Reconstructive Surgery for Facial Deformation


This talk concerns personal experiences of the patients with facial deformities that Hiroshi has encountered over the last 25 years as a craniofacial plastic reconstructive surgeon. Dealing with a classification of what is normal and how this helps us manage asymmetry caused by tumours, trauma and previous surgery. A brief history of the evolution of plastic reconstructive techniques will be described and Haroshi will also discuss the types of craniofacial deformities that he manages as part of a multidisciplinary team. Lastly, Haroshi will talk about how this experience has helped him manage severe facial deformities encountered in Ethiopia, where he operates every year for the charity Facing Africa.

Hiroshi Nishikawa was born in Japan but has been in the UK since the age of three.  He is a consultant craniofacial plastic reconstructive surgeon.  He has trained in Cambridge, London, Leeds, Australia and Taiwan.  He was originally a consultant plastic surgeon in Leeds and has worked at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and also at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 2000.  He was the clinical lead of the departments of plastic and craniofacial surgery between 2004 and 2014.  He is an examiner for the intercollegiate board of plastic surgery and is one of the directors of the Westbourne Centre.  He also works for the surgical charity Facing Africa, which funds missions to treat severe facial deformity in Ethiopia. This coming May, will be his 10th mission.