11 May, 2023

Where did you train to become a surgeon?

I have had a long training in surgery. I was a medical student at Cambridge University and undertook my clinical part at Kings College hospital in London. As a young doctor, I experienced general surgery, orthopaedics as well as neurosurgery before entering a plastic surgery career. I was inspired by reconstructive plastic surgery but gradually came to realise that I could not manage deformity unless I could also deal with normal patients with cosmetic problems.

I previously worked at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of the craniofacial team dealing with facial deformity. I am also one of the directors of The Westbourne Centre, which carries out cosmetic surgery under local anaesthetic and sedation. Once or twice a year I work for a charity called ‘Facing Africa’ and we operate in Ethiopia to treat facial deformity.