New Professor will help to develop Postgraduate Medical Institute study

Published: 19 June 2008 at 14:20

Focusing on collaborative research into aesthetic and reconstructive surgery

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed James Frame FRCS FRCS(Plast) as Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at its Faculty of Health and Social Care.

A much-acclaimed professional from the healthcare sector, he is currently the Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Practice at the Springfield Hospital and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, specialising in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery after ablative cancer therapy, or traumatic injury including burns.

James was appointed as Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the Anglia Ruskin University to lead and develop research interests as part of the newly launched Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI). The Institute, led by medical academics in partnership with eleven NHS trusts from around the East of England, provides a regional nucleus or postgraduate education and training, alongside medical research and development. 

It is building on existing medical research activity at the University, creating a focus for investment from the NHS and the private sector, and providing opportunities for training and R&D partnerships with industry and allow NHS Trusts to develop their senior staff locally.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“Professor Frame’s appointment is of great significance to Anglia Ruskin University.  His vision, creativity and drive will, undoubtedly, help to make the PMI one of the leading medical institutes in the UK.”

Professor Frame commented,

“Aesthetic Surgery is continuing to rise in popularity with the public and this speciality is being championed by Anglia Ruskin University and its PMI in helping to set standards of care, with patient safety in mind; and in offering advanced research facilities to develop innovative techniques and products that will ultimately help the population at large.”

“Obesity management is another major challenge for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Corrective surgery after massive weight loss restores psychological wellbeing to the patient. Wound care and scar control are also areas of investigation and research within the remit of a  Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the research findings and developments impact on all surgical specialities.”

“Fat transplantation, immunotolerance, stem cell transfer are all avenues for future research at the new Postgraduate Medical Institute. Primarily though, it is important that clinical foundations are laid. Outcome studies are vital to benchmark current working practices, to maximise effective use of resources and safely manage patients. Already the team at Anglia Ruskin University is assessing the pre- and post-operative impact of breast augmentation. Other invaluable studies will follow.”

Professor Frame’s formative years were spent in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he won scholarships into secondary education. The family returned to England where he completed his secondary education, gaining entry into St Bartholomew’s Hospital to study medicine. Qualifying in 1977,  he progressed into his chosen career as a plastic surgeon, training at Barts, Southampton, Chelmsford, UCH, St Andrew’s Billericay and Mount Vernon in Middlesex.

As a Senior House Officer and Registrar, he was the main author and researcher in the field of advanced burn injury care, tissue transplantation and regeneration. He is credited with over eighty peer renowned papers, book chapters and articles on burn care, trauma, reconstruction and in aesthetic surgery.  He was a Visiting Professor in Singapore, Australia and the United States and has strong international links in research and training following the awards of travelling Fellowships, in particular, the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship allowing him exposure to USA facilities. His special interests, within the NHS, included burn care, breast cancer reconstruction and the surgical repair of soft tissue sports injuries particularly in elite athletes.

Professor Frame left the NHS in 2001 and set up the directorate of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford. He is also the co-founder of the post graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Surgery, at Barts and the London Hospital, for young plastic surgeons. Nurse education in plastic surgery and burns is well established in Essex but aesthetic surgery nurse training has only recently developed into a nationally recognised standard at Anglia Ruskin and Springfield Hospital under his guidance. 

He has a very large cosmetic surgery practice, with a wide referral base, including celebrity clients, and continues with his special interests in breast cancer reconstruction and surgical repair of soft tissue sports injuries.

He is an Executive Committee Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS), Chairman of Committee and the UK National Secretary in the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and a member of American Plastic Surgery associations.