Academic Plastic Surgery Group Director


Professor Simon MyersProfessor Simon Myers PhD FRCS (Plast) – Director

Professor Simon Myers was awarded his PhD from University of London in keratinocyte growth and differentiation in cutaneous  wound healing and cultured keratinocyte grafting in 1999. He raised a 2,127,000€ European Commission Research and Technological Development Grant for skin engineering in 1996. He completed a Burn Fellowship at the Broomfield Burn Centre in 2001, and became Director at the Chelsea & Westminster Burn Centre in 2002, achieving designation for that service in the National designation process. He became Medical Director of the Stephen Kirby Skin Bank, and established a collaboration between the burn service, the Children's Fire and Burn Trust, and the London Fire Brigade aimed at burn prevention. He has been involved in International humanitarian ventures in burn care with Professor Navsaria. 

He received an award of merit as an NHS Champion from the King's Fund in 2004. At the beginning of 2006 he was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary & Westfield College , and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the St. Bartholomew's and The London NHS Trust, and Honorary Consultant Burn and Plastic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital. He was recently appointed Visiting Professor in Plastic Surgery to Anglia Ruskin University.

Research Activity

My present post is a HEFCE funded TR post. I have continued a group theme working on cell delivery systems in skin engineering particularly in relation to burn care but also chronic leg ulcers.  I have introduced single stage Matriderm resurfacing of intralesionally excised plaque keloid scars. These approaches may have some relevance also to other pathogenic scars including burn hypertrophic scars. I currently supervise two clinical senior lecturers, two PhD students, a clinical teaching fellow, and around 150 distant learning students. As educational supervisor, I am also responsible for the educational training component of up to four surgical trainees. I was engaged in innovation in microvascular reconstruction co-supervising an MDRes who has redefined our understanding of free perforator flap microvasculature in a collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre. The microvascular simulator curriculum design forms part of a further research project in collaboration with The University of South Florida, and the International Microsurgery Simulation Society global network. 

Key Publications

Epidermal Repair Results from Activation of Follicular and Epidermal Progenitor Keratinocytes Mediated by a Growth Factor Cascade. Simon R. Myers PhD, FRCS(Plast), Irene M. Leigh DSc, FRCP, F Med Sci, Harshad Navsaria PhD. J Wound Repair & Regen 2007:15;693-701,

Hyalomatrix®: a Temporary Epidermal Barrier, Hyaluronan Delivery, and Neodermis Induction System [BDI system] for Keratinocyte Stem Cell Therapy. Myers SRa,b [PhD, FRCS(Plast)], Vaiude PNb [MBBS, MRCS],  Soranzo Cc  (BSc), Navsaria HNa [PhD]. Tissue Engineering 2007:13(11);2733-41,

Deliberate Self Harm by Burning: A Retrospective Case Controlled Study. R, Mulholland, L. Green, C. Longstaff, B. Horner, E. Ross, S. Myers, J. Catalan. J Burn Care Res. 2008;29(4):644-9,

Three- and four-dimensional computed tomography angiographic studies of commonly used abdominal flaps in breast reconstruction. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Arbique G, Becker S, Brown S, Myers S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Recon Surg. 2009;124(1):18-27.

Three- and four-dimensional arterial and venous perforasomes of the internal mammary artery perforator flap. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Rasko Y, Mojallal A, Bailey S,Myers S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Dec;124(6):1759-69.

A fatal case of toxic shock syndrome associated with skin substitute. Shirley R, Teare L, Dziewulski P, Frame J, Navsaria H, Myers S. Burns. 2010 Jan 19.

Perforasomes of the DIEP flap: vascular anatomy of the lateral versus medial row perforators and clinical implications. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Mojallal A, Schaub T, Bailey SH, Myers S, Brown S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):772-82.

