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Faculty List 

We are so excited to be able to announce our outstanding faculty for 2018:
(in alphabetical order) 

This list is not final and is subject to change - please contact the BAAPS office for any questions. 

Dr Raj Acquilla   (UK)

Dr Raj Acquilla graduated from Manchester University Medical School in 1999 and during his medical career has gained 15 years experience in Cosmetic Dermatology having performed over 50,000 procedures.

He is an expert in medical aesthetics, facial contouring and non-surgical facelift, Dermatological surgery including facial skin cancer and undergraduate / postgraduate clinical education. He runs busy private clinics in Cheshire, London and Ibiza in addition to his own Facial Aesthetic Academy where he is a recognised Masterclass Trainer using the latest and most innovative facial rejuvenation techniques from demonstrating all around the globe. 

He is a full member and North West Regional Chair of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, UK Ambassador for Allergan Facial Aesthetics, Faculty Member of The European College of Aesthetic Medicine & Surgery, IMCAS and Global Key Opinion Leader in the cosmetic use of Botulinum toxin and Fillers. He has been mentored by Dr Mauricio de Maio (Brazil), who recently honoured him among 20 international experts for his Compendium Board. 

In addition to speaking at every major UK domestic conference, he has lectured extensively in Europe, South Africa, Japan, India, Australia and the USA. In 2012 he was given the prestigious title of Speaker of the Year at the UK Aesthetic Awards where he was also highly commended as Trainer of the Year and nominated as Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year 2013 & 2014. In 2014 he was listed as one of Tatlers finest cosmetic doctors in the UK. He is actively involved in scientific audit, research and development of pioneering products, techniques and the continuous refinement of the art and science of medical facial aesthetics.


Dr Siamak Agha-Mohammadi  (USA)

Dr. Siamak Agha, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, MD, PhD completed his 7 years of medical education at the prestigious University of Cambridge, England. His residency in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the most respected and comprehensive Plastic Surgery training programs in the United States. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and on staff at Hoag Medical Center.
Dr. Agha is best known for post-bariatric procedures specializing in Total Body Lift Surgery. He is considered an expert at Body Contouring and has developed cutting-edge techniques such as Abdominoplasty, Spiral Thighplasty, and Buttock Reshaping. Dr. Agha believes that an understanding of the human anatomy, and the changes that occur through ageing, pregnancy, weight loss, and life style are fundamental for achieving surgical results. His approach is to complete surgical procedures through well-hidden incisions for the best possible outcome. Dr. Agha is committed to patient safety and continued medical education.


Mrs Veronica Donnelly  (UK)

Veronica, a Partner in our Glasgow office is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. She specialises within VAT and has been a VAT advisor for 30 years, including working in-house for HMRC. Veronica’s clients cover a wide range of sectors including aesthetics, higher education, housing, transport and local government sectors. Her work includes strategic planning as well as assisting with compliance issues and negotiations with HMRC locally and nationally.

Veronica speaks regularly at tax conferences.


Mr James McDiarmid     (UK)

Mr McDiarmid gained his medical degree at the University of Aberdeen Medical School in Scotland in 1990. He went on to complete his training in general surgery within accredited training posts within the UK. Having completed his training he passed the written and oral examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994.

Mr McDiarmid then went on to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery in units recognised for training by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Specialist Advisory Committee in Plastic Surgery within the UK. His training in plastic surgery includes extensive experience in cosmetic surgery. He is also a specialist in reconstructive microsurgery of the breast and hand and completed a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the prestigious Christine M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

In 1996 Mr McDiarmid was awarded a masters degree in surgical science conferred with distinction by the University of London for scientific research he performed at University College London. This research work was subsequently awarded prizes at international meetings both in the United Kingdom and United States of America. 

In October 2000 his name was entered on the United Kingdom General Medical Councils Specialist Register for plastic surgery. Between September 2000 and October 2008 Mr McDiarmid practiced as a consultant plastic surgeon at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Since October 2008 he has been solely involved in full time independent practice.


