The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Meet the Team


General Manager - Tracy Mason

Business Manager - Kyle Radge

Matrons - Claire Plews

Meet the Surgeons


Professor Simon Kay BA, BMBCh, FRCS, FRCS(Plast) FRCSE(Hon)

Professor Simon Kay is a consultant plastic surgeon on the General Medical Council specialist register and specialises in all aspects of plastic surgery particularly cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, hand surgery and major nerve surgery.

Professor Kay has a large childrens’ plastic surgery practice and over the last 25 years, has developed a very extensive cosmetic surgery practice.

Professor Kay is the editor of an award winning text book and is the current editor of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery. He has run educational courses in cosmetic surgery and also teaches cosmetic surgery. Professor Kay publishes regularly in scientific peer review journals and contributes to a wide range of textbooks as an invited author.


Mr Simon Knight MB FRCS(Plast)

Biography coming soon...



da26497d82Mr Mark Liddington MB BS, DPhil, FRCS, FRCS(Plast), FRACS(Plast)

Mr Liddington specialises in the management and reconstruction of patients with head and neck conditions including craniofacial abnormalities, facial palsy and cancers. He also undertakes specialist breast surgery services and is the Director of Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.




ea8e08c94cMr Christopher Fenn MBChB, FCS (SA) (Plast), FRCS(Plast)

Mr Chris Fenn trained as a plastic surgeon at the world-renowned Groote Schuur Hospital in Capetown. After completing his fellowship and further plastic surgery training at various hospitals across London, Mr Chris Fenn became a consultant in Leeds in 2000.

As a consultant plastic surgeon at Leeds Trust, Mr Chris Fenn leads the breast reconstructive service - operating primarily on cancer patients and those with congenital abnormalities. He has extensive experience in performing microsurgical flap breast reconstruction.

As part of his breast work, Mr Chris Fenn undertakes breast reduction on men with gynaecomastia (the growth of excess male breast tissue).

Mr Chris Fenn is also part of the region's skin cancer treatment team and has a key role in reconstruction following the excision of skin cancers.

672a4705e6Miss Grainne Bourke FRCSI, FRCS(Plast)

Gráinne Bourke is a consultant in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust since 2004. She completed her basic surgical training in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Yorkshire to train in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. She completed an international fellowship in children hand surgery and major nerve injuries in 2003\2004.

She has specialist interests in microsurgery in children and adult, children’s hand surgery and nerve injuries in adult and children.

She has research interests in nerve repair, congenital hand anomalies and plastic surgery reconstruction. She is the Academic Supervisor of the Specialist Registrar NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery, overseeing novel research into the role of MRI in brachial plexus injuries.

decbc62481Mr Howard Peach MB ChB BSc FRCS(Plast)

Biography coming soon...



a7c3ed62dfMr Ian M Smith MB ChB, MSc, FDSRCS(Eng), FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast)

Mr Ian Smith graduated from Leeds University and undertook his plastic surgery training in Leeds and the Yorkshire region. He undertook two fellowships in Australia - a year in the Australian Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide and a year in the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Queensland.

His main sub-specialty is Sarcoma surgery and he is MDT lead clinician for the Yorkshire Sarcoma Service which is based at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's Hospital.

He is also heavily involved in the training of the plastic surgery trainees and is Training Programme Director for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

dc1eb6b67bMr Daniel Thornton MBChB, MRCS, MPhil, FRCS(Plast), Diploma in Hand Surgery

Daniel Thornton is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based at Leeds General Infirmary. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leeds.

He graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School and completed his specialist training in plastic surgery in the Yorkshire region gaining FRCS(Plast). Following this, Daniel undertook further specialist training in hand surgery, comprising two nationally recognised advanced training fellowships in hand surgery (Pulvertaft Centre, Derby; Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds). During this time he also successfully passed the Diploma in Hand Surgery.

Daniel's interests include medical education and he regularly teaches on postgraduate hand surgery and advanced trauma and life support courses run by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, in addition to regionally organised courses in hand and plastic surgery.

He offer a comprehensive range of plastic, hand and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery procedures and my private practice (Leeds Spire & Nuffield Hospitals) mirrors my NHS specialist interests of hand surgery, skin cancer, breast surgery, abdominoplasty and body contouring surgery following excess weight loss.

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47a6a38ef1Miss Catherine Hernon BSc MBChB AFRCS (Ed) MD FRCS(Plast)

Cath Hernon has been a consultant plastic, hand and reconstructive surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust since 2010.

She completed her specialist training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Yorkshire region and then gained further experience in hand surgery by undertaking hand fellowship posts in Leeds and the St Andrews centre for plastic surgery and burns in Chelmsford.

She also spent a year as a microsurgical fellow in Taiwan gaining further experience in microsurgical and nerve reconstruction at the E-Da hospital in Kaohsiung and at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei.

Prior to starting her consultant post she spent a sabbatical in Norrland’s University Hospital in Umea, Sweden furthering her experience in the surgical treatment of upper limb spasticity.

