Trainee Profile

Joy Odili qualified as a consultant plastic surgeon in January 2009 after six years surgical training. She now runs NHS practices at St George’s in Tooting and Queen Mary’s in Roehampton. 

During her undergraduate studies Joy was, like many other medical students, barely exposed to plastic surgery. However, after completing a year in a plastic surgery unit as a senior house officer she discovered that it was the specialty she wanted to pursue. Now as a consultant Joy works across the speciality but has a particular interest in skin cancer and ear reconstruction.

She says: “The wait to become a registrar can be a frustrating one, but once you get on the training ladder it can become very rewarding. The time slides by, until one day you’re ready to fly solo.”

“A really rewarding part of our work is being able to operate on patients suffering from cancer. Through surgery we hope to not only make them well, but also restore function to the affected area and make it appear as if the cancer was never there.”

“I also enjoy the regular lectures I host for St Georges’ medical students.  We teach them the principles of wound healing and introduce them to the range of techniques we use to close wounds. We show them what a career as a plastic surgeon is really like. It’s certainly an eye opener – showing them that plastic surgery is more than just aesthetics and that our true focus is on restoring function as well as appearance.”

Joy successfully balances her career with being a wife and mother of two children