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Dr. Roger Woods

Dr. Roger Woods

Dr Roger Woods (MBBS FRACS) is an accomplished Plastic surgeon with an excellent record of care for children and adults in need of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

Dr Woods completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide. He undertook additional training in General surgery in South Australia and the United Kingdom, prior to undertaking Plastic surgery training. Dr Woods was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He was granted the Marjorie Hooper scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008 to support additional training overseas. He undertook this in the academic and historic city of Oxford in the United Kingdom. During his time in Oxford he taught anatomy and surgery to students of Oxford University and Magdalen College, which his grandfather had attended as a Rhodes scholar.

After two years of additional specialisation at world-leading units in Adelaide and Oxford, Dr Woods was awarded formal recognition as a Craniomaxillofacial surgeon, endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand Craniofacial Society. He has current Associate membership of the Australian and New Zealand Craniofacial Society. This confirms his additional competency in surgery to the face involving both the bony skeleton and overlying soft tissues, for optimal overall results.

Dr Woods worked as a Consultant Plastic surgeon in Oxford, United Kingdom, with additional interest areas in microsurgery and complex reconstruction after traumatic wounds or excision for cancer. He also spent time visiting prominent Cosmetic surgeons in London, England, to further his education in this field.

Having returned to his home of Adelaide, Dr Roger Woods works in public and private practice. He has Visiting Specialist roles in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide and the Riverland Regional Health Service in Berri, South Australia. He forms a valuable part of the reconstructive surgical team in management of complicated skin malignancy, melanoma, sarcoma and head and neck malignancy. Dr Woods is the chief plastic surgeon in the South Australian Sarcoma team and is the lead author of the national guidelines for Reconstructive surgery in the management of Sarcoma.

In private practice, Dr Woods focuses on management of skin malignancy and reconstructive challenges following trauma or cancer resection. He believes in providing patients ample time to make an informed decision about their care and always aims to provide the best treatment available. He also offers cosmetic surgery with minimally invasive and short scar techniques where possible to enhance the appearance of the face, breast and body.

Dr Woods is also heavily involved in training the next generation of doctors and plastic surgeons. He is the current state chairman of training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, training young doctors to be the leading plastic surgeons of the future. He has an Honorary Senior Lecturer position with the University of Adelaide in recognition of his ongoing work in the education of medical students. He is also actively involved in research and regularly attends conferences and meetings in Asia, Europe and North America to keep up to date in the ever-evolving fields of plastic surgery and craniomaxillofacial surgery.

Important Note when Choosing Your Surgeon

In Australia, just about anyone with a standard medical degree is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. In fact, currently there is no legislation to stop any doctor from calling themselves a 'surgeon', even without formal surgical training.

Your only safeguard is to look for the letters FRACS under a doctor's name and check that they are affiliated with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), as only fully qualified plastic surgeons have these titles and memberships. They confirm that your doctor has completed many years (at least 10 years) of training and examinations in surgery -far beyond the medical school period.

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