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Professor Simon Myers Inaugural Lecture: Academic Plastic Surgery - The Mel...

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Plastic Surgery has become the most general of surgical specialties, not confined by body site. It also prides itself in innovation. Many of the fathers of modern Plastic Surgery hail from the South Pacific, and some of those links remain for reflection. Plastic Surgery focuses on functional and aesthetic reconstruction of superficial defects of the body from trauma and cancer by free graft or microvascular tissue transfer. Keratinocyte stem cell therapy for burn excision resurfacing was second to bone marrow therapies in the field, with fat stem cell therapies now evolving rapidly for volume replacement, healing and scar modulation. Our knowledge of the microvascular anatomy of superficial tissues has resulted in ever more sophisticated flap reconstructions to replace “like with like to the level of loss” and with less donor site morbidity. The specialty is primarily technical skill-based, and that skill acquisition and maintenance can now be objectified. Soon, that skill-base will be supported and enhanced by a new generation of microsurgery robots. In this lecture I will discuss a personal journey exploring the place of academia in this fascinating specialty.

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