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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Meet the team


Plastic surgery staff involved in your care

There are many different kinds of staff within the department, all who wear different uniforms and all who will help you with different aspects of your condition. We have put together a guide for what each uniform means and what they do.

Click here to learn more about our team of staff, and how you can recognise them

Management Team

Mr Phil YatesClinical Director and ENT Consultant

Margaret GrayDirectorate Manager - ENT, Plastics, Ophthalmology, Dermatology

Mr Nicholas WilliamsHead of Department - Consultant Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • Head of Department - Consultant Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 4831
  • GMC Code: 3281343
  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MB, ChB, PhD, FRCS, FRCS (Plast)
  • Special Interests

    Hand Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Microsurgery

  • Biography

    Trained in Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne. Hand Fellowship Training Leeds.

    Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2001 and full Member British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Full Member British Society for Surgery of the Hand.

    Trained in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery and microsurgery. My training in hand surgery is extensive and includes an attachment to an internationally-renowned plastic surgical, microsurgical and orthopaedic upper limb unit. This means that international experts have taught me all the latest available techniques in hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery.

    I have obtained a PhD from the University of Sheffield for my research investigating the normal and reconstructed metacarpophalangeal joint in the human hand utilizing virtual reality technology.

  • Directorate

    Plastic Surgery

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Hand Clinics Tuesday and Friday mornings. General Clinics Wednesday afternoons. Carlisle Clinics Friday afternoon.

  • Name of Secretary
    Julie Douglas
  • Nick Williams 

Sue CookMatron - Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Anya ConnorAssistant Directorate Manager, Plastics and Dermatology

Consultant Staff (click on the name for more details)

Mr Omar AhmedConsultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 4387343
  • Qualifications: MBBS, FRCSEd, FRCSPlast
  • Special Interests

    Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Reanimation of the Paralysed Face, Skin Cancer.

  • Biography

    Consultant Plastic Surgeon since February 2005. I am a member of the following multi-disciplinary teams: Head and Neck Cancer, Skin Cancer, and Facial Palsy (Northern Facial Nerve Centre). I am passionate about improving both the appearance and the function of people who present with these problems, as well as disfigurement from other causes.

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

Mr Asim BashirConsultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Nick CollisConsultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Breast Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Breast Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 3562868
  • Qualifications: MPhil, BSc, MBChB, FRCSEd(Plast)
  • Special Interests

    Special interests include; General plastic surgery with a special interest in both male and female breast problems (cosmetic, congenital / developmental and immediate / delayed cancer reconstruction).

  • Biography

    Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2004.

Dr Maxford CoutinhoAssociate Specialist - Plastics

Miss Brid CrowleyConsultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Peter HodgkinsonConsultant Cleft and Plastic Surgeon, Clinical Lead Newcastle Cleft Service

  • Consultant Cleft and Plastic Surgeon, Clinical Lead Newcastle Cleft Service
  • Tel: 0191 282 0195
  • GMC Code: 3056918
  • Qualifications: MB ChB (Hons), BSc (Hons), PhD, FRCS, FRCS (Plast), Certificate in Cosmetic Surgery (RCS, England)
  • Special Interests

    Cleft lip and palate – primary and secondary surgery

    Facial plastic surgery– including complex developmental deformity and skeletal distraction

    Complex rhinoplasty – cleft and non-cleft

    Burns and skin cancer

    Aesthetic surgery

  • Biography

    During his university education in Manchester Mr Hodgkinson completed a PhD in cleft lip and palate whilst pursuing his medical degree and graduating with Honours in 1985.  His training in general surgery concluded with his FRCS in 1989.  Higher plastic surgical training in Manchester, Slough, Newcastle and South Wales concluded with a year in the highly respected Australian Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide where he was senior registrar and locum consultant.  In Australia he helped write the Early Management of Severe Burns course that is now the current standard teaching in the UK.

    Mr Hodgkinson was appointed as a consultant plastic surgeon in Newcastle in 1996.  Initially he had a broad area of specialist practice including cleft surgery, head and neck cancer and breast reconstruction.  He introduced mandibular distraction surgery to Newcastle.  This surgery is both aesthetic and functional with an almost perfect record of tracheostomy removal in children with small jaws.  Other notable achievements included the development of the craniofacial and skull base service and introduction of craniofacial access surgery as a routine, as well as the first bilateral autologous tissue breast reconstruction in the north-east.

