I am a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Private Practice at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Parktown, Johannesburg. I have an honorary post as a lecturer in Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am one of the Local Country Mentors for Facial Aesthetics as part of the Allergan Medical Institute and I do local and international training on Juvederm fillers and Botox® on behalf of Allergan, Inc (South Africa). I also do consultancy and training for Ellman International, Inc.
I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology and human biology at the University of the Witwatersrand. I then completed my basic medical training, also at the University of the Witwatersrand. I did my General surgical training at Johannesburg Hospital and my Plastic Surgery Training at Baragwanath Hospital. I was awarded the fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) in 2007. I was previously a consultant Plastic Surgeon at Johannesburg Hospital and ran the Hand Surgery service at this hospital for 18 months. I subsequently embarked on a cosmetic surgery training program under the mentorship of Dr Richard Halley-Stott. I have also been trained in the latest techniques of Botox® and Juvederm™ Fillers by some of the world’s leading practitioners and continue to attend many local and international conferences to maintain and develop cutting edge techniques and procedures.
My Clinical Interests
My present areas of interest are aesthetics, dermatological surgery, as well as oncoplastic (cancer reconstruction) reconstructive surgery. I perform aesthetic surgery, as well as non-invasive aesthetic medicine procedures, including Botox® and Juvederm™ and Pellevé™. I am particularly fascinated by the additive and synergistic effects of surgery and non-invasive procedures, a trend I have termed “The Gestalt Result“.
I enjoy dermatological surgery, and regularly perform and teach reconstructions related to skin cancers, including melanoma.
As the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre has a large oncology unit, I am regularly referred cases for oncoplastic reconstruction (cancer reconstruction). The oncoplastic cases are mainly breast, colo-rectal, and gynaecological, although I do undertake major head and neck reconstructions. I enjoy microsurgery and free tissue transfers.
I undertake a limited scope of hand surgery, mainly related to nerve reconstruction, soft tissue replacement, microsurgical reconstruction and congenital problems.
My Academic Interests
Although I am in full-time private practice, I am passionate about medical education, and do all the undergraduate teaching for Plastic Surgery topics at the University of the Witwatersrand. As such, I have been appointed as an honorary lecturer in the Department of Surgery. I still conduct academic research and regularly present at national congresses and courses. I am also involved in contract research related to wound healing and tissue engineering.
My Research Awards
I have received the following national awards for my research presentations:
2010: Stratmed Prize for the Best Research Presentation by a Consultant Surgeon at the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH) Annual Congress
2010: Natrelle Prize for the Best Research Presentation by a Consultant Surgeon at the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRSSA) Annual Congress
2008: Prize for the Best Research Presentation by a Registrar at the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH) Annual Congress
2007: Prize for the Best Research Presentation by a Registrar at the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH) Annual Congress
2007: Prize for the Best Clinical Presentation by a Registrar at the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRSSA) Annual Congress
My Professional Affiliations
I am a member of the following organizations:
APRSSA – Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa
SASSH – South African Society for Surgery of the Hand
DASIL – Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery International League
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