Mr Venkat Ramakrishnan

Mr Venkat Ramakrishnan

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MS, FRCS, FRACS (Plastic Surgery)

Specialises in

I am a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Chelmsford, UK. Qualifying in medicine in 1983, I undertook comprehensive training in plastic surgery in Australia and have been practicing reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery since 1987. I am, among others, a member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

I have an international reputation for my work in microsurgical breast reconstruction and this forms my main commitment in the NHS. This is my area of expertise and I have made many presentations on the subject at both national and international level. I also have a special interest in cosmetic surgery, performing reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, liposculpting and bodylifts.

As of January 2016 I have performed over 1,000 operations on the NHS last year. The majority of these were major breast reconstruction procedures. In the last three years I have performed 130 abdominoplasties, 180 breast augmentations, 165 breast reductions and mastopexies, 107 removal and replacement of implants, 81 blepharoplasties and 107 breast reconstruction operations using DIEP & TUG flaps.

I am the head of the Breast Reconstruction Service at Mid Essex Trust Hospital. I am also Chair of the BSRM Microsurgical committee. I am also a member of the Project Board of the National Mastectomy & Reconstruction Audit for the Health Care Commission.

I was appointed in 2002 at the St Andrews Centre for Plastic surgery and have been involved in teaching and training registrars. I run a microsurgical fellowship for trainees, which has attracted local trainees and international fellows from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and India. I have organised the 9th International perforator course in 2004 and the 12th one in India in 2008. More recently I helped to organise the WRSM in Mumbai India in 2015.

I am Professor of Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University.

I welcome appropriate patients wishing to refer and pay for treatment themselves without the need for a GP letter of referral.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Venkat Ramakrishnan at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

Other treatments

Microsurgery for breast reconstruction, DIEP flaps and TUG flaps.

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Additional information

Non-surgical procedures
Breast surgery
Cosmetic breast surgery
Facial surgery
Non-surgical cosmetic treatment
Reconstructive surgery

MBBS / Madras Medical College, India / 1983
Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery

MS / . / 1986
MS in General Surgery

FRACS / . / 1990
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

FRCS, ENG / . / 1990
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England

Professional memberships

BAAPS, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

BAPRAS, British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Royal College of Surgeons

Professional leadership

I am the chair of the BSRM Microsurgical sub-committee of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

I contribute to the following journals on a regular basis:

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Journal of Plastic Surgery 
  • Annals of Plastic Surgery

I have published 133 articles to date in peer reviewed journals. I have also contributed chapters to three books.

I am on the editorial board of JPRAS, The Archives if Plastic Surgery and BJPS.

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Authors: Dick Rainsbury & Virginia Straker Published 2008

Class Publishing ISBN 978-1-85959-197-0. Chapter ‘Reconstruction of the Nipple and Areola’ by Venkat V Ramakrishnan and Diana E.M Slade-Sharman.

BREAST, ENDOCRINE AND SURGICAL ONCOLOGY: Editor Brendon J Coventry Published 2014

ISBN 978-1-4471-5421-1. Chapter ‘Breast Surgery’

Media Coverage

Chelmsford mother’s ordeal: ‘I wanted to reveal what having a mastectomy looks like’
March 14

UK doctor offers advanced breast cancer care
February 14

Rise in enquiries at plastic surgeon after Jolie mastectomy
May 13

Top plastic surgeons at conference in city
November 12

Charlottes blog - Charlotte is a 30 year old mother of three who carries the BRCA2 gene
November 12

My breast was rebuilt by a robot: After Colette’s mastectomy, a pioneering technique restored her confidence
December 2011

Southend Yellow Advertiser - A consultant surgeon from Essex feels “deeply flattered”…
June 2011

Breast Reconstruction – Your Choice
October 2010

Self-esteem regained for a cancer mother
October 2010

100 DIEP Flap Reconstruction Procedures performed by Mr Ramakrishnan
October 10

Britain’s top surgeons for breast cancer reconstruction surgery
August 10

Essex Clinician Recognised As One Of The Top 10 Breast Surgeons In The UK
August 10

June’s party with family - A cancer survivor celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary
July 10

Surgeons lead way in post cancer breast ops
October 09

The first bespoke breast augmentation
April 09

Reconstruction service is widely envied
October 08

Stem cell technique helps women grow their own implants
February 07

Feeling complete - Anyone who has had their breast (or breasts) removed as a result of cancer is entitled to have their nipples and areola reconstructed…
February 07

St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor of Plastic Surgery at Anglia Ruskin University

I enjoy watching cricket and spending time with my family.