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Interview With Professor Fiona Wood AM – Specialty Spotlight

Professor Fiona

Professor Fiona Wood (FRACS AM) is a household name in Australia. Starting life in a small mining village in Yorkshire, she is a luminary of the Australian medical community – developing a revolutionary ‘spray on skin’ treatment, dealing with the devastating aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings, and being awarded Australian of The Year in 2005. All of this as part of a hectic surgical workload, research commitments, being on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, heading a charitable research organisation (Fiona Wood Foundation), mentoring trainees, and bringing up six kids alongside her surgeon husband, Tony.

Plastic surgery is a highly coveted, competitive training program. Indeed, only 17 trainees were accepted into the program to start in 2016. Those who do successfully complete the program will typically take a career course towards public hospital based reconstructive surgery, or a private practice more geared towards the aesthetic or cosmetic work. 

In this interview, Fiona Wood remembers the case that ignited her passion in plastic surgery:

“I saw a kid in 1985 with the most hideous scars in the burns unit of East Grinstead. I remember (I’ve still got his picture)… I thought oh my God we have to be able to do better than that. That was when the die was cast. That’s when I was sucked in.”

She also provides some must-know advice for prospective surgical trainees, and indeed some lessons on what builds a successful career.

Talking to Fiona is like trying to stand still in the middle of a cyclone. She truly has a million-miles-a-minute mind, and is at the same time warm and humble. Listen to this interview to learn about where Fiona Wood started, and where burns treatment is heading now.






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