Clinical Senior Lecturers

Mr Ali Ghanem MPhil MSc MRCS(Ed) MRCS(Eng) MD PhD 

Mr Ali Ghanem obtained his Doctorate in Medicine from Damascus University. He received his undergraduate education at Medical Schools of universities of Damascus, Manchester, Oxford and Edinburgh. Mr Ghanem is also qualified in Medical Law and Ethics (Glasgow University), Surgical Science (Distinction – University of London) and Management (London School of Business and Finance). He completed his basic surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England. He was awarded  a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at University College London working on molecular regulation of embryonic stem cells early differentiation under the supervision of Professor Claudio Stern. His academic work was recognized by many prestigious prizes and awards such as The Arnold Huddard Medal of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Education Excellence Innovation Award from London Deanery was recently honored by the Pan Arab Association of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

Mr Ghanem is was appointed as a clinical senior lecturer following his academic clinical lecturer training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Barts and the London School of Medcine and Dentistry - Queen Mary University of London. During this period he developed two main research interests; motor skills acquisition and assessment and aesthetic medical sciences educaiton. He is Consultant in Medical Education Development to the International Medical Education Trust (IMET 2000) and the Course Lead of the Master Programme in Aesthetic Medicine and Reconstructive Microsurgery. 


Mr Ioannis Goutos BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MSc, FRCS[Plast]

Mr Ioannis Goutos qualified at the Royal Free and University College London medical school in 2002 attaining a distinction in Surgery at the final MBBS examination.  As part of his medical studies, he also completed a BSc degree in Molecular Medicine with Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences securing a 1st Class Honors alongside the Goldberg Schachmann award.   He completed his basic surgical training at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and acquired a Plastic Surgery national training number in the Oxford Deanery in 2008.  His burns training commenced at St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Chelmsford and eversince he has demonstrated a commitment in the subspecialty of burns. 

Mr Goutos has achieved numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has a particular interest in the pathophysiology and management of burns pruritus.  He is a reviewer for the two major burns journals -‘Burns’ and ‘Journal of Burn Care and Research’ as well as an associate editorial board member of the International Journal of Burns and Trauma. 

He is a member of faculty at the Centre for Cutaneous Research of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Course Lead for the PGCert / MSc Burn Care programme. 

Key Collaborators


Professor James Frame FRCS FRCS (Plast)

Professor Frame is a highly acclaimed and respected cosmetic surgery professional from the healthcare sector. Not only is he Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University within the faculty of Health and Social Care, but he is also the Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Practice at The Springfield Hospital in Essex, and his patients can be assured of his professionalism and experience.

Professor Frame is an Executive Committee Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS), Chairman of Committee and the UK National Secretary in the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and a member of American Plastic Surgery associations with over 25 years of experience specializing in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. With his large cosmetic surgery practice, and its wide referral base including celebrity clients, he continues with his special interests in breast cancer reconstruction and surgical repair of soft tissue sports injuries.


Professor Peter Dziewulski FRCS FRCS (Plast) 

Mr Peter Dziewulski is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at St Andrew's Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Broomfield Hospital - Essex and also the honorary chair of Burns Care at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.  

Professor Dziewulski has a special interest in burn management. He belongs to the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, is on the Executive Committee on the British Burn Association and is on the Editorial Committee of the Burns Journal. He has more than 66 citations of burn care literature.






Professor Jeong Tae Kim MD PhD

Professor Kim Jeong Tae teaches at the College of medicine of Hanyang University. He received an M.D. in Medicine and a Ph.D. from Hanyang University. He was invited from UK and Netherlands as an invited consultant for 2 years, 2005-2006.

His leading books, [Hand Surgery](2005), [Perforator Flaps](2006), and [Flaps and Reconstructive Surgery](2009). He has also authored more than 100 articles in leading medical journals such as Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and Journal of Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been a director of the board for Korean Society for Microsurgery and chairman of Scientific Committee of Korean Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Professor Kim is a regular invited speaker to all international microsurgery meetings. He has trained many international visiting doctors and continues to provide training and teaching in his University Medical Centre as well as internationally. 


