Mr Ghanem obtained his Doctorate in Medicine from Damascus University. He is also qualified in Medical Law and Ethics (Glasgow University), Surgical Science (Distinction – University of London) and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Distinction – Queen Mary University of London). He completed his basic surgical training at both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England in the teaching hospitals of Aberdeen and Manchester Universities. He received his PhD in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology from University College London investigating the molecular regulation of embryonic stem cells neural differentiation.
Mr Ghanem joined the Blizard Institute after completing his academic clinical lecturership in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Barts and the London School of Medcine and Dentistry during which he developed under the supervision of Professor Simon Myers the education programme of the Health Education England (HEE) Microvascular Anastomosis Simulation Hub (MASH). He is Consultant in Medical Education Development to the International Medical Education Trust (IMET 2000) and the Course Lead of the Master Programmes in Aesthetic Medicine and Reconstructive Microsurgery.
His academic work was recognized by The Arnold Huddard Medal of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland, The Education Excellence Innovation Award of NHS London and a recent Honour from the Pan Arab Association of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS AND PRIZES
Professor Soucacos Plaque Orthopaedic Research & Education Centre, Athens, Greece 05/2015
Professor Fazlollah Reza Medal Rhinology Research Society, Tehran. Iran 05/2015
Certificate of Appreciation 1st International Symposium of Plastic Surgery in War 10/2014
Distinction in Academic Work MSc Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Programme QMUL UK 10/2014
Certificate of Appreciation Asia Pacific Course Aesthetic Surgery – Chennai 08/2014
Certificate of Appreciation International Microsurgery Simulation Society 05/2014
Certificate of Honour Pan Arab Association of Burn and Plastic Surgery 03/2014
Certificate of Appreciation Debrecen University, Hungary 02/2014
Letter of Appreciation University of Gothenburg, Sweden 10/2013
Certificate of Appreciation European Plastic Surgery Research Council 08/2013
Certificate of Appreciation Indian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons 08/2013
Certificate of Appreciation Centre of Biotechnology, Naples, Italy 06/2013
President Prize (Team) Royal Society of Medicine - Plastic Surgery Section 12/2012
Certificate of Appreciation Turkish Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery 12/2012
First graduate Prize Italian Society of Microsurgery and Hand Surgery 11/2012
Pass with Distinction Italian Diploma of Microsurgery Techniques 11/2012
Certificate of Appreciation Marrakech World Aesthetic Congress 11/2012
First National Poster Prize (Team) Imperial College Trauma Conference 11/2012
Certificate of Appreciation Korean Society of Microsurgery 10/2012
Letter of Appreciation Asia Pacific Federation of Societies of Microsurgery 08/2012
Certificate of Appreciation Cell Therapy Centre – University of Jordan 05/2012
Educational Excellence Award NHS London 12/2011
Certificate of Appreciation Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery 11/2012
First Research Prize British Syrian Medical Society 05/2010
Arnold Huddart Medal Craniofacial Society of Great Britain 04/2010
Distinction in Academic Work London School of Business and Management 09/2008
Departmental Prize MSc Surgical Science Programme UCL UK 11/2005
Distinction in Academic Work MSc Surgical Science Programme UCL UK 11/2005
Mr Ghanem is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research. He trained in Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in London, Seoul, Brussels, Paris, Casablanca and Toronto. His research interests are focused on surgical motor skills acquisition and adipose tissue derived stem cells’ applications in regenerative surgery. He is particularly interested in reducing, replacing and refining the use of animals in surgical education as well as defining the competency thresholds for safe clinical practice in reconstructive microsurgery and aesthetic interventions.
Mr Ghanem is the course lead for the Master in Aesthetic Medicine and Reconstructive Microsurgery programmes. He contributes extensively to undergraduate and postgraduate education in programme development, project supervision and student mentorship.
