Joanna Skillman provides a kind, female perspective for any patient considering plastic surgery treatment and is a highly motivated, conscientious, approachable and capable surgeon.
She grew up in Cheltenham, studied medicine at Cambridge University, and was awarded an intercalated Master of Arts degree. She graduated in clinical studies at Oxford University where she was awarded the BM BCh degree. She was also awarded the Radcliffe Prize: a university prize for all round excellence.
She undertook broad and varied surgical training in Oxford, London, Durham, Birmingham and Sydney. An exceptional specialist fellowship allowed her to further enhance her skills in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, at the principle teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia. She achieved fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery in 2009. She was one of the very few plastic surgeons to be awarded a sought after oncoplastic fellowship, which provided training in modern aspects of breast cancer surgery and new techniques in reconstruction.
She was appointed as an aesthetic surgery fellow and was trained by the best aesthetic surgeons. She gained experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery including breast surgery, brow lifts, facelifts, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasties and body contouring procedures including abdominoplasties and liposuction. She is a fully accredited specialist in plastic surgery. She is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
In addition to clinical work, she is also a trainer on the oncoplastic skills course at the Royal College of Surgeons. She has published more than 30 articles on all types of cosmetic and plastic surgery. She has completed an advanced communication skills course, and teaches plastic surgery to junior surgeons and breast care nurses. She is writing the surgical section of the National Oncoplastic Guidelines, which will set quality standards in the UK.
She has been an NHS consultant since July 2010 specialising in breast reconstruction, especially free flap surgery, skin cancer and trauma.