Mr Simon Heppell trained in medicine at University of Leicester, qualifying in 1993 followed by Officer Training at Royal Academy Sandhurst. He continued surgical training thereafter in Leicester, London, Frimly Park and Southampton attaining a well rounded general exposure prior to specialising in Plastic Surgery. During this time he attained FRCSEd (professional surgical qualification).
Mr Heppell's surgery training started in 1996 at Royal Hospital Haslar and continued at East Grinstead, Stoke Mandeville, Salisbury and Oxford. Throughout this period Mr Heppell recevied a thorough training in all aspects of Plastic Surgery inlcuding breast surgery, hand sugery, burns, craniofacial surgery and reconstruction. After passing the specialist Plastic Surgery examinations FRCS(Plast) he then departed these shores for a specialist fellowship in Breast Reconstructive Surgery in Toronto, Canada and a Microvascular Reconstruction fellowship in Winnipeg, Canada.
Mr Heppell has published several articles and is a contributor to the book 'Oxford Handbook in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery'.
As a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Mr Heppell has worked in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus and has been deployed to Afghanistan treating many war casualties.
Mr Heppell took up his NHS post as Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in 2007, his specialist interests include all aspects of breast surgery (reconstruction and cosmetic), skin cancer and microvascular reconstruction.
He regularly performs breast reconstruction, augmentation (enlargement), mastopexy (uplift), reduction, gynaecomastia correction, abdominpolasty (tummy tuck) and skin cancer excision and reconstruction.