My chosen area of specialty, Plastic Surgery, is arguably one of the best known fields of medicine, but often for all the wrong reasons. However a quick look back at the history of this profession will open your eyes to the power of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery to transform lives, and explain why it continues to spark my passion.
Translating technological advances that are happening all around us into everyday improvements in patient care is the great challenge for this generation of medical professionals. Last week I completed an amazing program that has revolutionised my thinking. I was proud to stand alongside a wonderful group of fellow graduates who will all make an impact in the healthcare landscape.
Last Monday another young Australian boy received a 3D printed ear implant. While this is the second for Australia, he also a “first” because he received a bone anchored hearing aid implant during the same operation. Usually done over 2 separate operations, this procedure is the first of its kind in Australia.
A wrap up of my week delivering surgical education in Vietnam. It was a pleasure to be able to pass on ear reconstruction and microtia techniques, and it also struck me that teaching others requires me to hone my own skills and to reflect deeply on exactly how and why I make decisions. It is an intense experience but certainly makes me a better surgeon.
“In the Eye of the Beholder: Changes in Perceived Emotion Expression after Smile Reanimation” is my paper on the application of artificial intelligence software to assess the emotionality of smiles in facial palsy patients. It will be published shortly in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.