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Shehan Peter Hettiaratchy

MA (Oxon), BM BCh, FRCS(Eng), DM, FRCS(Plast)


Reconstructive Surgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Special Interests

Upper and Lower Limb Reconstruction, Hand Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery



Mr. Hettiaratchy is a triple fellowship trained British plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specialising in hand and wrist surgery, general plastic surgery and complex limb reconstruction. He is Chief of Service of Plastic, Orthopaedics, ENT, and Major Trauma Services at Imperial College'one of the best performing teaching hospitals in London and an Honorary Senior Lecturer.

Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy was born and raised in Hampshire, UK. He was a scholar at Winchester College and, after a gap year as an officer in The Parachute Regiment, he went up to Trinity College, Oxford to read medicine. He graduated as a doctor from Oxford University in 1994 with prizes in both medicine and surgery and a blue in boxing. He underwent basic surgical training in London teaching hospitals and obtained FRCS (Eng) in 1998. He undertook 3 years of research at Harvard Medical School based at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He developed the first valid pre-clinical model of limb transplantation without long-term immunosuppression which formed part of the rationale for the human hand transplant protocol being carried out at Johns Hopkins.He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Pulvertaft Prize from the British Society of Surgery of the Hand, awards from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association of Hand Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Research Council. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by Oxford University.

On return to the UK, Mr Hettiaratchy continued his training in plastic surgery in some of the best units in London and Birmingham. He obtained FRCS(Plast) in 2007 and was accepted onto the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery in 2008. He fellowships in microsurgery with Prof Jagdeep Nanchahal at Charing Cross Hospital, London; hand and peripheral nerve surgery with Professor Michael Tonkin in Sydney, Australia; and cosmetic surgery at the Wellington Hospital, London. He is also part of the UK Face Transplantation Team and is an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. He has written over 60 scientific papers, several book chapters and two Plastic Surgical text books. He is lead for the London Hand Transplant Collaboration.

Throughout his career, Mr Hettiaratchy has worked in areas of conflict or disasters. He has carried out charity work in Kosovo, Abkhazia, Chechnya and Georgia. In 2010, he was selected to be part of British plastic surgical team that went into Haiti one week after the earthquake. He is also a member of the British Army Reserve, serving with Airborne Forces. He has volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan twice (2009, 2010-11) and has been involved in the care of military personnel in the UK.

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