Professor Simon Myers PhD FRCS (Plast) – Director

Professor Simon Myers was awarded his PhD from University of London in keratinocyte growth and differentiation in cutaneous  wound healing and cultured keratinocyte grafting in 1999. He raised a 2,127,000€ European Commission Research and Technological Development Grant for skin engineering in 1996. He completed a Burn Fellowship at the Broomfield Burn Centre in 2001, and became Director at the Chelsea & Westminster Burn Centre in 2002, achieving designation for that service in the National designation process. He became Medical Director of the Stephen Kirby Skin Bank, and established a collaboration between the burn service, the Children’s Fire and Burn Trust, and the London Fire Brigade aimed at burn prevention. He has been involved in International humanitarian ventures in burn care with Professor Navsaria.

He received an award of merit as an NHS Champion from the King’s Fund in 2004. At the beginning of 2006 he was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary & Westfield College , and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the St. Bartholomew’s and The London NHS Trust, and Honorary Consultant Burn and Plastic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital. He was recently appointed Visiting Professor in Plastic Surgery to Anglia Ruskin University.

Research Activity

My present post is a HEFCE funded TR post. I have continued a group theme working on cell delivery systems in skin engineering particularly in relation to burn care but also chronic leg ulcers.  I have introduced single stage Matriderm resurfacing of intralesionally excised plaque keloid scars. These approaches may have some relevance also to other pathogenic scars including burn hypertrophic scars. I currently supervise two clinical senior lecturers, two PhD students, a clinical teaching fellow, and around 150 distant learning students. As educational supervisor, I am also responsible for the educational training component of up to four surgical trainees. I was engaged in innovation in microvascular reconstruction co-supervising an MDRes who has redefined our understanding of free perforator flap microvasculature in a collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre. The microvascular simulator curriculum design forms part of a further research project in collaboration with The University of South Florida, and the International Microsurgery Simulation Society global network.

Key Publications

Epidermal Repair Results from Activation of Follicular and Epidermal Progenitor Keratinocytes Mediated by a Growth Factor Cascade. Simon R. Myers PhD, FRCS(Plast), Irene M. Leigh DSc, FRCP, F Med Sci, Harshad Navsaria PhD. J Wound Repair & Regen 2007:15;693-701,

Hyalomatrix®: a Temporary Epidermal Barrier, Hyaluronan Delivery, and Neodermis Induction System [BDI system] for Keratinocyte Stem Cell Therapy. Myers SRa,b [PhD, FRCS(Plast)], Vaiude PNb [MBBS, MRCS],  Soranzo Cc  (BSc), Navsaria HNa [PhD]. Tissue Engineering 2007:13(11);2733-41,

Deliberate Self Harm by Burning: A Retrospective Case Controlled Study. R, Mulholland, L. Green, C. Longstaff, B. Horner, E. Ross, S. Myers, J. Catalan. J Burn Care Res. 2008;29(4):644-9,

Three- and four-dimensional computed tomography angiographic studies of commonly used abdominal flaps in breast reconstruction. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Arbique G, Becker S, Brown S, Myers S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Recon Surg. 2009;124(1):18-27.

Three- and four-dimensional arterial and venous perforasomes of the internal mammary artery perforator flap. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Rasko Y, Mojallal A, Bailey S,Myers S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Dec;124(6):1759-69.

A fatal case of toxic shock syndrome associated with skin substitute. Shirley R, Teare L, Dziewulski P, Frame J, Navsaria H, Myers S. Burns. 2010 Jan 19.

Perforasomes of the DIEP flap: vascular anatomy of the lateral versus medial row perforators and clinical implications. Wong C, Saint-Cyr M, Mojallal A, Schaub T, Bailey SH, Myers S, Brown S, Rohrich RJ. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):772-82.