ASPS Council

Council members L-R: Sydney Ch’ng, Mark Gianoutsos, Mark Moore, Darren Molony, David Morgan, Nicola Dean, William Blake, Mark Ashton, Mikko Larsen, Kerrie Edwards, Sarah Tolerton, Yvonne Chow. Absent: Brigid Corrigan, Matthew Peters.

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Associate Professor Nicola Dean, MBChB, FRCS (Eng), PhD, FRACS (Plas)

Associate Professor Nicola Dean was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated in Medicine from Leeds University UK.  At graduation, she already had an interest in both Plastic Surgery and Research.  Throughout her career, she has endeavoured to develop excellence in services to patients and bring scientific research to plastic surgical practice.  She moved to Australia in 1998 with her Australian husband and completed a PhD on a topic relating to post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. She finished Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training in 2007.

Since becoming a Specialist, she has developed a dedicated breast reconstruction clinic for women who have had breast cancer and has this as her main area of research. She also has research interests in patient-reported outcomes measures and health services research.  She has recently been involved in editing the Breast Section of the new Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery with Prof. Rod Cooter and supervises PhD students in the areas of outcomes measurement research.

Mr David Morgan MB BS FRACS

Mr David J Morgan is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne.  He has a particular interest in the management of facial trauma, cosmetic facial surgery, rhinoplasty, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and skin cancer management.

Following his graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1993, Mr Morgan commenced his surgical training and was subsequently accepted into the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training program. In 2003 he completed this program and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

In late 2004, Mr Morgan began a Clinical Fellowship in Craniofacial Trauma and Reconstruction through the University of Toronto in Canada, before he also completed a Clinical Fellowship in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia.

After his experience in Canada, Mr Morgan returned to Australia in 2006 and was appointed as a consultant plastic surgeon at both The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Alfred Hospital, where he specialised in the management of facial trauma. He has since been appointed as The Alfred Hospital’s head of Faciomaxillary Surgery.

In 2016, Mr Morgan was appointed as National Chair of the Australian Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the body responsible for overseeing the training of future plastic surgeons Australia-wide.  He held this position until March 2020.

Mr Morgan is an active member of Interplast, and is currently the country representative for the Kingdom of Tonga.  He regularly undertakes volunteer surgical missions to the island to perform much needed plastic surgery procedures.

 

 

Dr Matthew Peters BSc MBBS FRACS

Dr Matthew Peters is a Queensland-trained and based Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He is Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, in addition to working in private practice. His main interests are aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring surgery and skin cancer surgery. When not at work, Dr Peters enjoys spending time with his wife, herself an accomplished Specialist Ophthalmologist, and their four children.

Brigid Corrigan MBBS FRACS (Plast)

Dr Brigid Corrigan completed her medical degree at the University of Western Australia. After graduating she gained experience in a variety of specialties prior to undertaking advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Western Australia from 2004-2007. She then did fellowships in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in Cork, Ireland, Oxford, UK and Melbourne, Australia. She returned to Perth in 2010 and was appointed as a consultant plastic surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital and also commenced private practice as a specialist plastic surgeon. She was head of department of Plastic Surgery at RPH from 2014-2019.

Dr Corrigan has special interests in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring surgery and hand surgery. She is a current examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a councillor for AMA (WA). She regularly travels to Tanzania with Rafiki surgical missions to perform reconstructive surgical procedures and train local medical staff in plastic surgery techniques.

Associate Professor Mark Gianoutsos MBBS MD FRACS (Plast)

Associate Professor Mark Gianoutsos graduated from The University of Sydney with Honours in Medicine and Surgery. He attained a number of prizes and awards in Medicine, Paediatrics and Surgery during this time. He initially trained at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Surgery in General before being offered a position as an Advanced Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Plastic Surgical Training took him initially to Melbourne under the mentorship of Professor G. Ian Taylor. He undertook clinical training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery, as well as devoting three years to completing a Doctorate in Medicine (a research degree, similar to a PhD) at The University of Melbourne investigating the neurovascular territories (nerve and blood supply) of the skin and muscles. His final year of training was at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals, where he was Senior Registrar. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery) in 1995 and also attained a number of scholarships, prizes and awards during this time.

