In November 2010 Professor Simon Kay was named as one of Britain’s top 50 doctors by The Times a position he had already achieved in a previous poll 5 years earlier.


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Simon Kay


I am a consultant plastic surgeon and specialise in all aspects of plastic surgery including breast surgery, nose reshaping, tummy tucks, facelifts, liposuction at Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, Leeds, Yorkshire. I  also specialise in children's hand surgery and major nerve surgery.

I'm the editor of an award-winning textbook of surgery. In addition to publishing, practicing cosmetic surgery and lecturing extensively within my field, I also run an educational course in cosmetic surgery.

Curriculum Vitae

Simon P.J. Kay


  • Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford University. Oxford University Medical School.
  • Training in basic and general surgery Oxford and Gloucester.
  • FRCS 1981
  • Training in Plastic Surgery in the UK in Wexham Park, Birmingham, and Manchester. Secondments for specialist training in Adelaide, Australia and Louisville Kentucky, USA.
  • FRCS Plastic Surgery 1989

Positions Held:

  • Appointed as Consultant Plastic Surgeon Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 1988 to the present time.
  • Appointed Professor in 2003
  • President British Society for Surgery of the Hand 2007
  • President British Association and Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 2009
  • Member BAAPS
  • Editor, 2002 to 2007 of the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, the leading European and international scientific journal in the specialty.
  • Editor, Journal Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Joint Editor “The Growing Hand” Elsevier


I have published numerous research articles focussing especially on microsurgery and reconstruction, book chapters, and am currently editing the Oxford textbook of Plastic Surgery.
In my National Health Service work I undertake complex reconstructive microsurgery (especially in children), nerve surgery and general plastic surgery.
In my independent practice I mostly focus on aesthetic or cosmetic surgery.
I serve as a Medical Expert in Court proceedings and I have served in the past as an Advisor to charities, government bodies and in Court proceedings including those of the General Medical Council.

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My Approach to Cosmetic Surgery

Throughout my career cosmetic surgery has been an integral part of the training and practice of Plastic Surgeons. In the UK fully trained Consultant Plastic Surgeons have had a comprehensive education in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and at a time when many clinics have sprung up to provide cosmetic surgery I think it is worth emphasising the standards that I think are important.

Nobody has to have cosmetic surgery in the way that people have to have a gallbladder removed or a cancer excised. Cosmetic surgery is something the patient chooses to have and I strongly believe therefore that no shortcuts or unwarranted risks should be taken. Firstly, it is important to select a surgeon who is fully trained in plastic surgery. We are lucky in the UK to have had for many decades comprehensive accredited plastic surgery training of a very high standard. These high standards of education and comprehensive training are not universally found elsewhere.

Secondly I believe it is wise to have your surgery in a hospital that is fully equipped to deal with any unexpected medical event. Narrowly focussed clinics are unlikely to be able to provide the same safety net of medical care as fully equipped comprehensive hospitals. Finally you should try to choose care that is as local to you as is reasonable given the specialist nature of that care, and know that if you have a problem you can return to both the surgeon and the nurses and the clinic in which you were treated with ease, and that that clinic, its doctors and nurses, will work with you and your general practitioner to provide the safest care for you. I am proud to be able to say that my practice is conducted in a comprehensively capable hospital with highly specialised anaesthetists and that my patients are cared for by highly trained very experienced plastic surgery nurses who work continuously in very close conjunction with me. Safety must always be the first concern in cosmetic surgery.