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Mr Guy Thorburn

Mr Guy Thorburn BMBS, BMedSci, FRCS (Plastic Surgery), MA (Health Care Ethics & Law)

Consultant Paediatric Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in Cleft Lip & Palate

Primary Contact:
0207 129 7231


Mr Guy Thorburn is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the St Andrew's Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Broomfield, one of the largest plastic surgery centres in Europe.

His special interests are in all forms of Paediatric Plastic Surgery including:

  • Skin and soft tissue lesions such as moles, cysts, birthmarks and skin tags
  • Scar revisions and closure of wounds after injuries
  • Polydactyly (extra fingers or toes)
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Hypospadias
  • Birthmarks - haemangiomas and vascular anomalies including laser therapy
  • Ear anomalies and prominent ear correction
  • Other plastic surgery related and congenital conditions including tongue tie.

Mr Thorburn was educated at Charterhouse School before qualifying from Nottingham University Medical School. His initial surgery and plastic surgery training was in teaching hospitals in the midlands and north-west before moving to London for his specialist registrar training. His paediatric plastic surgery training was at Great Ormond Street and St Andrew's Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery before undertaking the National Interface Training Fellowship in Cleft Lip and Palate at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Plastic Surgery, and is on the General Medical Council's Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery.

He also has an interest in medical ethics and law, with an MA from the University of Manchester Law School. He sat on the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise panels from 2003 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee.

His main research interests are in Cleft Lip and Palate, Vascular Anomalies and Clinical Outcomes. The Health Foundation awarded him a patient-safety and quality-improvement grant for his work on improving clinical outcomes. He regularly publishes journal articles and book chapters as well as presenting at scientific meetings.

Mr Thorburn enjoys being a trainer for plastic surgery trainees from the UK and overseas. He is a supervisor for National Interface Training Fellows in cleft lip and palate. He regularly lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as FRCS exam preparation courses for senior trainees.

Mr Thorburn lives in north London with his wife, who is a GP, and two young children. He raises money for the charity CLEFT Bridging the Gap.

Mr Morris and Mr Thorburn have the same range of expertise, and so work closely together offering the opportunity for a more prompt and flexible service. The surgical care they provide jointly is based on a professional and personal patient experience aiming to provide surgical excellence in a safe child and family friendly environment.

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