MB ChB FRCS FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Mr Burge originates from Bristol, UK. He attended Colston’s School and then entered Bristol University Medical School when he was 17. He qualified in 1981.
Having joined the Army in 1978, officer training was followed by two years as a General Practitioner and Regimental Medical Officer (1st Battalion Scots Guards and the Cheshire Regiment) in Hong Kong and Nepal.
In 1985 he specialised in surgery, training in military hospitals in Yorkshire, Northern Ireland, London, Hong Kong and Nepal. He started working in Plastic Surgery in 1986. He became a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1988. He served in the first Gulf war with the Army Burn Team in Saudi Arabia.
He was then detached to the NHS for further general surgical training (in Basingstoke and Edinburgh) before sub-specialisation in Plastic Surgery in the UK.
Mr Burge was a Registrar in Plastic Surgery in Edinburgh (St John’s Hospital, Livingston and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children) and a Senior Registrar in Plastic Surgery at Queen Mary’s University Hospital, Roehampton, London, UK. He passed the Intercollegiate Fellowship examination in Plastic Surgery (FRCS (Plast)) in 1996.
He was then fortunate enough to travel in the USA. He worked at the US Army’s world famous Burns Unit at Brooke Army Medical Centre and with the US Air Force at Wilford Hall Hospital; both in San Antonio, Texas. He was able to visit the Cosmetic Surgery Center in San Antonio, the Shriners Paediatric Burn Centre in Galveston, the Kleinert Hand Institute in Louisville and Dr Ralph Millard, in Miami.
Mr Burge (now a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps) returned to England in 1996 to take up a Consultant Plastic Surgeon post at the Royal Hospital Haslar, Portsmouth. He treated British servicemen and their families from around the world. He was also the Armed Forces lead clinician in burn care.
He served in Bosnia and Kuwait and had a further detachment to the Burns centre in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000. In 2001 he also visited plastic surgery units in Nepal and Paris.
He left the Army in 2001 to take up his present post as Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He also works at the Bristol Children’s Hospital and sees patients at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital.
His special interests include the acute care and reconstruction of burns victims, both adult and children. Much of his other work relates to trauma and cancer. He has a longstanding interest in aesthetic surgery. He undertakes large amounts of medico-legal work. He has published and presented on a variety of topics in learned journals and to learned societies. He is actively involved in the training of the next generation of plastic surgeons. He is on the General Medical Council specialist register.
Mr Burge is a member of many professional bodies, including:
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
The British Burn Association
The International Society for Burn Injury
The British Medical Association
The Medical Defence Union
The Bristol Medico-Legal Society
The Military Surgical Society