Swansea University Professor Appointed Plastic Surgery Chair

Professor Iain Whitaker from Swansea University has been appointed Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Wales.

‌‌‌Prof Whitaker is Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Swansea University’s College of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

PlasticAs the Chair of Plastic Surgery in Wales, Prof Whitaker will develop a research department focusing on reconstructive surgery and regenerative medicine, expanding the national and international profile of the unit. Alongside colleagues at the Institute of life Sciences at Swansea University, he has focused on the isolation and identification of stem cells from fat (adipocyte derived stem cells). This research will make it easier and more reliable to remove fat from areas such as the abdomen and put it into areas such as the breast or face.

He’s also collaborating closely with Professor Charles Archer and Dr Ilyas Khan from the Centre for NanoHealth in Swansea University, building on their internationally renowned expertise in the field of cartilage regeneration and arthritis, and translating this to new directions in nasal and ear reconstruction.

Prof Whitaker said: “My current research interests lie in the field of regenerative medicine, which, simply put, means growing tissues in the laboratory with the aim of safely implanting them when the body cannot heal itself.”

Professor Keith Lloyd, Head of the College of Medicine said: “Professor Whitaker’s appointment shows how the College of Medicine is seeking to work more closely with the NHS in areas of shared strength and expertise.”