RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery


A/Prof Harvey Stern
A/Prof Harvey Stern
Head of Department

PA/Prof Sydney Ch'ng
Research Lead

Dr Roger Haddad
Education Lead

Dr Shagun Aggarwal

Dr Alexander Phoon

Dr Ilias Kotronakis

About the Department

The plastics and reconstructive department provides quaternary level surgical care to patients with a range of injuries, conditions and diseases with the aim of restoring or improving body function. The team of six specialist surgeons undertake more than 1,700 operations and deliver care to more than 7,000 ambulatory care patients annually. The department particularly provides extensive surgical support to other departments performing complex tumour resections and other forms of surgery to facilitate wound healing and recovery.


  • Microsurgery Training Program
  • Amongst earliest major reconstructive surgical units providing frequent
  • microsurgical reconstruction in NSW
  • First plastic surgery service in NSW in 1991 to commence providing
  • immediate breast reconstruction on a regular and frequent basis for
  • women undergoing mastectomy, in cooperation with the breast oncology surgeons
  • Introduction of new techniques of secondary sternal reconstruction following cardiac surgery
  • Introduction of techniques for intrathoracic free microvascular tissue transfers
  • Introduction of techniques for surgical management of post-pneumonectomy space infection
  • Complex reconstructions including pelvic exenteration and facial patients

Key Research Themes

  • Complex facial reconstruction and transplantation
  • Surgical oncology reconstruction
  • Reconstructive microsurgery
  • Lymphoedema correction
  • Skin cancer management
  • Quality of life in relation to reconstructive surgery

Key Education & Training Activities

  • SET training program for RACS
  • Microsurgery Training Program
  • Graduate Medical Program - University of Sydney
  • International medical student attachments
  • Dedicated training sessions for surgical trainees

Area of Expertise

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Head and neck cancer reconstruction
  • Limb and trunk sarcoma/solid tumour reconstruction
  • Chest wall and sternal reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Pelvic exenteration reconstructions

Useful Links

Affiliate Organisations

  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • University of Sydney
  • Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

(same as the website)

Plastics and reconstructive Unit
Level 7 - Main Clinical Services Building
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
50 Missenden Road Camperdown NSW 2050

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