YourBreast has brought together a group of nationally and internationally recognized plastic surgeons who specialise in breast surgery. At YourBreast our surgeons (Graeme Southwick, Morris Ritz, Andrew Greensmith, Damon Thomas, Natalie Ngan, and Edmund Ek) are members of the highest accreditation bodies in our field – The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ( RACS ), the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons ( ASPS), The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ( ASAPS ), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ( ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). These are acknowledged as the gold standard organisations for maintaining standards of excellence in aesthetic/cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Dr Graeme Southwick graduated Hudson Institute of Medical Research with honours in December 1970, pursued postgraduate studies at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and was awarded The Gordon Gordon-Taylor prize by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1973 for the highest marks in the first part examinations at the College. He achieved FRACS both in Otorhinolaryngology (ENT Surgery) and in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Mr Southwick studied in London and USA for 2 years and made Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.
On return to Australia in 1979, Dr Southwick was appointed Consultant Plastic Surgeon to Peter McCallum Cancer Institute and The Alfred Hospital. He also started a private practice, establishing The Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery for which he is currently a Director and its Chairman. Also since 1979 Dr Southwick has been involved with teaching and research at Monash University and holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology as well as the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.
Dr Southwick established The Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop in 1993 and is the chairman of this focused three day plastic surgery meeting held in Melbourne annually. This highly regarded well attended conference is high on the education agenda of plastic surgeons from Australasia. In 2000 Mr Southwick established The Advanced Plastic Surgery Education Foundation – this not-for-profit charitable foundation raises funds to support education and research in plastic surgery in Australia.
Dr Southwick is a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The British Society of Aesthetic Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeons, and The Australian Hand Surgery Society. He is a Past Councillor (1996 – 2004) Treasurer, Vice President and President (2002 – 2004) of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and was a member of International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and National Secretary for Australia (2006 -2012).
Dr Southwick is an Editorial Board member for American Aesthetic Surgery Journal and ISAPS Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, advisor to Indian Plastic Surgery Journal and Director of the Think Pink Foundation Australia from 2012. He has been widely published in Australia and overseas and is a sought after International speaker and lecturer
Dr Southwick was awarded the Medal of The Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in June 2004 for service through the provision of immediate medical assistance to victims of the bombing which occurred in Bali on 12th October 2002.
Dr Morris Ritz graduated from Witwatersrand University in South Africa in 1982, with a degree in Medicine and the Sonya Walker Prize in Physiology. He went on to pursue post-graduate studies in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, gaining a fellowship with honours from the College’s of Medicine of South Africa in 1990.
Dr Ritz works in all areas of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Following his post-graduate studies, Dr Ritz spent a year at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne as a Microsurgery research fellow. From 1992-1995 Morris headed the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baragwaneth Hospital, while running his own private practice in South Africa.
In 1997, Dr Ritz was appointed Senior Registrar at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after receiving a fellowship for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery.
Dr Ritz has been awarded the Synthes prize for best publication from the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa, and the Phyllis Knocker/Bradlow award from the College of medicine in South Africa, for the most distinguished graduate in academic excellence. He has been published extensively in Australia an overseas.
Dr Ritz is a council member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and is the National Secretary for The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He works in private practice in Malvern.
Dr Andrew Greensmith graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1993 with a degree in medicine and completed postgraduate training in surgery in Christchurch and Auckland, qualifying in plastic and reconstructive surgery FRACS in 2001.
As a senior medical student, Andrew spent a four-month elective period in plastic surgery in Mexico City, Mexico, which further stimulated a longstanding interest in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery, and aesthetic surgery.
In 2002, Dr Greensmith completed further subspecialty training in both aesthetic and craniofacial surgery in Paris, France. This training included undertaking research into the use of fibrin glue in facelift surgery and long-term outcomes in craniofacial surgery. Time in Europe was also spent focusing on complex ear reconstruction and as a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England.
In 2003, Dr Greensmith began a fellowship in rhinoplasty and cleft lip and palate surgery in Nantes, France. This was followed by a one year cleft/craniofacial fellowship in Melbourne at the Royal Children’s Hospital which included further intensive training in cleft and craniofacial surgery as well as rhinoplasty, ear reconstruction and aesthetic surgery.
