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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Concord Repatriation and General Hospital is a Tertiary referral unit for the breadth of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our surgeons, each with their special interests, create expertise in specific areas clinically and leading research.

Our unit is affiliated with the University of Sydney and frequently has medical students learning the speciality of Plastic Surgery attached for intense immersions. The unit covers areas of Plastic Surgery including Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction, Transgender Surgery, Body Contouring after massive weight loss, Complex adult cleft and reconstructive surgery, Vascular malformations and overgrowth syndromes, Facial Re-animation, Complex Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Skin cancers, Lower limb reconstruction, General Reconstructive Surgery, and Hand surgery (both elective and trauma). All of our surgeons are involved in research.

Our Research Team

Associate Professor Peter Haertsch   Head of Plastics
Dr Peter Hayward   Plastics Consultant
Dr Gazi Hussain   Plastics Consultant
Dr Steve Merten   Plastics Consultant
Dr Ellis Choy   Plastics Consultant
Dr Justine O'Hara   Plastics Consultant
Dr Joe Dusseldorp   Plastics Consultant

Our Publications


O'Hara J, Pye M, Parker C, Maitz PKM, Issler-Fisher A.  Foot burns: A comparative analysis of diabetic and non-diabetic patients Diab J.  Burns. 2020 Aug 5:S0305-4179(20)30483-6. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2020.07.024. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32863067.
Kamran R, Longmire NM, Rae C, Riff KWYW, Forrest CR, O'Hara J, Bulstrode N, Klassen AF.  Concepts Important to Patients With Facial Differences: A Qualitative Study Informing a New Module of the FACE-Q for Children and Young Adults.  Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2020 Nov 6:1055665620969589. doi: 10.1177/1055665620969589. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33153294.
Polubothu S, McGuire N, Al-Olabi L, Baird W, Bulstrode N, Chalker J, Josifova D, Lomas D, O'Hara J, Ong J, Rampling D, Stadnik P, Thomas A, Wedgeworth E, Sebire NJ, Kinsler VA.  Does the gene matter? Genotype-phenotype and genotype-outcome associations in congenital melanocytic naevi.  Br J Dermatol. 2020 Feb;182(2):434-443. doi: 10.1111/bjd.18106. Epub 2019 Aug 9.
Borghi A, Rodriguez Florez N, Ruggiero F, James G, O'Hara J, Ong J, Jeelani O, Dunaway D, Schievano S.  A population-specific material model for sagittal craniosynostosis to predict surgical shape outcomes.  Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2020 Aug;19(4):1319-1329. doi: 10.1007/s10237-019-01229-y. Epub 2019 Sep 30. PMID: 31571084; PMCID: PMC7424404
Louca M, Dusseldorp JR.  A Patient with Traumatic Upper Eyelid Ectropion and their Management by Canthopexy.  J Craniofac Surg. 2020 (ePub ahead of Print)
Dusseldorp JR, Faraway J, Razavi L, Hadlock TA, Trotman CA.  Nasolabial Fold Dynamics: Implications for Facial Paralysis and Facial Reanimation Surgery.  Orthod. Craniofac. Res.2020;00:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1111/ocr.12400
Dusseldorp JR, Hadlock TA.  Reply: In the Eye of the Beholder: Changes in Perceived Emotion Expression after Smile Reanimation.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Jun;145(6):1110e-1112e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000006855.PMID: 32464039 No abstract available.
Guarin DL, Yunusova Y, Taati B, Dusseldorp JR, Mohan S, Tavares J, van Veen MM, Fortier E, Hadlock TA, Jowett N.  Toward an Automatic System for Computer-Aided Assessment in Facial Palsy.  Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2020 Jan;22(1):42-49
Greene JJ, Guarin DL, Tavares J, Fortier E, Robinson M, Dusseldorp JR, Quatela O, Jowett N, Hadlock TA.  The Spectrum of Facial Palsy: The MEEI Facial Palsy Photo and Video Standard Set.  Laryngoscope. 2020 Jan;130(1):32-37