At school, he studied Arts but, like his father who was also a distinguished Plastic Surgeon, was drawn to Medicine. After qualifying as a Doctor at St Thomas Hospital Medical School in London, Mr Matthews trained widely in General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Urology and Paediatric Surgery before commencing his career in Plastic Surgery, progressing through 5 Regional Centres for Burns & Plastic Surgery, absorbing the art and craft of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. This included 2 years as Burns Research Fellow at the renowned Queen Victoria Hospital and Blond-McIndoe Research Centre at East Grinstead, during which he had notable papers published on the management of burns in pregnancy and the use of amniotic membranes for wound healing.
He became fully accredited in Plastic Surgery, including Cosmetic and Reconstructive aspects, in 1984, was European Travelling Scholar of The British Association of Plastic Surgeons (now called BAPRAS) in 1985 and was appointed Consultant Plastic Surgeon in the National Health Service for Coventry & Warwickshire (catchment 1 million) in 1986.
From 1986 to 2006, when, as Head of the Unit, he effected its transfer to the new University Hospital for Coventry & Warwickshire, he radically modernised and expanded the Plastic Surgery Unit, introducing modern techniques and services for congenital abnormalities, such as cleft lip & palate and abnormal hands, for soft tissue diseases of the hand, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, for Breast Reconstruction and Head and Neck reconstruction in cancer cases, including microsurgical procedures, and worked hard to improve standards of care for skin cancer. He served for four years as the first Chair of the Skin Cancer Site Specific Group of the Arden Cancer Network.
Mr Matthews has been West Midlands Regional Chair for Burns & Plastic Surgery and Regional Specialty Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has served variously as Clinical and Medical Director within the NHS.
Mr Matthews’ private practice has grown steadily over more than 30 years in which he has treated a large number of people with problems of a cosmetic nature, as well as various reconstructive requirements, Hand Disease and Skin Cancer. In this, his reputation for excellence has always been based on his personal availability, attention to detail, favourable outcomes and sensitivity. His hobby-horse is good communication as a foundation for mutual trust.
Mr Matthews now devotes his private practice time to non-surgical cosmetic treatments, involving a thorough initial consultation to assess problems and requirements, careful explanation and then personal administration of the treatment itself, with follow-up as necessary.
His practice is very ‘hands on’ and Mr Matthews takes particular pride in his work, striving to provide satisfaction in all cases.
Mr Matthews and his colleague Mruropean Journal of Plastic Surgery, a Springer publication.
Their article is entitled ‘An original technique for the correction of congenital inverted conchal bowl deformity in an adult’, click here to read more.
General Medical Council (GMC)
Professional Indemnity through PLASTISIS
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS)
British Burn Association (BBA)
British Society of Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)
Rugby & District Medical Society (Past President)
Warwickshire Medico-Legal Society (Past President)
UK Register of Expert Witnesses