Upon completion of his Fellowship, he undertook a Postgraduate Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital and then a Postgraduate Fellowship at New York University Hospital in the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery under the mentorship of Professor Joseph G McCarthy. He was Craniofacial and Cosmetic Surgery Fellow for this time as well as having a laboratory research position.

Upon returning to Sydney, he took up Visiting Medical Officer positions at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital (of which he is Head of Department) and the Royal Hospital for Women, as well as beginning his private practice. He was awarded the title of Associate Professor, conjoint with the University of New South Wales

He was appointed as an examiner in Plastic Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011 and in 2016 was elected Deputy Senior Examiner.

He is also the Director of The Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Research Unit at The Prince of Wales and University of New South Wales and has had a string of Research Fellows and students whom he has supervised since 1996, both from Australia and abroad, who themselves have been awarded a number of higher degrees including PhD and Masters of Surgery.

A/Prof Gianoutsos has been involved in Interplast Australia and its charitable surgical missions to Indonesia and the Philippines.

Dr Mikko Larsen MD (Hons) PhD FEBOPRAS FRACS

Dr Larsen became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in December 2018. He emigrated with his son to Australia in 2016, and followed the International Medical Graduate Pathway to Fellowship. He completed a microsurgery fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2017 and then settled in Launceston, Tasmania where he practices at the Launceston General Hospital, and in private practice.

Dr Larsen was raised in USA, Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands and graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2002. In 2011 he completed a PhD thesis on experimental microsurgery conducted at Mayo Clinic’s Microvascular Research Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota. His plastic surgery training was completed in Amsterdam the same year, followed by a fellowship in hand and wrist surgery at Leuven University Hospital, Belgium. He held an academic appointment at Brussels University Hospital until 2013 and then established a breast and head and neck reconstructive surgery department in The Hague.

Currently, he is active as teaching faculty for the Australia and New Zealand Burns Association and Interplast. He is actively involved in teaching trainees and hospital staff, with an emphasis on maintenance of a broad range of technical and non-technical skills pertinent to work in a regional centre. Dr Larsen is passionate about the importance of a healthy work-life balance that can be a challenge to younger fellows.

Dr Sydney Ch’ng MBBS PhD FRACS (Plast)

Dr Sydney Ch’ng is a Plastic Surgeon specializing in head and neck skin cancer management including melanoma and complex microsurgery reconstruction. She is based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital jointly employed by the Plastic Surgery, Head & Neck and Melanoma & Surgical Oncology departments. Sydney is also an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and currently supervises 2 PhD and 4 MPhil students in research.

Sydney is passionate about the future of Plastic Surgery, working closely with multiple surgical specialties: Otolaryngology Head & Neck, General and Maxillofacial Surgery. She understands the intricate and challenging balance between collegiality, collaboration, patient care and turf protection.

DR Sydney Ch’ng promotes advances in Plastic Surgery, achieved through clinical and basic science research. She is a member of the Australasian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research Network (APRSRN), and will advocate for more emphasis on research at all levels from pre-program selection to ongoing participation post-FRACS.

Sydney is a working mother with a 7 year-old daughter and a 5 year-old son who works full-time and juggles family and work commitments with the support of my husband and mother. She appreciates the importance of diversity whilst preserving meritocracy.

Dr Yvonne Chow MBBS FRACS (Plast)

Yvonne completed her undergraduate medical degree in 2000 at Monash University. She gained FRACS (plastics) fellowship in 2010 and ompleted a breast reconstruction fellowship at  the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada in 2011. She is the Clinical Head of Breast Reconstruction at Monash Health (Australia’s largest and busiest Plastic Reconstructive surgery Unit) and strongly advocates for patient’s access to breast reconstruction.

