provider with Southern Cross and I am registered with most health insurance providers. Where patients would rather not have DHB treatment for reasons of choice or convenience, I will treat suitable patients in a private setting, for skin cancer or reconstructive and other General Plastic Surgery procedures.