Plastic Surgery
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Pioneer Harold Gillies
Harold Gillies
Born17 July 1882
Dunedin, NZ
Died10 September 1960 | Age 78
London

Harold Gillies - 1917


Gillies developed the techniques of modern plastic surgery. A New Zealander who studied medicine in Cambridge, England later he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and worked as a medical minder during the Great War where he experienced pioneering skin grafts on wounded soldiers.

Gillies Plastic Surgery
Gillies Plastic Surgery



He returned from the battle fields to establish a facial injury ward at the Cambridge Military Hospital and later in Sidcup in 1917. There he and his colleagues performed around 11,000 operations on more than 5,000 soldiers.

Knighthood

Gillies was knighted in the Birthday Honours list of June 1930.

Pioneering sex reassignment surgery

In 1946, he carried out one of the earliest sex reassignment surgeries, from female to male on Michael Dillon. In 1951 he pioneered a flap technique, one of the first modern sex reassignment from male to female on Roberta Cowell, it became the standard procedure for 40 years.

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