Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Mr Ali Ghanem, MPhil MSc MSc MRCSEd/Eng MD PhD


Clinical Senior Lecturer in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery




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.




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


Research Interests:

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.

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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)