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, 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.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Assoc Prof Graeme Southwick graduated in medicine with honors from Monash University in 1970. He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he was awarded the Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1973 for the highest marks in the first part examinations at the college. After completing surgical training, Assoc Prof Southwick was made Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in otorhinolaryngology (ENT surgery) as well as in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Graeme Southwick studied in London and the United States for two years and was made a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. On return to Australia in 1979 he was appointed consultant plastic surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and the Alfred Hospital. Since 1979 Graeme Southwick has been associated with Monash University where he is Associate Professor involved in teaching and research.
Graeme Southwick has been in private practice as a plastic surgeon since 1979, and is currently director of The Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery which he established. He has published and lectured widely both in Australia and internationally on many aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, especially in microsurgery, endoscopic (television controlled) surgery for brow rejuvenation, facelift and breast surgery. He is an Editorial Board member of the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Journal published in the United States and a reviewer for other international plastic surgery journals.
From 1997 to 2004, Graeme Southwick was a councillor for the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and elected President from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 until 2013 he also represented Australia as the National Secretary for The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Graeme Southwick is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, an Honorary Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
In June 2004, Graeme Southwick was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday Honour List for service through the provision of immediate medical assistance to victims of the Bali Bombing, which occurred on the 12th October 2002; and the ASPS Medal 2019 – a medal awarded occasionally by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to a plastic surgeon for outstanding service to plastic surgery in Australia with only 10 having been awarded so far in 50 years.
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 and 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 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.
Mr Rodrigo Teixeira is a certified Plastic Surgeon in both Australia and Brazil. After completing his training overseas, Rodrigo undertook fellowship training in Australia at both The Alfred Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne, where he still practices.
Rodrigo is not only a specialised Plastic Surgeon in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, but a highly regarded Craniofacial and Cleft surgeon at The Alfred Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Rodrigo is also Head of the Plastic & Hand Surgery Unit at The Northern Hospital, where he has been actively involved in quality and safety as well as education and training. In private practice, Rodrigo works in Richmond at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and consults in Heidelberg and Whittlesea.
Rodrigo is the hon. senior lecturer of the Melbourne University and teaches at the Northern School of Medicine. He is also a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Alenka Paddle graduated with first class honours from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2005. She then went on to complete her Post-graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy at The University of Melbourne in 2007, where she was dux of her year. Alenka gained her Fellowship in 2015 at the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons in the Specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS).
After receiving her FRACS, Alenka was awarded scholarships from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, which allowed her to undertake highly competitive fellowships both in Australia and internationally.
At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, she worked in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with a focus on facial aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, abdominoplasty and body contouring surgery. She then went on to extend her expertise in nasal reconstruction and aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty at the renowned Klinik für Plastische Gesichtschirurgie Marienhospital in Germany in 2016, and in general aesthetic plastic surgery at the Velthuis Kliniek in The Netherlands in 2017. To further enhance her knowledge in paediatric plastic surgery and cleft surgery, Alenka then trained as a fellow at the South Thames Cleft Service, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom and at Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands.
Alenka has most recently held appointments as a consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health hospitals and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is an accredited medical volunteer for Operation Smile and donates her time and surgical expertise in cleft surgery via charity mission trips to areas of need. Drawing from a profound love for her own family, she strives to translate this into an excellent, contemporary and caring service for all her patients.
Dr. Vachara Niumsawatt is a board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Post Graduate Diploma of Clinical Anatomy.
During his training with the RACS, Vachara worked in all major Plastic and Reconstructive surgery centres across Victoria and Tasmania, including The Alfred Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hobart Hospital. Since then, Vachara has held public appointments as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Alfred hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital.
Vachara has extensive experience in breast surgery, microsurgery and reconstruction of the face in addition to skin cancer surgery and hand surgery. Vachara holds professional memberships of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Vachara’s expertise have been recognised by the RACS and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery with multiple awards, including the ‘Developing a Career in Academic Surgery’ (DCAS) Prize.
Vachara has a strong interest in research and education and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals and plastic surgery textbooks.
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