Prof Abhilash Jain graduated in medicine in 1995 (London) and undertook surgical training to become a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS, 1998). He then began training in plastic, reconstructive, hand and aesthetic surgery in London teaching hospitals. He was awarded both an MSc (distinction) (University College, London) and PhD (Imperial College, London) for his research looking at the effects of rheumatoid arthritis on the hand. For this work he won many prestigious prizes and published papers in high impact journals, including the Lancet. After training in a number of premier plastic surgery units both in London and Sydney, Australia he was awarded the plastic surgery specialist fellowship [FRCS (Plast)] in 2008, and entered into the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery in 2009. He has undertaken fellowships in congenital hand surgery, cosmetic surgery and won a place to be the first plastic surgeon to undertake a Royal College of Surgeons approved microsurgery fellowship in lower limb reconstruction. He has extensive clinical and academic training in plastic surgery and this was recognised when he was the first plastic surgeon to win a prestigious HEFCE clinical senior lecturer-NHS award. In 2013 he was appointed as the surgical specialty lead for the UK by the Royal College of Surgeons to lead clinical research for both the British Society of Hand Surgery (BSSH) and the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS). He founded and leads the reconstructive surgery trials network (RSTN) to deliver collaborative multicentre clinical research on behalf of BAPRAS and BSSH. He is currently an associate professor of plastic and hand surgery at the University of Oxford and Imperial College, London NHS Trust.