Queen Mary University of London – Blizard Institute
Course Lead - MSc Aesthetic Medicine
Course Lead - MSc Reconstructive Microsurgery
Programme Coordinator - Microsurgery Anastomosis Simulation Hub (MASH)
Invited Instructor / Lecturer / Professor
University of Athens Microsurgery workshop 2015
University of Barcelona Master in Reconstructive Microsurgery 2013 - 2015
University of Gothenburg Microsurgery Course 2013
University of Turin Microsurgery Course 2013
Italian Society of Microsurgery Advanced Microsurgery Course 2013, 2014
Turkish Society of Microsurgery Microsurgery Course 2011, 2012
Simulation Training: Non-vital prosthetic simulator-based training provides an objective and safe environment where complex microsurgical techniques can be taught and assessed with validity and reliability from an early stage of surgical training and continuously to completion and beyond. Based at the MASH project: Microvascular Anastomosis Simulation Hub at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry my research currently is focusing on advancing microsurgical education through the establishment of a comprehensive curriculum throughout the various stages of postgraduate surgical training and optimizing the use of animal model according to the principles of 3Rs.
Cleft Lip and Palate and Facial Deformity: Surgical Management of the Spectrum of Submucous Cleft Palate (SMCP). Treatment of VPI caused by SMCP is controversial ranging from attempted repair of the palatal, pharyngoplasty, or pharyngeal flap with or without velar surgery. Sommerlad et al (2004) proposed that SMCP presents as a spectrum of severity, and recommended repair of the velar muscle abnormality as the first line of treatment. Based on a single surgeon’s series extending over 10 years period, this study aims to develop this knowledge base, by delineating further the spectrum of the clinical phenotype, surgical details, in the context of clinical speech outcome and characteristics of the velum. Another aspect of cleft care is the aesthetic outcome. I am interested in the development, validation and application of aesthetic outcome measures in standardising and enhancement of cleft and facial deformity patient care.
Stem Cell Biology: Regulation of ‘stemness’ and ‘neural’ states in differentiating embryonic stem cells’: The new evolving technology of embryonic stem cells (ES) - with their characteristics of self-renewal and multipotency - has opened the gate for research pursuing new hopes in regeneration. In my PhD research project I investigated the mechanisms regulating ES cells and their differentiation into neurons. Using a wide array of techniques including molecular biology, cell culture, genetic cloning and classical embryo microsurgery, the project aimed at adding novel insights and potential therapeutic targets for nerve regeneration.
Burn Care: I am investigating burn care in civilian population sustained and treated in austere and war circumstances. Two projects investigating burn triage in Nepal and white phosphorus burns in Gaza have been completed.
Ghanem AM, Mansour A, Exton R, Powell J, Mashhadi S, Bulstrode N, Smith G. Childhood extravasation injuries: Improved outcome following the introduction of hospital-wide guidelines. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Apr;68(4):505-18
Singh M, Ziolkowski N, Ramachandran S, Myers SR, Ghanem AM. Development of a Five-Day Basic Microsurgery Simulation Training Course: A Cost Analysis. Arch Plast Surg. 2014 May;41(3):213-217
Nicholas RS, Madada-Nyakauru RN, Irri RA, Myers SR, Ghanem AM. Research Priorities in Light of Current Trends in Microsurgical Training: Revalidation, Simulation, Cross-Training, and Standardisation. Arch Plast Surg. 2014 May;41(3):218-224.
Ghanem AM, Hachach-Haram N, Leung CC, Myers SR. A systematic review of evidence for education and training interventions in microsurgery. Arch Plast Surg. 2013 Jul;40(4):312-9.
View all Ali Ghanem's Research Publications at: http://www.researchpublications.qmul.ac.uk
Dr Abdulhakim Zaggut, Ph.D. Student (Simulation Training)
Dr Georgios Pafitanis, PhD candidate, Teaching and Research Fellow (Simulation Training)
Dr Maha Hamada, M.Sc. Student (Simulation Training)
Dr Asif Hussein, Honorary Lecturer (Aesthetic Medicine)
Dr Anna Maria Fenech Magrin, Honorary Lecturer (Aesthetic Medicine)
Dr Bashar Shatta, Honorary Lecturer (Aesthetic Medicine)
Dr Rudo Madada-Nyakauru, Honorary Lecturer (Aesthetic Medicine)
Dr Dimitrios Karypidis, Honorary Lecturer (Aesthetic Medicine)