BAPRAS Statement: Graeme Perks

14th January 2021


Perks, Graeme
At the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), we are shocked and appalled by the unwarranted and brutal attack on one of our colleagues and Past Presidents, Graeme Perks, in his own home.

Graeme Perks is one of the most highly regarded and respected surgeons in the profession.

His diplomacy and integrity have resulted in leadership roles in the NHS, (Head, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgery at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 2011-2016), Past Chairman East Midlands Cancer Network, nationally as President and chairman of the Trustees of the charity BAPRAS, 2013 and 2014 and internationally as a member of the Board of ICOPLAST (International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies 2016-2018).

According to BAPRAS President and consultant plastic surgeon Ruth Waters;

“It has been my good fortune and honour to know Graeme for many years. I have benefited from his kindness, generosity and extensive knowledge throughout my career in plastic surgery. It has therefore been no surprise to me that today, that as news of this terrible attack has spread, we have been contacted by colleagues from around the world. All have expressed their shock at what has happened and also their deep concern for his well being and their hope for his speedy recovery.”

According to consultant plastic surgeon and outgoing President Mark Henley;

“Graeme is an amazing colleague who it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with over the last 26 years. His dedication to patients, family and friends is an inspiration to us all and with his wisdom, kindness and humanity he has enabled us to achieve many things that I would never have thought possible. We are all willing him on.”

What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a discipline that spans continents and has helped restore both form and function across the centuries, from ancient Egypt to the Romans and more recently, its rebirth to heal victims of devastating World Wars, disfiguring disease and natural disasters.

We are a group of surgeons with a wide range of subspecialty interests that aims to save life or limb in some instances, as well as repair function and form in areas that cover the entire body. Most of our patients have defects that they may have been born with (for example those with a cleft lip), or that were acquired following major trauma or after major cancer removal.

BAPRAS is our plastic surgery association and represents the voice of the specialty in the UK. It is democratically run, with the aim of promoting education and innovation within our speciality, educating the public about what we do, and representing and promoting the interests of our patients both within NHS trusts and in the private sector. In addition, we provide tailored educational programmes  for surgeons in developing nations, via our associated charity (BFIRST).


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