Mr Alan Parbhoo

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial, Facial Cosmetic & Laser Surgeon

FRCS (OMFS Gold Medal), MBBS, BSc (Molecular Oncology) First, BDS

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I am a full-time NHS Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics at Bedford Hospital and Deputy Chair of the Skin Cancer MDT at Bedford Hospital. I was appointed to this post in 2015. I have been recognised as a patient safety leader and, as a result, appointed as the Lead for Clinical Human Factors in the hospital. My sub-specialty interests are skin cancer, orthognathic (facial deformity) and TMJ (jaw joint) disease, facial aesthetic surgery and skincare.

At the end of my training I was appointed to a highly competitive Royal College of Surgeons of England Trainee Interface Group Fellowship in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. I trained under some of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the UK. I was awarded the Gold Medal in the FRCS(OMFS) examination (given to one trainee per annum ranked first in the FRCS exit exam) and ranked number one in the UK at application to higher surgical training.

I am and have been a faculty member on several international courses supported by the Royal College of Surgeons and BAOMS as well as locally run regional courses in the specialty, and have a longstanding interest in teaching trainees. I am an educational supervisor for junior and senior trainees and maxillofacial surgery. I am a reviewer for three UK based peer-reviewed surgical journals and have been an invited reviewer for the International Journal of Dermatology. I am actively involved in ongoing clinical research and audit.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Alan Parbhoo at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Other treatments

  • Facial plastic surgery (rhinoplasty, genioplasty, otoplasty, blepharoplasty)
  • Removal of benign skin lesions and skin cancers
  • Facial laser surgery
  • Treatment of jaw joint disorders
  • Facial deformity surgery (orthognathic)
  • General maxillofacial and oral surgery (removal of teeth, dental implants, oral lumps and bumps, salivary gland surgery)
  • Paediatric oral surgery and tongue ties

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Clinical interests

Facial surgery
Oral surgery
Skin cancer

Special clinical interests: Skin cancer surgery and facial skin reconstruction, TMJ (jaw joint disease), Facial deformity, Facial injuries and trauma, Salivary disease and surgery, Facial aesthetics (non-surgical and surgical), Facial skincare and Virtual surgical planning and patient specific facial implants.

Qualification and professional memberships

Core of Knowledge / UK / 2015
British Medical Laser Association

TIG / The Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2015
Fellow in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

FRCS (OMFS) / The Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2014
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Gold Medal

DPMG / King's College London / 2010
Dental Programme for Medical Graduates

- / Royal Free & University College Hospitals / 2001
Medical School

BSc / University College London / 2000
Molecular Oncology & Molecular Medicine

Professional memberships

General Medical Council

General Dental Council

British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

British Medical Laser Association

Professional leadership

Clinical Lead in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics, Bedford Hospital
Lead for Clinical Human Factors, Bedford Hospital
Deputy Chair of Skin Cancer Service & MDT, Bedford Hospital
Clinical Audit & Governance Lead, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics, Bedford Hospital
Educational Supervisor for Dental Core Trainees
Clinical Supervisor for Higher Surgical Trainees
TMJR Lead at Luton and Dunstable
Clinical Human Factors Trainer at Bedford Hospital

Research and publications

Suction blister skin grafting - a modern application. Parbhoo AV, Simpson MT. BJ Oral Maxillofac Surg 2014; 52: 283–284.

Accessory infra-orbital nerves – an important anatomical lesson. Zarringhalam P, Parbhoo AV, Von Arx D. Face Mouth Jaw Surg. 2014; 4: 12-14. Runner up prize winner - case report of the year.

Anaesthetic management of common maxillofacial emergencies. Morosan M, Parbhoo AV, Curry N. Contin Ed Anaesth Crit Care Pain 2012.

Duane retraction syndrome mimicking an orbital fracture. Toledano S, Parbhoo AV, Von Arx DV. BJ Oral Maxillofac Surg 2011; 49(8):e76-8.

Review of Pertinent Papers Trauma 2006. Holmes S, Parbhoo A. BJ Oral Maxillofac Surg 2009; 47: 651-653.

Review of Pertinent Papers Trauma 2005. Holmes S, Parbhoo A. BJ Oral Maxillofac Surg 2008; 46: 167-169.

Review of Pertinent Papers Trauma 2004. Holmes S, Parbhoo A. BJ Oral Maxillofac Surg 2008; 46: 70-72.



What They Didn’t Teach You At Medical School. Springer 2007. ISBN: 1846284619.

Challenging Concepts in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: The Keratocystic Odontogenic Tumour. Parbhoo AV, Simpson MT. Book chapter. Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN 9780199653553.



Over 20 posters presented at international conferences

Current NHS posts

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Bedford Hospital.

Personal profile

I was born in London where I grew up. I supported myself through university (all three degrees) by working multiple jobs part-time. My undergraduate training was in London, followed by house jobs in busy district general hospitals. My higher surgical training was in the East of England, followed by a fellowship in Surrey and central London private hospitals and clinics.

I am a keen rock climber and cyclist and enjoy all outdoor pursuits, as do my wife and children. I spend a lot of time working in, on, or underneath cars and have done so since my late teens - initially through necessity and subsequently for pleasure.

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