John Gibson
Honorary Clinical Lecturer Specialty Registrar in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

John Gibson is currently reading for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree alongside plastic surgery training in the Welsh centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery.

John obtained his medical degree in Cardiff in 2013 prior to commencing his Foundation Training in Wales. He completed his Core Surgical Training in Scotland, obtaining his Membership to The Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) in 2016. In 2019, he completed a masters of Research (MRes) degree with Edge Hill University, creating a holistic needs assessment for burns patients.

John’s current research interest is in the Use of Big Data in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, specifically investigating the association of anxiety and depression in patients with facial scarring and the epidemiology of melanoma across Wales. He is well supported by the ReconRegen Research Group (the largest plastic surgery research group in the UK) and the SAIL databank based at Swansea University Medical School. This collaboration aims to transform psychological services for patients with facial scars and to streamline care for skin cancer patients in Wales.

Selected Awards / Grants / Achievements

Swansea Bay University Health Board Trainee of the Year 2020.

What is the incidence of lymphoedema following cancer surgery and can we predict who will get it? TIG 2019-2020 £21,669.

The epidemiology, healthcare and societal cost of Melanoma in Wales: Analyses of standalone and linked national databases, TIG2019-08. Tenovus, April 2019 – March 2021, £7,706. Gibson J, Akbari A, Dobbs T, Hutching HA, Lyons RA, Whitaker IS.

Publication List

Personal protective equipment for surgeons during COVID-19 pandemic: systematic review of availability, usage and rationing.

Jessop ZM, Dobbs TD, Ali SR, Combellack E, Clancy R, Ibrahim N, Jovic TH, Kaur AJ, Nijran A, O’Neill TB, Whitaker IS. Br J Surg. 2020 Sep;107(10):1262-1280

Surgical activity in England and Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic: a nationwide observational cohort study

Dobbs TD*, Gibson JAG*, Fowler AJ*, Abbott TE*, Shahid T, Torabi F, Griffiths R, Lyons RA, Pearse RM, Whitaker IS. * Joint first authors

Accepted for publication in British Journal of Anaesthesia

Mortality after surgery with SARS-CoV-2 infection in England: A population-wide epidemiological study

Abbott TE,  Dobbs TD, Fowler AJ, Gibson JAG, Shahid T, Dias P, Akbari A, Lyons RA, Whitaker IS, Pearse RM.

Accepted for publication in British Journal of Anaesthesia

Microtia: A Data Linkage Study of Epidemiology and Implications for Service Delivery.

Jovic TH, Gibson JAG, Griffiths R, Dobbs TD, Akbari A, Wilson-Jones N, Costello R, Evans P, Cooper M, Key S, Lyons R, Whitaker IS. Front Pediatr. 2021 Mar 26;9:630036. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.630036. PMID: 33842409; PMCID: PMC8033003.

The association between immunosuppression & skin cancer in solid organ transplant recipients; a control matched cohort study of 2852 patients.

Gibson JAG, Cordaro A, Dobbs TD, Griffiths R, Akbari A, Whitaker S, Hutchings HA, Lyons RA, Whitaker IS. Accepted for publication in the European Journal of Dermatology.

Is poor quality non-melanoma skin cancer data affecting high quality research and patient care?

Ibrahim N, Gibson JAG, Ali S, Dobbs TD, Whitaker IS. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2020. DOI:

Management of necrotising fasciitis within a burns centre: do outcomes differ?

Ward JA, Gibson JAG, Nguyen DQ. Scars Burns & Healing. 2020. 2020 Jun 30;6:2059513120924749.

 doi: 10.1177/2059513120924749

The Patient-Reported Outcome Measures In Skin Cancer Reconstruction (PROMISCR) study: Anglicisation and initial validation of the FACE-Q Skin Cancer Module in a UK cohort.

