About this event

  • Date and time Sat 26 Nov 2022 from 8:15am to 26 Nov 2022 at 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Plastic Surgery

For its 15th year, the aspiring plastics, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery (APRAS) national conference for medical students and junior doctors interested in a career in plastic surgery, will be held at The Royal Society of Medicine.    

The conference aims to teach students and junior doctors the key components of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery (PRAS), as well as provide them with useful career advice as they plan for the future.

The morning session endeavours to cover subspecialties in PRAS through high-quality, interactive lectures delivered by eminent surgeons from around the country. In the second part of the day, attendees will partake in a practical session on suturing, local flaps and tendon repair to improve their skills in plastic surgery techniques. 

There will also be the chance to win a national prize for best research presentation. 

Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand core aspects of plastic surgery 
  • Improve their surgical skills in suturing, local flaps, and tendon repair  
  • Value the commitment required for a career in plastic surgery and understand the steps needed to get there 


The afternoon workshops are now fully booked. You can still register for the morning session to attend the lectures.  


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We would like to thank our sponsor Plasta for their support of this event. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor. We would also like to thank MedSync for kindly providing the microscopes, Lloyd Loupes for the loupe vouchers, as well as UK Loupes for providing the loupes, for the event workshops.

Key speakers

Professor Rowan Pritchard-Jones

Professor Rowan Pritchard-Jones

Professor Rowan Pritchard-Jones, Consultant Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon and Executive Medical Director, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board

Speaker's biography
Professor Rowan Pritchard Jones is a Consultant Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon at Whiston Hospital Merseyside, one of the biggest melanoma units in the UK. He has a special interest in the management of skin cancer and malignant melanoma in particular. In addition to clinical work, Professor Pritchard Jones is an Academic Surgeon at University of Liverpool and Edge Hill University leading clinical trials for melanoma patients and running a basic science laboratory specialising in understanding chemoresistance in melanoma. 
Professor Rowan Pritchard Jones chairs National Cancer Research Institute skin group and British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons research committees nationally, as well as regional National Institute for Health Research plastic surgery and skin cancer groups. Professor Pritchard Jone is the Medical Director of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside – the second biggest Integrated Care System in the country.Ambitious plans to address health inequality and improve the outcomes of 2.4 million people form an essential part of his working life.
Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos

Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos

Consultant Burn and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos is a Consultant in Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, Laser Surgery and Burns at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. He has held the posts of Lead Clinician of the Burns Unit, Chair of the London and South East Burns Network, Education Chair of the British Burns Association and National Executive BBA member. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and PhD supervisor at Imperial College School of Medicine and an external examiner for the MSc program at UCL. He is the current Chair of the Burns Special interest group at The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and the former Education Chair of the British Burns Association.


Mr Leon-Villapalos was a fellow in Adult and Paediatric Burns and Adult and Paediatric Burns Intensive care at the Shriners Hospital for Burned Children in Galveston, Texas, USA. He specializes in all aspects of Plastic, Reconstructive and aesthetic Surgery. His main interest and subspecialty is Burns Surgery, the Plastic Surgery management of difficult and complex burns, scars, wounds and any conditions with extensive skin loss. He is a long-time user of Laser Technology for scar management and skin resurfacing.


He actively researches in wound healing, methods of early detection of infection in burn injuries and delivery of drugs via biomaterials into burn wounds.He teaches and publishes regularly on all aspects of Burns management and Burns reconstruction.

Mr Fateh Ahmad

Mr Fateh Ahmad

President, Plastic Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery

Speaker's biography

Mr Fateh Ahmad is a Consultant Plastic, Head and Neck and Craniofacial Surgeon at the renowned St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery. He completed his training in Mersey deanery, followed by fellowships in Birmingham, Australia and New York. His sub-speciality interests are in head and neck reconstruction and craniofacial surgery. He has a particular interest in virtual planning for craniomaxillary surgery and is an advocate for inter-disciplinary collaboration in complex reconstructions. He is a Hunterian Professor and the current president of the Plastic Surgery Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.


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Morning session

Registration, tea and coffee and poster viewing
Welcome and introduction

Mr Fateh Ahmad, President, Plastic Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Plastic Surgeon, St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Broomfield Hospital

Global and humanitarian plastic surgery

Mr Naveen Cavale, Past President, Plastic Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Burns surgery and reconstruction

Mr Jorge Leon-Villapalos, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

APRAS prize: Oral presentations

1. Spare-part surgery: A case of vascularised metacarpophalangeal joint transfer in hand trauma                                                                                                  Nicholas Cereceda-Monteoliva

2. Titanium breathe implant use in secondary rhinoplasties for patients with cleft lip and/or palates can help improve symmetry and cosmesis            Varnaja Varnachandran

3.Does the mechanical fragmentation or disruption of lipoaspirate increase the vascularity of fat grafts compared to unprocessed lipoaspirate or fat grafts prepared using centrifugation alone? - A systematic review                    Naveen Goddard

Tea and coffee break and poster viewing
Pluripotency and plastic surgery

Mr Asmat Din, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Getting onto training

Miss Sophie Dupré, Plastic Surgery RegistrarSpecialty Trainee Year 3, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Dominic Yue, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Head and neck and craniofacial surgery

Mr Fateh Ahmad

Caring for individual patients to entire populations

Professor Rowan Pritchard-Jones, Consultant Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon and Executive Medical Director, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board

Announcement of prizes
Lunch break

Sponsored industry presentation by PLASTA

Plastic Surgery Trainees Association Mr Joseph Ward on behalf of PLASTA

Afternoon session

Workshop 1: Wound closure

Miss Alice Gargan and Miss Jasmine Shah 

Workshop 2: Local flaps

Mr Grant Nolan and Mr Harsh Samarendra

Workshop 3: Tendon repairs

Miss Sophie Dupré and Mr Alex Scarborough 

Workshop 4: Microsurgery

Miss Valdone Kolaityte and Mr Christian Asher

Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 25 November 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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