Mr Ruben Kannan
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Specialist interests: Facial reconstruction, Super-microsurgery
Mr Ruben Kannan is an award-winning consultant plastic surgeon with a doctorate in nanotechnology from University College London and an additional diploma in head and neck surgery. He gained entry onto the GMC Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery in 2012 and has completed fellowships in facial reanimation, microsurgery and aesthetics, with advanced training in super-microsurgery (Japan), migraine surgery (USA) and Bell’s palsy surgery (USA).
Having been a consultant in the NHS since 2013, he joined the facial palsy unit at QVH in 2016; the largest and most advanced facial palsy service in the UK. The team treats the most difficult and complex Bell’s palsy patients throughout the country. More recently in 2018 alongside the maxillofacial surgeons, he jointly performed the world’s first free tissue transfer for chewing function at QVH. His other innovations so far include selective neurotisation, Fibonacci-sequence flaps and ultrasound-guided Botox injections. He is also a recognised trainer for the prestigious national head and neck surgery fellowship programme at the hospital. Currently, Mr Kannan and his colleagues are in the process of setting up telemedicine and virtual reality-based follow-up care for QVH facial palsy patients.
Mr Kannan is a full member of the Sir Charles Bell Society and the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, in addition to being a founder of the UK Cranial Nerve Network; the first network of specialists in the world, dedicated to the management of cranial nerves. This allows Mr Kannan and his colleagues to not only rebuild the face but restore some or all of its function such as movement, sensation and the ability to chew; continuing to build on the legacies of both McIndoe and McLaughlin at East Grinstead.