Yvonne also takes an active interest in mentoring pre-SET registrars, as well as accredited PRS SET selection and training. In this current climate, she would like to increase the experience of aesthetic/cosmetic plastic surgery during SET training.

Yvonne is the current Honorary Secretary for the Victorian Chapter of ASPS and sits on multiple hospital medical advisory committees and has also been appointed to Medical Panels in Victoria.

Darren Molony FRACS (Plast)

Dr Darren Molony is a Plastic Surgeon with 16 years consultant experience in public and private hospital systems in SA. He is in the process of closing his private practice in Adelaide to focus on the Darwin Plastic Surgery Workforce Program but will continue his clinical attachment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Plastic Surgery and Burns Surgery. As a past Managing Director of a ten surgeon private practice, and Chair of a multi-specialty day surgery Medical Advisory Committee, he has experience and a strong interest in clinical and corporate governance and how the two co-exist. I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In addition I have a special interest in electronic medical records. The intellectual property rights, ownership and transfer of these records between surgeons and practices, and on surgeon retirement, are an important issue. Legal and ethical obligations surrounding cancer and other surgical audit, as well as long term breast prosthesis surveillance, with the requirement for ongoing access to the EMR have to be defined and managed by us as surgeons.

Darren is keen to represent the interests of Plastic Surgery Fellows and Registrars to Government and other health systems, as well as advocating for and enhancing Plastic Surgery services available to all Australians in their rural and remote communities.

Mark Moore AM MBChB FRACS (Plast)

Dr Mark Moore arrived in Adelaide, South Australia in January 1987 to start his role as a Craniofacial Fellow, where he trained with Dr David David and Dr Jim Trott in the previously named South Australian Craniofacial Unit (SACFU). Thirty years later, Mark is still in Adelaide and is now the Head of Cleft and Craniofacial South Australia. Mark is a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Craniofacial Association and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Craniofacial Surgery and is full active member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery since 1999.

 

Mr William Blake FRACS MBBS (hons), PGradDipSurgAnat
Chair of the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr William Blake is a locally trained and educated plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has a busy private practice based at Cabrini hospital in Malvern, Victoria, from which he cares for a broad range of reconstructive and cosmetic patients .  In March 2020 Dr Blake was appointed as National Chair of the Australian Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Private Practice

Dr Blake carries out all patient consultations personally rather than to employ ‘screening’ staff. This he feels adds to a sense of trust and personal involvement.

He operates at two private hospitals.  These are Cabrini hospital, Malvern and Cotham Private hospital, Kew.  Cabrini is a large institution with a full range of facilities including a dedicated plastic surgery ward, an intensive care unit and an emergency department.  It provides superlative care for patients with complex needs.  Cotham private is a boutique hospital on a much smaller scale providing recently upgraded facilities for plastic surgery patients

Qualifications

Dr Blake has an honours medical degree from the University of Melbourne and a Plastic Surgery Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He participates in courses, conferences and teaches regularly to stay fresh and up-to-date.

Experience

Having qualified as a doctor in 1997, Dr Blake has been working exclusively in Plastic Surgery since 2003 and has developed key interests in skin malignancy, breast surgery and hands from that time on.  He joined the established practice at Cabrini Hospital in 2007.

Professor Mark Ashton MB. BS. MD FRACS (Plas)
Ex-Officio RACS Council Specialty Elected Councillor

Professor Ashton is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Plastic Surgery at Epworth Freemasons Hospital. He is the former Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (2001-2016).

Mark is a past President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is an Invited Editor for The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America and Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. He is an invited Faculty Member of the International Perforator Flap Course in Belgium, Chairman of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course and Part of the Organising Committee for the upcoming Breast Masters Symposium.

