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Mr John K Dickson Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Oncoplastic Surgeon.
Mr Dickson studied medicine at the University of Cambridge where he graduated with honours. He has completed formal UK plastic surgery training, having passed the official UK Plastic Surgery Examination FRCS plast. Over and above this, he has undertaken additional high level European Qualifications in Breast Surgery EBSQ and Hand Surgery EDHS.
He began his surgical training in London at the Royal London Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He went on to do specialist Plastic Surgery Training on the prestigious South West Peninsula Rotation in Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth. During his training, he was one of only a few trainees in the country to be awarded a National Interface Fellowship in Breast Surgery through competitive national selection based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. This has afforded him broad training in all aspects of breast surgery including congenital abnormalities, oncology, reconstruction and aesthetics. He has also been awarded National Travelling Fellowships enabling him to spend time in specialist units across the UK and abroad in Toronto, Vienna and Manitoba. He has undertaken a dedicated aesthetic training fellowship at the Cadogan Clinic in Sloane Square (London), helping him to offer the most aesthetic outcomes from surgery.
He has a keen interest in education and innovation and is the Educational Lead for the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Innovation Group. He has produced 24 publications in the scientific literature, one book publication, an educational website for plastic surgery trainees and several educational smart phone apps for medical students.
Mr Dickson likes to give his patients time and listens to their ideas, concerns and expectations. He likes exploring new and better ways to share information and to enhance understanding, learning and recall. His work on education is of relevance to patients and the public too. He always seeks to convey information in a clear way to try to help his patients to understand their treatments including the likely outcome and potential risks.
When he is not at work he enjoys sports and outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family. He loves living in Plymouth and considers it to be a real privilege to work in such a beautiful part of the world.
-FRCS Plast. March 2015
-EBSQ European Board Surgery Qualification Breast Surgery. Sep 2016.
-EDHS European Diploma in Hand Surgery FESSH. June 2012
-MRCS Eng. Royal College of Surgeon of England. March 2008
-MA University of Cambridge. May 2005
-MBBChir University of Cambridge. Dec 2004
-BA 21 Biological Anthropology University of Cambridge. June 2001 Dissertation First Class. June 2001
-Educational Lead for the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons Innovation Group.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
-Breast Reconstruction using implant and autologous techniques, including immediate or delayed methods.
-Correction of Breast asymmetry
-General Plastic Surgery and Burns
-Upper and lower limb Trauma
Areas of interest
Breast Surgery; Oncoplastic Breast Surgery; Hand Surgery; Skin Cancer Surgery.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Oncoplastic Surgeon.
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
He is the Educational Lead for the BAPRAS Innovation Group. He has 24 publications in the scientific literature, one book publication, an educational website for plastic surgery trainees and several educational smartphone apps for junior doctors.
When he is not at work he enjoys creative activities including life drawing. He also enjoys sports and outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. He loves living in Plymouth and considers it to be a real privilege to work in such a beautiful part of the world.
EBSQ European Board Surgery Qualification Breast Surgery.
EDHS European Diploma in Hand Surgery FESSH. June 2012
MRCS Eng. Royal College of Surgeon of England.
MA University of Cambridge. May 2005
MBBChir University of Cambridge. Dec 2004
BA 21 Biological Anthropology University of Cambridge. June 2001 Dissertation First Class. June 2001
Visual Aids to Enchance Training in Breast Surgery. EJSO European Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol. 42, Issue 5, S53-S54 (May 2016).
Unicortical fixation of metacarpal fractures: it is strong enough. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2016 May.
The V-Y capsulotomy release for correcting capsular contracture. JPRAS 2015.
Preparation of the Internal Mammary Vessels as Recipients for Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015; 97: 318.
Lymph Node Dissections for Skin Cancer: Predicting Annual Caseloads That Will Optimize Outcomes. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015 Jan;97(1):52-5
"Is Laser Doppler imaging (LDI) a measure of burn depth?" Burns 2015 Mar;41(2):413 PMID: 25540883.
DIEP Free Flap Reconstruction: Embracing the Guidelines. EJSO. 2014; May 40(5):617.
Maintaining Ear Aesthetics in Helical Rim Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Mar; 72(3):318-22.
Rupture of the flexor digitorum superficialis muscle belly during isometric weight training. BMJ Case Rep 2013 Oct 31;2013
Reconstruction of the radial collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal Joints of the fingers. Eur J Plast Surg. 2013. 36:307-314.
Correcting the persistently abducted little finger using a distally based extensor digiti minimi tendon. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. October 2011
Management of open tibial fractures - a regional experience. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2010 Nov;92(8):693-6.
Attaining symmetry in breast reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;63(9):1573-5.
Traumatic injury to a wrist with incidental Madelung's deformity. Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2010 May;96(3):323-4.
A good outcome following complete injury of the brachial plexus: long-term analysis of the management of two patients. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Apr;92(4):540-4.
Onco-reconstructive techniques in the treatment of tuberculosis of the breast. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Apr;63(4):e397-9.
Surgical tip: Simple technique for harvesting split thickness skin grafts from degloved skin. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Feb;63(2):e233.
The importance of hand anatomy in the accident and emergency department: assessment of hand anatomy knowledge in doctors in training. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2009 Oct;34(5):682-4.
How did lactation evolve? Clinical Anatomy. 2006 19(8):77.
- FRCS (Plastic Surgery) Royal College of Surgeons 2015
- EBSQ (Breast Surgery) European Board of Surgery 2016
- EDHS (Hand Surgery) Federation of European Societies of Surgery of the Hand 2012
- MA University of Cambridge 2005
- MB Chir University of Cambridge 2005
- BA University of Cambridge 2001
Reference number 6110632
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Educational Lead (Innovation Group) BAPRAS 2018
Affiliations / memberships
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.