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Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy

Shehan Hettiaratchy
Consultant Hand, Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon

Mr Hettiaratchy is currently a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and is Clinical Lead for the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also part of the UK Face Transplantation Team and is an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.

He is also a member of the British Army Reserve, serving with Airborne Forces. He has volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan twice (2009, 2010-11) and has been involved in the care of military personnel in the UK.

Following basic surgical training, Shehan undertook basic science research into the use of transplantation to reconstruct the human body. He won a prestigious research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, USA, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, one of the top-rated institutions in the world.
While at Harvard, he developed the first valid pre-clinical model of limb transplantation without long-term immunosuppression. Shehan was honoured with a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He also received the Pulvertaft Prize from the British Society of Surgery of the Hand, awards from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association of Hand Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Research Council. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine by Oxford University, one of its highest accolades.

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