Lauren Uppal

Consultant plastic surgeon


Lauren Uppal is a consultant plastic surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.  

Lauren is the clinical lead for the hand surgery department. She is committed to improving safety and outcomes after surgery. She has pioneered a new 'wide awake surgery' service and led the design and build of the new hand unit. This has improved the safety of many operations and improved care for hand surgery patients.

She is passionate about training the next generation of surgeons and is the course director of cadaveric dissection courses for surgeons and hand therapists. She teaches at the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine. She is on the invited faculty of several plastic surgery courses. 

Education and training

  • European Board of Hand Surgery diploma, 2014
  • Plastic surgery Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, 2012
  • Training in aesthetic surgery, The Wellington Hospital
  • Training in children's plastic and hand surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Training in complex trauma, microsurgery and peripheral nerve reconstruction, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
  • Member of Royal College of Surgeons, England, 2006
  • Medicine and surgery (MBChB), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2001

Research interests

  • Nerve regeneration biology
  • Joint replacement engineering


Lauren has many publications in journals and textbooks and has presented her work internationally.

Last updated: September 2022

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