Professor Simon Holmes FDS RCS FRCS 



Professor Simon Holmes is a consultant maxillofacial surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust and Honorary Professor of Maxillofacial Trauma at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained in Dentistry and Medicine at Guys and St Thomas MedicalSchools, and undertook higher surgical training at the Royal London Hospital. His main interest in the trust is in the treatment of facial trauma. He was appointed in 2003 and has led the Craniofacial Trauma Team for ten years. He has considerable experience in the management and treatment of complex facial injuries.

He is an editorial board member for trauma in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Injury, has lectured widely nationally on craniofacial trauma and has been aninternational invited lecturer in Asia, North America, India, and Europe, has convened maxillofacial trauma courses in the UK and Internationally. He lectures at the Royal College of Surgeons on the headand neck anatomy course, Emergencies of the head and neck,Neurosurgical trauma course, and has convened and lectured on the key topics in maxillofacial trauma course.

He has published invited chapters in facial trauma radiology and maxillofacial trauma. He has written two textbooks in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma, has contributed to two textbooks in anatomy of the Orbit, and the face, has published numerous scientific articles in refereed journals on thetreatment of maxillofacial trauma and currently, he is the trust trauma audit lead.


Dr Fahd Benslimane MD

Dr. Fahd Benslimane received his full general surgery training in Morocco and France and continued with plastic surgery training in Brazil under the guidance of Prof. Pitanguy. Following that, Dr Benslimane pursued a subspecialty fellowship in ocular plastic surgery at the Chicago Massonic Occuloplatic Institute. In 1994 Dr. Benslimane founded the Benslimane Clinic, dedicated to the art and science of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


Dr. Benslimane has been a regular key note speaker to IMCAS Europe, ISAPS educational courses and numerous other international conferences in his area of specialty namely microfat grafting and peri-ocular rejuvenation. He has also significant contribution to the aesthetic field by developing innovative techniques and introducing new surgical procedures. His achievements and research have been recognized internationally in both the scientific and public domains. He is an active member of the ‘International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’ (ISAPS).


Honorary Clinical Lecturers

Dr Savitha Ramchandran MB BS MS MRCSEd ​MSc

Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Plastic Surgery

Specialist in Plastic Reconstructive and Anesthetic Surgery - Singapore Health

Dr Ramachandran has undertaken MSc in surgical science at Imperial College London focusing her research project on learning curves and skill acquisition of microsurgery at the Microvascular Simulation Anastomosis Hub (MASH). Dr Ramachandran continues to support the educational progammes following her work as a teaching fellow in Barts and The London Academic Plastic Surgery Group. 


Dr Georgios Pafitanis MD

Dr Georgios Pafitanis obtained his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) with distinction from the University of Ioannina and completed his foundation training at the University of Liverpool, Mersey deanery. He completed his core surgical training in central London hospitals at the London Postgraduate School Of Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is also qualified in Surgical skills and sciences with an MSc (Hon) and in Aesthetic Medicine with a PGCert (Distinction).

Dr Pafitanis is currently a Specialist Registrar in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Academic Plastic Surgery Unit, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He is undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Reconstructive Microsurgery  working on microsurgery motor skills acquisition and assessments methodology at the Microsurgery Simulation Anastomosis Hub (MASH Lab). He is also a member and instructor for the International Microsurgery Simulation Society (IMSS) activities and faculty for the MSc in Reconstructive Microsurgery at the Barts and the London School of Medicine.


Dr Bashar Shatta MD MSc MRCS


Dr Anna Maria Fenech Magrin MB BS PGCert


Dr Gerardo Malzone MD


Dr Dimitrios Karypidis MD PhD


Dr Asif Hussein MB BS


Dr Rudo Madada-Nyakauru MB BS MSc MRCS



Teaching and Research Fellow

Dr Maha Hamada MD MSc


Centre Administrator

Ms Sam Matthew
Ms Sam Matthew 

Ms Matthew is The Centre for Cutaneous Research Manager. She plays a key role in the day to day coordination of the programmes.

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