I am a New Zealand-trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and I was awarded the Mentor Aesthetic Surgery Prize for Australia and New Zealand in 2007.
Having completed training in New Zealand, I travelled with my family to work as a Fellow at the Mater Childrens’ and Adults Hospitals in central Brisbane for a year. I stayed on as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon working both at the Childrens Hospitals and in Private Practice.
In Toronto, Canada I undertook a prestigious year-long Plastic and Craniofacial Fellowship at the internationally renowned Hospital for Sick Children. Experience and understanding in the field of Craniofacial Surgery has given me a greater appreciation of the face and procedures to enhance facial form. I am currently appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital and a visiting Surgeon to Starship Hospital.
I am a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial group dedicated to the correction of congenital facial anomalies. I was invited to join the NZ Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in 2011.
Elected President of the NZ Association of Plastic Surgeons in 2018, I am closely involved with the training of the new generation of Plastic Surgeons and helping to shape the future of the specialty in New Zealand. I am also President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons which reflects my passion for supporting this sub-Specialty.
I enjoy the opportunity to teach the doctors training in Plastic Surgery. I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and have an educational role supervising academic activities.
I was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons in May 2018. This organization is closely affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is responsible for the Post-Fellowship Education and Training of new Craniofacial Surgeons. For more information on this organization, click here.
I give my time and expertise to work with the charity organisation Operation Smile, who provide Plastic Surgical care for children with congenital birth anomalies in developing countries.
In 2016, Dr Wheeler appeared on R and R on TV3 to discuss Cosmetic Surgery and other issues related to appearance. The link is here.
On TV2 on a program called Attitude, Dr Wheeler was interviewed about a patient who has been inspirational in overcoming a significant disability. The link can be found here.
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