    Over time Mr Hodgkinson specialised more in cleft and facial surgery.  He has led the Newcastle Cleft Service since it started in 2002.  For many years he was the only cleft surgeon in the north-east and in 2014 operated on his 1000th child with a cleft.  Under his leadership the cleft service has grown to become one of the leading centres in the UK with well-established delivery of multidisciplinary care, outcomes exceeding national standards and innovative achievements including an award-winning informational film and many international publications.

    Outside cleft Mr Hodgkinson has developed a range of techniques in other areas of surgery including complex rhinoplasty published and presented internationally.  These include the use of the Breathe Implant, skeletal augmentation of the nasal foundation with bone substitute and the wide-spread use of fibrin sealants, improving quality (e.g. cartilage putty) and reducing length of hospital stay.  Functional and aesthetic facial surgery are part of the same spectrum and Mr Hodgkinson was the first surgeon in the north-east to be awarded the Certificate in Cosmetic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons in all three major areas of practice (face, breast, trunk).

    Mr Hodgkinson recently stood down as Head of Department of Plastic Surgery after 8 years but continues to take an active role in the burns service and the treatment of skin cancer.

    Mr Hodgkinson is a recent past President of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland and a Trustee of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Peter Hodgkinson 

Mr Martin JosephSpeciality Doctor, Plastic Surgery

  • Speciality Doctor, Plastic Surgery
  • Tel: 0191 282 9679
  • GMC Code: 6134414
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MS, DNB, MCh(Plast Surg), FRCS Ed, FRCS(Plastic)
  • Special Interests

    Hand surgery, General plastic surgery, Breast surgery, reconstructive microsurgery.

  • Biography

    I have been a permanent member of staff at the RVI since joining as an SAS doctor in 2007.

    I obtained my Basic Medical Degree from University of Kerala, India in 1994 and subsequently had my post graduate training and qualifications in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. I have passed the Intercollegiate Board exam in plastic surgery and have been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since 2002.

    I am interested in teaching and training and am a faculty in the North East flap course.

  • Directorate

    Plastic Surgery

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Adult hand and general plastic surgery, trauma clinic.

  • Name of Secretary
    Pam Stott
  • Martin Joseph 

Mr Richard MilnerConsultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Joseph O'DonoghueConsultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Breast Surgeon

Mrs Sarah PapeConsultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 2577515
  • Qualifications: MBChB, FRCSEd, FRCSEd(Plast), MClinEd
  • Special Interests

    Burns

    Skin Laser Surgery

Mr Mani RagbirConsultant Plastic Surgeon, Team Lead

Mr Sahan Rannan-EliyaConsultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 4115597
  • Qualifications: BM BCh (Oxon) MA (Cantab) MSc (Oxon) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast)
  • Special Interests

    - Congenital (Paediatric) and Adult Hand Surgery;

    - Skin cancer reconstruction;

    - Lower Limb trauma reconstruction

    - Teaching and Training of Reconstructive surgery in the Developing world, and Disaster Relief

  • Biography

    Mr Sahan Rannan-Eliya, is one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons, specialising in Hand Surgery both in adults and in Children, born with abnormalities of their hands. He is also one of our Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer specialists, working closely with colleagues from the Northern Cancer care centre at the Freeman and Dermatology at the RVI. He also specialises in reconstruction after major injury in both upper and lower limbs.

     

    He was born in Sri Lanka, but grew up in Manchester, and studied his medicine at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, qualifying in 1994. Since then he has worked throughout the UK, initially based in Oxford, where he did his research into children with craniofacial deformities, and then did his specialist training in Liverpool, Swansea, Sheffield and here in Newcastle, before returning as a Consultant in 2009.

     

    He is a member of the UK Plastic Surgeons Overseas Training committee and has a longstanding interest in improving the availability of reconstructive techniques in poorer parts of the world. He led one of a number of teams to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and has worked in China, and Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Mr David SainsburyConsultant Cleft and Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Cleft and Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 6027189
  • Qualifications: MBBS BMedSci(Hons) MSc FRCS(Plast)
  • Special Interests

    Cleft Lip & Palate, Facial Deformity in Children and Adults, Ear Reconstruction, Skin Cancer, Facial Reanimation

  • Biography

    I trained in plastic surgery in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Durham. I completed Advanced Training in Cleft Lip and Palate (Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh) and the Paediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto). 

     

    My major specialist interests are cleft lip and palate, ear reconstruction and skin cancer in children and adults. I am also involved in helping patients with visible facial difference. 

     

    I am a founder member of the Cleft Trainee Collaborative which produces multicentre, cleft related research across the UK.  I am an Honorary Tutor at the Wound Healing Research Unit, Cardiff University.

