William Townley

Consultant plastic surgeon


William Townley is a consultant plastic surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He runs a busy reconstructive surgery practice. 

His main area of expertise is in corrective surgery for patients with facial palsy and he has pioneered several new techniques to optimise function and appearance.

He works in the head and neck cancer team and the facial palsy team. He was head of the plastic surgery department from 2016 to 2019.

He is  on the medical advisory board for Facial Palsy UK. 

Before starting at Guy's and St Thomas' he worked as a consultant plastic surgeon in British Columbia, which included working as a pitch-side doctor at international rugby games.

Education and training

  • Microsurgery Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Plastic surgery training, Oxford, 2012
  • MD research degree, University College London, 2007
  • Basic surgical training, Imperial College London, 2004
  • Honorary Fellow in Medicine, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
  • Clinical medicine, University of Oxford, 2001
  • Pre-clinical medicine, Cambridge, 1998

Research interests

  • Facial palsy
  • Effect of radiotherapy on free flap reconstruction


  • Harry Morton Fellowship Award 
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Award
  • Journal of Hand Surgery Prize


William has published over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is an author of several book chapters.

Last updated: September 2022

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