Prof Jean-Francois Pascal    (France)

Dr. Jean-Francois PASCAL is specialized in figure surgery and especially for the restorative surgeries after significant weight losses. Thus, he practices daily interventions such as body lifting, thighs lifting, arm lifting, abdominoplasty ...

However, he has for the last few years also focused on "purely aesthetic" cases of figure surgery. He invented and developed new surgical techniques for a complete body remodeling with tightening of the buttocks while at the same time optimizing the surgical follow-ons for the patient’s well being.

His work has been rewarded several times and he received an award from the American Society of Plastic Surgery in 2017.

His private practice is located at 13 Quai Général Sarrail and his operations take place at the clinic of the Parc de Lyon.

He also regularly consults at the Geneva clinic in Switzerland.


Dr Tapan Patel  (UK)

Dr Tapan Patel Director And Visionary Behind PHI Clinic Is Recognised Amongst His Peers, Industry Experts And By His Patients As One Of The Most Talented And Skilful Injectors In The UK.

Dr Tapan’s demand for excellence means he remains at the forefront of his field. and is always introducing the latest techniques and technologies to PHI Clinic.

Having previously set up VIVA Clinic in North London, Dr Tapan embarked on a new venture, starting up PHI Clinic on London’s renowned Harley Street, back in January 2014.

Part of the reason why Dr Tapan is so trusted and highly commended, is his experience. He has been practising aesthetic medicine for over 17 years and teaches other medical professionals on the international stage. Being a Key Opinion Leader for Allergan, he is incredibly respected and is a leading authority when it comes to Botox and dermal filler treatments. He also specialises in non-surgical laser treatments and aesthetic dermatology to treat a whole range of skin conditions and concerns.


Dr Mario Pelle-Ceravolo    (Italy)

In 1975, Mario Pelle Ceravolo was graduated from the University of Rome, Medical School. In 1975, he was appointed as teaching-assistant in General and Experimental Surgery at the University of Rome, Medical School.

On January 1979, he was admitted to Prof. Pitanguy private clinic where he spent 5 years up to January 84 working as resident and teaching attending at the University of Rio de Janeiro Medical School and as Prof. Pitanguy’s assistant in his private clinic. On Febrary 1980, he was Chief Resident at Prof. Pitanguy’s Clinic and Santa Casa General Hospital.

On January 86, Dr Pelle was Chief of Plastic Surgery at Hesperia Hospital, Modena Italy. Since January 1990 is President of “The International Medical Academy”. In February 1992, he was Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rome American Hospital, University affiliated Hospital.

He is Member of “The Italian Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery”. He is honorary member of the “Romanian Society Plastic Surgery”. He is corresponding member of “The Brazilian Society for Plastic Surgery”. He is member of the ISAPS International Society of Aestheticc Plastic Surgery. He is teaching attending at the Master in Aesthetic Surgery, at the University of Padova Medical school He is, presently, chief of Plastic Surgery at Mercede Hospital, Rome. He has been invited to Teaching Plastic Surgery Programs all over the world by “The Plastic Surgery Ambassador Plan”. He has published about 60 papers in different languages (Italian, Portuguese, English)


Dr Ali Pirayesh   (Holland)

Dr Ali Pirayesh is founder and owner of Amsterdam Plastic Surgery (APS), a modern private clinic and outpatient surgery facility, centrally located in Amsterdam.

Dr Pirayesh is well versed in all aspects of aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts and body. He is an authority on the application of medical lasers and injectables (Botox and fillers), often used to enhance the aesthetic effect of surgery. He is also very experienced in treating patients suffering from complications from cosmetic surgery or permanent fillers.

Dr Pirayesh (1969) graduated with honours from the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden. He continued his surgical training in England and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. He completed his training as a surgeon at the famous Plastic Surgery Department of the University of Ghent in Belgium. Altogether he studied for 18 years and has over 10 years of experience as a plastic surgeon.

