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David Floyd’s Profile

One of the best decisions I ever made was to become a Plastic Surgeon. It was a long journey getting there, but the satisfaction I get from it is immense. No two patients are the same and therefore every operation is different. I am often rebuilding or reshaping patients using well established surgical techniques, but there are times when you have to be versatile and technically inventive. It is a surprisingly creative surgical discipline that requires a deep understanding of tissue biology, meticulous attention to detail and an artistic touch.



Personal Philosophy

I find that the best results in Plastic Surgery occur when I fully understand what the patient requires, and the patient fully understands what I can achieve. I therefore take as long as necessary during the consultation so that with careful planning and discussion I can tailor the treatment plan to suit their needs. The most satisfying thing for me is seeing a patient in clinic who is delighted with the outcome that they were hoping for.

Experience & career

David Floyd has been one of the senior Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at The Royal Free Hospital, London for the last 15 years. He is now an integral member of the Breast Unit at the Wellington Hospital  and has extensive experience in breast reconstruction following mastectomy. He is also a key member of the abdominal wall unit based at The wellington Hospital. Alongside his reconstructive interests during the last 15 years he has developed a special interest in rhinoplasty and cosmetic surgery of the breast, abdomen and body.

Mr Floyd was President of the Plastic Surgery Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2009. He continues to contribute to the academic world of Plastic Surgery by publishing his new developments and experience in the world literature. He is also regularly asked to lecture at educational meetings in his field of expertise, both in the UK and abroad.

Surgical training

Born and educated in London, David graduated from Cambridge University and returned to London to complete his medical training at UCL. After 4 years of General Surgery training and 6 months teaching Anatomy at UCL, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS). Having decided to become a Plastic Surgeon he began with a year of research and was awarded an MSc for his work into scarring and wound healing. He then completed 8 years of Plastic Surgery training, working in many of the world class Plastic Surgery Units in London. His training culminated in the award of full accreditation in Plastic Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons, FRCS(plast).

What the degrees mean

MA (Cantab) 1989 Master of Arts: This is a further masters degree awarded by Cambridge University 1 year after graduation from medical training.

MB (Cantab) 1988 Bachelor of Medicine: This is the basic medical degree awarded with the BChir. by Cambridge university after completion of 6 years at medical school. After this you are called a Doctor!

BChir (Cantab) 1988 Bachelor of Chirurgiae: This is the basic surgical degree awarded with the MB, by Cambridge university after completion of 6 years at medical school. After this you are called a Doctor!

MSc (London) 1995 Master of Science: This is a research degree awarded by the University of London after spending a year in the laboratory studying scarring and wound healing.

FRCS (England) 1993 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England: To become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons you have to pass a very rigorous exam assessing all aspects of the science of surgery. Preparing for this exam included 6 months studying and teaching anatomy to medical students at UCL. After this exam you are considered a surgeon and called Mister!

FRCS (Plast) 2001 This is the final exam in Plastic Surgery and signifies completion of specialist training. It is the toughest exam of its kind in Europe and is equivalent to being “Board Certified” in the US.

Associations and Societies

BAAPS British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

BAPRAS British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons

ISAPS International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

BSSH British Society for Surgery of the Hand

RSM Royal Society of Medicine (Section President 2009)

BMA British Medical Association

GMC General Medical Council