Meet the Surgeons at MIPS!

One of the most conclusive ways to feel comfortable receiving plastic surgery is to schedule an initial consultation with one of our surgeons. By meeting the doctor performing your procedure, learning about their experience as well as how they can meet your expectations, you will begin to feel more confident about undergoing plastic surgery in our facility. However, we understand that it may take some time before you come in for an appointment and meet our team – busy schedules get in the way and it can be quite nerve-racking to take the first step and consult with one of our doctors. So to help ease your transition, we’d like to introduce our team to you in hopes that it will help you make a meaningful decision about receiving plastic surgery at MIPS.

Graeme Southwick, OAM, MBBS, FRACS, FACS

Mr Graeme Southwick is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is currently the director and chairman of Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. Mr Southwick has been in private practice since 1979 and has spent much of his time lecturing and publishing on topics relating to microsurgery, endoscopic surgery, facelift procedures and breast surgery in Australia and around the world.

His early career began once he took up graduate studies at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, which is where he received surgical training. A diligent student, Mr Soutwick earned the Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor Prize due to his high marks in mathematics. Soon after, Mr Southwick was made Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons while studying in both London and the United States. After Mr Southwick returned to Australia, he continued to represent many positions including councillor for the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and National Secretary for the international Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgery.

Morris Ritz, M.B.CH.B, FCS, FRACS

Mr Morris Ritz pursued his graduate studies at The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, where he gained a fellowship with honours in 1990. He currently serves as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery and focuses mainly on breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, and skin cancer surgery.

Mr Ritz has been recognised on numerous occasions for his distinguished practice and academic excellence, which he continues to carry out with thought and care. For three years, from 1992 to 1995, Mr Ritz served as the head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baragwanath Hospital while also facilitating his own private practice in South Africa. He also received a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in plastic surgery and has been awarded many prizes for publications in Australia and overseas. Mr Ritz currently serves as a member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Australian Medical Association, and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Andrew Greensmith, M.B.CH.B, FRACS

Mr Greensmith officially qualified for plastic and reconstructive surgery FRACS in 2001 and, before then, held a four-month- long plastic surgery apprenticeship in Mexico City, Mexico as a senior student at University of Otago, New Zealand, which he graduated from in 1993. His time in Mexico established a continued and practiced interest in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery, and aesthetic surgery, which led him to complete additional training in Paris, France.

Mr Greensmith has continued his training in craniofacial surgery by working as a consultant surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England and also began a rhinoplasty and cleft lip and palate surgery fellowship in 2003. He then went on to complete more extensive training in Melbourne at the Royal Children’s Hospital, which also included specialty training in ear reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Mr Greensmith is currently published in a range of paediatric and plastic surgery journals and performs surgeries relating to aesthetic breast surgery, ear deformities, skin cancer and general hand surgery as well.

Damon Thomas, M.B.CH.B, FRACS

Soon after graduating from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1996, Mr Damon Thomas began a coveted interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He currently has a special interest in and performs procedures surrounding paediatric hand, adult hand, microvascular and breast surgery.

The training that he received in Auckland allowed him to earn his FRACS in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2005 and he continued his expertise when he took a fellowship at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in 2006, where he now performs breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, facial aesthetic surgery, abdominoplasty and other body contouring procedures. To further his education and compassion even more, Mr Thomas became a Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and learned extensively about hand and upper limb conditions, which has allowed him to perform procedures related to hand and facial trauma, Dupuytren's disease, hand arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. He is currently a member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He was also recently appointed Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Edmund Ek, MBBS, Dip.Surg.Anat, FRACS

Mr Edmund Ek came to Melbourne after graduating from Monash University in 2003. He went on to focus on plastic and reconstructive surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, which is where he received his surgical training. During his time at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mr Ek was awarded the Sir Gordon Gordon-Taylor Prize for the highest marks earned on surgical examinations. Mr Ek has spent much of his time in Melbourne and has practiced with The Alfred Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. He takes a special interest in microsurgery, head and neck reconstruction, skin cancer surgery, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery and hand surgery. He has also published articles for journals relating to plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his surgical experience, Mr Ek holds the tenured position of Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He participates in student teaching at the medical school as well as industry research and course development.

We hope that you enjoyed meeting the surgeons at MIPS and look forward to seeing you in our office for a consultation. To learn more about the procedures we provide or to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons, please contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 03 9508 9508.