ASPS Council

President

Dr Dan Kennedy, MBBS FRACS (Plast)

Dr Kennedy attended Medical School at the University of Queensland from 1979 completing his M.B.B.S. in 1984.

He did his internship and Junior House Officer jobs at Princess Alexandra Hospital before spending a year as a Senior House Officer at the Frenchay Plastic Surgery Unit in Bristol. He returned to Australia performing a year of General Surgery before beginning advanced training in Plastic Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital.

He finished his training with a year in London at Mount Vernon in 1992. Acting as a Senior Registrar in a busy plastic surgical unit he covered the full gamut of plastic surgery procedures but especially focussed on facial reanimation surgery.

Dr Kennedy went on to do a Cosmetic Fellowship at the Wellington Hospital in London before returning to Australia to set up private practice in mid 1993.

From 1993 to 2019, he worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Mater Adults Hospital in Brisbane and runs a successful private practice and day surgery specialising in the areas of facial and breast surgery including facial skin cancer.

Dan is a past President of the Qld branch of ASPS, past Secretary of ASAPS and past examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He is an educator for the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a paid consultant and educator for Galderma.  He sits on several Medicare advisory panels and on the Avant Medical Advisory committee.

Vice President

Dr. Nicola Dean, MBChB, FRCS (Eng), PhD, FRACS (Plas)

Dr 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.

Honorary Secretary

Dr Kim Taylor FRACS

Born and educated in New Zealand, Kim completed her medical training at the University of Otago Medical School in 1996. After graduating, she gained experience in all surgical specialities in New Zealand, before undertaking her Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Plastic Surgical training in Sydney between 2005 and 2008. A Fellowship in Melbourne then allowed Kim to focus on breast reconstruction, body surgery and skin.

A twelve-month stint at the Royal Children’s Hospital performing hand surgery and microsurgery have given Kim experience working with patients of all ages.

As a surgeon, Kim’s areas of expertise are in female plastic surgery - breast procedures (reduction, augmentation and lifts) and body contouring (abdominoplasty, bodylift and massive weight loss procedures).

Honorary Treasurer

Dr. Gillian Farrell, MBBS FRACS (Plast)

Gillian Farrell completed her training in Plastic Surgery in Melbourne in 1987 and then undertook various fellowships overseas for three years.  She worked in India, France, UK and Malaysia before returning to Melbourne in 1990 to commence private and public practice. In 2003 she, her partner and 4 children lived in Fiji for 12 months where she did some voluntary work with burns patients.

She was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Western Hospital Footscray and the Royal Melbourne Hospital for many years and is now a Senior Oncological Surgeon at PeterMacCallum Cancer Centre and has a Private Practice based at Cabrini Brighton Hospital.

Gillian has a particular interest in reconstructive breast surgery particularly in developmental asymmetry and after breast cancer.

Apart from her work on ASPS Council she is on the Cabrini Breast Cancer Service Governance Committee, is ASPS Clinical Lead of the Australian Breast Device Registry and is on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Medical Devices as well as the TGA Expert Working Group for Breast implant Associated Anaplastic Lymphoma .

In late 2019 she was elected to the Board of Avant Mutual and has completed the AICD course.

She is interested in promoting increased diversity amongst surgeons and particularly in encouraging young women to pursue a surgical career.

Gillian has been a member of the ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) and ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) since 1990.

Council Members

Dr Simon Thomson MB.BS, FRCS(Edinburgh), FRACS
Member

Mr Simon Thomson completed his Medical Degree at the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1979. He completed Internship and Residency at the Royal Melbourne including time in the Department of Plastic Surgery when microsurgery was developing and starting to explode. This time inspired him to pursue a career in Plastics. Having completed several years in general surgery he travelled to the United Kingdom, achieving and FRCS (Edinburgh) in general surgery before spending two years at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, in Plastic Surgery.

He returned to Australia to complete advanced training in Plastics in Hobart and then Sydney, achieving FRACS in 1992. He immediately returned to Hobart where he has been in public hospital practice at the Royal Hobart Hospital and also private practice ever since. His practice was initially general including Burns, Cleft lip and palate, Head and Neck Surgery, Microsurgery and Hand Surgery. In the intervening years he has held position including Chair of the RACS State Committee, Senior Examiner in EMSB for the Australian and New Zealand Burn association, Board member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and more recently Chair of local Medical Advisory Committees.

Simon has been a staunch supporter of Interplast and has worked in almost every Pacific Island Hospital and Bangladesh. He is currently country co-ordinator for Fiji and for several years has co-ordinated advanced training in Plastic Surgery and basic surgical science for Pacific Island Surgeons including the Hobart flap course through Interplast and the Fiji school of Medicine. He is currently in solo private practice with major interests in Hand Surgery and Breast reconstruction.

Mr David Morgan MB BS FRACS
Member

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 had previously served as the Regional Chair for the training program in Victoria for 5 years

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.

