about James ...
James grew up in rural Victoria and completed high school in Adelaide. Following schooling, he spent some time working on cattle stations in the remote far north Northern Territory and later on high country sheep stations in southern New Zealand. It was here that he returned to his studies, attending the University of Otago and earning a Bachelor of Biomedical Sci (BBiomedSci). Following this, he was accepted into a post-graduate Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) and returned to Adelaide, much to his mother’s relief.
After completing his medical degree, James began his Internship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After two further years of residency, where he gained valuable broad experience, he was accepted in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons competitive SET training scheme in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Melbourne. During this five years he was fortunate enough to be trained by a number of internationally-renowned surgeons in the world-class hospitals of Melbourne. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
Following training, he was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Southern Health and Barwon Health performing Breast, Head & Neck and Limb microsurgical reconstruction as well as trauma, skin cancer & hand surgery.
Combining his love of travel and seeking to further his surgical training, James undertook international fellowships over the following two years.
He was accepted into a Microsurgery Fellowship at Oxford University Hospital in the UK specialising in head & neck cancer surgery, facial nerve reconstruction, lymphatic surgery and adult & paediatric upper limb & hand surgery. He was also acted as an anatomy demonstrator at the Oxford University Medical School.
He then travelled to Canada to undertake a Craniofacial Fellowship at Vancouver General Hospital. Here he joined a world-class team and gained valuable experience in facial reconstruction in a major trauma centre. He gained additional training in adult and paediatric facial nerve reconstruction, rhinoplasty, facial aesthetics and microsurgery.
During fellowship, James was able to undertake clinical observorships in a number of leading clinics in Europe, North America & Asia and gain valuable insights from world-leaders in the fields of facial nerve reconstruction, rhinoplasty, facial & body aesthetics and microsurgical reconstruction.
James has a keen interest in research and education. He regularly attends conferences nationally and internationally and has spoken on his areas of research at both. He has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed international journals. He has worked as a clinical lecturer in plastic surgery at a number of universities including University of Melbourne, University of Tasmania & University of Adelaide. He has also co-supervised a PhD on lymphoedema and the lymphatic response to injury.
He currently resides and works in Melbourne, Australia.