John did his early medical training at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying in 1976. As a medical student he soon knew he wanted to become plastic surgeon and his passion for his speciality has not lessened over the years.
John did his basic surgical training in Bath before beginning his 7 year dedicated training to become an accredited Plastic Surgeon.
To gain very broad experience, he worked in many of the best departments in the UK and spent 18 months refining his microvascular expertise in Melbourne, combining clinical work with influential research.
One of his research papers, written in collaboration with his research supervisor, Professor Ian Taylor, is still recognised as of major significance in improving techniques for free tissue transfer and ‘free flaps’.He has been on the specialist register of the GMC as a Plastic Surgeon since 1989.
John was appointed to his first Consultant post in 1989, joining the busy department in Bradford. He was invited to apply for a new Consultant post in Exeter and was delighted to take up the challenge of setting up a new department. With his colleague Peter Saxby, he established a thriving NHS department in Exeter which has made very valuable contributions to improved surgical care for the people of Devon.
John is an active member of the two main professional organisations representing plastic surgeons in the UK, the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
John’s current NHS appointment is as a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
In this capacity, he operates principally at the RD&E but holds outpatient clinics in Taunton and Axminster and will operate in other hospitals if his expertise is needed.