Professor Simon Kay

Professor of plastic Surgery at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Professor Simon Kay  specialized in plastic surgery

United Kingdom

Plastic surgery
Transplantation, Reconstructive hand and upper limb surgery
1989 years

Areas of expertise

  • Plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand
  • Hand transplant
  • peripheral nerve microsurgery.
  • children’s plastic surgery

About the expert

Prof. Simon Kay is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Leeds, UK. He carried out UK's first hand transplant operation and is the Director of the UK Hand Transplant Programme since 2016. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to Complex Reconstructive Hand Surgery, including Hand Transplantation.

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    Prof. Simon graduated from Oxford University. After undertaking the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) exams, he undertook specialist training in surgery.

    Prof. Kay trained in plastic surgery in the UK in Wexham, Birmingham, and Manchester, with secondments for specialist training in Adelaide, Australia, and Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

    He then moved to Yorkshire, UK, and became a consultant, developing his experience in upper limb plastic surgery, children’s hand surgery, and microsurgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

    He developed a multidisciplinary hand surgery service in Leeds and a Children's Hand Surgery service that is now the largest such clinic in the UK.

    Prof Kay is the Director of UK Hand Transplant Programme since 2016. He and his team carried out the UK's first-hand transplant operation in 2016.

    He works in both the children’s and adult hand clinics and sees patients referred from all over the UK and Europe. The range of conditions he treats is very varied. These include adults with upper limb nerve and vascular problems. He runs an adult hand surgery outpatients clinic once a fortnight and his children’s hand surgery clinic is the largest in the UK.

    He also runs a transplant hand clinic about once every two to three months and, his current research is on the clinical evaluation of transplantation.

    Prof. Kay has also spent twenty years as an honorary visiting professor at Umea University in Sweden, which he visits two or three times a year. He also edits a textbook on plastic surgery and teaches postgraduate students all over the UK.

    He has researched and published in children’s hand reconstruction, brachial plexus surgery in adults and children, and nerve repair.

    He co-edited the world’s major textbook in children’s hand surgery, (The Growing Hand 2000 Mosby) and is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery (OUP 2019).

    He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to Complex Reconstructive Hand Surgery including Hand Transplantation.

  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon

    2001 - Today

    leeds university, Leeds, UK.

  • Honorary visiting professor

    1998 - Today

    Umea University in Sweden.

  • Professor of Hand Surgery

    2003 - Today

    University of Leeds, UK

  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S. ad hominem (Edin)

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


  • Accreditation Plastic Surgery


  • Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS)

    London, UK


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh)

    Oxford university, Oxford-shire, UK.


  • Brit Soc Surg Hand (BSSH)

  • Brit Assoc Plas Aesth & Recon Surgeons (BAPRAS)

  • Royal College Surgeons England

  • Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh



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