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Mr Richard Baker is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in hand and wrist surgery, correction of abnormalities in children and cosmetic surgery. Mr Baker qualified as a Doctor in 2000 after completing his medical studies at Cambridge University. He began his training in plastic surgery in 2003 studying in some of London’s most prestigious units including the Chelsea and Westminster, Mount Vernon, the Royal Free, Queen Victoria and St Andrews in Chelmsford and was awarded his fellowship in plastic surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. Mr Baker continued his training with advanced fellowships in Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery and Hand and Wrist Surgery culminating in the European Diploma of Hand Surgery (2014). He was admitted to the specialist register in plastic surgery in 2016.
During his training Mr Baker undertook a research degree investigating ways to reduce scarring of the skin. He also visited leading international units such as E’Da Hospital in Taiwan, the Kleinert Institute in Louisville and Santander in Spain.
Mr Baker has published numerous articles on plastic surgery including books and book chapters. He continues to teach trainee plastic surgeons and is committed to delivering a modern, evidence based and patient centred practice.
During his free time, Mr Baker enjoys walking his dogs with his wife and children, keeping fit, reading and amateur artwork.
Areas of interest
hand surgery; wrist surgery; arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome; cubital tunnel syndrome; scaphoid; hypospadias; syndactyly; trapeziectomy; denervation; proximal row carpectomy; flexor tendon; extensor tendon; fractures
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Wexham Park Hospital
Frimley Park Hospital
Hand & wrist surgery
Best Trial Proposal, Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network 2014
FESSH Travel Award 2013
HCA Foundation Travelling Scholarship 2013
Highly commended poster prize, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons 2010.
NHS National Technology Awards 2007 (Therapeutics and Diagnostics) (first place)
London Biotechnology Network Biotechnology Innovation Award, 2006
Smith and Nephew Award for Innovation in Medical Technology, 2006
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Research Support Grant, 2006
Efficacy & Mechanism of Action of Insulin as an Anti-scarring agent London University 2008.
Nakhdjevani, Baker. Plastic Surgery Survival Guide to Trauma. Roy Soc Med Press. London 2007.
Baker, Mosahebi. The Evidence for Brow Lifts. Evidence-Based Cosmetic Surgery. Nova Science.
Baker R, Davis T. Evidence-Based Medicine Thumb: Basal Joint Arthritis. PRS 2017 139(1):256-6.
Baker R, Niranjan. Segmental v-y flaps for reconstruction of longitudinal defects in the digit. Tech Hand Up Ex Surg. 2015;19(2):64-7.
Baker R, Sood M. A new technique of first carpometacarpal joint suspension arthroplasty using palmaris longus tendon graft as a sling. Tech Hand Upp Ext Surg 2014;18(2):98-101.
Mughal M, Baker R. Reconstruction of Perineal Defects. Ann Roy Coll Surg, 2013;95(8):539-44.
Molina A, Baker R. ‘What women want’ – A survey of women’s attitudes to cosmetic surgery in the UK. Eur J Plas Surg 2011 13:1-6.
Darmanin, Baker R. Soft Tissue Lower Limb Trauma. Int J Plast Surg, 2011; 7(1).
Baker, Urso-Baiarda. Cutaneous Scarring: A Clinical Review. Derm Res Prac 2009.
Urso-Baiarda, Baker. Post-traumatic composite graft fingertip replantation in both adults and children. Eur J Plas Surg 2009 32:229–233.
Baker R, Akhavani M. Resuscitation of thermal injuries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. JPRAS 2007; 60(6):682-5.
Baker R, Townley. Retrospective study of the association between hypertrophic burn scarring and bacterial colonisation. J Burn Care Res 2007; 28(1):152-6.
Vigor, Baker.The involvement of the ECM and RGD peptides in apoptosis induction during wound healing. JPRAS 01/2006; 59(9).
Baker, Smith. The insensate burn: pain insensitivity syndrome. Burns 2006; 32(2):255-7.
Fattah, Baker. Atraumatic hand infection in an infant. Eur J Emerg Med 2006; 13(2):104-5.
Townley, Baker. Dupuytren's contracture unfolded. BMJ. 2006; 18; 332(7538):397-400.
Baker R. A novel technique of harvesting temporalis fascia autografts for correction of recurrent blepharoptosis. Oph PRS 2005; 21(4):298-300.
Baker. Should patients with noise-induced asymmetrical hearing loss be screened for vestibular schwannomas? Clin Oto 2003; 28:346-51.
Uppal L, Baker R. Short reviews. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2013 38(3):336-9.
Rakowski, Baker. The association between alcohol misuse and hand trauma. BMJ.com 2010.
Baker. A Simple Way of Reducing Neurovascular Complications in Open Carpal Tunnel Decompression. PRS 2008;121(4):224-5.
Courses offered to GPs
I give talks organised by the BMI and the Spire. If you would like me to visit your practice and give a talk, I'd be very happy. Please contact my secretary Jean, 01753 387544.
- MB BChir Cambridge University 2000
- MA(Cantab) Cambridge University 2001
- MD(Res) (Research degree) University of London 2009
- FRCS(Plast) (Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery)) Royal College of Surgeons 2012
- European Diploma of Hand Surgery Federation of the Societies of Surgery of the Hand 2014
Reference number 4767884
Details of entry to specialist register
- Plastic Surgery Certificate of Completion of Training, 2016
Affiliations / memberships
British Society of Surgery of the Hand
British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
01753 468554 for treatments at the Spire - the hospital will contact me.
01753 743434 for treatments at the Princess Margaret Windsor - the hospital will contact me.
01753 634389 for treatments at Parkside Wexham Park Hospital - the ward will contact me.