Thomas Jovic
Welsh Clinical Academic Trainee in Plastic Surgery

Tom is a Welsh Clinical Academic Trainee (WCAT) in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery based in the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Group and an Action Medical Research Clinical Research Fellow. His doctoral research in 3D bioprinting cartilage for facial reconstruction has been funded by research awards from Microtia UK, the Royal College of Surgeons England and the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Tom graduated from Cambridge University in 2014 with degrees in Medicine and Physiology, Development & Neuroscience. He commenced clinical academic training as an Academic Foundation Doctor at Edinburgh University, where he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

His scientific research interests are currently focussed on 3D bioprinting cartilage and the allied disciplines of tissue engineering and mechanobiology. Tom is actively engaged in research projects related to surgical education, epidemiology and clinical research, which has culminated in over 40 nationally and internationally accredited presentations and publications.


Speciality Trainee – Plastic Surgery, Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital

Lecturer, Swansea University Medical School

Selected Awards / Grants / Achievements

Paton Masser Award – British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons £5000 2019

Action Medical Research/VTCT Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship  £164,739  2019

3 Minute Thesis Competition Swansea Medical School   1st prize          2019

Stefan & Anna Galeski Teaching Fellowship RCS England         2019

Microtia UK Research Award £5000         2019

Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship £50,000        2017

Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellowship (Ranked 1st in National Selection)       2017

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)         2016

Cambridge University Longitudinal SSC Prize          2013

Restore Student Fellowship £500         2013

Christopher and Edward Hoare Travel Award £1500          2013

Publication List

The clinical need for 3D printed tissue in reconstructive surgery.

Jovic, T.H., Jessop, Z.M., Al-Sabah, A. and Whitaker, I.S., In 3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery (pp. 235-244). 2018. Woodhead Publishing.

Nasolabial appearance of bilateral cleft lip repair at 5 years of age, comparing techniques of Modified Advancement-Rotation (Delaire) with Manchester repair: a retrospective cohort study. 

Thomson, R. M., Jovic, T., Drake, D., & O’Neill, T. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2021.

Innovation in a Time of Crisis: A Systematic Review of Three-Dimensional Printing in the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Ibrahim, N., Jovic, T., Jessop, Z. M., & Whitaker, I. S. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. 2021.

Plant-derived biomaterials: A review of 3D bioprinting and biomedical applications. Jovic, T.H., Kungwengwe, G., Mills, A.C. and Whitaker, I.S., Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, 2019. 5, p.19.

3D Bioprinting For Surgical Reconstruction & Organ Transplantation. Jovic, T.H., Jessop, Z.M. and Whitaker I.S. Commission on the Future of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons England. 2018.

The reconstructive challenges of electrical burns to the scalp: A case series. Page, S.S., Murray, A., Jovic, T., Ball, M. and Rawlins, J. European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2015. 38(3), pp.229-234.

Keystone island flaps for reconstruction following lower leg skin cancer resection: A comparison with split-thickness skin grafts.

Jovic TH, Dobbs TD, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019 Nov;72(11):1856-1871. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2019.05.059. Epub 2019 Jun 27.PMID: 31300219 

Authorship in surgical articles.

Grinsell D, Jovic TH, Saravolac V, Whitaker IS.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 May;73(5):983-1007. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2019.12.001. Epub 2020 Jan 2.PMID: 32067939 

Response to: Comparison of keystone flaps and skin grafts for oncologic reconstruction: A retrospective review.

Dobbs TD, Jovic TH, Jessop Z, Whitaker IS.J Surg Oncol. 2019 Aug;120(2):318. doi: 10.1002/jso.25478. Epub 2019 Apr 17.PMID: 30994928 

Objective and Patient-reported Assessments of Skin Grafts and Keystone Flaps-A Pilot Retrospective Cohort Study.

Dobbs TD, Jovic TH, Jessop ZM, Kyle A, Hutchings HA, Whitaker IS.Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Nov 16;6(11):e2024. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002024. eCollection 2018 Nov.PMID: 30881809 

The Use of Keystone Flaps in Periarticular Wound Closure: A Case Series.

Jovic TH, Jessop ZM, Slade R, Dobbs T, Whitaker IS.Front Surg. 2017 Nov 29;4:68. doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2017.00068. eCollection 2017.PMID: 29238710 

Water First Aid Is Beneficial In Humans Post-Burn: Evidence from a Bi-National Cohort Study.

Wood FM, Phillips M, Jovic T, Cassidy JT, Cameron P, Edgar DW; Steering Committee of the Burn Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ).PLoS One. 2016 Jan 25;11(1):e0147259. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147259. eCollection 2016.PMID: 26808839 

A true branchial fistula in the context of branchiootic syndrome: challenges of diagnosis and management.

Jovic TH, Saldanha F, Kuo R, Ahmad T.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Sep;67(9):1288-90. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.04.012. Epub 2014 May 14.PMID: 24933236

Type A Aortic Dissection in Pregnancy: Two Operations Yielding Five Healthy Patients.

Jovic TH, Aboelmagd T, Ramalingham G, Jones N, Nashef SA.Aorta (Stamford). 2014 Jun 1;2(3):113-5. doi: 10.12945/j.aorta.2014.14-013. eCollection 2014 Jun.PMID: 26798726 

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. doi: 10.1002/bjs.11750.PMID: 32395837 

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

Ali SR, Jovic T, Gibson JA, Rich H, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 Jul;73(7):1357-1404. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.05.024. Epub 2020 May 21.PMID: 32471765 

“Auricular reconstruction: A sociocultural, surgical and scientific perspective”.

Jovic TH, Stewart K, Kon M, Whitaker IS.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 Aug;73(8):1424-1433. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.03.025. Epub 2020 May 6.PMID: 32565140 

Using 3D Printing Technology to Teach Cartilage Framework Carving for Ear Reconstruction.

Jovic TH, Combellack EJ, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS.Front Surg. 2020 Jul 17;7:44. doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2020.00044. eCollection 2020.PMID: 32766275

Could Vitamins Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Jovic TH, Ali SR, Ibrahim N, Jessop ZM, Tarassoli SP, Dobbs TD, Holford P, Thornton CA, Whitaker IS.Nutrients. 2020 Aug 23;12(9):2550. doi: 10.3390/nu12092550.PMID: 32842513 

Botched Botox Injections: A Transatlantic Epidemic.

Browne R, Jovic TH, Walker L, Delvecchio D, Whitaker IS. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Feb 1;147(2):362e-363e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007571.PMID: 33177449 

Vitamin C-An Adjunctive Therapy for Respiratory Infection, Sepsis and COVID-19.

Holford P, Carr AC, Jovic TH, Ali SR, Whitaker IS, Marik PE, Smith AD. Nutrients. 2020 Dec 7;12(12):3760. doi: 10.3390/nu12123760.PMID: 33297491 

3D Bioprinting and the Future of Surgery.

Jovic TH, Combellack EJ, Jessop ZM, Whitaker IS.Front Surg. 2020 Nov 27;7:609836. doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2020.609836. eCollection 2020.PMID: 33330613 

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. eCollection 2021.PMID: 33842409 

Role of hydrogen peroxide in intra-operative wound preparation based on an in vitro fibrin clot degradation model.

Jessop ZM, García-Gareta E, Zhang Y, Jovic TH, Badiei N, Sharma V, Whitaker IS, Kang N.JPRAS Open. 2021 May 14;29:113-122. doi: 10.1016/j.jpra.2021.04.008. eCollection 2021 Sep.PMID: 34195332