Dr Greensmith continues to work as a consultant at both the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne as part of the Otology team for complex ear reconstruction and microtia.
Dr Greensmith has published on a broad range of topics covering aesthetic facial surgery and paediatric plastic surgery in peer reviewed journals/books. He has special interests in facial aesthetic surgery, including rhinoplasty, aesthetic breast surgery, ear deformities, skin cancer and hand surgery.
Dr Greensmith has memberships with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons .
Dr Damon Thomas graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand in 1996. He then completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2005.
Dr Thomas has always been passionate about the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, in particular the areas of paediatric hand, adult hand, microvascular and breast surgery. His initial plastic surgical training was spent in Auckland and Christchurch where these interests were fine tuned.
Dr Thomas obtained a scholarship from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to undertake a fellowship at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in 2006. Expertise in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery was gained including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, facial aesthetic surgery, abdominoplasty and other aspects of body contouring surgery.
Dr Thomas spent the following year at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, as the Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellow. This provided the opportunity to develop his interest in managing paediatric hand and upper limb conditions including congenital anomalies, trigger fingers, cerebral palsy, and acquired conditions such as obstetric brachial plexus palsy.
Dr Thomas also performs surgery for hand and facial trauma, microsurgical reconstruction, skin cancers, Dupuytren’s disease, hand arthritis, carpal tunnel, sarcoma and salivary control.
Dr Thomas is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Australian Hand Surgery Society (AHSS). He is appointed as a Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Dr Thomas also works as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Barwon Health.
Dr Natalie Ngan was born and educated in New Zealand and graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2000. She developed a passion for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and her postgraduate Plastic Surgery training was spent in New Zealand. Dr Ngan became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2010.
In 2011, Natalie Ngan moved her family to Toronto, Canada to take up a one year Breast Reconstruction Fellowship. This highly sort-after position at the University of Toronto was spent working with world experts within the field of breast reconstruction. This fellowship provided exposure to all areas of breast surgery including: reconstruction after breast cancer, mastopexy, breast reduction and breast augmentation.
In 2012, Dr Ngan returned to Australasia to undertake a fellowship in cosmetic surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and she was awarded a scholarship from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This fellowship involved advanced training across all areas of aesthetic Plastic Surgery including: breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, face lift, rhinoplasty, brow lift, blepharoplasty, liposuction, abdominoplasty and other aspects of body contouring surgery.
Dr Ngan has been broadly trained in breast reconstruction and has the ability to perform reconstruction with autologous tissue (DIEP, TRAM and latissimus dorsi flaps), as well as with tissue expander and implant-based reconstruction. Whilst in Canada, Dr Ngan had the opportunity to work with world-renowned Canadian Plastic Surgeons in the fields of breast, aesthetic and micro surgery.
Dr Ngan is committed to excellence in cosmetic surgery and she contributes to provision of Plastic Surgery in the public healthcare sector also. She has appointments as a consultant Plastic Surgeon at Austin Health, at Western Health and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Her work at these public hospitals is predominantly in the areas of breast reconstruction, skin cancer and acute hand trauma.
Dr Ngan has memberships with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Dr Edmund Ek graduated from Monash University in 2003. After receiving numerous undergraduate prizes he completed medical school with first class honours, graduating as the top student in the class of 2003. He then completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery in January 2012
Having decided at an early stage to pursue a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr Ek worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne where he completed his Basic Surgical Training, being awarded the Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor Prize in 2005 for the highest mark in Australasia for the first part surgical examination.
After a year of advanced general surgical training Dr Ek began his plastic surgical training, spending time at all major plastic surgery centres in Melbourne, including The Alfred Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Completing his fellowship training in 2011, Dr Ek has a special interest in microsurgery, head and neck reconstruction, skin cancer surgery, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery and hand surgery.
Dr Ek holds multiple public hospital appointments, working as a consultant plastic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred Hospital and Ballarat Hospital. He is also tenured at the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine, participating in medical student teaching, research and course development.
Dr Ek has also published numerous articles in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, presenting his work at several international meetings and having an ongoing interest in clinical research.
Dr Ek is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Our staff are dedicated to exceed our patients’ expectations. Guided by our exceptionally talented and trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons, our clinical nurses and administration team are committed to supporting you through this exciting journey.