Prof Wg Cdr Ankur Pandya, known for his experience as a military plastic surgeon, voluntary work, expertise in mentorship, and numerous publications and awards in the medical field, will share with us what it’s like to be a plastic surgeon during war and explore the impact of a doctor’s humanity on the patient’s status.
Being on over 44 international humanitarian missions and four wartime deployments, his voluntary activities include working with Operation Smile, one of the largest surgical volunteer-based nonprofits that improves the health and dignity of patients with cleft conditions, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak and live lives of greater quality and confidence. He set up the Directorate of Quality Assurance for the organisation, which he led for five years.
His academic achievements and titles reflect his mastery in the field: he is Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Southampton University School of Medicine, as well as at Portsmouth University, and Visiting Prof of Plastic Surgery in Romania. He is the Associate dean for the defence Deanery and a Research Fellow in the Academic Department of Global Healthcare Engagement. He is on the faculty of and an examiner for the Conflict and Catastrophe Course. He is the national and European Boards examiner in both plastic and hand surgery, and is the Training Programme Director for Plastic Surgery in the Thames Valley (Oxford) and Wessex Deaneries.
At HEART 2022, Wg Cdr Pandya will explain the impact of the various human factors that impact on patient well being. In his second talk, he will share his experience as a military plastic surgeon in war, touching upon both what it means to be a plastic surgeon and the implications of war and its effects on people. Prof Wg Cdr Pandya will also hold a workshop regarding triage and mass casualty management, an eye-opening theme that will offer participants the insights of an expert on dealing with medical crises efficiently.