Dr Pirayesh is an executive council member of the Dutch Society of Plastic Surgery (NVPC), President of the Dutch Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (NVEPC), Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ( RCSEng)  and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).


Mr Chris Pring    (UK)

Chris is a specialist laparoscopic (key-hole), upper GI and bariatric (weight loss) surgeon.

Having graduated from Cambridge University Chris went on to complete his surgical training in London and Leeds. In addition to his UK training Chris trained in some of the best units across the world, including Australia, Japan and the USA.

He has trained alongside some of the most eminent surgeons, Chris has been able to develop a reputation as a highly skilled surgeon himself.

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was awarded a Doctorate (MD) by thesis for his research into the molecular biology of oesophageal cancer.

Since 2008 Chris has been a Consultant Surgeon for the NHS and performs over 350 laparoscopic procedures each year.

As a recognised trainer of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery for the NHS, Chris runs a number of successful surgeon training programmes.

He is an active member of the specialty associations for laparoscopic and bariatric surgery – The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (ALS), The Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS), The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and The International Federation for Surgery of Obesity (IFSO). Chris is often invited to present and lecture to other healthcare professionals and patient groups on aspects of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.


Mr Awf Quaba (UK)

Having served as an NHS consultant for over 20 years, Mr Quaba is now in full time private practice at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital and at the Edinburgh Clinic. He has a special interest in cosmetic facial surgery and breast surgery but continues to offer a wide spectrum of both surgical and non surgical aesthetic care. He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery.

He gained his primary medical qualifications in Mosul, Iraq. He was awarded the prestigious Hallett prize by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for outstanding performance in their examination. He completed six years of higher surgical training at the renowned St Andrew’s Plastic Surgery Unit in Essex and was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Edinburgh in 1987.

His NHS work covered a broad spectrum of adult and paediatric reconstructive problems. He established the first NHS pulsed dye laser service focusing on the treatment of birthmarks. He also built up expertise in the management of lower limb trauma, skin cancer, congenital hand surgery and breast surgery.

He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written a number of book chapters and co-edited a text on reconstructive surgery. Much of his work has been cited by others in their scientific papers.

He performs ongoing audit of his practice which is submitted annually to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.


Dr Osvaldo Saldanha (Brazil)

- President of Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) - 2006-2007

- Head of Osvaldo Saldanha Plastic Surgery Service – Unimes (accredited by SBCP)

- Director of Department of Accredited Plastic Surgery Services of SBCP

- Coordinator of Safety Committee of SBCP

- International Editor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

- Permanent member of the Council of Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery


Daniel Labbé

Dr. Daniel Labbé, M.D., graduated in medicine at the University of West Paris. He is a former intern at the CAEN hospital, and practices Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery part-time at the Teaching Hospital in Cean and the Saint-Martin Private Hospital Centre. He has written 51 articles in specialized reviews and 4 chapters in books. He has held numerous conferences in regions, in France and abroad (Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Italy, Israel, Tunisia). He has performed demonstration surgery operations in many cities throughout France: Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg,Tours and abroad : Belgium, Brazil, Tunisia.

Mr Gary Ross

Mr Gary Ross is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeon in the North West of England and offers an individualized range of plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments. He is a full member of theBritish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS); American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Association of Breast Surgeons (ABS), is a fully accredited plastic surgeon on the General Medical Council’s specialist register for plastic surgery and certified by the Royal College of Surgeons in all areas of cosmetic surgery including body contouring and weight loss surgery . He began his NHS Consultant career at the Internationally renowned Christie Hospital specialising in breast and head and neck reconstruction before retiring from the NHS in 2013 to offer a wide range of plastic reconstructive and aesthetic procedures in the private sector. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and leads the invasive surgery MSc module in Skin Ageing and heavily involved in education and training. He has published over 100 papers / book chapters in the field of plastic surgery.