Professor James Frame FRCS FRCS (Plast) is an accomplished and respected aesthetic surgeon who is currently Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Professor Frame also leads and develops academic training and research interests at The School of Medicine of Anglia Ruskin University, where he is a Full Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Under his guidance, the ARU provides a regional nucleus of postgraduate education and training, alongside medical research and development.
Professor Frame has always been a high achiever, academically and professionally. Born in the UK, he was brought up in the South Island, New Zealand, where he won scholarships into secondary education in Dunedin. His family returned to England and he completed his secondary education. He then gained entry into St Bartholomew's Hospital to study medicine, where he qualified in 1977. He then embarked on his selected career as a plastic surgeon, training at Barts, Southampton, Chelmsford, UCH, St Andrew's Billericay,Mount Vernon in Middlesex and Northwick Park. He also consulted at a busy Harley Street medical practice for over fifteen years.
Professor Frame edits and is a prolific published author of well over one hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, articles on burn care, trauma, and reconstruction and in aesthetic surgery. As a Senior House Officer and Registrar, he was the main author and researcher in the field of advanced burn injury care, tissue transplantation and regeneration. He continued his special interests within the NHS, including burn care, breast cancer reconstruction and the surgical repair of soft tissue sports injuries particularly in elite athletes, and into private practice.
Soon after his Consultant appointment in 1990 he spent time as a Visiting Professor in Singapore, Australia, the Middle East and the United States and has strong international links in research and training. These were brought about by the awards of travelling Fellowships - in particular, the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship which allowed him extensive exposure to USA Burns Unit facilities and world leading plastic surgery units throughout the USA.
After leaving the NHS in 2001, Professor Frame went on to set up the Directorate of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford, under Capio management. He now supports newly qualified plastic surgeons in their training, and experienced plastic surgeons needing additional aesthetic surgery skills. He is the Co-Founder of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Surgery at Barts and the London Hospital.
In order to give exposure of cosmetic procedures to newly appointed NHS Plastic Surgeons, the MCh in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery was established at the ARU. This was aimed at developing the skills of new aesthetic surgeons. Professor Frame acts as lead plastic surgeon with a professional team of internationally accredited and established senior plastic surgeons as trainers, who were able to lend their expertise to the mentoring of these young aesthetic surgeons.
Professor Frame also supports nursing staff and, under his expert guidance, aesthetic surgery nurse education in plastic surgery and burns has developed into a nationally recognised standard at Anglia Ruskin University.
He has a very large and successful cosmetic surgery practice with a wide referral base, including celebrity clients, and also continues with his general plastic surgery interests.
Professor Frame is an active member of a number of professional associations. He is the current President of the UK Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (UKAAPS) and was a former Executive Committee Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS). He has also been a Chair of Committee and the UK National Secretary in the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He is also on the Editorial Board of the acclaimed, high impact factor Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) and the PMFA News. He regularly publishes in peer reviewed journals and comments in the media, particularly on issues of patient safety.