Douglas Harrison qualified in medicine in 1967 at the Middlesex Hospital, London after which he studied general surgery obtaining the FRCS in 1972. Following plastic surgical training he was senior registrar in Edinburgh and at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, North Wick Park, Edgware General and Barnet Hospitals in 1979. He held this post until 2006. He also trained in the United States of America for a period of 6 months.
He has published extensively in areas of reconstructive surgery, particularly with regard to microvascular transfers, hand and paediatric surgery. He has written 65 peer-reviewed articles and was Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons for his work on the reconstruction of facial palsy in December 1988. He was invited to be J B Erich visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota in 1994.
In 1997 he was invited to be the Foundation Lecturer to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Brisbane, giving papers on various different aspects of plastic surgical reconstruction.
In October 1999 he was invited to give the Maliniac Lecture in New Orleans by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Maliniac Lecture is the highlight of the American Society meeting and is given by a plastic surgeon of international renown who is non-American.
Mr Harrison's special interest in the reconstructive field is the reanimation of unilateral and bilateral facial palsy, attempting to provide movement in response to emotion. The latter is usually carried out with a crossed-facial nerve graft and the transfer of a muscle from the chest to the face with suitable reinnervation and revascularisation.
Since 1979 he has carried out cosmetic surgery with particular interest in facial cosmetic surgery, face lifting and rhinoplasty and also body contouring to breast and abdomen. He has written and given papers on the subject extensively, and since resigning from the National Health Service his work encompasses more of this area of plastic surgery.
He was a Council Member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He was also a Founding Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and on the Council on two occasions. He is also a member of the International Consortium of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ICAPS).
The inaugural Harrison Lecture was given in July 2008 in honour of contributions to plastic surgery by Stewart and Douglas Harrison. Professor James May of Harvard Medical School gave the lecture at the Royal Free Hospital.
I just want to say thank you for the work you did on my son. He is delighted with the outcome and you have certainly been instrumental in making a teenager very happy.
Mrs A.E., Northwood