About Ankur

Currently the Secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Ankur Pandya qualified as a doctor in 1985. He spent the next four years in a number of surgical specialties as part of a basic surgical rotation (general surgery, paediatric surgery, hepatobiliary and endocrine surgery). 

The exposure to a variety of subspecialties provided a great opportunity for acquiring a broad based experience in the diagnosis and management of emergency and elective, minor and major surgical problems. Following repeated exposure to plastic surgery as a result of referrals and interaction, he developed an interest in this field, the challenges that it posed, it's varied spectrum and the creative opportunities that it offered. As a result he decided to pursue a career in this discipline. He was awarded the Fellowships of the Scottish Colleges in 1993 - FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Glas). 

He went on to have extensive training in plastic surgery, initially abroad for five years and then over seven years at East Grinstead (The Queen Victoria Hospital), Oxford (Radcliffe Infirmary), Aylesbury (Stoke Mandeville Hospital) and Stevenage (Lister Hospital). This included training in cosmetic, breast, hand, paediatric plastic surgery, use of lasers and treatment of skin cancers. 

On finishing his training he succesfully passed the examinations for the Intercollegiate Fellowship in Plastic Surgery FRCS(Plast) in 1998 and received his Certificate of Completion of Specialist training in April 2001. He obtained the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in 2005. 

He was appointed as a consultant in October 2001 at the Royal Haslar Hospital Gosport and The Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth. He took over as the NHS consultant for Chichester (St Richard's Hospital) in May 2003. He took over as Clinical Director of Plastic Surgery in June 2003, a post that he held for the next 6 years. He is currently the Clinical Advisor in Plastic Surgery to the Director General Medical Services(RAF). 

His current spectrum of work along with his clinical interests include all aspects of plastic surgery, especially aesthetic, reconstructive, hand, breast, skin cancer and paediatric surgery. He is a member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, and has presented and published papers on aesthetic, hand, general plastic surgery and burn injury. He has also made contributions to textbooks in plastic surgery. 

He is on the faculty of Southampton Univ. School of Medicine as well as Portsmouth University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and is an examiner for the University as well as the Intercollegiate Board exams in Plastic Surgery as well as for the Diploma exams of the BSSH. He is passionately involved with the International Charity Operation Smile as a burns reconstruction and cleft surgeon and has been involved in over 29 missions in Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Russia, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Ghana, India, Myanmar, Bolivia, Congo, Malawi and the Phillipines. He was the Regional Medical Officer in charge of Europe, The Middle East and Africa from 2007-2010 and  the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the organization with added responsibility as Director for Quality Assurance from 2010 - 2015. He also works as a volunteer consultant for the Swinfen Trust helping with clinical advice through Telemedicine worldwide.

He is currently the Consultant Advisor in Plastic Surgery to the Royal Air Force. He is the Governance Lead in Surgery and Cancer for the QA Hospital. He was awarded the Order of St John in 2009 and recently awarded the National Clinical Excellence Award (2012). He is a National examiner for the FRCS(Plast) and Hand Surgery Diploma Exams and the European examiner for the European Diploma in Hand Surgery examinations

He has recently completed and obtained the Diploma in Disaster Medicine (March 2017)

His hobbies include oil painting, writing, photography,playing the saxophone and the tablaa (indian percussions).