1965 MBBS Sydney University

Post Graduate: 1972 FRACS, Sydney, Australia

Present Appointments:

1983 - Present VMO, Head of department of Burns, Plastic Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, RNSH, St Leonards, Sydney, Australia.

1984 - Present VMO, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Burn Surgery, Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW

1985 - Present Honorary VMO, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, United Dental Hospital of Sydney, Australia.

2004 - Head of the Division of Surgery, RNSH, NSW.

July 2005 - Director the Severe Burn Service, NSW.

Previous Appointments:

Jan 1981 - Dec 1982 Locum Consultant in Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital, Beasrsden, Glasgow, Scotland.

Jan 1979 - 1981 Senior Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital, Beasreden, Glasgow, Scotland.

Mar 1979 - Dec 1978 Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital , Bearsden , Glasgow, Scotland.

Dec 1977 - Dec 1978 Registrar in Plastic Surgery, St Andrew's Hospital, Billericay, Essex, England.

Jan 1977 - Dec 1977 Senior House Officer in Plastic Surgery, St Andrew's Hospital, Billericay, Essex, England.

Oct 1976 - Dec 1976 Senior Registrar in the Regional Hospital, Lille, France.

Jun 1974 - Dec 1975 Senior Registrar, Lille Regional Hospital, France.

Jan 1973 - Oct 1973 Surgeon, Australian Surgical Team to Vietnam.

Jan 1970 - Dec 1972 Senior Surgical Registrar, Professional Unit, RNSH, Sydney, Australia.

Jan 1969 - Dec 1969 Surgical Registrar, RNSH, Sydney, Australia.

Jan 1966 - Dec 1968 Anatomy Demonstrator, Sydney, University of Australia.

Jan 1966 - Dec 1967 Resident Medical Officer, RNSH, Sydney, Australia

Publication, Paper and Research:

The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1995, 65, 412-416, V-Y Advancement Hamstring Myocutaneous Island Flap Repair of Ischial Pressure Ulcers. C. Cope, P. Barry, M. Hassall, R. Barrnett, M. Richards and J. Vandervord

The British Journal Of Plastic Surgery 1999, Recurrence Rate of Ischial Pressure Sore in Para and Terraplegics Treated with Hamstring Flaps: An 8 Year Study - K.Tavakoli, S.Rutkowski, C.Cope, M.Hassall, R.Barnett, M.Richards and J.Vandervord.

Paper Presented:

8th International Congress on Cleft Palate and related Craniofacial Anomalies Sep 1977, Singapore.Speech outcome of two Surgical Methods For Repair of Cleft Lip and Palate.

Early Result of Two Stage Ear Reconstruction, R.J. Gates, J. Vandervord, P. Mouser.Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Surgery 68(suppl) A115.

Anz Journal of Surgery, Vol 72(12) p893-895, 2000

Initial Experience with Cultured epithelial Autograft in Massively Burned Patients. Elliot, Vandervord J.

Canberra May 2001:

Choice of Skin Incision Based on a New Classification of Microtia, Presented in Annual Meeting of Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Sydney May 1988:

The Use Of Prosthesis in Association with Tissue Expansion In Breast Reconstruction, Both Immediate and Delayed.

March 2000 for Medicare Services Advisory Committee:

The Surgical Technique and Complications to assist the Preparation of the Assessment Report for Total Ear Reconstruction.


I have arranged for visits of Dr Francoise Firmin from Paris to run workshops related to the Management of Ear Microtia in 1997-1999 in Sydney.

A Microtia clinic has been now been established at Westmead Children Hospital.

I am now a Visiting Surgeon Overseas for Ear Reconstruction for Microtia and Other Ear Problems in Sri Lanka.

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