About Ankur

The Past Secretary for the Brisitsh Association of Plastic, Rconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery(2014-2016), 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 was awarded 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 Qualification in Hand Surgery in 2005. He went to gain a qualification in the Diploma of Conflict and Catastrophe, where is now an examiner and lecturer.

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), Departmental Lead and the Associate Dean (S) for the Defence Deanery. 

His current spectrum of work along with his clinical interests include all aspects of plastic surgery, especially aesthetic, reconstructive, hand, head and neck, 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 a Visiting Prof in Surgery in Romania, 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 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is passionately involved with the International Charity Operation Smile as a burns reconstruction and cleft surgeon and has been involved in over 43 missions in Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Russia, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Ghana India, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Mozambique, Malawi, The Congo, The Philipines, Myanmar amongst others.. He was the Regional Medical Officer in charge of Europe, The Middle East and Africa from 2007-2010 and has been the post of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the organization with added responsibility as Director for Quality Assurance since September 2010. He was awarded the Order of St John in 2009.

His hobbies include oil painting and playing the saxophone