I lived in in Nepal for 11 years, (1989-1999) where I set up a Plastic Surgery Department for the Government of Nepal, trained 7 Nepalese surgeons in Plastic Surgery, initiated a Randomised controlled trial in Cleft surgery, and investigated the facial nerve in leprosy. My passion was working with Nepalese colleagues to improve outcomes for the people of West Nepal.

For the last 19 years, I have been a Consultant Cleft surgeon in Birmingham, developing the cleft service, teaching Plastic surgery, supporting national Cleft Audit, and initiating several cleft clinical research projects. I continue with 2 PhD students that I co-supervise on computer artificial Intelligence projects developing a better cleft aesthetic outcome measure and investigating why some children’s midface does not grow sop well after cleft surgery.

The CLEFT International Charity objectives, completely encapsulates my passion for development and sustainability of improved Cleft care in Low and Middle Income Countries by the ethos and methodology stated in the Mission Statement.

I would like to help those objectives become more of a reality.

If you would like to hear more from Bruce about his experiences of working and living in Nepal, please click here.