Alex Woollard is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London. His interests include all aspects of aesthetic surgery and he has a sub-specialist focus in breast surgery and reconstruction, lower limb reconstruction, osseointegration and Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR). After leaving St Paul’s School he studied medicine at Southampton University graduating in 2002. He has also received a BSc in History of Medicine from the Wellcome Institute and University College London. He returned to London for his basic surgical training gaining membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005. He became a Fellow in 2015 and entered the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery the following year. He then undertook a microsurgical fellowship at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. Mr Woollard has extensive experience in clinical research. He conducted his PhD research ito nerve regeneration under Professor JW Lichtman in the Centre for Brain Science at Harvard University. His PhD from UCL was awarded in 2017. He has been recognised with a Research Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011 and from the MRC in 2003. He has received multiple awards including the Patton-Masser award from BAPRAS and the Stephan and Anna Galeski fellowship from the RCS, as well as grants from the Anton Jurgens and Roan Trusts. He continues to have an active role in research focused on nerve and muscle regeneration (TMR) and presents his work at both a national and international level. Mr Woollard is a member of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive (BAPRAS) and British Aesthetic Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). He is on the Board and treasurer of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) and a trustee of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practice (JCCP). He is a specialist advisor for both the MHRA and NICE.
Dr Woollard is an excellent plastic surgeon, incredibly knowledgeable in his field of practice and with extraordinary interpersonal skills, very empathic and inspiring lots of confidence. He has grown from being only my surgeon into a good friend. I met Dr. Woollard in the instance of breast cancer, so far the most difficult time in my life. I was so incredibly lucky to have him as one of the principal surgeons in my mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. I cannot forget the incredible sense of confidence he passed onto me the early morning of my 8h surgery to follow. After which he has looked after me with extreme care, commitment and dedication. I will be grateful for his no doubt extraordinary role in my recovery for the rest of my life. He is an excellent plastic surgeon! not only incredible knowledgeable, offering lots of confidence and empathy
I have just been discharged by Alex Woollard after 15 months of excellent care involving 5 separate operations. Mr Woollard and his team managed to find a solution to a difficult problem and at the same time they kept my spirits up. Many thanks to them all
Alex Woollard is one of the most caring, sensitive and understanding Doctors I have come across. I was unsure at first as he came in halfway through my treatment, I was of course wary and nervous that this new surgeon would be able to step into my previous surgeons shoes. My fears were unwarranted, from the very first meeting he put my mind at rest. A total professional in his field. He discussed every aspect of my treatment in great detail.. I felt at times he was frustrated that he was not able to afford more time to each patient but with the waiting room bursting at the seams, there was little he could do I cannot praise and thank him enough for what care and service I have received from Alex Woollard.
Dr Woollard has been truly amazing through my whole surgery experience. He's professional, attentive and extremely knowledgeable within his field. I felt valued, and listening to, and I knew I was in expert hands in every stage of my surgery. I've had a challenging couple of years after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and felt the care I received in the final stage of of journey has motivated me to 'get back to living life' in a positive way. Can't thank Mr Woollard enough!
I saw Mr Woollard today for a check up following my double mastectomy and reconstruction in June and my nipple reconstruction in November. Over the last couple of years, he has seen me on a regular basis and has provided me with reassurance and top notch care and information. In the run up to, and especially on the morning of my mastectomy, I was so anxious and he was a calming, reassuring presence. He has done an amazing job of the reconstruction and was there when I came round after the operation talking me through what happens next and to check on me. For the nipple reconstruction I only had local anaesthetic but he was again very informative and made me feel welcome and comfortable in the operating room, I even got to choose the music playlist! Today we discussed next steps, tattoos, and as always I have come away with all the info I need. I am very pleased with how good my new breasts look. I was not too bothered about having the nipples reconstructed but I am glad I did as it has had a really good effect. I would like to thank Mr Woollard and his team for providing me with first rate care. I can not recommend him highly enough.