Riaz Agha is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon working on Harley Street. He graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School in London with distinctions and a 1st in his intercalated BSc in Anatomy. He has been awarded 50 academic prizes from institutions like the University of Oxford, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS). Mr Agha has published 200 scientific papers and given 150 presentations at national or international level. His research has been cited over 8,000 times and he has written book chapters on nipple and breast anatomy, nipple sparing mastectomy and contributed numerous research papers in the area of fat grafting to the breast to the scholarly literature, including the highly acclaimed VOGUE Study.
He completed his Plastic Surgical training in the prestigious London Deanery training programme. He rotated around a number of units including: Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, King’s College Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Royal Free, Royal Marsden and Royal London Hospitals. Additional fellowship level reconstructive (microsurgical) and aesthetic training occurred in London and in Belgium. In 2018, he completed his doctorate in Evidence-based Healthcare at Balliol College, University of Oxford. At Oxford he was awarded the Clarendon Scholarship, given to the top 1% of 20,000 graduate applicants. He subsequently completed his post-doc. He has also previously conducted laboratory research at the prestigious tissue engineering lab at Harvard University/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is regularly invited to make contributions as an expert reviewer or author to over 20 journals in the field of Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic Surgery and Surgery in general.
In 2010, he was awarded a Scholarship from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for his project on national surgical surveillance. He subsequently worked with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve the coverage and focus of their indicators for acute hospital services. In addition, he developed Projections for the NHS Outcomes Framework 2012-13 for the Department of Health and Sir Bruce Keogh. Mr Agha founded the International Journal of Surgery (IJS) as a medical student and this has grown to become one of the most prestigious international surgical journals with over 10,000 articles published amongst the IJS and its sister journals with 7,000,000 annual downloads. He is a council member for the Section of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine with board level appointments to; the Elsevier Editorial System Advisory Board, Map of Medicine Fellows Board and the Association of Surgeons in Training. He sits on the Web Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors and has built two websites for NATO. He is formerly a Council Member for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and an Ambassador for Enterprise UK. In 2014 he was awarded Freedom of the City of London and more recently he has become an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur.