ASPS Council


Professor Mark Ashton, MBBS MD FRACS (Plast)

Professor Ashton is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and past Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is on the Executive Council of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is an Invited Editor for The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America.

Mark is Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne and is Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not for profit charity providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Ashton has published 6 book chapters and over 200 articles on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in peer-reviewed national and international journals.

Mark specialises in cosmetic surgery (such as breast augmentation), along with reconstructive breast surgery, (such as surgery following cancer surgery and breast reduction) and facial aesthetic surgery.


Vice President

Dr. Gazi Hussain MBBS, FRACS

Dr. Hussain is currently the Vice President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), having been appointed as the NSW Representative since 2014.  Prior to this he was the President of the NSW Chapter of ASPS.

Qualifications and Training

Dr. Gazi Hussain graduated from the University of NSW with an MBBS in 1989 and shortly thereafter undertook training in surgery. This culminated in being awarded a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 1999.  Following his admission Dr. Hussain took up a Fellowship position in Toronto, Canada, training at the prestigious Toronto General Hospital and Sick Children's Hospital with two of the world's leading facial paralysis surgeons.  This Fellowship included advanced training in Cosmetic Surgery and Microsurgery.

Dr. Hussain is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association.

Private Practice

Dr. Gazi Hussain has been in private practice since 2001.  He has developed a reputation for success in various forms of Cosmetic Surgery.  He also has a particular interest in facial rejuvenation surgery including: facelift, browlift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty and eyelid surgery, as well as breast reduction, breast lift and abdominoplasty.

He is the primary Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon on the Central Coast of NSW, having established Coastal Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa as the premier clinic for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Publications and Lectures

As one of Australia's leading experts on Facial Reanimation Surgery, Dr. Hussain has published papers and presented at international meetings.  Among other publications, Dr. Hussain has co-authored chapters in two of the leading Plastic Surgery reference textbooks, used by Plastic Surgery trainees and surgeons worldwide.

Teaching Positions and Appointments

From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Hussain was the Supervisor of Training at Macquarie University Hospital.  From 2002 to 2015 he was appointed a member of the NSW Selection Committee of the Board of Plastic Surgery Training, overseeing the selection and training of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in NSW.  Concurrently, from 2002 to 2013, Dr. Hussain was the Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Concord Hospital, one of Sydney's leading teaching hospitals.  Between 2003 and 2009 Dr. Hussain was the Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit at Gosford District Hospital.

His passion for ensuring the exacting standards of Plastic Surgeons in Australia remains high and led him in 2010 to the appointment of Clinical Senior Lecturer in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery at the Macquarie University Hospital, where overseas and Australian trained Plastic Surgeons undertake further training and study under his supervision.

In 2015 Dr. Hussain was appointed to the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

Current Hospitals

Dr. Hussain operates at:

  • Macquarie University Hospital
  • Concord Hospital
  • Gosford Private Hospital
  • Brisbane Water Private Hospital

With his broad background in all aspects of Plastic Surgery and a dedication to continuous learning, Dr. Hussain is able to bring an expert and highly skilled approach to all his patients.

Honorary Secretary

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 Treasurer

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 specially 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. Since that time, he has worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Mater Adults Hospital in Brisbane and run a successful private practice specialising in the areas of facial and breast surgery.

Dan is a past President of the Qld branch of ASPS and currently an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He is a provider for the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a paid consultant for Galderma.

Council Members

Dr. Charles Cope, MBBS (Hons), BSc (Med), FRACS (Plast)

Dr Charles Cope is a Plastic Surgeon who specialises in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, and non-surgical facial rejuvenation with lasers.

Dr Cope graduated with 1st class Honours from the University of Sydney in 1989, and did his Basic Surgical and General Surgery Training at Royal North Shore Hospital. He trained in Plastic Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. He then underwent further specialised training, including a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship and a Microsurgery Fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, developing further skills in breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

Dr Cope is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Cope’s main rooms are in Mosman in Sydney, and he also consults in Wahroonga at the SAN Clinic and in Gosford. Dr Cope was a VMO at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 2000-2008, and now operates at Castlecrag Private Hospital, the SAN (Sydney Adventist Hospital) and North Shore Private Hospital.

Dr Cope is currently head of the Plastic Surgery Department at Castlecrag Private Hospital, and has been on the Medical Advisory Committee of Castlecrag Private since 2010, and was the Chairman of the Castlecrag Private MAC from May 2013-May 2015.

Dr Cope is committed to providing the highest standard of care to his patients in his practice.

Dr. Gillian Farrell, MBBS FRACS (Plast)

Gillian Farrell completed her training in Plastic Surgery in Melbourne in 1987 and then headed off overseas for three years.  She worked in India, France, UK and Malaysia before returning to Melbourne in 1990.

She has been a Senior Surgeon at Peter MacCallum Hospital, Western Hospital Footscray and the Royal Melbourne Hospital for several years and has a Private Practice based at Cabrini Brighton Hospital.

In 2003 she, her partner and children lived in Fiji for 12 months where she did some voluntary work with burns patients.  Gillian Farrell has a particular interest in reconstructive breast surgery particularly in developmental asymmetry and after breast cancer.

Her hobbies include rowing, reading and skiing and she loves spending time at Point Lonsdale with her family. She has four children aged between 17 and 22 years.

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

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 has given Kim experience working with patients of all ages.

As a surgeon, Kim’s main areas of expertise are in female plastic surgery (breast procedures, body contouring and labioplasty).

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

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 Chairman 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.

Dr. Pouria Moradi, MBBS BSc(Med), FRACS (Plast)

Dr. Moradi is a consultant plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon with a speciality in cosmetic and reconstructive breast and facial surgery. Dr. Moradi performs both microsurgical and cosmetic surgery for both the breast and face. He is one of two principal plastic surgeon at Park Clinic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Moradi studied medicine at the University of New South Wales as a Sam Cracknell Sport and Academic Scholar. He was awarded Membership at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005 as well as Fellowship at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with a specialisation in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Moradi works as a reconstructive microsurgeon at Prince of Wales, Royal Women’s and Westmead Hospitals. The majority of his procedures and treatments are microsurgical breast reconstruction for breast cancer and Head & Neck microsurgical reconstruction after cancer.

Dr. Moradi has trained predominantly in Australia but has gained extensive experience working in specialist surgical units in England, Scotland, Belgium and Sweden. He gained formal fellowships in microsurgical reconstruction at Charing Cross Hospital in London at Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, and academic health science centre, which is the largest secondary health care provider in the UK.

He has continued this microsurgical work at Prince of Wales, Royal Hospital for Women’s and Westmead Hospitals. He is an integral member of the breast and head & neck cancer multidisciplinary teams.

Dr. Moradi’s second fellowship was a mentorship under the acclaimed surgeon, Dr Heden, in aesthetic breast and facial surgery at the prestigious Akademikliniken in Stockholm, the largest cosmetic surgical clinic in Europe.

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

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.


Ex-Officio Members

Mr David Morgan MB BS FRACS 

Chair of the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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 Chairman 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 Chairman 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.  


Mr Geoff Lyons MBBS FRACS

Ex-Officio RACS Council Specialty Elected Councillor

Geoff Lyons undertook his medical studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  He initially embarked on General Surgical training, later completing a Microsurgery Fellowship.  He then commenced his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  Geoff undertook postgraduate training at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, returning to Australia to commence practice in Sydney.  He has a broad Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery practice, with major interests in skin cancer, hand surgery and reconstructive surgery, breast and abdominal surgery. Geoff is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the immediate Past President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, where he has been on Council in various capacities since 2007.  He is a member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and served as Treasurer on the Council of that group from 2003 to 2007.

Coopted Members

Dr. Richard Barnett, MBBS (Sydney) FRACS FACS
Foundation Representative

Dr Barnett has over 20 years experience as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He has a particular interest in cosmetic surgery of the face. Dr Barnett graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Sydney in 1966. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1973. In 1977, he was accepted as a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Since then, he has held many executive positions in Plastic Surgery at both state and national levels including Councillor (1996-2001), Vice-President (1996-1997) and President (1997-2000) of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Barnett’s other professional appointments include Senior Examiner of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chairman of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Member of the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He is currently the Chairman of the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery, VMO at North Shore Private Hospital and Castlecrag Private Hospital, HMO Emeritus in the Department of Plastic and Facio-Maxillary Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, Chairman of the Patient Care Review Committee and Member of the Medical Advisory Committee at North Shore Private Hospital.

Dr Richard Theile MBBS FRACS (Plast.)
Ethics Representative

Dr Theile is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon practising in Brisbane, Queensland.  Dr Theile has a subspecialty interest of Paediatric Plastic Surgery and within that area he specialises in cleft and craniofacial surgery.  Dr Theile has an appointment as a visiting surgeon at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr Theile is a past Chairman of the Board of Plastic Surgery for Australia-New Zealand, and is a current examiner in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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.

Jill Rowbotham BA, Dip Ed
Community Representative

Jill Rowbotham is a Sydney-based journalist. She has also been a teacher, a government staffer and worked in the not-for-profit sector. Recently she was a consumer representative on the Medical Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Committee and was a member of the NSW trainee selection panel for the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Chief Executive Officer

Keith Bryant, BEc, LLb, MBA, GAICD

Appointed as Chief Executive in November 2015.  Keith has a Bachelor or Economics, Bachelor of Laws, 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.