Dr Murdoch

About Dr Murdoch

Dr Murdoch – Short Bio

I am a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Private Practice. My practice is located at the Knysna Advanced Healthcare Medical Centre, a modern day-hospital in the beautiful Southern Cape town of Knysna. I have an honorary post as a lecturer in Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand.  In addition, I am one of the Local Country Mentors for Facial Aesthetics. As part of the Allergan Medical Institute I do local and international training on Juvederm fillers and Botox® on behalf of Allergan,

My Training

I completed a Bachelor of Science 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. My General surgical training was at Johannesburg Hospital. My Plastic Surgery Training at Baragwanath Hospital. I completed the fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) in 2007.

I was formerly a consultant Plastic Surgeon at Johannesburg Hospital and ran the Hand Surgery service. Then I 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. By regularly attending many local and international conferences I continue to maintain and develop cutting edge techniques and procedures.

My Clinical Interests

My present areas of interest are medical and surgical aesthetics, dermatological surgery, as well as medical education.

Primarily, I perform aesthetic surgery, as well as non-invasive aesthetic medicine procedures, including Botox® and Juvederm™ . 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 reconstructions related to skin cancers, including melanoma.

Finally, I undertake a limited scope of hand surgery related to nerve reconstruction, soft tissue replacement, micro-surgical reconstruction and congenital problems.

My Academic Interests

Although I am in full-time private practice I remain passionate about medical education. I do 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 to present at national congresses and courses. Contract research related to wound healing and tissue engineering is another avenue of interest.

I am fascinated by the philosophical aspects of medical ethics and regularly present such lectures at national conferences as the designated CPD activity.

My Research Awards

2016: Gold medal for the Best Research Presentation by a Consultant Surgeon at the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRSSA) Annual Congress

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

APRSSA – Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa

ISAPS – International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

ASPS – American Society of Plastic Surgeons

SASSH – South African Society for Surgery of the Hand

DASIL – Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery International League

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