Martin Coady | Plastic Surgeon

Martin Coady

Qualifications: MBBS (London) 1987 FRCS (England)1991 FRCS (Plast) 1998

BAPRAS – British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic
BSSH – British Society for Surgery of the Hand
ASPS – (International Member) American Society of Plastic Surgeons
ISAPS – International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (to early 2019)
ISRM  –  (International member) Indian Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons

A list of published papers and research is available here.

Martin was a consultant plastic surgeon in the South Tees Hospital Trust on Teesside from 1998 until october 2013. Shortly after his appointment, he was asked to be clinical director of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Middlesbrough General Hospital, and continued following the move of the unit to the James Cook University Hospital in 2003.

The unit has now grown from two to six consultants and offers a comprehensive range of modern reconstructive plastic, hand and microsurgery. Martin resigned the Clinical Director post in March 2010 when it became obvious that the Trust was about to undo much of what had been achieved. He left the Trust to work independently in November 2013. Whilst still holding an honorary contract with the James Cook University Hospital, he does not now see NHS patients there.

He started treating NHS patients part-time at Care UK’s Eccleshill Independent Sector Treatment Centre in Bradford from mid 2011. From early 2013  he was the Local Medical Director there until July 2014, when Bradford Clinical Commissioning Group decided not to re-award the service contract to any provider.

Martin also started treating NHS and private patients part time at Ramsay Healthcare’s Tees Valley Treatment Centre located within the “One Life” building in Middlesbrough during 2010. This unit was so successful that Ramsay purpose-built the nearby, stand alone Tees Valley Hospital, which opended in early 2018. Martin’s commitment to Ramsay has since expanded significantly, and the majority of the working week is now spent seeing NHS skin cancer patients there. He does of course also see private insured and self funding skin surgery patients at the same hospital.

In private practice since 1999, but with a three year period of inactivity required to build up the NHS unit in the South Tees trust, Mr Coady now has a diverse, “portfolio” freelance career, with activities ranging from skin cancer to medical appraisal, consultancy and is a trained mediator. He also has an interest in a business process outsourcing company based abroad. In late 2018 he stopped seeing new aesthetic/cosmetic surgery patients and no longer undertakes medico-legal assessments.

Martin’s basic medical training was undertaken at Guys Hospital in London where he also spent much time in the back of the net as the football third team goalkeeper and became part of the hospital’s own, then the London, Inter-hospitals Revue cast. House jobs at both Guys and Pembury Hospital in Kent, were followed by a stint in the busy Accident Department of the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton before being accepted onto the basic surgical training rotation at The General Infirmary in Leeds. It was early on in Leeds that he was introduced to the art and science of Plastic surgery and decided it was to be his career. Career junior (Senior House Officer) plastic surgery positions at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield and St. James’s, Leeds led to his appointment to a training Registrar position in Leeds in 1993. Managing to survive this “hot house” environment, he had periods on parole in the Bradford plastic surgery unit, for a total of a year and a half, and the Australian Cranio-facial unit in Adelaide, South Australia, for the whole of 1995 before returning, completing his training and gaining specialist registration as a plastic surgeon in 1998.

Whilst not undertaking a period of formal laboratory-based research he has been first author of many published and presented clinical papers some of which are quoted in the international standard reference works of reconstructive plastic and hand surgery. In 1996 he won the Kay Kilner Prize for a work on Measuring Outcomes in Plastic Surgery. He continues to lecture and be invited as faculty, contributing to meetings both at home and internationally. He speaks on plastic surgery, wound healing and the diabetic foot.

He has a particular affinity for the Indian subcontinent, where he believes the potential for plastic surgeons is enormous. Martin is keen on innovation and technology in practice, particularly non-invasive diagnostic treatment technologies. He introduced many practice innovations to the plastic surgery unit in Middlesbrough, and for a period before it was abolished he was joint National Clinical lead with the NHS Modernisation Agency’s Action On Plastic Surgery programme.

His clinical interests now are in skin surgery and skin cancers, developing strategies for preventing diabetic complications in feet, peripheral nerve surgery for diabetes and chronic wound management. Since he stopped doing aesethtic surgery he is no longer a member of ISAPS.

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