Paul TownsendBSc, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCS

    Paul Townsend has been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 1979, having obtained his medical degree in 1963. Until his retirement from the NHS in 2005, he was the Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

    Nationally, he has been the regional plastic surgery representative for the Royal College of Surgeons, a Council Member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and has been on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Plastic Surgery.

    Paul Townsend has a particular interest in skin cancer. He founded and ran the skin cancer clinic at Frenchay Hospital since 1992, is a member of the Melanoma Study Group and is currently chairman of SCARF (Skin Cancer Research Fund). Here at Bristol Plastic Surgery, Paul now concentrates his skills on diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.


    • Plastic surgery

    Clinical Interests

    • Plastic surgery
    • Skin cancer
    • Medico-legal reporting

    Current Posts

    • Emeritus Consultant Plastic Surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust

    First Qualification



    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Canada
    • British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons
    • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons