Premier league surgeon tops the tables
If he’d had his way as a teenager, Gary Ross MBChB, MD, FRCS, (Plast) would be playing Premier League football or competing at Wimbledon for a living.
Instead, at 44, he has earned the position of a ‘premier league’ plastic surgeon, regularly appearing in Tatler Magazine and topping league tables of Realself Top 100 reviews.
An accredited consultant plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon, Gary has practised from BMI The Alexandra Hospital for almost a decade. He provides cutting-edge surgery, including a fat-transfer breast procedure, and has made the ‘Mummy Makeover’ – which aims to restore pre-pregnancy figures – a speciality.
Such is Gary’s expertise, he is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, a global educator for Johnson & Johnson, and much sought after by the media. Just a few weeks ago, he was filming with Arlene Phillips for a new BBC TV series, and Tatler Magazine voted him ‘best’ for breast and tummy surgery.
All this is a long way from Gary’s childhood in Northern Ireland. Gary’s dad played semi-professional football in his youth and Gary inherited a love of sports. He played tennis for Northern Ireland and wanted to be a professional sportsman.
However, it wasn’t to be. At 14, he was badly burned in an accident, spending three months in hospital and many more having rehabilitation. Whilst he returned to playing sport, it wouldn’t be a career option.
“During my A Levels, I spent time with my GP, who was the doctor for the Northern Ireland football team, and chose medicine at Bristol University. Not only did I meet my wife there, but I had a great time playing sports, squeezing in some studying between matches. The only experience I’d had with plastics had been my accident, but as I saw more, I realised it was fascinating. When I started operating, I couldn’t get enough of the work. I worked crazy hours. The more I did, the more I wanted to do!”
After completing training in the UK and Toronto, in 2002, Gary moved to the North West and worked as an NHS consultant plastic surgeon at The Christie hospital, carrying out reconstructive work. In 2007, he established his private practice as a consultant plastic surgeon at BMI The Alexandra Hospital.
Gary married Corinna, a consultant dermatologist, in 2001 and they live in Cheshire with their three children – two sons, aged 11 and 10, and a daughter, aged five.
“I’m a lucky guy,” smiles Gary. “Dream job, lovely family, and sport every weekend. What more could I want?”