He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, and an international member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Quan Ngo, MBBS, MS, FRACS (Plast)
Member

Dr Quan Ngo is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon working at Liverpool Hospital, a major tertiary trauma centre in Australia. He completed medical training from the University of New South Wales with Honours in 2001. Dr Ngo obtained his fellowship in plastic surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Sydney in 2010. After completing his fellowship, he travelled to Taiwan, Scotland, and France to gain further overseas fellowships in microsurgery, head and neck surgery, and facial reanimation. Dr Ngo also holds a Master of Surgery with a thesis on Biofilms and Wound Healing from the University of Sydney. Asides from his head and neck work, Dr Ngo has a major interest in lymphedema care, in particular, free vascularized lymph node transfers. His other hospital appointments include Macquarie University Hospital and Bankstown Hospital. Dr Ngo has also done anatomy teaching for a number of years at the University of Sydney.

Associate Professor Thomas Lam MBBS (NSW) DClinSurg (Syd) FRCSEd FRCS Glasg FRACS FHKAM (Surgery) FCSHK FRSM
Member

Dr Thomas Lam graduated MBBS from UNSW in 1984 and attained FRACS in both General Surgery (1990) and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (1996). He also holds Fellowships from other surgical colleges including FRCSGlasg, FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM(Surgery) and the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Lam has completed further post-graduate studies and a doctoral thesis, for which he was awarded Doctor of Clinical Surgery from USyd in 2018.

Dr Lam has a comprehensive practice in the field of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery but with a special interest in breast reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer and liposuction for Lymphoedema. He has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University (Western Clinical School at Westmead Hospital) and Macquarie University (Macquarie University Hospital).

Apart from being a Councillor at the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Lam is also a Councillor of the Westmead Association. He is the Training Supervisor at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit at Macquarie University Hospital and is a member of the NSW Regional Subcommittee of the Australia Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Lam has been appointed to the Court of Specialty Examiner at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He is the Head of Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Westmead and Auburn Hospitals and was formerly Head of Department at the Westmead Private Hospital and the Medical Director of MSI Professional Service (AU), a charitable organisation serving rural China.

Dr Matthew Peters BSc MBBS FRACS
Member

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.

Dr Brigid Corrigan MBBS FRACS (Plast)
Member

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.

Ex-Officio Members

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 .

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.

Coopted Members

Dr Shiv Chopra MBBS, BSc (Hons) & MRCS (Eng)
Trainee Associates Representative

Shiv Chopra is the current trainee representative on the ASPS Council. Born and raised in London, Shiv graduated from Imperial College in 2009 and was later successful in obtaining a SET training position for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in NSW.

Throughout his training, he has been passionate about the welfare of his fellow colleagues and the state of training. Shiv has had extensive experience in representing trainees at both local and national levels, examples include sabbatical University President and academic trainee representative for London. He hope's over the next two years to continue to support and further improve the Society's aims.

Within the speciality, Shiv has a keen interest in medical leadership and innovation which he hopes to continue in the future. Outside of his training (now quite rare) he enjoys word cinema, running and soccer.

Dr Mikko Larsen MD (Hons) PhD FEBOPRAS FRACS
Younger Fellows

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.

Lisa Montgomery MAICD
Community Representative

With more than thirty-five years’ experience in the lending and finance sectors, Lisa Montgomery has enjoyed a career as a respected leader, commentator and consumer advocate within the Australian financial services industry.

In 2004 Lisa joined Resi Mortgage Corporation as Head of Consumer Advocacy and quickly took over the direction of additional business functions, which ultimately saw her elevated to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Prior to her role at Resi, Lisa was Head of Consumer Information and Advocacy for Wizard Home Loans, as Brand spokesperson and customer relations champion, Lisa became the most quoted individual in the country for Home Loan products, services and related issues.

Before her time at Wizard, Lisa spent three years at financial services information provider and online ratings agency, Infochoice Ltd where she reached the level of CEO and ultimately took the business to profitability.

In 2012 Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently retired from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Resi Mortgage Corporation to focus on her health.

Today, as a nationally recognized consumer advocate, Lisa provides regular commentary for news.com.au, national radio and television. She holds the position of Deputy Chair at Breast Cancer Network Australia, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds the position of Senior Counsel, People and Culture at global company Finder.com.au.

Lisa continues to enjoy her ‘encore’ career as a specialist business strategy consultant, performance coach and finance expert.

Chief Executive Officer

Keith Bryant, BEc, LLb, MBA, GAICD

Appointed as Chief Executive in November 2015.  Keith has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law, and an MBA. He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate Course and the Executive Program at Harvard University on Performance Measurement for the Effective Management of Non-Profit Organisations.

Keith brings extensive senior management and governance experience in both for-profit and non-profit organisations. Most recently he has managed a consultancy that advises and supports philanthropists on their giving strategies and is engaged in three Board roles in non-profit organisations including Board Chair of Wentworth Community Housing. His most recent executive role involved 10 years in a large Sydney based non-profit preceded by eighteen years in investment banking. Keith’s international perspective was gained through working for extended periods in London, Italy, Johannesburg, Australia and South East Asia.