Meet our surgeons

Meet our surgeons

Find out more about our Plastic Surgery team below.

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Ms Sian Falder, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Clinical Lead of the Burn Service


Sian Falder has been a consultant in burns and plastic surgery since 2008. She qualified in Medicine from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College) in 1992 and obtained a First Class degree in the History of Medicine. She trained in plastic surgery in Bristol and Merseyside obtaining the specialist qualification in plastic surgery FRCS(Plast) in 2005. She also holds a Diploma of Tropical Medicine. Sian undertook a fellowship year of training in burns in Australia. She is the Lead Clinician for the Burn Service and is a member of the British Burn Association research special interest group and the National Burn Standards Committee.  She has published a number of academic papers. She leads Alder Hey’s partnership with Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal and works with Interburns charity. She has taken up the role of Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Service Transformation in Alder Hey and  attends Trust Board.

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Mr Adel Y Fattah, Consultant  Plastic Surgeon

BSc(Hons), PhD, MB Bchir, FRCS(Plast)

Adel Fattah began his career at the University of Wales College of Medicine and during the early part of his training received an MRC award to study for a BSc(Hons) in Anatomy. Adel received a First Class degree and during this period investigated synovial joint development. This research was awarded the Jakoby Prize and he was subsequently recruited to the Department of Craniofacial Development at the University of London to undertake a PhD in the molecular control of joint development and craniofacial development.

After a brief post-doctoral period, he returned to complete his medical training at the University of Cambridge. His post-graduate training was undertaken in London and included terms at Great Ormond Hospital and the St Andrew’s Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, where he gained good experience in burns care. He was awarded the FRCS(Plast) in 2009 and was entered onto the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery in 2012 following fellowships abroad at “SickKids” in Toronto, the largest paediatric hospital in North America. Adel has maintained active research interests since his PhD and has won a number of prizes for his work presented at over 40 national and international conferences. He has also published over 35 articles mainly regarding facial palsy, craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery. He also acts as a reviewer for a number of academic journals. Adel is an avid teacher and has produced teaching videos for a number of surgical procedures and is committed to training the next generation of plastic surgeons.

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Mr Christian Duncan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

CBU Lead (Neuroscience, Musculoskeletal & Specialist Surgery)

MB BCh, BAO, MPhil, FRCSI, FRCS(Plast)

Mr Duncan graduated as a doctor in 1991 from University College Dublin and undertook basic surgical training in Dublin, gaining his general fellowship in 1995. He undertook higher surgical training in plastic surgery in Bristol, Sheffield and the West Midlands gaining FRCS(Plast) in 2003.  During higher surgical training, he pursued fellowships in Tissue Engineering at the School of Dentistry in Birmingham, Craniofacial Surgery in the West Midlands Supra-Regional Craniofacial Unit and Aesthetic Surgery at the Wellington Hospital, London. He was awarded an MPhil for research in tissue engineering of skin in 2002.  He was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust in 2004. He joined the Merseyside Supra-Regional Craniofacial Team in 2005 and became the clinical lead of that team in 2010. Clinical interests include all aspects of craniofacial surgery and research interests include tissue engineering, cell delivery systems and bone cements. His research has been widely published internationally.

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Mrs Catherine Raraty, Associate Specialist Plastic Surgeon

MB ChB, FRCSEd MmedSci

Mrs Raraty qualified as a doctor from Leeds in 1989 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1997. She first worked in the plastic surgery department at Alder Hey in 1992 and came back many times during training. She returned to Alder Hey full time in 2003 as a Fellow, becoming a Specialty Doctor in 2007 and an Associate Specialist in 2009. Her main responsibility is the care of burn inpatients and their clinical follow up after discharge. She is part of the Clinical Advisory Group for the Northern Burn Care Network and a Key Instructor for the Emergency Management of Severe Burns Course (EMSB). Mrs Raraty also carries out general plastic surgery lists and clinics. She is the Clinical Governance Lead for the Burns & Plastic Surgery Department.

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Ms Eleonore Breuning, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBBCh (UWCM 2000), MD (Birmingham 2013), FRCS(Plast) (London 2012)

Eleonore Breuning started in Alder Hey in January 2016, having completed a one-year Fellowship in Paediatric Plastic Surgery in British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver in 2014/15. She qualified as a doctor in 2000 from the University of Wales College of Medicine and then completed basic surgical and specialist plastic surgery training in both adult and paediatric plastic surgery in the West Midlands region. She  undertook an 11 month Hand Surgery fellowship in Birmingham in 2014 and gained additional experience in burns care. Her clinical interests include Vascular Anomalies, Hand Surgery and Lasers, including improvement of burn scarring. Her research interests include Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). Specialist areas are general paediatric plastic surgery, lasers and vascular anomalies, hand surgery.

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Mr Zahid Hassan, Consultant Plastic & Hand Surgeon

BM, MRCS, MD, FRCS(Plast), Dip Hand Surg (Br)

Zahid Hassan graduated from Southampton University in 1996. Basic surgical training was completed in New Zealand, London and Swansea leading to the qualification Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) which was gained in 2001. At Manchester University he was awarded a higher doctorate (MD) for research into paediatric burn wound healing. Higher plastic surgical training was undertaken in the Mersey region leading to the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship in Plastic Surgery FRCS(Plast) in 2012. He subsequently completed the prestigious Advanced Training Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Leeds for 12 months. During this period he also obtained the British Diploma in Hand Surgery. He was appointed as a Consultant in Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at Whiston Hospital in 2014 and joined the team at Alder Hey Hospital in 2015. Mr Hassan is qualified in the Emergency Management of Severe Burns. Specialist areas include congenital hand abnormalities, nerve reconstruction, cerebral palsy and upper limb trauma.

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Mr Pundrique Sharma

BSc(Hons) PhD MBBS FRSC(Plast)

Mr Sharma has a special interest in paediatric microsurgery, limb reconstruction and nerve injury.  He attended University College London (UCL), and was selected against national competition to be one of only a six students to do a combined medical degree and PhD.  He qualified as a doctor in 2003 and spent his junior years training in London. Pundrique undertook specialist training in plastic surgery in and around London and the South East, including at UCL, the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns in Chelmsford. After attaining FRCS(Plast) exam, he had further training in head and neck reconstruction and microsurgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and in reconstructive microsurgery at Chelmsford.  He also undertook sub-speciality fellowships in at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, training in all aspects of paediatric plastic surgery but in particular focussing on limb and facial reconstruction.

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