The Chief of Surgery
Mr Rajan Uppal is a highly experienced surgeon who has worked for over 10 years as a plastic surgeon in London and Windsor. He has recently been elected as a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) which is a prestigious honour for plastic surgeons. It is not often awarded to surgeons who trained and work outside the US but is given in recognition of skills and reputation as well as contribution to the field of plastic surgery.
Mr Uppal was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex and grew up around Berkshire. He went to medical school at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London. At medical school he was an active member of the Rowing team and Tennis club and maintains these interests. He qualified in Medicine and Surgery in 1993 and was awarded a Prize in Pharmacology at his final examinations at the University of London.
He became a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in 1998 following completion of his junior surgical training. He went on to pursue his interest in research and undertook a clinical trial of a new medicine that improved wound healing. He was awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree at University College London for this thesis in 1999. His work was published in medical journals in the United States.
Mr Uppal has worked in teaching hospitals in London including Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, St Batholomew’s Hospital and St George’s Hospital. He has been fortunate to work with many leading surgeons in the UK, US and Europe. He was made a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery FRCS(Plast) as a result of his experience and work.
Mr Uppal is an experienced plastic surgeon who specialises in complex specialist surgery of the face, body and breast. He has lectured on Rhinoplasty and presented his work at the BAAPS International Plastic conference. He has pioneered the Cross-Cartilagenous Approach to Closed Rhinoplasty.
He is also frequently called as an Expert witness for complex legal cases in Plastic surgery. He undertakes DIEP flap breast reconstruction which is highly skilled surgery requiring specialist ability in microsurgery. He is one of only about 100 surgeons who perform this in the UK.
Royal College Examiner
Mr Uppal is an Examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons where he supervises the MRCS examinations so that trainee surgeons can get the surgical qualification. He has a commitment to teaching and training other surgeons so that he can share his knowledge and years of experience for the benefit of patients.
Mr Uppal has spent three months living and working in Belgium to further specialise in his sub specialty interest of Breast Cancer Reconstruction. He has traveled to meetings in France, Belgium, Italy and the US to keep up to date with the latest techniques and continues to do so.
Mr Uppal is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Radiologists in Sentinel node biopsy for malignant melanoma. He helped to develop a new technique using ultrasound measurement of node depth for patients with melanoma. He has published this technique in the European Journal of Plastic Surgery. He also lectures at the Hellenic Centre and Thames Valley University.