Dobbs, TD, Ottenhof M, Gibson JAG, Hutchings HA, Whitaker IS. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2020 Oct 9;S1748-6815(20)30489-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.09.005. Online ahead of print.

Evolution of plastic surgery provision due to COVID-19 – The role of the ‘Pandemic pack’

Ali SR, Jovic T, Gibson JAG, Rich H, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic

Surgery 2020 Jul;73(7):1357-1404.

Making the Most of Big Data in Plastic Surgery:Improving Outcomes, Protecting Patients, Informing Service Providers

Gibson JAG,  Dobbs T D, Kouzaris L; Lacey A, Thompson S, Akbari A, Hutchings HA. Lineaweaver W, Lyons R, Whitaker I S., Annals of Plastic Surgery: July 9, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue –

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002434

Long-term seizure recurrence after eclampsia: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Barber ZE, Dobbs TD, Gibson JAG, Latibeaudiere M, Robb AO. International journal of Gynaecology & Obstetrics.  2020 Aug 16. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13347

The psychological, social and educational impact of prominent ears: A systematic review

Jones ES, Gibson JAG, Dobbs TD, Whitaker IS. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2020 Dec;73(12):2111-2120 doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.05.075

Anaphylactic Reaction Rates to Blue Dyes Used for Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping – Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Perenyei M, Barber Z, Gibson JAG, Hemington-Gorse S, Dobbs TD. Annals of Surgery 2020.doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004061.

Skin cancer screening in organ transplant centres in the United Kingdom: a survey

Cordaro A, Dobbs T, Gibson JAG, Whitaker S, Whitaker I.S. The European Journal of Dermatology. 2020 Aug 1;30(4):372-376 doi: 10.1684/ejd.2020.3845


Identifying patient concerns during consultations in tertiary burns services: development of the Adult Burns Patient Concerns Inventory

Gibson JAG, Yarrow J, Brown L, Rogers S, Spencer S, Shokrollahi K. BMJ Open 2019 ;9:e032785. doi: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-032785

The Association of Smoking and Socioeconomic status on Cutaneous Melanoma: a population based, data linkage, case-control study.

Gibson JAGDobbs TDGriffiths RSong JAkbari A, Whitaker SWatkins ALangan SMHutchings HALyons RA, Whitaker IS. Br J Dermatol. 2020 May;182(5):1136-1147 doi: 10.1111/bjd.18526

The Association of Affective Disorders and Facial Scarring: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Gibson JAG, Ackling E, Bisson JI, Dobbs TD, Whitaker IS. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2018. Oct 15;239:1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.06.013. Epub 2018 Jun 20.

Formulating a Patient Concerns Inventory specific to adult burns patients: learning from the PCI concept in other specialties
Gibson, JAG, Spencer, S, Rogers, SN, Shokrollahi, K. Scars, Burns & Healing, Volume 4, 2018. DOI: 10.1177/2059513117763382.

The use of a ‘pocket’ printer to improve documentation and patient care.

Gibson JAG, Dobbs TD, Combellack EJ, Whitaker IS. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2018;71(4):613-4.

Sister Mary Joseph nodule: a diagnostic challenge.

Gibson JAG, Thompson WR, Konamme S, Bhattacharya S. Sister Mary Joseph nodule: a diagnostic challenge. BMJ Case Reports. 2018;2018.

Patient reported outcome measures for soft tissue facial reconstruction: A systematic review, evaluation of the quality of their measurement properties and recommendations for the future.

Dobbs, TD, Gibson JAG, Hughes S, Thind A, Patel B, Hutchings HA, Whitaker IS. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2019 Jan;143(1):255-268. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005112.

Pilot project in rural western Madhya Pradesh, India, to assess the feasibility of using LED and solar-powered lanterns to remove kerosene lamps and related hazards from homes.

Chamania S, Chouhan R, Awasthi A, Bendell R, Marsden N, Gibson JAG, Whitaker IS ,Potokar TS. Burns 2014 Oct 31. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2014.09.001.