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Dr. Ernesto Azzopardi

Dr Azzopardi is a plastic reconstructive aesthetic surgeon with a subspecialist interest in cutaneous laser surgery. Following the completion of UK-based training, and entry to the specialist register for plastic surgery, he furthered his interest in cutaneous laser surgery through prestigious super-specialist fellowships in Swansea, Milan, and London, where he is the incumbent Joint BAPRAS/ BAAPS Aesthetic Surgery Fellow.

After being conferred his PhD with distinction from Cardiff University UK, he proceeded to become an accomplished researcher, rapidly developing key opinion leadership in his chosen field. He is an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and has published in world-leading journals including the Lancet, the British Journal of Surgery and speciality-leading journals. 

His cutting-edge work has been internationally recognised through various awards including the Royal College of Surgeons in England’s Hunterian Professorship and Medal, the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh’s Syme Medal, the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery President’s Medal, the British Burns Association’s T Jackson Award, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Travelling Fellowship, the Price-Thomas Travelling Fellowship, the BAPRAS/ BAAPS Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship (incumbent), and multiple funding awards.

This background informs his clinical practice with a depth of knowledge and he grounds it in current best evidence. His research ethos is inclusive and interdisciplinary. Dr Azzopardi firmly believes in the principle of life-long learning and teaching as key to nurturing the next generation of leaders in the field. 

Dr Azzopardi’s subspecialist interest is high energy devices, including Laser, Intense Pulsed Light, Laser Assisted Drug Delivery (LADD), Jet Volumetric Rejuvenation, Endolift®, micro-liposculpture and their use in combination with conventional techniques, such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injection, and scar subscision,

His expertise extends to laser in all its modalities including ablative, non-ablative and Gigawatt / Picosecond Laser for the management of problematic scars (hypertrophic, atrophic and keloid) skin rejuvenation, sun damaged skin, facial skin laxity, pigmentation and vascular lesions, stretch marks, acne scarring.

Minimal-invasive technologies for treatment of HTS and keloids: Fractional Lasers. Textbook on Scar Management. Guidelines, State of the Art Management and Emerging Technologies.

Theot L. Ed.

(Springer Nature, Accepted, In Press)


Specific attention areas in Scar management: Management of atrophic scars.

Theot L. Ed.   

(Springer Nature Accepted, In Press)


Gram-negative burn wound infection - An Evidence-Based Perspective Berlin,

Ge: Lambert Academic Publishers.

ISBN 978-3-8383


Peripheral Nerve Tumours of the Upper Limb.


Predictors of non-benign lipomas: evidence from a supra-regional sarcoma service.

Khan, K. et al. 

Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group [Accepted SREP-18-31388]


Lasers and ancillary treatments for scar management Part 2: Keloid, hypertrophic, pigmented and acne scars. Scars, Burns & Healing.

McGoldrick RB, et al. 2017. 



Chromophores in operative surgery: Current practice and rationalized development. Journal of Controlled Release.

Azzopardi, E et al. 2017. 

249 (1): 123–130


Polyaniline-graphene based α-amylase biosensor with a linear dynamic range in excess of 6 orders of magnitude.

TexieraR. et al.  

Biosensors and Biotechnology 2016 Nov 15;85:395-402. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2016.05.034. Epub 2016 May 10.


Polymer therapeutics in surgery: the next frontier.

Azzopardi E et al. 

J Interdiscip Nanomed. 2016 Apr;1(1):19-29.


Development and validation of an in vitro pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model to test the antibacterial efficacy of antibiotic polymer conjugates.

Azzopardi E, et al. 

Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2015, 59: 1837-43.


Gram Negative wound infection in hospitalised adult burn patients-systematic review and metanalysis.

Azzopardi EA, Azzopardi E, Camilleri L et al. 

PloS One. 2014, 9: e95042.


A novel class of bioresponsive nanomedicines for localised reinstatement of bioactivity and specific targeting.

Azzopardi E, Ferguson E, Thomas D. 

The Lancet. 2014, 383: S9


Application of topical negative pressure (vacuum-assisted closure) to split-thickness skin grafts: A structured evidence-based review.

Azzopardi E et al. 

Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2013, 70: 23-9.


The enhanced permeability retention effect: A new paradigm for drug targeting in infection.

Azzopardi EA, Ferguson EL, Thomas DW. 

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2013, 68: 257-74.


Acute pain management during facial injection of botulinum toxin: An evidence-based systematic review.

Azzopardi EA et al. 

Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2010, 125: 162e-4e.


A case of simultaneous digital flexor and extensor tendon injuries in zone i.

Branford O, et al. 

Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). 2010, 35: 678-9.

Key Plastic Surgical Techniques: Grafts and Flaps.

Copenhagen University, Denmark, November 2018


Periprosthetic infection: role of the plastic surgeon; Where, when, and the How.

Welsh Microbiology Association Swansea 2016   


Hunterian Oration: The Royal College of Surgeons in England.

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Birmingham, 2015.


BAPRAS Advanced Educational Course: Burns.

Manchester 2015: Soft tissue Infection in Burn Surgery, current approaches.


Infection in Reconstructive Trauma Surgery – the Nano-biotech perspective.

UK Knowledge Transfer Network –Nano for Life Conference, 2014


Beauty and beyond, the great plastic surgery debate.

Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regeneration. Cardiff University, October 2012.

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