Mr Howard Peach
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
MB ChB BSc FRCS
I qualified from Bristol in 1989, completing a skin cancer fellowship at the Sydney Melanoma Unit, Australia and then in 2003 I was appointed as a consultant Plastic Surgeon in Leeds. I have been actively involved here in establishing a comprehensive skin cancer service for the region, including sentinel node biopsy, isolated limb infusion, diphencyprone service and electrochemotherapy. I have been the lead clinician for the regional melanoma service for over 18 years and am a core member of the regional specialist skin cancer service, which manages people who have non-melanoma skin cancer. I was instrumental in developing a national skin cancer fellowship. I have been a trustee and on the scientific board for Melanoma Focus, a melanoma charity, for over 10 years
I provide a comprehensive skin cancer service, from initial diagnosis of skin lesions, management of skin cancers non-surgically and surgically, to regular follow up and dermatoscopic mole monitoring. I am able to provide surgical procedures under local or general anaesthetic, removing either the primary lesion or dealing with most secondary recurrences that may occur.
I continue to participate in national and international trials, currently this includes the MelMarT II excision margins trial. I have successfully organised several national and international teaching conferences, which have had excellent feedback. I have published over 30 peer reviewed papers and presented at national and international meetings. I continue to develop regional and national guidelines for the management of skin cancer, including Merkel Cell Carcinoma and the Melanoma Focus supported guidelines on Ano-Uro-Genital mucosal melanoma. I helped organise, chair and then publish a well received national consensus document on sentinel node biopsy for cutaneous melanoma. I am currently an invited committee member for NICE, developing updated guidelines for cutaneous melanoma.
Whilst I am trained in aesthetic surgery, my practice both NHS and private is principally focused on skin oncology. However I use my plastic surgery training to aim for excellent cosmetic results, following any surgery required to manage a person’s skin cancer.
I strive to ensure the individuals I look after, receive excellent compassionate care and high quality surgical results. I pride myself in taking the time needed to explain the diagnosis, the surgery and expected outcomes. I will organise appropriate investigations and where needed, onward referrals of my patients with specific issues, to colleagues with knowledge outside of my areas of expertise.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Howard Peach at Spire include:
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Consultant plastic and reconstructive Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds
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