Miss Rozina Ali
MD FRCS(Plast) MBBS BSc
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich Miss Rozina Ali is a high profile microvascular Plastic Surgeon with an interest in breast reconstruction. Born and raised in a working-class family in inner-city Liverpool, she announced to her parents at a very young age that she wanted to be a surgeon. Encouraged by her family and school, she succeeded in fulfilling her dreams and is now also a television producer. In fact, Rozina’s greatest inspiration comes from her father, who is her role model and mentor, and whom she describes as wise, kind and humble. Rozina went to St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and obtained a first class intercalated BSc in Anatomy. She regards this achievement, so early in her medical career, as her proudest one. Rozina qualified in 1992. One of her first surgical jobs was as a House Officer, and it was her then Consultant (a colorectal surgeon) who guided her steps into plastic surgery. She then undertook her postgraduate surgical training at several London teaching hospitals, as well as speciality units including the Craniofacial unit at Great Ormond Street and the Burns unit at Billericay. With her hallmark ‘dedication and focus’, Rozina won the prestigious Stephen Kroll Scholarship to study microvascular breast reconstruction in Belgium. In 2006, she was awarded the International Microsurgery Fellowship to study microvascular reconstructive surgery in Taiwan. She left her training rotation and home in London and spent a year totally immersed in the exotic culture of Taiwan, which she sees her best career decision. She was awarded a British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) European Scholarship and the Cutler’s Surgical Fellowship from the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. Rozina conducted research into innate skin defence mechanisms at the Centre for Cutaneous Research, University of London, and in 2007 was awarded an MD. In 2008, Rozina realised that there was a great demand for medical aesthetics and became interested in whether it was possible to slow down the appearance of ageing. She was appointed a Consultant at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and divides her time between there and her London private practice. Regarded as a key opinion leader in her field, Rozina travels extensively to teach and lecture. She has contributed to some of the major international plastic surgery and breast surgery textbooks. Her first foray into media involved filming and editing a Royal College of Surgeons training video on ‘Core Skills in Plastic Surgery’, which led to greater media opportunities. In 2012, she presented the BBC2 Horizon documentary ‘The Truth About Looking Young’ followed shortly after by being the expert presenter of Channel 4’s 2013 sixpart series ‘How Not To Get Old’. She contributed to the associated book. Since then she has been active in the popular press and industry literature, delivered her first TEDx talk on the power of self-image and was invited to become a Huffington Post blogger.
* Favourite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini * Three objects Rozina cannot live without: Car, Smart phone, Passport – the essential items that allow me independence, communication and connectivity
Rozina’s advice to junior doctors is “Appreciate the moment – enjoy and savour every single minute of your training. This is the real deal and the nitty gritty of medical life is in the learning.”
Medical Woman | Spring 2017
Published on Apr 26, 2017
The magazine for the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF), the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK which aims to promot...