  • Directorate

    POD

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Cleft Team (RVI, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland, University Hospital of North Durham, James Cook University Hospital, Carlisle)

    Ear Reconstruction (RVI, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland, University Hospital of North Durham, James Cook University Hospital, Carlisle) General Plastic Surgery / Skin Cancer (NUTH@Cramlington)

  • Name of Secretary
    Victoria Galer

Mr Dan SalehConsultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 6128402
  • Qualifications: MB ChB BSc (Hons) Leeds Medical School FRCS (Plast)
  • Special Interests

    Adult head, neck and facial cancer, facial paralysis, nasal reconstruction/Septorhinoplasty, skin cancer

  • Biography

    I trained in Plastic surgery in Yorkshire with a period as a registrar in South Africa.

    I have a particular interest in complex head, neck and facial reconstruction. I completed sub-specialist training in microsurgery, head neck/facial reconstruction at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane Australia and Broomfield hospital UK. I was one of three nationally appointed Cosmetic surgery Interface fellows in 2015.

    In 2016 I was a DAFPRS scholar, where I gained advanced experience in complex nasal reconstruction/Septorhinoplasty.

    I work with the Cochrane Skin group (skin.cochrane.org) and am the current holder (2015-16) of the Clarke Medal, an international prize for surgical innovation.

     

  • Directorate

    POD

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    General plastic surgery, Head Neck and facial surgery

  • Name of Secretary
    Tracy Longworth
  • Any other Information

    Member of BAPRAS and European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Mrs Shubhralina SriramSpecialty Doctor - Plastics

  • Specialty Doctor - Plastics
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 5205575
  • Qualifications: MBChB, MS, MCh (Plast Surg), DNB (Plast Surg), MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • Special Interests

    General Paediatric Plastic Surgery; Acute Hand Trauma Surgery; Primary Skin Cancer Surgery; CO2 Laser Surgery.

  • Biography

    I have been a permanent member of staff at the RVI since joining as an SAS Doctor in Plastic Surgery in 2004. My qualifications and training are in Basic Medicine (1991) and Plastic Surgery (1999) obtained from the University of Mumbai, India. I also hold Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2007).

    I am a member of the Skin Cancer MDT.

    In my role as SAS Representative for the RVI, I am actively involved in co-ordinating/facilitating meetings of the SAS Forum.

  • Directorate

    Plastic Surgery

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Paediatric Plastic Surgery; Adult Trauma Review.

  • Name of Secretary
    Ms Michelle Usher
  • Shubhralina Sriram 

Ms Susan StevensonConsultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: MB ChB, PhD, FRCS (Plast), Dip. Hand Surg (BSSH), LLM (Medical Law)
  • Special Interests

    I trained in Plastic Surgery in Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East before undertaking a Hand Surgery Fellowship in Newcastle. A further Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship in Sydney, Australia completed my advanced training. During this time I obtained a Diploma In Hand Surgery (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

    My specialist area is hand surgery and in particular, management of hand injuries, Dupuytren’s disease, nerve surgery and upper limb spasticity.

    I obtained a PhD from the University of Bradford where my research looked into the effects of hormones and the hair follicle on wound healing. I am currently the Training Programme Director for Plastic Surgery in the North East of England. I have also completed a Masters in Medical Law.

Mr Sanjay VarmaConsultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Nicholas WilliamsHead of Department - Consultant Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • Head of Department - Consultant Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 4831
  • GMC Code: 3281343
  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MB, ChB, PhD, FRCS, FRCS (Plast)
  • Special Interests

    Hand Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Microsurgery

  • Biography

    Trained in Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne. Hand Fellowship Training Leeds.

    Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2001 and full Member British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Full Member British Society for Surgery of the Hand.

    Trained in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery and microsurgery. My training in hand surgery is extensive and includes an attachment to an internationally-renowned plastic surgical, microsurgical and orthopaedic upper limb unit. This means that international experts have taught me all the latest available techniques in hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery.

    I have obtained a PhD from the University of Sheffield for my research investigating the normal and reconstructed metacarpophalangeal joint in the human hand utilizing virtual reality technology.

  • Directorate

    Plastic Surgery

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Hand Clinics Tuesday and Friday mornings. General Clinics Wednesday afternoons. Carlisle Clinics Friday afternoon.

  • Name of Secretary
    Julie Douglas
  • Nick Williams 

Ward and Clinical Area Management

 Catherine Carr/Linda Harker Sister - Plastic Surgery Outpatients 
 Jenny Nightingale Sister - Ward 47
 Barry Noble  Charge Nurse - Ward 37 (Burns Unit)
 Christine Hudson  Sister - Ward 39

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