Mark is Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne and is a Board Member and past Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not for profit charity providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific. Professor Ashton has published 7 book Chapters and over 200 articles on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in peer reviewed national and international journals.

Dr Sarah K Tolerton FRACS (Plast) MBBS(Hons) MS (Plast) BMedSci

Younger Fellows Representative

Dr Tolerton is an Australian trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon. The focus of her public and private practice is Adult and Paediatric Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Skin and Limb Surgery, and Microsurgery.

Completing her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, Dr Tolerton commenced surgical training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2012 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2017. At the completion of her training she joined an Interplast team in Laos as the inaugural scholarship recipient for the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery International Registrar Program.

Dr Tolerton subsequently commenced the Post-Fellowship Education & Training (PFET) Programme in Hand Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. Internationally, she undertook fellowships in Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery in London, Rotterdam and Paris.

On her return to Sydney, Dr Tolerton took up the position of Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Prince of Wales Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Passionate about education and teaching, Dr Tolerton has represented trainees on the Australian Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and ASPS Council during her training and is currently coordinating The University of Sydney Master of Surgery Microsurgery Course. On the ASPS Council in the capacity of fellow, Dr Tolerton shares and represents the unique views and concerns of younger members.

 

Dr Lisa Ellis MBBS (Hons)

Trainee Representative

Dr. Ellis is currently completing her surgical training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2015 with Honours through Monash University.

Dr. Ellis is a current member of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Academic Surgery and enjoys keeping abreast of new and developing global plastic surgery issues. Most recently she was awarded winner of the 2021 regional presentation for the ASPS Registrar Research Day .

Passionate about education in surgery, Dr. Ellis is also currently completing her Masters of Surgery concurrently with her training, investigating online learning for medical students and junior doctors. On the ASPS Council in the capacity of coopted trainee, Dr. Ellis brings the unique viewpoint of a current trainee and communicates the opinions of younger members of ASPS.

 

Kim Hanna

Kim was appointed as Chief Executive in August 2021. Prior to that he had worked at ASPS as the Chief Operating Officer for five years. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, University of Technology Sydney, and University of New England. He has completed leadership courses at Columbia University, Asialink and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kim’s previous positions include: Executive Officer Dictionary of Sydney, General Manager Art Month Sydney and several substantive management roles at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Kerrie Edwards

Kerrie Edwards has been appointed as the Community Representative on the ASPS Council to provide a community perspective on all matters relating to ASPS.

Kerrie has worked in Local Government for over 12 years, assisting senior executives and managing an array of Local Government projects.

In 2016, Kerrie gave birth to twin girls.  The pregnancy left Kerrie suffering a significant Rectus Diastasis which led to several problems, including chronic lower pain.  The condition impacted her life in many ways, making everyday activities particularly difficult.  Kerrie undertook an intensive physiotherapy program to assist in healing her diastasis, however it did not completely resolve the problem.  Abdominoplasty was recommended for Kerrie however she soon learnt that Medicare no longer covered the surgery for postpartum women.

After reaching out to various networks on social media, Kerrie learnt that she was not alone, with many postpartum women in a similar position.  Without cover, they would have to fund the surgery privately and at substantial personal cost.  She also learnt that it was only postpartum women with symptomatic rectus diastasis that could no longer obtain public cover for this treatment, with the item remaining for cases of massive weight loss or in cases following surgical removal of a large intra-abdominal or pelvic tumor.

Kerrie felt that this was discriminatory and decided to lodge a petition with the Australian Federal Parliament to reinstate Medicare cover for rectus repair for postpartum women.  The petition gained a lot of attention and amassed 13,022 signatures.  Dr Fiona Martin MP presented the petition to Parliament.

Kerrie’s petition was serendipitous in its timing as ASPS had been working on an application with MSAC.  Following the success of the petition, Kerrie is now assisting ASPS in gaining valuable feedback from the community to strengthen the renewed MSAC application.

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