Prof Vivien Clare Lees

Personal profile

Miss Lees has been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at BMI The Alexandra Hospital since 1997. After graduation from Oxford and Cambridge, she obtained an MD from Cambridge for which she won the Walter Langdon Brown prize.

Miss Lees trained in Centres of Excellence in the UK and USA before she took up appointment as a Consultant in 1997. She is currently Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Plastic Surgery, responsible for Plastic Surgery training in the UK and Republic of Ireland. She is a council member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Until recently, she has been an examiner for FRCS (Plast).

Miss Lees is an Honorary Reader with the University of Manchester. She maintains an active research and teaching programme, with over 40 published articles in medical literature. She has been editor of the European Journal of Hand Surgery and was awarded Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England for 2010/2011.

Miss Lees specialises in hand, wrist and upper limb surgery. She undertook a fellowship at the Kleinert Institute, Louisville, USA. She was formerly Chair of Education and Training and Council Member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). She has led the development of the Postgraduate Diploma in hand surgery that has provided a new paradigm in higher specialist training.

Miss Lees is founder member of the charity 'Hands for Life', which delivers surgical treatment for patients with Leprosy, congenital hand defects, burn contractures an cleft lip/ palate to patients in the developing world. Miss Lees serves as Council member for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), representing BAAPS on the charitable Healing Foundation. She works with breast surgery colleagues providing a multidisciplinary service for developmental breast disorders.

Professional Membership



  • British Association Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)

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

Clinical Interests



  • Cosmetic surgery

  • Hand & Wrist Surgery

  • Developmental Breast Disorders

  • Skin lesions, scar revision

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