Professor Iain S Whitaker

Chair in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Swansea University Medical School Director, The Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Centre, Institute of Life Sciences 1, Swansea University

MA Cantab MB BChir MRCS PhD FRCS Plast.



Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon, The Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery

Surgical Specialty Lead, Health & Care Research Wales

AAPS/EURAPS Academic Scholar 2019-21, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Specialist Advisory Committee Member, Plastic Surgery (Academic Lead)

Chief Investigator, Scar Free Foundation Programme of Research (3D BIOFACE, AFFECT & RESECT)


Cambridge University, Trinity Hall


2008-   Associate Editor, Annals of Plastic Surgery

2013- Chief Specialty Editor (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery), Frontiers in Surgery

2015-18 Deputy Editor, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS)

2015- Section Editor, Regenerative Medicine, BMC Medicine

2015- Editorial Board, Surgery Section, Scientific Reports

2016- Editorial Board, Bioprinting

2016- Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine


Publications 275

Hirsch Index 43

i10 Index 119


2005 Cook MedicalÆ Clinical Research Fellowship

Microsurgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden

2005 Royal College of Surgeons & Physicians and Surgeons Research Fellowship

Composite Tissue Allotransplantation, Louisville University, Louisville, USA.

2007-8 Utrecht University Travelling Fellowship

Molecular & Cell Biology / Microbiology, University of Connecticut, USA.

2010-11 Rowan Nick’s UK and Ireland Fellowship, Royal Australasian College of


Reconstructive Microsurgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne

University (Taylor / Jack Brockhoff Research Institute), Melbourne, Australia

2011 EURAPS Young Plastic Surgeon Scholarship

Facial Reconstruction & Reconstructive Microsurgery

2018 Cutler / Royal College of Surgeons of England Travelling Fellowship

Ear & Facial Reconstruction

Clinic Bizet, Paris

Publication List

Tissue Engineering & 3D Printing

3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery. (Reference Text)

Thomas D, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS. 1st Edition Book. London: Elsevier, 2017.

Isolation and characterisation of nasoseptal cartilage stem/progenitor cells and their role in the chondrogenic niche.

Jessop ZM, Al-Sabah A, Simoes IN, Burnell SEA, Pieper IL, Thornton CA, Whitaker IS. Stem Cell Research and Therapy (JIF 5.12) 2020. 11:1-13

Morphological and biomechanical characterization of immature and mature nasoseptal cartilage.

Jessop ZM, Zhang Y, Simoes I, Al-Sabah A, Badiei N, Gazze SA, Francis L, Whitaker IS. Scientific Reports (JIF 4.38) 2019;9(1):12464.

Printability of pulp derived crystal, fibril and blend nanocellulose-alginate bioinks for extrusion 3D bioprinting.

Jessop ZM, Al-Sabah A, Gao N, Kyle S, Thomas B, Badiei N, Hawkins K, Whitaker IS. Biofabrication (JIF 8.21) 2019;11(4):045006.

Characterization of pulp derived nanocellulose hydrogels using AVAP® technology.

Jessop ZM, Kyle S, Al-Sabah A, Hawkins K, Lewis A, Maffeis T, Charbonneau C, Gazze A, Francis LW, Iakovlev M, Nelson K, Eichhorn SJ, Whitaker IS. Carbohydr Polym (JIF 7.2) 2018;198:270-280

‘Printability’ of Candidate Biomaterials for Extrusion Based 3D Printing: State-of-the-Art. Kyle S, Jessop ZM, Al-Sabah A, Hawkins K, Whitaker IS. Advanced Healthcare Materials (JIF 9.93) 2017;6(16).

Structural and Mechanical Characterization of Crosslinked and Sterilised Nanocellulose-Based Hydrogels for Cartilage Tissue Engineering.

Al-Sabah A, Burnell SEA, Simoes IN, Jessop ZM, Badiei N, Blain E, Whitaker IS. Carbohydrate Polymers. (JIF 7.2) 2019;212:242-251

Tissue specific stem/progenitor cells for cartilage tissue engineering: A systematic review of the literature.

Jessop ZM, Manivannan S, Levy O, Narayan R, Ingber D, Whitaker IS.  Applied Physics Reviews (JIF 19.2) 2019;6:031301

Transforming Healthcare through Regenerative Medicine.

Jessop ZM, Al-Sabah A, Francis W, Whitaker IS. BMC Medicine (JIF 6.8) 2016;14(1):115

Regenerative Medicine in combination with 3D Printing: A paradigm shift in reconstructive surgery.

Jessop ZM, Javed M, Otto IA, Morgan SR, Breugem CC, Archer CW, Khan IM, Kon M, Whitaker IS. Stem cell research & therapy (JIF 5.2) 2016;7:19

Health Informatics & Transformation of Surgical Service Delivery

The association of smoking and socioeconomic status on cutaneous melanoma: a population-based, data-linkage, case-control study.

Gibson JAG, Dobbs TD, Griffiths R, Song J, Akbari A, Whitaker S, Watkins A, Langan SM, Hutchings HA, Lyons RA, Whitaker IS. Br J Dermatol (JIF 9.3) 2020 May;182(5):1136-1147

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

Cordaro A, Dobbs TD, Gibson JA, Whitaker S, Whitaker IS. Eur J Dermatol  (JIF 2.78) 2020 Aug 1;30(4):372-376.

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  (JIF 3.03) 2021 Mar 26;9:630036. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.630036.

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

Gibson JAG, Dobbs TD, Kouzaris L, Lacey A, Thompson S, Akbari A, Hutchings HA, Lineaweaver WC, Lyons RA, Whitaker IS. Ann Plast Surg  (JIF 1.54) 2021 Mar 1;86(3):351-358.

Composition, Quoracy and Cost of Specialist Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meetings in the United Kingdom.

Ali SR, Dobbs TD, Hutchings HA, Whitaker IS. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg (JIF 2.39) 2021 Jun 6:S1748-6815(21)00271-0. 

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

Ibrahim N, Gibson J, Ali S, Dobbs T, Whitaker IS. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg (JIF 2.39) 2021 Jun;74(6):1355-1401.

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

Abbott TEF, Fowler AJ, Dobbs TD, Gibson J, Shahid T, Dias P, Akbari A, Whitaker IS, Pearse RM. Br J Anaesth (JIF 9.17) 2021 Aug;127(2):205-214.


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. Br J Anaesth (JIF 9.17) 2021 Aug;127(2):196-204.