About Paul

Paul Smith trained in Glasgow, London and the United States at some of the premier training centres in the world.

He has been a consultant in practice for over thirty eight years. In that time, he has founded the Congenital Hand Surgery Centre at The Great Ormond Street Hospital, now one of the largest services in the world, and was instrumental in founding RAFT (the Reconstruction of Appearance and Function Trust) – a postgraduate institution funding research into plastic surgery. Paul was also responsible for founding the Hand Therapy Service at the Wellington Hospital, which has now become the London Hand and Wrist Unit. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes both at home and abroad, including the Pulvertaft prize for hand surgery, awarded by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He also was awarded first prize in the Resident Competition by the American Association for Hand Surgery.


Moreover, he has published in excess of sixty nine papers in peer reviewed journals, eighteen chapters in textbooks and is the joint author of Principles of Hand Surgery and was chosen as Editor and Co-Author of Lister’s The Hand. His reputation and expertise are highly respected such that he has been invited as a visiting professor to esteemed institutions worldwide and has been the guest lecturer or invited speaker to the National Hand Societies of Canada, South Africa, Australia and the United States.

His Plastic Surgical training involved a research association with Canniesburn Hospital and clinical training in Edinburgh, London and the United States. He was Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery at Duke University Medical Centre, widely regarded as the premier training centre in the United States. Paul was exposed to the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery including Cosmetic Surgery under the tutelage of Professor Nicholas Georgiade, past President of the International Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.