Prof. Anand Deva

Cosmetic & plastic surgery

BSc (Med), MBBS (Hons), MS, FRACS


Professor Anand Deva is the Director of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University and co-director of the Surgical Infection Research Group. He is a senior staff specialist at Sydney hospital and previously at Liverpool hospital, where he served as head of Department from 2005 to 2010. He has close to 20 years of experience in private practice and continues to cover the entire spectrum of cosmetic, plastic, reconstructive, hand and microsurgery. His special interests include cosmetic surgery of the face and breast.


Prof Deva is located at our Miranda and Macquarie University clinics.






Professor Deva is considered a leading academic and has published widely on issues related to wound healing and surgical infection, especially in relation to implantable medical devices. He has been a consultant to both government and biomedical companies and is a frequent invited speaker at both local and international meetings. He has been mentor to numerous local and international doctors who have worked alongside him in fellowship positions.


Professor Deva graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 and was awarded first class honours and the University Medal in Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, he was admitted into advanced training in General Surgery in 1994 and completed a Masters of Surgery in 1996 investigating the disinfection and sterilisation of surgical instruments. He commenced advanced training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 1996 and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) in 2000. He has received numerous awards and prizes that recognise his contribution to research and teaching. In addition to his training in Australia, Professor Deva has spent time at both Harvard and New York Universities furthering both clinical and research interests.


  • 2000 Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Plastic & Reconstructive) Awarded
  • 1998 Master of Surgery University of Sydney : Thesis “Laboratory and clinical evaluation of the disinfection of heat sensitive equipment”
  • 1992 Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Part 1 awarded Gordon-Gordon Taylor Medal for first place in Australasia
  • 1991 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Hons Class 1) and the University Medal in Medicine and Surgery University of Sydney
  • 1989 Bachelor of Science (Medical) Honours University of Sydney : Thesis “A study of the molecular pathology of two monogenic disorders : cystic fibrosis and the human hereditary persistence of foetal haemoglobin”


  • John Ham Medal for best paper at ASC 2003
  • Visiting Fellowship 2001 – Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital, New York, USA
  • Research Fellowship 2000/1 – Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery New York University
  • Hand surgery fellowship 1998 – Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Australian Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Travelling fellowship 1998
  • Canberra Hospital Private Practice Fund Travelling fellowship 1997
  • Noel Newton Medal for Best Paper at ASC 1996
  • Luhr Travelling Fellowship 1996
  • RPAH Travelling Fellowship 1995

Consultant appointments

  • Professor and Head, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University 2010-Current
  • Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon, Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street 2010 – Current
  • Co-director Surgical Infection Research Group, ASAM, Macquarie University – 2010 – current

National roles

  • Chairman, NSW Regional Training Committee in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2008-2012
  • NSW representative, National Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2008-2012
  • Plastic Surgery Representative, Board of Surgical Research, Royal Australasian College
  • Medical Consultant – Johnson & Johnson Medical, KCI, Allergan – 2006-Current

Research interests

Professor Deva has made significant research contributions in the field of implant infection and wound healing. His work on breast implant safety has led to major improvements in outcomes around the world.

He is co-director of the Surgical Infection Research Group and is co-supervisor to full time postgraduate research students. Current laboratory work is centred on the science and clinical significance of bacterial biofilm infection using both in vitro and in vivo models. The role of bacteria in the pathogenesis of breast implant failure and technologies to prevent bacterial attachment to breast implants and other medical prostheses are being investigated.


Clinical research interests include the treatment of craniomaxillofacial trauma, use of fat grafting and evaluation of outcomes in cosmetic surgery.

Selected publications

Deva AK, Cuss A, Magnusson M, Cooter R, The “Game of Implants”: A Perspective on the Crisis-Prone History of Breast Implants. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2019; 39: S55-S65


Jones P, Mempin M, Hu H, Chowdbury D, Foley M, Cooter R, Adams WP Jr, Vickery K, Deva AK, The Functional Influence of Breast Implant Outer Shell Morphology on Bacterial Attachment and Growth. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2018; 142(4): 837-849


Loch-Wilkinson A, Beath KJ, Knight RJW, Wessels WLF, Magnusson M, Papadopoulos T, Connell T, Lofts J, Locke M, Hopper I, Cooter R, Vickery K, Joshi PA, Prince HM, Deva AK, Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in Australia and New Zealand: High-Surface-Area Textured Implants Are Associated with Increased Risk. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2017; 140(4): 645-654


Hu H, Vickery K, Deva AK, Chronic biofilm infection in breast implants is associated with an increased T cell lymphocytic infiltrate – implications for breast implant associated lymphoma PRS in press


Jacombs A., Hu H., Deva A.K., Wessels W.L.F., Bradshaw D., Vickery K In vitro and in vivo investigation of the influence of implant surface on the formation of bacterial biofilm in mammary implants. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2014; 133(4) : 471e-480e

Featured Publications


Lessons from a three-day cosmetic surgery conference

What happens when the cosmetic surgery industry puts Instagram likes before patients? Professor Anand Deva reflects on his time at a recent cosmetic surgery conference…


Let’s put patients first

Prof. Anand Deva shares some of the changes that have been introduced to protect patients who are considering breast implant surgery and ensure highest standards…


The four crucial problems with Medicare that we haven’t come to terms with

One of Australia’s greatest assets is increasingly coming undone. Read why, in an article by Prof. Anand Deva for the Sydney Morning Herald….

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