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British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

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To promote the best evidence-based practice in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in order to achieve the highest standard of patient care through professional support in education, research and the development of knowledge, by:

  • Leading and guiding professional practice and being responsive to the needs of constituent members of the Association.
  • The formation of a governing body to formulate and implement policy and manage the affairs of the Association.
  • Defining professional competency in terms of knowledge and skills.
    Promotion of under-graduate and post-graduate education and continuing professional development.
  • Advancing the science of plastic surgery by stimulating and supporting research and disseminating knowledge at scientific meetings and Through the British Journal of Plastic Surgery.
  • Being responsive to the needs and aspirations of patients and their representatives.

Maniram Ragbir, BAPRAS President

Maniram Ragbir is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was born in Trinidad and attended medical school at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He began his surgical training in Trinidad and completed his specialist training in multiple plastic surgery departments in the United Kingdom, including Swansea, Exeter, and Newcastle upon Tyne, where he developed his specialist interest in head and neck and sarcoma reconstruction surgery. After completing his training in the UK, he took up a consultant post in the Caribbean before returning to the UK for his current post in 2006. 

His NHS practice has been tailored to looking after patients requiring the highest level of reconstructive expertise. Most of his current work lies with head and neck reconstruction and sarcoma resection and reconstruction, for which he is internationally recognised. He is widely published in all areas, including reconstruction following sarcoma excision. For his expertise and dedication to the treatment of sarcoma, he is currently the lead clinician for the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service for the North of England, which sees patients referred with rare tumours from across the northern region. He takes an active role in the broader world of plastic surgery and education, both locally and nationally. He has been the training Program Director for Plastic Surgery Training in the North East for eight years and has worked closely with the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre and revolutionised the role of simulation training in basic and higher surgical training locally in the North East. He has since applied similar philosophy in the education of head and neck TIG fellows and received consistently high feedback from attendees. He is the first and only plastic surgeon to have been made chair of the head and neck training interface group. 

His contribution to maintaining high training standards was recognised when he was chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee for UK plastic surgery in 2018 and has been in charge of national selection for Plastic Surgical training in the UK. He is a previous examiner for the Intercollegiate FRCS (Plast). Mr Ragbir is now the new president of BAPRAS. 

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