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James K-K Chan

MA(Cantab), DPhil(Oxon), FRCS(Plast)

Honorary Departmental Clinical Lecturer

  • Fellow in Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery
  • Cochrane Fellow
  • Oxford University Medical Education Fellow

My mission is to bring about translation of lab research to the clinic with the aim of improving patient outcomes. I am an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at NDORMS, University of Oxford, and Senior Registrar in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2004 and undertook Higher Surgical Training in the Oxford Deanery, culminating in the award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery) in 2018. Between 2010 and 2014, I embarked upon full time translational research as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow and Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.

Under the mentorship of Prof Jagdeep Nanchahal, Prof Nikki Horwood and Prof Sir Marc Feldmann, I identified the innate immune response as a therapeutic target and delineated the early inflammatory pathway in fracture repair, successfully defending my DPhil thesis in 2014. I was Senior Scholar of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and recipient of other awards including the European Federation of Immunological Societies Travel Grant, Best Oral Presentation at the Bone Research Society meeting, Barron Prize (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) and UK-Israel Regenerative Medicine Conference Travel Award. I have also received grants from the Paton-Masser Memorial Fund (BAPRAS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Since then, I resumed work as a plastic reconstructive surgery registrar in the Oxford Deanery while continuing with our lab research on the role of alarmins and the innate immune system on tissue repair. In 2016, I was awarded the Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

As a clinician scientist, I have access to patients and human specimens both for ex vivo experiments as well as clinical trials. My clinical research experience as a Cochrane Fellow will also enable me to bridge the transition from the lab to clinic.


2016           Academy of Medical Sciences: Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers

2013           Patton-Masser Memorial Fund (BAPRAS)

2010-14      Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow

2012-4        Senior Scholar, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

2011            Surgical Research Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England

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