Mr Blackburn studied medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine (University of London) where he graduated with distinction. Whilst studying for his MBBS degree he obtained a first class BSc Honours degree in physiology and was awarded the British Physiological Society's undergraduate prize.
Following his basic surgical training at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, he commenced his plastic surgery training in 2002. He trained at Wexham Park, St George's, Charing Cross and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals before moving to the North East of England to complete his higher surgical training. During this training he gained experience in all aspects of plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive.
Mr Blackburn understands the importance of listening to patients and finding out exactly what they desire before committing to surgery. In 2008 he wrote a scientific paper on the importance of listening to patients and understanding their concerns in cosmetic surgery. This won the prize for the best paper on the subject of cosmetic surgery published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery that year.
In 2010 he was awarded a prestigious trauma fellowship at the world renowned (for trauma reconstruction) Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore, South India. There he refined how best to use advanced microsurgical techniques in the management of patients with major trauma.
In 2011 he returned to London having been appointed to the distinguished post of microsurgical fellow at St Thomas' Hospital. Here he spent 15 months honing his expertise in microsurgical breast reconstruction, perineal reconstruction and chest wall reconstruction.
Mr Blackburn started working at the world famous plastic surgery hospital, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead in 2012 and is a substantive consultant there. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Royal Surrey County Hospital where he performs complex reconstructions for the for the departments of breast surgery, gynaecology and general surgery.
Mr Blackburn has regular clinics at BMI Mt Alvernia (Guildford) where he sees and treats patients with cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery needs.