Her specialist interests are adult hand surgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injury, upper limb spasticity and microsurgery.

27f1d995e1Mr Donald J Dewar BA MBBS MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Plast)

Donald Dewar has special interests in the treatment of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) and surgery for hand injuries. He also undertakes general plastic surgery, including being "on call" at Leeds General Infirmary.

Melanoma: He is a core member of the Melanoma Specialist Skin Multi-Disciplinary Team (SSMDT). He undertakes surgery for all stages of malignant melanoma (I-IV), including sentinel node biopsy, block dissections, and surgery for advanced local disease. Surgery for melanoma takes place at the LGI (all ops) and Chapel Allerton Hospital (short ops only). He holds multi-specialty melanoma clinics at St James's Hospital each Thursday and alternate Wednesdays. Donald also participate in research, education, audit, peer review, and guideline development, both nationally and as part of Yorkshire Cancer Network.

Hand surgery: Donald has a particular interest in trauma and post-trauma reconstruction, as well as general hand surgery. He has a hand trauma clinic for newly injured patients each Tuesday morning at Leeds General Infirmary. Follow-up for hand trauma patients takes place on Tuesday afternoons at the LGI. He has operating sessions for hand surgery at Leeds General Infirmary and Chapel Allerton Hospital.

Jay Wiper Team PicMr Jay Wiper MBChB MRCS FRCS(Plast)

Jay Wiper is a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust based at Leeds General Infirmary. He graduated from Leeds Medical School and undertook his plastic surgical training in Yorkshire. He has undertaken specialist fellowships including the prestigious Reconstructive Microsurgical fellowship in Brisbane, Australia.

He has specialist interests in reconstructive microsurgery particularly following major trauma and works within the Leeds Major Trauma Centre. Other significant interests include sarcoma surgery, skin cancer surgery and all aspects of general plastic surgery.

He is actively involved in medical education and is an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructor and Faculty on several Plastic Surgery Courses for trainee surgeons. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Medical Finals Examiner at the University of Leeds. He participates in research, clinical audit and presents at national and international conferences. He is trained in National Peer Review for Major Trauma Centres.

rdb pic 3Mr Robert Bains FRCS(Plast)

Robert Bains is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand surgeon and became a consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2017.

He graduated with honours from Leicester University before undertaking speciality Plastic Surgery training in the Yorkshire and Humber region.  He then progressed to fellowship training in microsurgery in Leeds followed by Paediatric Plastic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada

His areas of special interest are children's hand surgery and major nerve injury, in addition to general plastic and hand surgery.


DW2Mr Daniel Wilks  FRCS(Plast)

Daniel Wilks, originally from north west England, obtained bachelor of science and bachelor of medicine and surgery degrees from the University of Leeds.

After qualifying as a doctor, he trained in surgery before starting a career in plastic surgery as a means to pursue his interest in surgery of the hand.

After obtaining fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, working as a fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, he enhanced his skills in children’s hand surgery, children’s microsurgery, complex lower limb reconstruction, and surgery for facial palsy. He later went on to undertake a UK national fellowship in hand surgery, a diploma in hand surgery, and an invited travelling fellowship in the US.

Daniel became interested in hand transplantation 10 years ago and has worked closely with Professor Simon Kay to establish the UK centre for upper limb transplantation in Leeds.

He has contributed over 25 scientific articles and book chapters to the international literature on a variety of topics and is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Daniel is currently a locum consultant with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.




Meet the Psychologist

d74ea16516Dr Maggie Bellew BA(Hons), MSc, PhD, CPychol, AFBPsS

Dr Bellew is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and has Chartered Clinical Psychologist status and also Chartered Health Psychologist status. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She is Head of Adult Psychology Services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

She qualified in 1991, having obtained a joint honours degree in Psychology and Biology, a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. Her areas of specialist clinical interest include: Hand surgery, Craniofacial conditions, Cosmetic surgery, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Lipodystrophy, Disfigurement / managing appearance related distress, Psychological management of teasing and bullying, Psychological adjuncts or alternatives to surgery, Trauma work (assessment and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, depression, appearance related distress, adaptation to trauma and amputation), Facilitating pre-surgical decision making, preparation and support for surgery and post-surgical therapy, Aiding patients and their families in their psychological adjustment to their condition or the outcome of surgery, Unexplained Physical Symptoms (assessment and intervention with patients with unexplained conditions, suspected of tampering with wounds, with self inflicted injuries, or experiencing more pain or difficulties than would be expected), Mental health difficulties (e.g. depression, stress, anxiety, OCD, phobias, sexual abuse issues, eating disorders).

She played an integral role in the UK's first hand transplant case which was performed at the Leeds General Infirmary and included assisting the patient through their decision-making process, assessing psychological suitability for hand transplant, helping the team with selecting suitable candidates, patient support and advocacy (pre-operatively, during the hospital stay, at the point of surgery and post-operatively), long-term patient support and adjustment to hand transplant, research and team support.