Mr Damir Kosutic

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

MD, PhD, FRCS (Plast), Fellow of EBOPRAS

Specialises in

I am an internationally acclaimed expert in Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction (DIEP flap, PAP flap, thigh flaps), Lymphoedema Microsurgery and Melanoma and Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Reconstruction. I am also specialised in migraine headache treatment. I am a full-time Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at prestigious Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester - one of the biggest cancer centres in Europe - where I am responsible for development of complex microsurgical reconstruction. I am the only plastic surgeon in the UK trained in lymphoedema microsurgery by Professor Cheng, a pioneer in this field from Taiwan.

Apart from lymphoedema, breast reconstruction and skin cancer surgery, I also offer expertise in facial palsy and facial reconstruction, migraine headache treatment (permanent results), liposuction and lipofilling, abdominoplasty-tummy tuck, upper and lower limb, chest wall and abdominal wall reconstruction following sarcoma.

I have completed prestigious fellowships in breast reconstruction and perforator flaps with pioneers in this field, Professor Jaume Masia in Barcelona as well as inventor of DIEP flap Dr Robert Allen in New York. I possess a PhD and Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences and have worked as Assistant Professor at University of Maribor, Slovenia. I was trained by some of the leading perforator flap surgeons around the world including Professor Ming-Huei Cheng (Taiwan) and Professor Jaume Masia (Barcelona). My sub-specialty interest is complex microvascular reconstruction for different body areas, particularly breast reconstruction and lymphoedema microsurgery as well as limb and face reconstruction.

I have published some of the key papers on one of today’s most important advances in the field of microsurgical breast reconstruction – the use of CT angiogram and MRI for planning of perforator flaps to significantly improve surgical outcomes for all women undergoing breast reconstruction. I published 43 scientific papers in best international plastic surgery journals, including some of the key papers on pre-operative planning of perforator flaps, which have been cited more than 160x in literature.

I have also completed a famous microsurgical fellowship at Imperial College NHS - Charing Cross Hospital in London. I am one of the few plastic surgeons in the UK experienced in penile reconstructions for transgender patients.

I am 1 of the only 20 UK-practicing plastic surgery consultants who is a full member of prestigious EURAPS (European Association of Plastic Surgeons). In 2011, I was awarded the prestigious EURAPS Scholarship.

I am also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and European Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. I was awarded the prestigious EURAPS Scholarship for the best European Plastic Surgeon as well as a HCA Scholarship.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Damir Kosutic at Spire include:

Plastic surgery

Other treatments

  • Breast reconstruction (DIEP Flap, DIEP flap with lymph nodes, PAP flap, thigh flaps)
  • Chest wall, abdomen and head and neck
  • Facial paralysis surgery and facial reconstruction
  • Liposuction and lipofilling
  • Lymphatico-venous bypass
  • Lymphoedema microsurgery, supermicrosurgery and liposuction-free microvascular lymph node transfer/transplant
  • Migraine headache treatment 
  • Perineal reconstruction
  • Sarcoma reconstruction for upper and lower limb
  • Skin cancer treatment-melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer removal and reconstruction
  • Targeted lymphoedema liposuction

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Additional information

Special clinical interest: Targeted lymphoedema liposuction, Lymphoedema microsurgery, Abdominoplasty-tummy tuck, Breast Reconstruction (DIEP Flap, DIEP flap with lymph nodes, PAP flap, thigh flaps), gender reassignment top surgery, supermicrosurgery and liposuction-free microvascular lymph node transfer/transplant, lymphatico-venous bypass, Facial paralysis surgery and facial reconstruction, Liposuction and Lipofilling, Migraine headache treatment, Sarcoma reconstruction for upper and lower limb, chest wall, abdomen and head and neck, Skin cancer treatment-Melanoma and Non-melanoma skin cancer removal and reconstruction.

MD (MBBS) / Croatia(EU) / 2000
University of Zagreb School of Medicine-graduated within top 10% of class

MS degree / Croatia(EU) / 2005
Masters degree in Biomedical sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

PhD degree / Slovenia (EU) / 2009
PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Fellow of EBOPRAS / Belgium and Germany / 2009
European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery certified

GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery / UK / 2010
Consultant/Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

FRCS (Plast) / UK / 2014
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional memberships

EURAPS active member – European Association of Plastic Surgeons

WSRM member- World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Royal College of Surgeons of England - Fellowship

European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery-Fellow

British Medical Association - BMA

General Medical Council - GMC

Medical Defence Union - MDU

General Medical Chamber of Slovenia

General Medical Chamber of Croatia

Professional leadership

EURAPS active Member-one of only 20 UK plastic surgery consultants
WSRM - active member
EURAPS best young European plastic surgeons award 2012
Editorial board-“Frontiers in Surgery” and “clinics in surgery: plastic surgery”
Reviewer: JPRAS-Journal of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery Head and neck journal
Former Assistant professor, university of Maribor school of medicine, Slovenia(EU)

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Christie NHS Foundation Trust/Cancer Centre, Manchester

Private secretary Ann Marie Deignon
Private secretary telephone 0161 447 6759
Private secretary fax 0161 447 6774